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JBL Charge 5

JBL Charge 5
alaScore 96

98 reviews

Oct, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of JBL Charge 5. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The usability and price also get good reviews.

sound, price, usability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the JBL Charge 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ted Kritsonis (

JBL Charge 5 review: Potent and portable party speaker | Digital Trends


The JBL Charge 5 is the kind of speaker you get when you want some mobility to go with sound that attracts a crowd in spite of a midsized footprint.

Solid build quality

Can't stereo pair with non-Charge 5 JBL speakers

“Everyone will hear the JBL Charge 5 once you start cranking it up.”

Jan, 2022

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

JBL Charge 5 Review


JBL's latest update to its successful lineup of portable, outdoor-friendly Bluetooth speakers, the $179.95 Charge 5, gets just enough improvements to keep it at the head of the pack. For starters, the waterproof speaker's build is now also dust-tight,...

Powerful, bass-forward, bright sound signature Gets loud for its relatively compact size Fully waterproof design USB-A port for charging mobile devices

App lacks EQ No speakerphone

JBL's portable Charge 5 speaker delivers surprisingly powerful Bluetooth audio from a compact, waterproof frame, making it the ideal travel companion for going just about anywhere.

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

JBL Charge 5 review: A compact Bluetooth speaker with big sound


Our JBL Charge 5 review looks at a portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker that features up to 20 hours of playtime and includes a power bank.

Compact, water/dustproof design ; Big sound ; Easy to use ; Can pair with other JBL speakers for bigger sound ; All day battery life ; Power bank feature

A bit on the pricey side ; Software app is pretty basic ; No equalizer option in software

If you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth party speaker that will last all day and then some, is waterproof, has big sound, and isn’t unwieldy to carry around, the JBL Charge 5 may be the one for you.

May, 2021

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (

JBL Charge 5 review


The JBL Charge 5 is the latest evolution in the long-lived Bluetooth speaker line. With each generation, JBL has tended to add a little bit more to the Charge's capabilities. With the Charge 5, it makes a few small changes — especially to the design —...

Full vocals Rich bass Good battery life

Limited app Few extras

With a new look, a little more ruggedness and improved sound, the JBL Charge 5 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers — just not one of the cheapest.

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Geir Nordby (

Review: JBL Charge 5 | Party On The Trip JBL Charge 5


JBL Charge 5 plays loud and powerful, and is the one you want to take with you on a ride.

Powerful sound, good battery life, several can be connected.

Slightly sharp treble, no sound settings in the app.

JBL Charge 5 is among the toughest in its class, with juicy bass rhythms and an ability to play louder and with better dynamics than most. It has a long battery life, is easy to use, and it does a lot right. If you want to connect several people in a...

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Yasmine Crossland (

JBL Charge 5 review: small speaker, serious sound


The JBL Charge 5 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that doesn't skimp on sound quality

Loud, powerful sound ; 20-hour battery life ; Can be used to charge your phone

No EQ settings in the app ; You can’t use PartyBoost with Connect+ speakers ; No 3.5mm audio port

For those who want a loud, durable speaker to use on days out at the park or beach, the JBL Charge 5 is an excellent choice. The audio is powerful and accurate, and it has improved dust resistance as well as a waterproof design. What’s not to love!

May, 2021

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

JBL Charge 5 review


Updated specs and subtle tweaks for JBL's fifth-generation Charge

Clearer and more detailed sound ; Wider soundstage ; Updated dustproofing

Nothing at this level

JBL’s Charge 5 hails from a victorious and dominant product line, and the winning trend does not stop here

May, 2021

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

JBL Charge 5 review: Rough, rugged and raw


The fifth-generation Bluetooth speaker from JBL adds dust-resistance to its waterproofing, making for a rugged and bass-heavy portable.

Poignant and bassy sound for this size of unit ; Fully waterproof and dust-sealed ; Decent battery life

Can't deliver below 65Hz ; Design quite boisterous ; No 3.5mm input this time ; Slow recharging

This portable Bluetooth speaker delivers astounding audio considering its relatively diminutive scale. Our main criticism is its somewhat boisterous looks and the long four-hours recharge time. Otherwise this blasts out the bass, all while being rugged...

Jul, 2021

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Expert review by : Chris Martin (

JBL Charge 5 review


If you're happy with a simple formula, the JBL Charge 5 is an excellent Bluetooth speaker and power bank in one - now IP67 and USB-C

Great sound ; Durable design ; Acts as power bank ; Long battery life

Basic app

If you don't need fancy smart features then the JBL Charge 5 is a great sounding and long-lasting Bluetooth speaker that can also charge your phone.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Andy White (

JBL Charge 5 review: Big sound for summer listening


The JBL Charge 5 is a great choice if you're after a rugged Bluetooth speaker capable of outputting serious sound both in and outdoors

Impactful sound ; Solid battery life ; Now dustproof as well as waterproof

No AUX-in or microphone ; Lacks EQ options

Apr, 2021

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