JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – : Better than Dr Beat PIL

I find it has a bit too much bass, though that can be altered using your phone’s preferences in some cases. I wouldn’t say it fills a room well, unless you have the volume way up (and it can go very loud). You need the front pointing towards you in order to get the full range of sound.

This speaker is amazing, i love iti use it everyday paired to my samsung j5 phone. Perfect for around the house/garden, in the car, camping. I took it to work and paired it with 3 different phones (iphone and samsung) without issue, allowing everyone to change volume or tracks whenever they wanted. The volume is substantial but not overly loud. It seems crisp enough in quality with a decent amount of bass and the blue tooth range was pretty terrific. My plan is to take it out kayaking so fingers crossed it’s as water resistant as they say.

For me it is a great size and has wonderful sound. It packs a good sound punch for its size. I love the camouflage colouring too. It seems very robust and no signs of any of the ‘faults’ that some others have complained about.

Can’t beat the bass for the price. Would prefer a better battery life and it should use usb-c to charge now as i would be able to charge it from my phone cable. I’m being picky but overall very happy and the waterproof rating is nice comfort for using it wherever.

  • 10000000% recommend
  • Best buy this year. Thanks JBL big shoutout!
  • Portable and Effective

JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

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  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming: Connect up to three smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing powerful stereo sound
  • 6000 mAh power bank: Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges smartphones and tablets via USB
  • Speakerphone: Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echocancelling speakerphone
  • IPX7 waterproof and lifestyle materials: Durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge charge 3 in water
  • JBL Connect: Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience

I bought this for my daughter last christmas – i scored a first. Almost a year on she still thinks this machine is the business. It’s the one gizmo i’ve seen her not get bored with. She travels a lot and next to her passport, its this bluetooth goes with here everywhere. Compact and solid, the green colour definitely stands out.

I use this for work, it will go 3-5 days without needing a charge depending on volume (around 25-50%) the sound quality is excellent, the mids are a little flat on low volumes, but at 50%+ they are better. (can be tweaked with an eq) the volume goes very loud without distorting all the way up to 100%. The bluetooth pairing is seamless and once paired just turn it on and it connects straight away. Fully waterproof so would be a great holiday accessory. Only issues i have are the sealed flap protecting the charger port is tough to get into (i use a coin to pry it open) but it’s a small price to pay for full water proofingthe stitching is a little frayed around the edge, but very minor and hasn’t worsened in the weeks i’ve been using it. Well worth the £120 i spent on it, and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if it’s on sale.

Goes really loud, dont need all the power for me, battery is good lasts all day. I think i paid £100 or so, really good deal.

This speaker is one of my all time favourite purchases of this year. I was deciding between this, the ue boom 2 and a bose speaker but ended up going for this one for a few reasons. I love that this is waterproof – pouring water in the ends with music with a heavy bass playing is a great party trick. The sound quality is phenomenal no matter how high the volume. I love that you can connect other jbl speakers (i will definitely be purchasing more from this brand) if you’re stuck on what to get i would 10000000% recommend this product and i have done extensive research.

Been looking for a while for decent bt speaker with a meaty sound to it. Sitting outside with cool box. Had tried some of supposed top ones but this one is way best sound, easy to use etc.

I bought two to use in stereo. Impressive bass for their size.

I purchased this for my daughters birthday after i had read a load of reviews for this and similar models. This model and brand came out as one of the best pil speakers, ticking all the different sound boxes. It is a fantastic product, would def recommend.

Impressive sound quality and the bass is well rounded. I have had this product for a few days now and i am impressed however, there seems to be an issue with the bluetooth connectivity, the speaker seems to get confused between two devices, like when altering between laptop and phone. The connection gets lost and once paired the speaker sound quality is poor for around 10s.

Very long battery life, great sound and volume. Added features are very useful. Would be nice to be able to connect mutliple people to the same speaker like the older ones.

Of course, this is an excellent product because it’s from jbl. The sound is great and the battery has a long life. About the waterproof i never tried, but i belive it can work because i saw one review on youtube about this. In general the product is very good but a little expensive.

Maybe not the loudest but the build quality is excellent. Sound quality varies immensely depending on where the speaker is placed. The fact that you can drop this into the bath without damaging it was the trade off for me against another speaker that may (or may not) have had a slightly better sound quality. Also, i use ‘replaio radio’ app which has an equalizer. Set on super base the speaker sounds so much better.

