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JBL Charge 3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1156 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 really like the reliability and design. The price and size also get good feedback.

usability, size, 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 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

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: Jon L. Jacobi (techhive.com)

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

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

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: (techaeris.com)

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: Josh Smith (gottabemobile.com)

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 (tomsguide.com)

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

Techradar Recommended 2016

Expert review by: Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review

 

The Charge 3 strikes a perfect balance between sound, features and price

Kicking bass response ; Water-proof ; Gets loud ; Charges your device

Muted highs ; Big and heavy ; Exposed woofers

Despite a bit of extra weight, the JBL Charge 3 is a Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere – including your backyard pool thanks to its new waterproof exterior. And while it falters on the high notes, overall the Charge 3 strikes a great balance...

Jul, 2016

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Tom Wiggins (trustedreviews.com)

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? (whathifi.com)

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

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Speakers RMS power:10

Loudspeakers

Driver diameter:1.97

Other features

Output power description:5V DC, 2.3A

Ports & interfaces

USB charging port: Yes