JBL Charge 3 Review: Mad Sound, Mad Battery Life. PLAY ALL DAY

Editor rating

4.7/5 on August 3, 2016

User's rating

2,087 reviews

PROS

  • BEST BATTERY of ANY Bluetooth Speaker
  • Good Sound
  • Good Design

CONS

  • Not super loud.

 

VERDICT

Fantastic battery life that let's you play all day and a sound that pairs up with the best.  Not the loudest speaker but the price is right and JBL is a quality name to have!  Get it!

We like JBL Bluetooth Speakers because they always like to improve and impress upon their previous models. The JBL Charge 3 is the 4th iteration of the popular JBL Charge series  (original, 2, 2+ and now, the 3).  There has been a common thread throughout the series of Charge’s that JBL has put out:  crazy awesome sound and ludicrous battery life.  The Charge 3 actually goes for up to 2o hours on a 22.2 watt hour battery!  What?  Yes.  Really?  Seriously!  #boom.  Let’s go!

Design

Colors come in Black, Blue, Green, Grey and stealth Black…which is a flatter black than the regular black.  1.76 lbs, 3.5 inches in diameter and 8.3 inches long.  It’s a cylindrical, old-cigar shaped device with rubberized ends.  Remember what the UFO in The Brady Bunch looked like?  Yeah!  That’s the shape!

The Charge 3 doesn’t roll away, though, thanks to a flat base on one side that the speaker can sit on which has a 5 LED light battery charge indication and on the rear of the speaker are a micro USB port to the charge the Charge (lol), standard USB, and a 1/8 inch speaker (headphone) jack.

Big controls are on top of the JBL Charge 3 with up and down volume, power, play/pause, Bluetooth pair, and another button for pairing with linking to other JBL speakers.

Sound

Up close, the Charge 3 is a nice feel of bass and clear sound. It’s not too bassy, though, so you don’t have to worry about being blown out of a chair.  You won’t feel like your entire body is getting pummeled by an Iron Man photon blast.  Still, the Charge 3 keeps the party going for a great sound and at a long, long time!

Here’s the thing, though: While the bass won’t crush you…neither will the volume at max range.  For the shape of a torpedo, I may have been expecting to be crushed from the sound but that wasn’t the case.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great, loud sound but it’s just not going to boom you to death!

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