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JBL Charge 5 Review

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Top experts were pleased with the JBL Charge 5, and they approved it for music, podcasts, and the outdoors. They linked its balanced sound profile, portable design, and great battery life. Testers are also pleased with its IP67-rated waterproof design. However, they were displeased with its lack of voice assistants and lack of stereo.

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Experts praised the JBL Charge 5, endorsing it for music, podcasts, and the outdoors. Reviewers at Sound Guys adored the IP67 waterproof, dust-proof construction. Testers…

Experts praised the JBL Charge 5, endorsing it for music, podcasts, and the outdoors. Reviewers at Sound Guys adored the IP67 waterproof, dust-proof construction. Testers at Tech Hive loved its 58.2Hz to 18.5KHz frequency response range and near-neutral 0.29 slope, producing well-balanced music. It weighed just 2.0 lbs during testing. However, if you need a smaller speaker, consider the JBL Clip 4 review. Reaching an 88.9 dB maximum SPL with a 3.16 dB DRC, this unit is loud, although there’s sound compression at the highest volume. Check out our JBL Boombox 2 review if you require a louder speaker. It has a graphic EQ, and testing revealed a remarkable 14.5-hour battery life. A 125 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 102 ms Bluetooth latency proved to be high. It lacks low-bass and has a 4.27 dB directivity index, offering a mediocre soundstage. Explore our iFox iF012 review for a wider soundstage. Also, the Charge 5 doesn’t have speakerphone functions. It doesn’t support stereo or any voice assistants.

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Reasons to Buy

  • IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof construction
  • Well-balanced sound profile
  • Portable 2.0-lb construction
  • 14-5 hour battery life
  • Dual-device Bluetooth 5.1 connection

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lacks support for stereo
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Doesn’t support any voice assistants
  • Mediocre low-bass
  • Poor Bluetooth latency is not good for movies


  • Battery Life
    20 hours
  • Built In Microphone
  • Charge Time
    4 hours
  • Size
    3.76 inches (h) x 8.7 inches (w) x 3.67 inches (d) (Weight: 2.11 pounds)
  • Smart App
    JBL Portable
  • Speaker Pairing
  • Water Resistant
  • Wattage
    40 watts
  • Wireless Range
    30 meters


The JBL Charge 5 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising waterproof construction and a power bank for on-the-go users. It runs on Bluetooth 5.1, boasting an incredible 328.1-foot Bluetooth range. Find speakers with a similar Bluetooth range in our list of the top-rated speakers. This device also supports dual-device Bluetooth pairing. Featuring a PartyBoost button, it connects to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers. Continue browsing our JBL Charge 5 review below and see how it measures up against the top Bluetooth speakers today.

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  • Rtings

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    JBL launched a bunch of products at CES this year, but few looked to be… read more
  • Trusted Reviews

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    Whether your season is full of trips to the beach or backyard parties, you’ll need… read more
  • PC Mag

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    JBL’s portable Charge 5 speaker delivers surprisingly powerful Bluetooth audio from a compact, waterproof frame,… read more
  • Sound Guys

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    This portable Bluetooth speaker delivers astounding audio considering its relatively diminutive scale. Our main criticism… read more
  • Digital Trends

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    The JBL Charge 5 is a great choice if you’re after a rugged Bluetooth speaker… read more
  • Tom’s Guide

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    The JBL Charge 5 is alright for music. Thanks to its balanced mids, it reproduces… read more

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