JBL Pulse 3 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

JBL Pulse 3

JBL Pulse 3
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Review by Azanta Rezwana 0 0
Pros
  • Portable and lightweight
  • 360° all around speaker and 360° light show
  • Includes JBL Connect+ technology
  • Can be used to connect more than 100 other speakers enabled with JBL Connect+
  • Amplification of sound with JB...
Cons
  • Not compatible with previous JBL speaker models
  • Battery life may differ
  • Light show is pretty gimmicky
  • Can't be submerged in water
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Review by Sophia 0 0
Pros
  • Multiple lighting options
  • Sound quality is very well balanced
  • Sound is clear in high volumes
  • True 360-degree sound
  • Has a built in microphone to take and make calls
  • Water resistant
Cons
  • Battery life is shorter than its peers in JBL
  • Relies too heavily on Connect+
  • Can't charge other devices with it like other models
JBL Pulse 3 The JBL Pulse series has been here for a while but we're looking at the third generation, and the best so far. The JBL Pulse 3's lights are still a gimmick but it hooks people in and is a conversation... Read full review
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Key features
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • 12 hours playtime
  • Customizable 360° lightshow and sound
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Connects to more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers

JBL Pulse 3 is a very popular option at the top of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Marshall Kilburn or JBL Xtreme .

JBL Pulse 3 was released this year in January. There are dozens of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Pulse 3 is $119 more expensive than the average bluetooth speaker ($69.99).

Physical Features
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Black
White
Dimensions Length x Width x Height
8.8 x 3.6 x 3.6 inches
Weight

2.1 lbs
 
Water Resistance

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. 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. 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 Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A ... Show more
No
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
12 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
No
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_group Number of Drivers To understand the inner-workings of a Bluetooth speaker, look first at the number and type of drivers. Drivers are the cones or horn-shaped objects inside the speaker box. The number of drivers tells ... Show more
3
wifi_tethering Subwoofer Having a separate speaker driver dedicated to the lower frequency tones gives your speaker a more robust, rounded out sound. It allows the other drivers to focus on the sounds that they’re best equipp ... Show more
No
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
Three 40mm transducers
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
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
No
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
Yes
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
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
Release Date
2017
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
82 / 100
Details
  • Take your listening experience to the next level with the JBL Pulse 3, the portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker that combines 360° sound with 360° lightshow
  • With a built-in rechargeable battery that delivers up to 12 hours of playtime and an IPX7 waterproof housing, Pulse 3 is perfect for worry-free listening by the beach or pool - or even in it
  • With JBL Connect+ technology, you can wirelessly link more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers to amplify the party
  • With the noise and echo cancelling speakerphone you can take calls from your speaker with a touch of a button
  • You can make your music look amazing by customizing the light sequences and easily adjust your settings with the JBL Connect app
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Additional Features
Additional Features Any other features that make this device unique
Voice assistant integration such as SIri or Google Now
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Power adaptor Micro USB cable
Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
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I’m looking for a speaker loud enough to be played in the street(I’m a vendor and need the music to be loud)
I did have beats pill Plus and liked that even on max volume it worked for at least 10 hours. And the sound quality with the bass was good. I had UE boom , the sound was good as well, but the battery lasted 3 hours max on high levels of sound.
Now I’m looking for some speaker maybe not that expensive, but loud and with long battery life (all day)
Wireless connection is a must as well
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