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!
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.
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!