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JBL - Charge 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black-Angle_Standard

JBL - Charge 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Model: JBLCHARGE3BLKAMSKU: 5097501

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 7499 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker for company to come over

    Posted
    Grhatigan17

    Audio speakers have a purpose of outputting audio at a greater volume than the original device. As a consumer, it is important to invest in a product that provides the best performance. The audio company JBL is recognized for manufacturing a popular product known as the Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. With a purpose of delivering quality sound coupled with high performance, the Charge 3 is without a doubt a worthy investment. While searching for a speaker that is suitable for events where multiple people come together, a friend of mine informed me about the JBL Charge 3. She mentioned the product’s high-quality sound at an affordable price. The product maintains high and low pitches at crisp sound with the advantage of not distorting during the higher frequencies. The speaker is also known for its incredible bass which makes the product truly shine in genres filled with lower frequencies, particularly hip-hop. Aesthetically, the Charge 3 packs powerful sound at an impressive size. Lengthwise, the speaker is slightly longer than the average smartphone at about 8 inches. At such a pocketable size, an important aspect to note is the size of the battery. The Charge 3 packs a 6000mAH battery that is capable of a performance between 16 and 20 hours depending on volume. With a battery of this size, it is mandatory to charge the product for about 4 to 4.5 hours before use for a full charge. The Charge 3 has another pro of being water resistant. This aspect increases the utility of the product. With the ability of being used in locations consisting of a lot of water, the Charge 3 is suitable for trips to the beach, waterpark or even family gatherings at the pool. Personally, I often tend to use the speaker while I am cleaning. With the water-resistant aspect of the product, I am comfortable with carrying it around wet places like the bathroom when I clean. Like all products, the Charge 3 has its fair share of cons. A major problem that I found with the portable speaker is its durability. Due to the Charge 3 being a wireless electronic, the speaker contains waterproofing coupled with Bluetooth technology. The overabundance of engineering with new technology results in a product that is easily broken. One drop from over 4 feet is likely to make the Bluetooth aspect of the device either dysfunctional or broken altogether. Also, the exterior of the speaker uses a soft plastic that is easily scuffed regardless of the severity of the drop. Another problem to note is the wireless range of the product’s Bluetooth capabilities. Regardless of the battery life or climate conditions, the audio quality of the speaker often tends to distort when the Bluetooth source is greater than 15-18 feet away. I have personally found a way around this problem by removing any obstacles between the source and the speaker itself, however, the average consumer may not want to partake in any extra tasks when utilizing the product. Reasons for investing in the JBL Charge 3 are the product’s impressive sound quality, size, versatility and strong battery life. Reasons that may discourage a purchase of the Charge 3 may be the absence of durable materials used externally and the overabundance of features that result in a lower durability factor internally. The JBL Charge 3 has been a worthy investment in my opinion. The product has proved to be a useful tool during times of special occasions, work and even casual relaxation. I also feel that the pros of the product greatly outweigh the cons by a longshot. At only $150 The JBL Charge 3 offers a high-end experience at an affordable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and loud

    Posted
    Alski26
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    I was looking for a good portable speaker and originally was comparing the Charge 2+ and UE Boom 2. I noticed the Charge 3 was released and some things that made me make the purchase were: -Battery life rating: I have to say that so far it has lived up to the long battery life as advertised. -waterproof: I use this at work where there is a potential that I can get wet. After looking at YouTube reviews and seeing someone drop it in a bucket of water and watching it float definitely left a positive impression -sound: this little thing gets pretty loud. I usually only listen to it at half volume and it's well enough for me to hear. The bass doesn't kick like you would expect from a sub woofer but it does have a nice kick to it. The UE Boom 2 has nice highs where you can hear vocals probably a little better but the Charge 3 has a better all around sound in my opinion. One of the things I wish this thing would have had was a lanyard attachment point. it has some good weight on it so carrying it around can be cumbersome because it's not a small speaker. The size is good in my opinion, but I would feel more secure about not dropping it if I could attach a lanyard around my wrist like a Wii remote. If you are in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker I would give this strong consideration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Father's Day Gift Yet!

    Posted
    DADx5
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    Got this for Father's Day and must say it has definitely been the best gift I've gotten yet. I'm a total music junkie and it's a great fit to go along with my Apple music subscription. The sound/volume quality is great and has great bass quality, too. (Note: I've experienced better sound quality off the bluetooth than direct connection with a 3.5mm jack) Besides that, I have five kids that this helps me keep entertained and can still take a rough and tumble from. It's a must at the beach as it floats along lazily on top of a boogie board, but is also submersible, in case of those falls. I even use it to jam in the shower all the time. By far, this is the best bang for your buck! Shout out to my wife for the great choice and to my kids for great color choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm impressed