Place it in good area and the sound is great. Bought for my son who is a plasterer and he loves it for work. Calls it the little red beast. Very good value and great battery life aleasy to charge.

Was a gift for someone tho i have tried it myself. The sound clarity is magnificent. Tho it’s forte is the bass (which is positioned on the sides) and it’s unreal the overall sound and the quality provided is absolutely worth the money.The person whom i gave it, it’s lovibg it.

As good as sonos for sound quality and incredibly well built.

I really mean it when i say there is nothing better. Dont waste your time even trying to compare this with any other speakers. You may find 360degree sepakers and all that but nothing can beat this. Great build product, awesome sound and battery life with the added advantage of a power bank. It says splash proof but never tried that.

I like loud music with good bass, but this has exceeded my expectations of what a portable speaker could do. Beats both my family’s soundbars in volume, and the bass is on par with the best one. Very tempted to buy another or two for the surround sound link system they have.

Great speaker – good quality sound and volume for its size. Haven’t tested it’s waterproof-ness as yet.

I’ve been in desperate need for a speaker but not just any old one, a real good quality one. I have to say even though i knew it would be loud cos jbl always deliver, i did not expect the sound quality to be as great. Like literally even at it’s highest volume you can still hear every sneer and kick in your music.

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  1. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    I spent ages looking at reviews. I chose this as i liked the look of it and reviews were good but from the first moment i turned it on, i was utterly disappointed. 9 out of 10 tracks i tried sounded terrible. One sounded crisp but this speaker just doesn’t sound clear. I suspect it’s suitable where noise rather than crisp sound is required. I wanted a speaker for running on my treadmill, use in my office with my laptop and twice a week in a local hall when i am sparring with my two boys for practice. It’s muffled on most tracks and just disappoints. It’s a shame as i like the size and fact i could charge a phone off it. I bought a ultimate ears megaboom and it’s awesome. Great sound, great app and i am very impressed.
    • I spent ages looking at reviews. I chose this as i liked the look of it and reviews were good but from the first moment i turned it on, i was utterly disappointed. 9 out of 10 tracks i tried sounded terrible. One sounded crisp but this speaker just doesn’t sound clear. I suspect it’s suitable where noise rather than crisp sound is required. I wanted a speaker for running on my treadmill, use in my office with my laptop and twice a week in a local hall when i am sparring with my two boys for practice. It’s muffled on most tracks and just disappoints. It’s a shame as i like the size and fact i could charge a phone off it. I bought a ultimate ears megaboom and it’s awesome. Great sound, great app and i am very impressed.
      • I have the jbl portable for backpack and i have been using it for over five years, so when a colleague in the office bought the jbl charge 3 to the office, i couldn’t resist having a good look at it. The charge 3 is one of the best, this product has a good sound and makes my listening to music a pleasure. The bluetooth connects so quickly. For a product so portable, the sound is great and easy to use. Intend to buy another one so that i can connect both speakers. The price is worth it and so far i have been using this product for almost a month now without any complaint.
  2. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    I have the jbl portable for backpack and i have been using it for over five years, so when a colleague in the office bought the jbl charge 3 to the office, i couldn’t resist having a good look at it. The charge 3 is one of the best, this product has a good sound and makes my listening to music a pleasure. The bluetooth connects so quickly. For a product so portable, the sound is great and easy to use. Intend to buy another one so that i can connect both speakers. The price is worth it and so far i have been using this product for almost a month now without any complaint.
    • Send this back as the sound quality wasnt great compaired to the bose revolve and mini 2 i had, although the bose ones has to be returned due to them being faulty. My parents have had one of these and around 1 year now and its still going and they have used it out in the garden etc with it being water proof. They love it so the battery life and durability score a 5 from me. I just didnt like the sound compaired to my bose but as i have said the bose broke so this is better looking back.
  3. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Send this back as the sound quality wasnt great compaired to the bose revolve and mini 2 i had, although the bose ones has to be returned due to them being faulty. My parents have had one of these and around 1 year now and its still going and they have used it out in the garden etc with it being water proof. They love it so the battery life and durability score a 5 from me. I just didnt like the sound compaired to my bose but as i have said the bose broke so this is better looking back.
    • Omg this is such an impressive little speaker. It’s about the size off a large can of beer. The sound from it is just amazing and loud, and it has quite a bit of bass to it, it is supposed to be waterproof so it is excellent for using outside in the garden for parties etc.
      • Omg this is such an impressive little speaker. It’s about the size off a large can of beer. The sound from it is just amazing and loud, and it has quite a bit of bass to it, it is supposed to be waterproof so it is excellent for using outside in the garden for parties etc.
