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Comparing Beats Pill+ and JBL Charge 3

Lowest price found: $126
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  • Defined, pure sound quality Bluetooth speaker in a portable, compact design - the length of the device is 0.68 feet
  • Pair and play with Bluetooth device with a 12-hour rechargeable battery
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices
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Lowest price found: $119.69
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  • 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)
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Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
4.8 Read reviews
In comparison:
Beats Pill+ ranks #2 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Popularity Score
Very popular
Popularity rank: 39 / 322
89%
Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
4.7 Read reviews
In comparison:
JBL Charge 3 ranks #9 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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9.7
Amazing
Popularity Score
Best-selling
Popularity rank: 8 / 322
98%

Expert reviews [11]

68
Total expert reviews: 11
  • Reviews with a score: 8
  • Reviews without a score: 3
Highest score by Good Housekeeping
90
Average score based on 11 reviews
68
Lowest score by stuff.tv
60

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [16]

86
Total expert reviews: 16
  • Reviews with a score: 11
  • Reviews without a score: 5
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 16 reviews
86
Lowest score by The Master Switch
64

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
Consumer score distribution.
Beats Pill+ ranks #2 and JBL Charge 3 ranks #9

Customers like Beats Pill+ a bit more

Beats Pill+, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than JBL Charge 3 [ 4.8 vs 4.7 ]. In our awesomeness score Beats Pill+ ranks #2 out of 322 and JBL Charge 3 ranks #7 out of 322.

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JBL Charge 3 is more popular

It's fairly safe to say that JBL Charge 3 is a more popular bluetooth speaker, based on its 20,000+ reviews. In our popularity score Beats Pill+ ranks #38 out of 322 and JBL Charge 3 ranks #7 out of 322.

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To consider

Customers who view Beats Pill+ and JBL Charge 3 often consider JBL Flip 5, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Beats Pill+ and JBL Charge 3
JBL Flip 5 $120
Avg. customer reviews:
4.8 Read reviews
In comparison:
JBL Flip 5 ranks #6 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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9.8
Amazing
Very popular
Popularity rank: 20 / 322
94%
Beats Pill+ $126
Avg. customer reviews:
4.8 Read reviews
In comparison:
Beats Pill+ ranks #2 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Very popular
Popularity rank: 39 / 322
89%
Soundcore Flare+ $100
Avg. customer reviews:
4.7 Read reviews
In comparison:
Soundcore Flare+ ranks #19 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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9.5
Amazing
Cheaper
Bose SoundLink Micro $99
Avg. customer reviews:
4.8 Read reviews
In comparison:
Bose SoundLink Micro ranks #3 out of 281. It is in the top 10%.
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9.9
Amazing
Best-selling
Popularity rank: 10 / 322
97%
Cheaper
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Physical Features
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Weight

1.6 lbs
 

1.8 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
No
IPX7 - Immersion up to 1m
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
Yes
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
No
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
12 hours
20 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
3 hours
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
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
Stereo
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
Yes
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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
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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
12 watts
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
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65Hz-20kHz
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No
radio FM Radio
No
No
Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Lightning to USB-A charging cable, Soft carrying case, 12.5W PSU
5V 2.3A USB Adapter, Micro USB Cable
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Key features
  • Bluetooth device with 30 foot range
  • 12-hour rechargeable battery
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Power adapter and lightning cable included

Beats Pill+ 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 LG Xboom Go or Sony SRS-XB3 .

Beats Pill+ was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

Beats Pill+ is $68 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($58).

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 JBL Flip 5 or Sony SRS-XB3 .

JBL Charge 3 was released in 2018. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Charge 3 is $61.69 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($58).

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