JBL Charge 3 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

JBL Charge 3

JBL Charge 3
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Pros
  • Wireless Connectivity.
  • IPX7 Waterproof.
  • Can be connected to 3 devices at the same time
  • 20+ hours of continuous play
  • Allows phone calls
Cons
  • Problems with scratching noise at some point
  • Some units known to have problems with reliability
  • Problems with sound drops.
A sleek and elegant Bluetooth speaker for your home,available in five different colors to match your beautiful decor perfectly! And that's just the beginning. With the JBL Charge 3, you can simultaneo... Read full review
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Pros
  • We connected 3 devices via bluetooth and the pairing process only took seconds; me and my friends had no trouble taking turns in the music selection;
  • The speakerphone feature delivers crisp sound and m...
Cons
  • Sound output may be a little too scratchy, sometimes does not deliver a crisp audio;
  • Charging port easily breaks.
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Key features
  • Bluetooth
  • Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets
  • Lithium-ion Polymer (22.2Wh)
  • 20 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 Waterproof

JBL Charge 3 is a very popular and one of the more expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Fugoo Go Anywhere Speaker or VAVA Voom 21 .

JBL Charge 3 is $22.96 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($66.99).

Physical Features
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Black
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Dimensions Length x Width x Height
8.4 x 3.4 x 3.5 inches
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Weight

1.8 lbs
 
Water Resistance

Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.

Water Resistant IPX rating if applicable
IPX7 - Immersion up to 1m
Rugged Design Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be c ... Show more
Yes
Dustproof Other than water resistance level, dustproof is one of the most important features of a speaker’s build. Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little ... Show more
Yes
Battery

Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.

It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!

Battery Life
20 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
4.5 hours
battery_charging_full Power Bank This refers to the speaker’s ability to act as a charging station for your device. In addition to input power (which charges the speaker), some speakers also come with output power, meaning it can cha ... Show more
Yes
Sound Quality
speaker_group Sound System A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or mo ... Show more
Stereo
Speaker Breakdown Use the speaker breakdown to better understand sound quality based on the makeup of the speaker. Manufacturers will often report additional details on the speaker drivers, such as the shape (cone or d ... Show more
Two 50 mm Transducer size
Total Output Power Also known as “power handling,” a speaker’s total output power is recorded in wattage. A watt is a measure of electrical power. Thus, higher output means more powerful (or louder) speakers. When deter ... Show more
20 watts
graphic_eq Frequency Range Measured in Hertz (Hz), frequency response range describes how high and low a speaker can play. The larger the range, the better the speaker will be at reproducing the audio being played. As a frame o ... Show more
65Hz-20kHz
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Bluetooth Range If you can find it, you should always check the Bluetooth range of your speaker. You won’t realize it isn’t long enough until it stops working for you! Bluetooth range is important for a couple of rea ... Show more
30 ft
Hands-free Function If you plan on using your speaker to make and take calls, it needs to come equipped with a built-in microphone and speakerphone. To make a call, you can use voice-activated dialing or key in the numbe ... Show more
Yes
device_hub Connects to Multiple Devices In most cases, your Bluetooth speaker will connect to one device at a time and your device will connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Some speakers come equipped with a feature that allows you t ... Show more
Yes
settings_input_composite Aux cable port While Bluetooth is a quick and easy way to connect your device to a speaker, at times you may want to use a hardwired connection instead. You would do this through a 3.5mm headphone or auxiliary jack. ... Show more
Yes
phonelink_ring Remote / app control Apart from the controls on the speaker itself, some Bluetooth speakers may come with a remote to turn the speaker on or off, activate Bluetooth scanning, turn volume up or down, or respond to calls. I ... Show more
No
speaker_group Connects to Other Speakers Generally speaking, Bluetooth speakers aren’t usually meant to connect to other Bluetooth speakers unless they come equipped with a hub or transmitter. In those situations, your device connects to the ... Show more
No
nfc NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new technology that allows you to connect devices by simple tapping them together. To use it, your device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) and your speaker must have ... Show more
No
AirPlay AirPlay is a feature for Apple products that offers another way to connect your devices to Bluetooth speakers. The speaker must come equipped with AirPlay in order for you to connect your Apple device ... Show more
No
radio FM Radio
No
Info at a Glance
Brand
JBL
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
93 / 100
Details
  • Bluetooth - Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing powerful stereo sound.
  • Battery type : Lithium-ion Polymer (22.2Wh)2) 20 hours of playtime(varies by volume level and content)
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone.
  • Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience.
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
5V 2.3A USB Adapter, Micro USB Cable
Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
Not sure which one is best for you? Read our guide: Choosing a Portable Bluetooth Speaker for Home, Car and Outdoors
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Questions about JBL Charge 3