  4. The speaker itself is a 5* product, however the charging cable is terrible. It is flimsy and badly made. Mine broke off inside the unit after a few uses. The cable is a micro sd so easily replaced. But it is not the original so therefore is unacceptable. I have products for a fraction of the price that have better charging equipment. The orange charger and lead look good but are effectively rubbish and not to the standard required. Probably a minor issue for many but i expected better.
  5. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    The speaker itself is a 5* product, however the charging cable is terrible. It is flimsy and badly made. Mine broke off inside the unit after a few uses. The cable is a micro sd so easily replaced. But it is not the original so therefore is unacceptable. I have products for a fraction of the price that have better charging equipment. The orange charger and lead look good but are effectively rubbish and not to the standard required. Probably a minor issue for many but i expected better.
    • Bought this on the basis of good reviews. It is well made and everything works well. But the sound quality is very muffled, especially for spoken word. As i listen to radio 4 mostly, this is a problem for me. Jbl offer no way to adjust the eq, so i have downloaded an eq app for my laptop, which is a workaround. I haven’t yet found an equivalent app for my phone, so the unit doesn’t get used very much (the sound of spoken word on my phone is better than on the charge 3). I used to work in sound recording, and as a rule i really like jbl kit. I just wish they would release some kind of eq adjustment for this speaker. This omission really lets the device down.
  6. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Bought this on the basis of good reviews. It is well made and everything works well. But the sound quality is very muffled, especially for spoken word. As i listen to radio 4 mostly, this is a problem for me. Jbl offer no way to adjust the eq, so i have downloaded an eq app for my laptop, which is a workaround. I haven’t yet found an equivalent app for my phone, so the unit doesn’t get used very much (the sound of spoken word on my phone is better than on the charge 3). I used to work in sound recording, and as a rule i really like jbl kit. I just wish they would release some kind of eq adjustment for this speaker. This omission really lets the device down.
  7. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Despite having newer models of jbl charge i chose this because of the dual speaker configuration instead of the newer models which have one large speaker in the middle. (this can only be known if you ever come across a dismantled jbl charge speaker). For it’s size, the sound quality and bass is quite impressive. Also plus point for being waterproof. Travel friendly, durable and also a very impressive battery life versus charge up time. Good for movies but dock a star for sound quality because the sound can be rather 1 dimensional sometimes where the bass and main speakers are not homogenised (ie. The sound can only be homogenised when you are directly in front of the speaker). Nonetheless, for the price point, i would say it is extremely worth it.
    • Despite having newer models of jbl charge i chose this because of the dual speaker configuration instead of the newer models which have one large speaker in the middle. (this can only be known if you ever come across a dismantled jbl charge speaker). For it’s size, the sound quality and bass is quite impressive. Also plus point for being waterproof. Travel friendly, durable and also a very impressive battery life versus charge up time. Good for movies but dock a star for sound quality because the sound can be rather 1 dimensional sometimes where the bass and main speakers are not homogenised (ie. The sound can only be homogenised when you are directly in front of the speaker). Nonetheless, for the price point, i would say it is extremely worth it.
      • Bought this so i could bluetooth spotify from my phone as the spotify capability through the sonos app is not as flexible since it does not show my personal daily mixes. I found this product as good as my sonos speaker and far more versatile. Its ideal if you just need one speaker and is so portable, loud and the battery lasts for days – amazing. Great value relative to a sonos speaker.
  8. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Bought this so i could bluetooth spotify from my phone as the spotify capability through the sonos app is not as flexible since it does not show my personal daily mixes. I found this product as good as my sonos speaker and far more versatile. Its ideal if you just need one speaker and is so portable, loud and the battery lasts for days – amazing. Great value relative to a sonos speaker.
    • My husband very pleased with this. A great improvement on our previous one. Clear sound; more than loudmouth volume for a large room in a house. Good looking and quality spec.
  9. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    My husband very pleased with this. A great improvement on our previous one. Clear sound; more than loudmouth volume for a large room in a house. Good looking and quality spec.
    • The sound is amazingly good for the size. The bass is very present, maybe so to a point where the musing sounds a bit muffled. I tweked equalizer i’m spotify on all my devices and the sound is now just great.
  10. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    The sound is amazingly good for the size. The bass is very present, maybe so to a point where the musing sounds a bit muffled. I tweked equalizer i’m spotify on all my devices and the sound is now just great.