    Posted
    Tony
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    The little fella is sweet. I've only had for about a month and it's the first Bluetooth speaker I've ever owned. That being said it's a nice piece of equipment as far as my experience goes. I see people complain about sound quality and my answer to that is, use an equalizer with the app that's playing music or get an equalizer app. This little cylinder gets unexpectedly loud as well. I bought this model specifically because of a few main criteria that I was looking for. 1-Waterproof, although nothing is truly "waterproof" I don't have to worry about having it near water or about moisture getting inside the hardware. 2-Battery Life, it's advertised as a 20hr battery life with continuous play at medium volume. Personally I go a week without having to charge it and I imagine others will vary depending on use. All in all very respectable and you can charge other devices via usb port so another plus for that. 3-Price- This speaker is originally $159.99 which is a bit steep I think. BestBuy had online sale that I was able to apply in store plus I had a 10% off coupon which brought it down to $116ish plus tax. Much better :) The JBL Charge 3 has big sound, good battery life that doubles as an external battery, waterproofing gives me less to worry about and more options. Last but not least, for a good price I would by again or recommend to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, not a great as previous model

    Posted
    Napnod
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    Praises - These are wonderful speakers, providing better battery life from previous model (20 hours for charge 3, 12 hours from the Charge 2+) These speakers also reach a higher volume than the Charge 2+ (more robust hardware). The design is much more aestheticastheticly pleasing in my opinion and the waterproof body is a well appreciated correction to the previous model (there was a design flaw in the Charge 2+ in which there was no seal on the ports, leaving them open to the environment). Critiques - The software equalizing the treble and bass at higher volume is not as well designed as the Charge 2+. The body is also teetering on the edge of being a tad too large for my preference in a portable speaker. Also, it would be nice to have a button for moving forward and backward through songs. Overall - I am pleased. Just recommend a better audio quality design update to the software, if possible. After that, 5 stars all the way for me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very powerful. Battery not so much. Overall great

    Posted
    EGray01
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    While Sony makes the best wireless headphones, probably the greatest wireless speakers are made by JBL. I started out with a Flip 4 because everybody was bragging about it. And they were right, I loved it. Resistant to rain, powerful bass, and very clear sound. Superior to Sony speakers. I upgraded to a Charge 3 for the need of more volume and bass, and to charge my usb devices. The battery don't last as long as they say, and that is without using it as a power supply, using it on medium settings i get 8 hours at the most. While it's supposed to be more that 10. That is my only complain, but other than that it don't disappoint. Excellent product

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality > volume

    Posted
    Kevinmejia
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    The sound quality of the speaker is ridiculously good and the small subs on the sides are great at getting those low bass tones but it leaves the subs exposed so it can be easy to damage it if dropped. The usb port on the back is extremely convenient so I can charge my phone while im outside listening to music but honestly the maximum volume was suprisingly low for the size of the speaker but I guess it’s because the size of the long lasting battery that’s built into it. I myself needed a louder portable speaker so I returned the speaker unfortunately but if sound quality is important to you then I would recommend this speaker most definitely but if its volume that you need I would recommend looking into some other speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Must unlock extra bass

    Posted
    GooggiGuy
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    I purchased this as a replacement for an original JBL charge that has started to distort at loud volumes (dropped one too many times). While this speaker sounded great it just didn’t have the same kick that my original charge had. Then upon searching YouTube for possible EQ programs I could use to adjust the frequency response I found the hidden option to enable low frequency mode (not mentioned in JBL’s documentation anywhere). After enabling the speaker has impressive bass for such a small speaker. Shocked that rather than having a hidden mode (hold Bluetooth and volume down for 10 sec) that JBL doesn’t have a dedicated button on the unit for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality for the Size and Price Range

    Posted
    JayCee
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    The JBL Charge 3 is a handy Bluetooth unit that will be easy to take on a trip or hike and seems to have a great ability to maintain a charge. It has a USB port to allow charging of other devices and an auxiliary input as well. The unit is advertised to be waterproof, but I haven't tested that capability. The only drawback to the device for me seems to be a reduction (at times) in high and mid-range sound output while listening to some musical selections. I downloaded the JBL apps associated with the device, but they have no EQ tools. Apps are available for this type of thing, but it's inconvenient that the JBL apps do not provide this capability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but........

    Posted
    Ace559
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    This JBL Charge 3 is what it is advertised to be. Loud, portable, versatile and just down right awesome. It has a very crisp sound (vocals) at loud volumes. The bass isn't too over powering but is nice enough to listen to. Which is also why I am only giving this a 4 star. The sound quality and overall performance are nice but then it does sound a little muffled on certain songs with more bass. Comparing it to the Sony XB30 at Best Buy, the Sony has a more clarity overall but not having bass I went and purchased the JBL Charge 3. But in my opinion, I believe the Jawbone Big Jambox is better than these 2. Me being a music producer and very picky with how i hear my sounds, i like one that has clarity, bass, and overall good sounds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound and looks

