JBL JBLCHARGE3BLKAM Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Review

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Updated June 27, 2022
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JBL has the kind of popularity and market dominance that every other audio equipment manufacturer would want to have. It’s a brand that is synonymous with quality, and a status symbol that any true music fan would like to be associated with. Among their most successful releases, there’s the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker – a waterproof portable speaker that has an impressive 20 hours of battery life, amazing sound quality, and a great look to it. Hang around for this review to see what else the JBL Charge 3 waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker has in store, and whether or not it deserves a spot on our list of the best Bluetooth speakers.

Why We Like It – JBL JBLCHARGE3BLKAM Waterproof Portable Bluetooth

The JBL Charge 3 portable Bluetooth speaker black is a compact, good-looking source of wireless music playback that produces good sound, and has a battery life that keeps it going for up to 20 hours. In case you want to buy your little one a speaker, the best kind is available in the JBL JR pop speaker review.

  • Waterproof
  • Can connect to other speakers
  • Works as a power bank
  • Heavier than most portable speakers


For those who don’t think one portable speaker isn’t enough to produce a loud enough sound, the JBL Charge 3 is luckily able to connect to other JBL speakers like the JBL charge 4 for example, thanks to a special feature dubbed JBL connect. Through this, you can have up to 3 separate speakers playing powerful stereo sound, and amplifying your listening experience. Aside from that, the waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker can also handle being submerged up to 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes. This means you have nothing to worry about if you get caught up in the rain with it. You can get features like waterproof and JBL connect with most JBL speakers, including what you read in the JBL Flip 4 review.


Unlike the Tivoli Audio Model One, the JBL Charge 3 looks pretty similar to the other Bluetooth speakers in the JBL range. So, there’s really no surprise in terms of design. Like most of the other wireless Bluetooth speakers in the range, the speaker is available in 6 different colors, which is more options than the Tego Audio NOVA Mini portable speaker. Charge 3 also features all of its buttons on the top. There you will find a play/pause/skip button, volume controls, a Bluetooth pairing button, and a JBL connect button. Towards its bottom, there are about 5 LED lights that indicate the battery level, so that, unlike the Oontz Angle 3 Bluetooth speaker, you’ll always know how much juice it has left.


The one unique feature that you’ll get with the Charge 3 that you won’t find with other portable Bluetooth speakers such as the Bose SoundLink Color II Bluetooth speaker is that you’ll be able to charge your mobile devices through its micro USB port. This makes it a reliable power bank especially when there’s no power source insight and your phone is just about to go off. Also, with an IPX7 waterproof rating, the JBLCharge3BLKAM waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker will easily survive a water splash, and still, be able to produce great sound.

JBL JBLCHARGE3BLKAM Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Wrap Up

Despite having later versions that come after it, the JBL Charge 3 remains a stellar choice for a portable Bluetooth speaker, and the many positive customer reviews left by buyers very clearly reflect that. It’s a great speaker to go for if you’re able to pay more for the quality, and with advanced features like a built-in mic, it’s able to work as a speakerphone when you don’t want to speak into a headset or your phone’s microphone.

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