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I'm looking at these 3 speakers. I was wondering which one has the best sound quality
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The Altec Lansing LifeJacket is designed more for its water resistance. It can float on water, and is very durable, but it’s rather huge and heavy. It has two subwoofers, two neodymium woofers, two tweeters, and two passive radiators. Unfortunately even with that many drivers you may find some issues with its sound quality once you pass half of its maximum volume level. The digital signal processing used by the Altec Lansing LifeJacket is not very subtle. It tries to prevent distortion upon reaching high volume levels by limiting the dynamic peaks of louder sections within the tracks, particularly tracks with lots of bass. This causes the sound to dip in volume when things are loud, and rise drastically during quiet moments. The JBL Charge 3 has a more “all around” sort of quality to it because its easy to carry around, water resistant, and charges other devices. It has two 50 mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. Its sound quality is actually quite impressive, and you wont find the same sort of volume dips with this device. The Anker SoundCore is overall a much less powerful device, but also small, lightweight, and economical. It has dual high-performance 3W drivers, and a power output of 6W. Unfortunately, it has absolutely no water resistance. All in all, I would say when it comes to sound quality, you may find the JBL Charge 3 to have the richer, higher quality sound.

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what is the best bluetooth speaker i can buy for any type of occasion and weather
Related: UE Boom 2, JBL Charge 3, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Kathleen 89 days ago
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 It really depends on the occasion, and what needs you require to be met. Unfortunately no one single Bluetooth speaker will be the best for all scenarios. Let’s analyze the three you have chosen to compare.

The UE Boom 2 is a fairly popular choice. Some of its Pros are that it has two full range drivers, and two passive radiators. It is IPX7 water resistant (immersion up to 1m), has a rugged design which helps with scrapes, and falls, along with having 15 hours of battery life.A few cons to this speaker is the battery may be unable to hold a charge when used regularly, and it does not produce as much bass as similarly sized speakers typically do.

 The JBL Charge 3 is another neat choice. This speaker has the cool feature of allowing you to charge other devices directly from the speaker through USB with its 6000maH power bank. It has a rugged design, which gives it durability. It is dust-proof, has an impressive 20 hours of battery life, has two 50mm transducers, is 20 watts, and also IPX7 water resistant. A few negative points to this speaker are that there have been some reports of problems with a scratching noise at some point, and has a few issues with sound drops. Overall a great machine though.

 The VAVA Voom 21 is another popular choice. It possesses a rugged design that gives it its durability, has a 10 hour battery life, contains a power bank, two 5W drivers, two passive radiators, and a 10W subwoofer, and it all runs a total power output of 20W. A few cons to this particular device is the nfc pairing seems to have issues, and it seems to jump from audible to mute at times. All in all, a powerful speaker with a good design.

 All that being said, it truly does depends on whether you want something specifically for the weather, or parties, etc. When it comes to overall loud powerful bass, and sound, then VAVA Voom 21 is a great choice, but will fail you in the weather aspect because it has no water resistance. The JBL Charge 3 has numerous neat features, is water resistant, and has powerful volume. The UE Boom 2 is lighter weight, but will not produce the same quality in bass, nor overall sound as the JBL Charge 3. So it seems like the JBL Charge 3 may meet your overall criteria, but cannot match the sound the VAVA Voom 21 can produce on a day where weather is not an issue, not to mention is more expensive than the VAVA Voom 21.

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Hi there,
Is the JBL Xtreme worth the difference in price to the JBL Charge 3?
Why is it so much more expensive?
Related: JBL Xtreme, JBL Charge 3, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 199 days ago
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The reason that the JBL Xtreme is so much more expensive is because it is much larger and more powerful than the Charge 3. It's difficult to see in pictures, but the Xtreme is more than twice the size of the Charge 3 and requires a shoulder strap to carry around.
If you're looking for a huge booming speaker for a party or something, the Xtreme is a great choice, but because of its size it's not nearly as portable as the Charge 3 (which is also very durable and waterproof).
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The JBL Xtreme is definitely worth the difference in price if you are looking to hit very high volumes. It has two woofers that are 63mm each, two tweeters that are 35 mm each, and a power output of 40 watts. the JBL Charge 3 has two 50mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. That means the JBL Xtreme has twice the power output, thus can get much louder.

