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JBL Flip 4 Review

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The IPX7-rated JBL Flip 4 is a fine choice for outdoor use courtesy of its 9.4-hour battery, loud volume output and well-balanced sound quality. However, its app doesn’t offer a graphic equalizer for in-depth sound customization.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The JBL Flip 4 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker first announced in early 2017. Weighing only 1.1 lbs, it is one of the best speakers to carry with you easily, and it also offers versatile connectivity since its Bluetooth connection supports multi-device pairing for up to two devices.

The speaker’s battery also lasts up to 9.4 hours, and though this might not be as long as some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market, it offers good sound quality and is well-built to withstand water splashes courtesy of an IPX7 water resistance rating.

Consensus

our Verdict

The JBL Flip 4 is a lightweight, portable speaker with good sound quality, clear vocals, instrumentals, and mids. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver a deep bass range, but it does get louder than the average Bluetooth speaker, with a max volume output of 88 dB that makes it slightly above average compared to other speakers in our verified, tested list. It also has excellent build quality and is rated IPX7 for water resistance.

The Flip 4 has a 9.4-hour battery and takes 3.5 hours to charge. If you’d rather have a slightly longer 12-hour playtime, then check out our Bushnell Wingman review. The speaker also supports multi-device 4.2 Bluetooth connectivity, as it can handle two Bluetooth devices, and also has a super low 36ms and 50ms Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android. It also has a decent range of connectivity, averaging 180.4 ft, but is limited to only one AUX input.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good sound quality
    • The JBL Flip 4’s sound quality is well-balanced out-of-the-box. The vocals and instrumentals are clear.

    • The speaker also gets louder than the average Bluetooth speaker, with a volume output of up to 88 dB. This makes it above average compared to other alternatives in its category.

  • Decent battery life
    • The JBL Flip 4 lasts a tested 9.4 hours, and this performance ranks it in the top 40% of speakers on our certified, tested list.

  • Great build quality
    • The JBL Flip 4 feels solid all-round, and its IPX7 rating makes it immune to submersion in water.

Reason to Avoid

  • No graphic equalizer or presets on its app
    • The Flip 4’s companion app doesn’t allow for sound customization, as it doesn’t have any graphic equalizer or presets.

JBL Flip 4 Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time3.5 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life12 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
DepthDepth2.8"
HeightHeight2.7"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIPX7
SizeSize6.9"(w) x 2.7"(h) x 2.8"(d)
Smart AppSmart AppJBL Portable
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage16W
WidthWidth6.9"
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m / 32 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)9.4333
Volume Output (dB)88
Low End Roll Off (Hz)119.865
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,974.656

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The JBL Flip 4 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker first announced in early 2017. Weighing only 1.1 lbs, it is one of the best speakers…

The JBL Flip 4 is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker first announced in early 2017. Weighing only 1.1 lbs, it is one of the best speakers to carry with you easily, and it also offers versatile connectivity since its Bluetooth connection supports multi-device pairing for up to two devices.

The speaker’s battery also lasts up to 9.4 hours, and though this might not be as long as some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market, it offers good sound quality and is well-built to withstand water splashes courtesy of an IPX7 water resistance rating.

The JBL Flip 4 supports use as a speakerphone and is also voice assistant compatible, while the JBL Authentics 500 is only voice assistant compatible…

The JBL Flip 4 supports use as a speakerphone and is also voice assistant compatible, while the JBL Authentics 500 is only voice assistant compatible but cannot be used as a speakerphone. This makes the Flip 4 more versatile when connected to a smartphone. The Flip 4 is also the more portable pick between the two, as it is battery-powered, while the Authentics 500 relies on a power connection to work. To learn more about it, read our JBL Authentic 500 review, but note that it is significantly more expensive than the Flip 4.

Given its smaller size, the JBL Flip 4 is much more portable than the JBL PartyBox Encore Essential, and it also has a higher IPx7…

Given its smaller size, the JBL Flip 4 is much more portable than the JBL PartyBox Encore Essential, and it also has a higher IPx7 resistance compared to the Encore Essential, rated at IPX4. This means the Flip 4 is water submersible, while the Encore Essential is only resistant to water splashes, making the Flip 4 the safer option for use in a beach or pool setting. The Flip 4 is more affordable and also offers better smartphone versatility, as it can be used as a speakerphone and supports and is compatible with voice assistants. The Encore Essential is not, but if you’re still interested in it, check out our JBL Partybox Encore Essential review.

Unfortunately, the JBL Flip 4’s companion app misses out on a graphic equalizer and presets for more in-depth sound customization. However, the Anker Soundcore Motion…

Unfortunately, the JBL Flip 4’s companion app misses out on a graphic equalizer and presets for more in-depth sound customization. However, the Anker Soundcore Motion X600 has this feature, despite being a bit more expensive than the Flip 4. However, the Flip 4 allows for multi-device connectivity, while the X600 does not. This means owners of the Flip 4 will be able to pair it with two devices at once Here’s our Anker Soundcore Motion X600 review for more details on what else it offers.

Battery Charge Time

3.5 hrs

Wired

3.5 hrs

6 hrs

Battery Life

12 hrs

Wired

6 hrs

12 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

n/a

Yes

Depth

2.8"

10.07"

11.54"

12.2"

Height

2.7"

9.44"

12.87"

6.73"

IPX Rating

IPX7

n/a

IPX4

IPX7

Size

6.9"(w) x 2.7"(h) x 2.8"(d)

10.87"(w) x 12.87"(h) x 11.54"(d)

Smart App

JBL Portable

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JBL PartyBox

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  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The JBL Flip 4 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that comes in lots of different… Read More

    By:

    Sophie Arsenault
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    72
    Packing powerful bass and big volume into a reasonably sized, completely waterproof body, the JBL… Read More

    By:

    Max Mutter
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The JBL Flip 4 speaker delivers strong Bluetooth audio from its modest, waterproof frame. Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The JBL Flip 4 improves on an already-solid speaker line, adding more battery life, more… Read More

    By:

    Michael Gowan
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    84
    If you’re looking for a speaker that’s less than $100 to bring to the beach… Read More

    By:

    Adam Molina
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    82
    A nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Flip 4 is one of the best speakers… Read More

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    David Carnoy

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