  11. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    It has a really great sound with lows and mids, on highs the bass singles out a little but still has great sound quality. I have dropped this speaker quite alot from about head hight and still seems to remain completely intact and waterproof , and the built in portable charger helps alot when out and about. From my testings this speaker has gone 21 hours from full battery on 50% volumes.
  12. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    It has a really great sound with lows and mids, on highs the bass singles out a little but still has great sound quality. I have dropped this speaker quite alot from about head hight and still seems to remain completely intact and waterproof , and the built in portable charger helps alot when out and about. From my testings this speaker has gone 21 hours from full battery on 50% volumes.
  13. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Fab fab fab – this is the second one we have bought, the firt was for me, the second for our daughter, who carries it everywhere with her , the sound quality is astonishing.
    • Fab fab fab – this is the second one we have bought, the firt was for me, the second for our daughter, who carries it everywhere with her , the sound quality is astonishing.
  14. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Bought this, over a bose, after reading a few reviews. So simple to connect and quite a powerful little unit but compact enough to take on holiday. Happy with the purchase, only given 4 for durability as we have only had it a short time and can’t give a proper score yet.
  15. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    Bought this, over a bose, after reading a few reviews. So simple to connect and quite a powerful little unit but compact enough to take on holiday. Happy with the purchase, only given 4 for durability as we have only had it a short time and can’t give a proper score yet.
    • Good solid quality with a decent sound. I’ll not throw it in the bath to test the waterproof aspect, but would still recommend.
      • Good solid quality with a decent sound. I’ll not throw it in the bath to test the waterproof aspect, but would still recommend.
  16. I am so disappointed in this product and the seller. I received this speaker from hong kong as a present for my brother and i already have a jbl charge 3. The charge 3 came with absolutely no bass, no orange cables and no adapter just two normal white cheap cables for connection. I then realised i paid £6 pound less for this faulty (maybe fake) jbl speaker than a brand new one, original from the store. The refund was accepted and processed but i had to pay the return shipping fees. Do not buy this if you want a good speaker – order it from jbl for £99. 99 with everything in the box and working as it should.
  17. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    I am so disappointed in this product and the seller. I received this speaker from hong kong as a present for my brother and i already have a jbl charge 3. The charge 3 came with absolutely no bass, no orange cables and no adapter just two normal white cheap cables for connection. I then realised i paid £6 pound less for this faulty (maybe fake) jbl speaker than a brand new one, original from the store. The refund was accepted and processed but i had to pay the return shipping fees. Do not buy this if you want a good speaker – order it from jbl for £99. 99 with everything in the box and working as it should.
  18. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    The build quality was sub-standard. The item was too light, sound quality very poor, hissing sound when switched on. Buttons different to genuine article. Comes with an sd card slot which the genuine one doesn’t. It doesn’t link to othewr jbl devices as it should. Packaging came with incorrect leads. This item is undoubtably a fake.
    • The build quality was sub-standard. The item was too light, sound quality very poor, hissing sound when switched on. Buttons different to genuine article. Comes with an sd card slot which the genuine one doesn’t. It doesn’t link to othewr jbl devices as it should. Packaging came with incorrect leads. This item is undoubtably a fake.
  19. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    This was a gift to my partners daughter (a teenager who wanted the beats) she was very pleased with the quality of this one once she put it on 🙂 you get a lot more for less. I will get one for myself eventually:).
  20. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    This was a gift to my partners daughter (a teenager who wanted the beats) she was very pleased with the quality of this one once she put it on 🙂 you get a lot more for less. I will get one for myself eventually:).
    • The jbl charge 3 is sold as a tough, durable speaker. I dropped the speaker from a meter and the outer casing split and the sides completely came of.
      • The jbl charge 3 is sold as a tough, durable speaker. I dropped the speaker from a meter and the outer casing split and the sides completely came of.
  21. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    A good machine for a kids room. Wouldn’t expect anything else from jbl.
  22. This review is from : JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – Red

    A good machine for a kids room. Wouldn’t expect anything else from jbl.
    • Great sound for the speaker good bass easy to connect to your phone great speaker.
      • Great sound for the speaker good bass easy to connect to your phone great speaker.
  23. This was a gift for grandson. I have heard no complaints from him.
    • This was a gift for grandson. I have heard no complaints from him.

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