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JPL pulse 2 or JBL Charge 3?
Related: JBL Charge 3, JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 228 days ago
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Depends on what you'll be using it for. The Charge 3 can be submerged in water without getting damaged, and it's a little smaller and more portable. The Pulse 2 light show is really cool for parties, and it can get rained on, but it can't be fully submerged. Both are really durable and have excellent sound quality. I have the Pulse 2 and I love it! (I mostly use it at home and at the beach).

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It depends what you’re going for in terms of detail. The JBL Pulse 2 is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has 10 hours of battery life, two full-range drivers, and a power output of 16W. This device comes with a noise, and echo cancelling speakerphone, and JBL prism color sensor lens. This is definitely the sort of device you want if you trying to light up a party with cool colors. A few issues with the speaker itself is that it could use more high frequency presence, and the illumination is not synchronized with the rhythm of the music being played. The JBL Charge 3 has IPX7 water resistance, 20 hours of battery life, is dust proof, and has a power bank to charge devices on the go. It is equipped with two 50mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. This is a fantastic device to have if you want the luxury of having a speaker that can efficiently charge other devices while you’re on the go in you’re everyday life.

Questions about other Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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Is JBL Pulse any good?
Related: JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Yaroslav 22 days ago
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Hi, I had a JBL Pulse 2 for over a year and so far it's been excellent. Very portable and good sound.

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The JBL Pulse 2 has a lot of cool features. It has two full-range drivers with a 16W power output, a 10-hour battery life, is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), and has a resilient design. It features a noise, and echo-cancelling speakerphone, which will keep your phone calls nice, and clear. It offers sensational sound with an interactive light show, and its splash proof design enables the JBL Pulse 2 to light up any event with high quality sound.

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I am looking for a portable speaker that is loud for parties and yet still has a clear good sounds. What would you recommend?
Related: UE Megaboom, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Rhonda 31 days ago
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It sounds like the perfect speaker for you would be the VAVA Voom 21. It has a 10W subwoofer, two 5W drivers, along with two passive radiators, which will work fantastic for parties. It is also aptX enabled, so you will have the ability to stream high-quality audio without compromising the integrity of the sound.

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i'd like to have a portable Bluetooth speaker with a good bass and be able to sound loud at least in a drawing room. which one should i go for?
the Sb520 or the SB571 ?
Related: SoundBot SB571, SoundBot SB520, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Dhiraj 33 days ago
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When it comes to bass you’ll find better quality in the SoundBot SB520 because it has two 50mm premium drivers, as opposed to the two 40mm premium drivers the SoundBot SB571 has. That being said, the SB520 has a lower frequency, and watt output. The SB571 has 12 watts, with a frequency range of 2.4-2.48GHz, while the SB520 has 10 watts, with a frequency range of 60HZ-18KHZ. So the SB571 can get louder, but the SB520 has bigger drivers for the bass. The SB520 will be more than sufficiently loud for a drawing room.

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I need to exchange my Soundbot SB520. I CAN'T GET A REPLY!
Related: SoundBot SB520, Bose SoundLink Color, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by N 34 days ago
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According to the website they have a 1-year manufacturer product warranty from the date of the invoice, and a 14 day return policy if you’re not satisfied with the product. I would try going to https://www.soundbot.com/pages/about-us, and emailing them directly about any issue you have that makes you want to exchange the product. Please be aware that we are a review, and comparison site, not the actual retailer.

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Which is better in loud sound in Anker soundcore vs jbl clip 2
Related: JBL Clip 2, Anker SoundCore Sport, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Chinna 39 days ago
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You’ll find the Anker SoundCore Sport will be louder than the JBL Clip 2. The JBL Clip 2 only has a 3 watt output, and 1 full range driver, and it's mainly good for being light and water resistant. The Anker SoundCore has a total output power of 16 watts with two 8 watt stereo drivers, and two dual passive subwoofers.

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