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JBL Charge 4

"The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent option for those who want a waterproof, powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker in a moderately sized frame."
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Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Can charge your portable devices
  • USB-C charging
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Great sound quality

Cons

  • No microphone for phone calls
  • Mono audio output.
  • Struggles to produce low-bass
  • Doesn't have an EQ.

Product Details

Date First Available:
June 30, 2019

Overall Rating

91.1%
The overall rating was calculated based on 207395 customer and expert reviews from 35 review sites and 10 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 95.2%
    Sound Quality
  • 97.6%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 90.7%
    Design
  • 98.2%
    Portability
  • 94.6%
    Battery Life
  • 88.0%
    Features
  • 94.5%
    Outdoor use
  • 94.7%
    Connectivity
  • 91.1%
    Controls

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Expert Reviews

If you want to futureproof yourself and get the new JBL Connect+, then this is the way to go for sure. Otherwise, there isn't much difference between this and the Charge 3 before it (though USB-C charging is definitely nice).

Read more on soundguys.com

Pros

  • Good build
  • Gets loud
  • Long battery life
  • Can charge your portable devices
  • USB-C charging
  • Plenty of color options

Cons

  • Basically the same sound as the Charge 3
  • Slightly bigger and heavier than previous model
  • The buttons that aren't lit up are hard to see in the dark
  • Vocals in the mids can get masked by bass
  • No microphone for phone calls

The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent option for those who want a waterproof, powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker in a moderately sized frame.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass and crisp, clear highs.
  • Gets quite loud for its size.
  • Waterproof.

Cons

  • No speakerphone function.
  • Mono audio output.

The JBL Charge 4 may only feature minor updates but it’s still an excellent value.

Read more on techradar.com

The JBL Charge 4 is sub-par for music. It struggles to produce low-bass, and its treble range is underemphasized, so higher frequencies can sound dull and veiled. Fortunately, its mid-range is well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately. This speaker doesn't have an EQ, so you can't adjust the sound to your liking.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Great battery performance.
  • Well-balanced mid-range.

Cons

  • Struggles to produce low-bass.
  • Doesn't have an EQ.
  • Downmixes stereo content to mono.
  • Underemphasized treble range.
  • Disappointing soundstage.

Great sound plus rugged design and handy features equals a top Bluetooth speaker

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Rugged and water resistant
  • USB port for charging
  • Great sound quality

Cons

  • Perhaps too subtle for some

: Despite cutting a couple of handy features, the Charge 4 is an impressive fourth entry into JBL’s mid-range Bluetooth speaker series

Read more on expertreviews.co.uk

Pros

  • Rugged and waterproof
  • Impressive audio
  • Doubles up as a power bank

Cons

  • No speakerphone or voice assistant
  • Generation-specific multi-speaker pairing

No, it's not the prettiest portable Bluetooth speaker. But it is very portable, rugged, waterproof, has epic battery life, and sound that'll blow your socks off - especially considering its small scale. All that makes it easy to recommend.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Big sound quality from this size
  • Lots of bass
  • Portable and water resistant
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Slow to recharge (and requires mains plug too)
  • Not the most attractive of designs

The JBL Charge 4 is a good speaker that fills a very specific niche: a long weekend trip car camping or to a remote cabin with a large group of people. In that instance, the waterproofing and rugged build let you toss it around the campsite with reckless abandon, the almost ridiculous battery life (we got 34 hours of playback on a single charge) provides at least a few nights worth of music, and the large size allows for enough volume to keep a dozen or more people dancing around the campfire. However, though the Charge 4 sounds reasonably good and isn't absurdly large and heavy, if you place more of a premium on sound quality or/and portability, there are much better options available.

Read more on techgearlab.com

Great sound plus rugged design and handy features equals a top Bluetooth speaker

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Pros

  • Rugged and water resistant
  • USB port for charging
  • Great sound quality

Cons

  • Perhaps too subtle for some

JBL Charge 4 - speaker - for portable use - wireless overview and full product specs on CNET.