    Posted
    Bing
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    This is the second JBL charge, my first one is the second version of the speaker that is a bit smaller in size and has the capability to receive calls via the speaker. With charge 3 version the sound is better and the battery life is further improved, however at the same time the size is bit bigger. Bottom line if you are looking for a super portable, cool looking speaker that is easy to pair and has an awesome sound then this is it. Comparing with the other brands, this speaker has the most value (sound, look, portability, usability) for money. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I saw few things missing, which I liked in the earlier version that I have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More dynamic sound yet still very portable

    Posted
    GeeRoy3
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    I wanted a larger sound capable of filling a one bedroom apt vs a hotel room when I travel for long-term business trips. This fills the order perfectly. It's shape and size makes it easy to grab when I'm moving around the apt before I head to work. Connectivity is quick. Touted to produce more bass than comparable units, I deducted a star for its slightly muffled low-end and overshadowed mid-range. I love bass on the heavy side but it needs to be clear. The most balanced performance occurs when it's sitting on the bathroom vanity and in in the shower. The glass and tile provide the best sound chamber resulting in outstanding lows, mids, and highs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the Job

    Posted
    DonM
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    I needed an easily portable speaker to play music for dance classes and practice. This speaker is compact and easily portable and the sound is loud enough for a typical dance studio. However, when I used it in a large gymnasium the sound was not adequate unless you stayed close to the speaker. One quibble is that the product comes with NO instruction at all on getting started. Set-up and initial charging is pretty simple and intuitive, but I did have trouble getting the Bluetooth to connect at first so was looking through the package in vain for instructions to see if I was missing something. Overall a good product for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    Nyjumpee
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    Had a small Sony speaker before this. .lost it. Replaced with this one after reading good reviews. Great for what we use it for. . portable sound when you're working out, working outside, in the garage, etc. Some of the reviews were from people that owned the previous model and said this one (the "upgrade") didn't sound quite as good as the last one they had. . I have nothing to compare to but it does sound a bit bassy without a lot of the clean highs. .although I'm being nit picking. . .it seems to hold a charge great, connects easily and, again, does the job. . .plus I had $25 off so for around $100 it's nice to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Camping Companion

    Posted
    Timothy
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    I have been very impressed with the JBL Charge 3. Typically I have been using it paired with my Samsung tablet to pipe Pandora out to my front porch while relaxing after work, but also have used it paired with my Droid phone while camping and kayaking. And it has come through it all without a hitch. Good range on the Bluetooth, easy Bluetooth pairing, and excellent volume/power for my usage. Plus the weatherproofing built-in to the Charge 3 makes me comfortable if it does ever get drenched while on any of my excursions. So in my opinion, a great Bluetooth speaker for a reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    JBL Charge3 sounds good

    Posted
    Nadeem
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    As a music teacher, I found the JBL Charge 3 is a quite useful blue tooth speaker for me and my students to share music knowledge and/or practicing acoustic instruments with music tracks, played through phone or laptop. For this purpose, this model can handle well the presence of 15-20 people in my class. Only one thing to mention that when it's played at a maximum volume, the music material suddenly becomes less interesting. Otherwise, It's a well balanced speaker with low, mid and high frequencies at rest volume levels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent product!! But...

    Posted
    MrJC
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    I think this is an awesome little speaker, great sound and bluetooth range, as well as the fact that you can synchronize it with another JBL device. However, I think there should be no limit as to how many other speakers you can synchronize it with. Also, it would be great if the company adds the options of an SD or mini SD card or flashdrive or both. If not on this product, maybe on the extreme since it has a bigger sound for reunions so you can play endless music, the creative roar has that capability. Last but not least, they should give it a wireless option too, not just bluetooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not great

    Posted
    illthreat
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    This have become the reference $100-150 speaker that seems to be the popular choice in it's category. By itself, the sound has rich bass and decent highs, although bright sounding as JBL are. That's both a good and bad thing. These also compliment the larger JBL Boombox well. I have two Charge 3 paired with the Boombox for a store and it fills the room at both low and high volumes with clean sound. Are there better options out there for the money? yes? But this Charge 3 pulls it's own weight. Clearly a contender for this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not great

    Posted
    illthreat
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    This have become the reference $100-150 speaker that seems to be the popular choice in it's category. By itself, the sound has rich bass and decent highs, although bright sounding as JBL are. That's both a good and bad thing. These also compliment the larger JBL Boombox well. I have two Charge 3 paired with the Boombox for a store and it fills the room at both low and high volumes with clean sound. Are there better options out there for the money? yes? But this Charge 3 pulls it's own weight. Clearly a contender for this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    JBL Speakers

    Posted
    Mak1234
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    I have used many speakers in the past such as Logitech, Bose, Samsung, JBL, UBM etc. While it doesn't come near to the sound clarity as Bose, it's of superior to the rest. The base is really good and the sound doesn't get distorted at high volumes. It's also light weight and small but UBM Boom were smaller in size when compared to these speakers. Definitely a bang for the buck. Won't recommend to someone who likes extreme clarity and precision- for them bose would be a better option.

    I would recommend this to a friend