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JBL Charge 3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2790 reviews of JBL Charge 3. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability are also appreciated.

size, usability, price, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the JBL Charge 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

JBL Charge 3


The JBL Charge 3 is an outdoor-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a considerable bass punch for its size and price.

Powerful audio performance with solid bass response and well-defined highs. Water-resistant design. Speakerphone functionality. Can charge mobile devices.

Cannot backward navigate tracks. A bit bulky. Light on accessories.

Conclusions For $150, the JBL Charge 3 is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. If you're looking for a more compact speaker that can still deliver solid bass response, we really like the Sony SRS-XB3 (which is only slightly smaller, but less cumbersome in...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

JBL Charge 3 review


There are a zillion wireless Bluetooth speakers you can buy these days, but three brands rise to the top of the heap: Bose, Ultimate Ears and JBL. And of those three, only JBL makes models that also double as backup batteries for phones and other...

The JBL Charge 3 is a well-designed, fully waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that features good battery life and doubles as an external charger for your portable devices. It also has built-in speakerphone capabilities, and plays loudly with strong...

While it plays louder than the JBL Charge 2+ it doesn't sound as good.

The JBL Charge 3 is larger than its predecessor, fully waterproof, and plays louder -- but it should sound a little better.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Jon L. Jacobi (

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review: Play all day, play all night


JBL's Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker can run for an astounding 20 hours between charges. Party hardy folks!

Thumpy bass ; Outstanding run time ; Links up with other JBL Bluetooth speakers

Poor documentation ; Audio lacks clarity and separation.

The Charge 3 is one of, if not the longest-lasting outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can buy. And despite my petty delving into audiophile sound concepts, many users love the sound of JBL. Bless em’. If that’s you, take a listen to this one. You’ll love...

Jun, 2016

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JBL Charge 3 review: A Bluetooth speaker that’s worth every penny


Bluetooth speakers pretty much rain in our offices, I mean literally pour out of the ceiling. We've done so many Bluetooth speaker reviews we could probably do sound for a The Rolling Stones concert with all these speakers. As we've been doing these...

Massive sound. Well balanced, nothing overpowers anything else. Waterproof IPX7. 20 hours playtime. 6000mAh powerbank

Call quality isn't horrible but sometimes the caller couldn't understand me

If you just need one really good Bluetooth speaker that's waterproof, this is it.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Alex Hernandez (

JBL Charge 3 review: A Bluetooth speaker that's worth every penny


Once and awhile a product comes along in an expansive category and you just know it's worth every penny, check out our JBL Charge 3 review and find out why.

Massive sound. Well balanced, nothing overpowers anything else. Waterproof IPX7. 20 hours playtime. 6000mAh powerbank.

Call quality isn't horrible but sometimes the caller couldn't understand me.

Looking for a sub $150 speaker with beefy sound, great build quality and good looks? The JBL Charge 3 should be on your shopping list.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Max Mutter (

JBL Charge 3 Review


Good for bass lovers that don't need a particularly portable speaker

Incredibly powerful bass, waterproof

Fairly large and heavy, booming bass overpowers many tracks

The JBL Charge 3 is a large, heavy speaker with incredibly powerful bass. If you're most concerned with a powerful backbeat than the Charge 3 is for you. If you don't fall into that category there are a number of better options available.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Josh Smith (

JBL Charge 3 Review: Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker


You will not miss the low end as the Charge 3 is great at delivering powerful bass while still managing to push crisp highs. Ultimately the JBL Charge 3 knocks it out of the park on a variety of genres and tracks from acoustic to pop tracks and...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (

JBL Charge 3 Review: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back


This is a case of two steps forward, one step back. The Charge 3 has an attractive new appearance, better water resistance and more battery life. But the changes have turned a speaker with excellent sound into one that's just good.

Waterproof ; Loud ; Good battery life

Weaker sound quality than JBL Charge 2+ ; Limited app

The JBL Charge 3 improves water resistance, battery life and volume over its predecessor, but sacrifices sound quality in the process.

Jul, 2016

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert review by : Tom Wiggins (

JBL Charge 3


JBL Charge 3 review: Sturdy sound and build make JBL's Charge 3 a solid choice if you're not looking to pay top dollar.

Sturdy build ; Weighty sound ; Decent waterproofing ; Doubles as a portable charger

A little on the heavy side ; Mid-range can be hit and miss

Sturdy sound and build make JBL’s Charge 3 a solid choice if you’re not looking to pay top dollar.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

JBL Charge 3 review


This portable wireless speaker is built to last in the outdoors

Impressive build ; Clever design ; Useful features ; Solid, weighty and punchy sound ; Balanced presentation

Lacks a little openness and subtlety

JBL’s versatile wireless speaker delivers a super sound indoors or out

Aug, 2016

Product Specifications


Frequency range:65 - 20000
RMS rated power:20
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80
Speakers RMS power:10


Color of product:Black / Blue / Blue, Red / Blue, Turquoise / Camouflage / Grey / Red / Turquoise
International Protection (IP) code:IPX7
Product type:Mono / Stereo
Protection features:Splash proof, Water resistant
Volume Control:Digital

Energy Management

Battery life (max):20
Battery performance:6000
Battery recharge time:4.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Type:Built-In
External power adapter: Yes
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
USB charging: Yes


USB connector type:Micro-USB


Audio output channels:2.0
Driver diameter:1.97
Driver size:1.97
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80

Other Features

Output Power:5V DC, 2.3A
USB connectivity: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Hands-free mode: Yes
Recommended usage:Tablet / Smartphone / Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth version:4.1
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Frequency range:2.4 - 2.48
USB charging port:Y
USB connectivity:Y
USB connector type:Micro-USB
Wireless technologies:Wireless
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth


Battery Capacity:6000
Battery life (max):20
Battery recharge time:4.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Type:Built-In
External power adapter:Y
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
USB charging:Y

Technical Details

Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Weight & Dimensions