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If you’re familiar with the JBL Charge 3, then the Charge 4 could be a very decent upgrade. The portable bluetooth speaker comes with JBL Connect plus for you to connect up to 100 other supported speakers, and greatly amplify your sound. Our Bose Soundlink 3 review will show you another portable speaker. Its long battery life is a huge plus especially if you’re going for a hike or a long walk, as it can keep your music playing for up to 20 hours before it needs a recharge. When it does, it’ll only take about 4 hours until it’s fully charged and ready for action. Does it have what it takes to be placed within the ranks of the best bluetooth speakers in the market? Let’s review JBL Charge and find out. Or, take a look at our Phillips ShoqBox SB7200 portable Bluetooth speaker review if you want to compare this speaker with another option. JBL Charge 4 Check Price Why We Like It – JBL Charge 4 JBL is synonymous with top quality audio products, and the JBL Charge 4 does well to maintain this good reputation. The portable bluetooth speaker features dual passive radiators to keep the bass thumping, and an IPX7 waterproof rating that keeps the music on when at the pool, or even under the rain. For a slightly smaller speaker, take a look at the Tego Audio NOVA mini portable review instead. Pros Waterproof Powerful bass Power bank Cons Not a speakerphone No 360-degree sound Performance You won’t need to worry about your JBL Charge 4 falling into your pool by accident thanks to its IPX7 waterproof rating. This means that you can submerge it in water to a depth of 1 meter for about 30 minutes, and it’ll still turn out okay unlike the Bose Soundlink Revolve. The portable speaker isn’t capable of stereo sound since it has a single driver, but this isn’t something that most owners take issue with. The sound quality is still as good as if not better than that of the Charge 3, with a bass that sounds much more convincing when you’re in a closed space. Design The only thing design-wise that gives an edge to the Charge 4 over the Charge 3 is its wide variety of colors that you now get to choose from. They’re about 12 in total, so there’s a flavour there for everyone. Aside from that, the JBL Charge 4 is also a bit heavier than most bluetooth speakers (like the UE Boom 3), and we think this also translates to a higher sound quality. The speaker comes covered in a nice durable fabric that keeps water outside, as well as a waterproof flap to keep its input/output panel dry. Here, you’ll find a USB-C port for charging the battery, a USB-A port for charging a phone or tablet, and a 3.5 mm AUX output for plugging in your preferred music source. Value The value you get from the JBL Charge 4 is immense since this portable speaker belts out 30 watts of audio which is pretty standard for a good quality speaker, and its support for bluetooth connectivity allows you to play your music from as far as 30 feet away. To add to that, you also can count on the JBL Charge 4 to revive your smartphone in case it runs out of power, since the portable speaker comes with a built in power bank unlike the Anker Soundcore. This keeps your phone alive for just long enough to get to an alternative power source. JBL Charge 4 Wrap Up JBL is one of the brands that pop up when discussing bluetooth speakers, and the JBL Charge 4 continues to prove why. Get this speaker if you don’t mind the little extra weight, and being the go-to-guy who always turns the music up. Performance9.1Design8.9Value8.7Reader Rating3 Votes8.9 8.9Expert RatingBottom Line

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Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Powerful bass
  • Power bank

Cons

The larger JBL Charge 4 is literally a powerhouse — it charges your phone! The smaller Flip 4 is made for taking everywhere. So which one is best for you? Here's how to choose.

Read more on androidcentral.com

Pros

  • USB C charging cable
  • IPX7 water resistant
  • 20 hour battery life
  • Gets very loud
  • Doubles as a power bank

Cons

  • High end is lacking
  • No voice assistant or speaker for phone
  • Heavy for a portable speaker

The JBL Charge 4 features many of the same features as the previous iteration like an IPX7 build and a 20 hour battery life, so is it worth the extra cash?

Read more on androidauthority.com

We tested the JBL Charge 4, the flagship of this popular line of Bluetooth speakers. This versatile, waterproof device sounds great and can go just about anywhere.

Read more on lifewire.com

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Charges other devices
  • Highly durable
  • Powerful, clear sound
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Can t mount to the wall

Due out this fall, the fully waterproof JBL Charge 4 offers improved sound, battery life and USB-C connectivity.

Read more on cnet.com

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