JBL Charge 4 Review with Pros and Cons. Is it worth buying?


JBL Charge 4 is the latest addition to the mid-range of the company, which is very reminiscent of its predecessor, both in appearance and in technical specifications and overall user experience.

I wanna tell you something straight away if you have the JBL Charge 3 already with you then it is better to not waste your money by buying the
JBL Charge 4. If not, You must keep reading.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with good sound quality, an astounding bass and waterproof, Charge 4 is just right for you.

I have been using the JBL charge 4 for the last 3 months and here I present you the complete review of the mid-range Bluetooth speaker from JBL. So without further ado let’s get started.


JBL Charge 4 review

The solidity is one of the elements that has always distinguished the Charge line and this JBL Charge 4 obviously is no exception. The speaker is made with excellent materials and transmits a great feeling of strength. The edges are rubberized and suggest that the speaker can withstand some fall (although obviously, we advise you against doing so), but above all the external coating guarantees complete waterproofing.

JBL Charge 4, in fact, enjoys IPX7 certification. It can, therefore, be immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for half an hour without problems and this, as always, makes it the perfect speaker for outdoor parties, without the fear that splashes or rain showers can ruin it.

If you are someone who quite often spends time in a swimming pool, leave it at the edge of the pool and answer to anyone if you worry that everything is ok, the JBL Charge 4 is waterproof.

The keys, positioned in the upper part, press well (although only the two central buttons are “raised” and have a profile around) and give excellent feedback to the click. At the two side ends you can admire the two passive woofers, which are a sight to watch when listening to some good hip hop with bass pumped.

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On the base, we find a series of LEDs that indicate the remaining charge, while on the back we have a cover that protects all the available connectors from the liquids. We also have the audio jack, for analogue connection to the speaker, standard USB, to use the Charge 4 as a power bank and recharge your smartphone and USB-C, because we’re in 2019 and I don’t see what another standard should be used for charging devices.

Joking aside, finally, something seems to be moving in this field and JBL has adopted a Type-C connector, this is one of the (few) steps forward compared to Charge 3, which – as we will see later – looks a lot like this successor.

Audio features and quality

We mentioned it and we repeat again the JBL Charge 4 is really very similar to its predecessor, for features, audio quality, and overall user experience. On the other hand, the price of the two models is almost always aligned on Amazon, and for a few more bucks it is worth buying the latest version.

Besides the USB-C, the main difference between the two models is a slightly different audio profile. As always JBL bets a lot on the bass, which is undoubtedly the most valued frequencies of its speakers, but in this JBL Charge 4, we have a sound slightly more balanced. But the net of the differences with its predecessor (which are minimal), how does this speaker sound? Very good, especially for bass lovers.

The name of JBL is a guarantee and this Charge 4 does not disappoint. The sound is rich and full of details, hardly anyone will be disappointed by the audio quality. Speaking of personal tastes, I might have preferred slightly less pronounced basses; but it is also true that then I let myself be carried away by the groove , I remain enchanted watching the woofers that dance to the rhythm of music and so I think that all in all these basses do not displease me mica.

The volume reaches very high levels and only bringing it to the extreme is perceived some (minimal) distortion. On the other hand, in several weeks of use I never felt the need to bring the volume above 75% (approximately), even when I used it outdoors.

Speaking of using the outdoor case, you can take it with you without too much trouble because the battery life is very generous: about 20 hours of battery life at medium volume, a decidedly remarkable value that will allow you to use the JBL Charge 4 for a day uninterrupted reproduction or even for weeks, if you are someone who uses it for a little part of day.

Bluetooth is at version 4.2 and considering that we are talking about a speaker of a high-end level it is a bit of a shame not to find version 5.0. In terms of connection, obviously what’s not missing is JBL Connect +, the company’s proprietary technology that allows you to connect up to 100 JBL speakers and play music in unison.

JBL Connect + is one of those functions that hardly interest a user who is about to buy his first Bluetooth speaker, without too many words, I believe that for most buyers the dedicated button will literally remain unused. On the other hand, if you have another JBL speaker or a friend who owns one, organize a party and JBL Connect + will give you great satisfaction.

But something that is to be noted, despite the cylindrical shape, the sound is not 360 ° the sound comes only from the front.

Finally, unlike most speakers on the market the JBL Charge 4 does not include a microphone and, consequently, cannot be used to talk on the phone hands-free. Personally speaking, I don’t think it’s a big problem and despite having reviewed dozens and dozens of Bluetooth speakers, I’ve never used one to make a hands-free phone call except to test the microphone. On the other hand, if you happen to receive often hands-free calls, keep in mind that with Charge 4 you won’t be able to do it.

JBL Charge 4 Price

JBL Charge is available in as many as 12 colors, at a price that currently goes up and down a lot. The price at the time of writing this article is Rs. 12,999 listed on Amazon India.

The price is not low but, all in all, it is commensurate with the quality of the device, which is a durable, durable product with good sound quality.

JBL Charge 4 Verdict

JBL Charge 4 is an excellent choice if you want a speaker that will give you an amazing experience of sound with good bass and has waterproofing protection. For the money you spend you definitely won’t regret buying it. The speaker has excellent sound quality, lasts all day long and even with all kind of abuse it can go a long way without complaints. The only major cons I would say is no microphone in the speaker and the version of Bluetooth on the speaker is kind of outdated.

The other notable drawback of JBL Charge 4 is the missing of 360-degree sound and yes it is disappointing that even after paying such a big money we don’t have the 360-degree sound option. You can go for the JBL Pulse 3 as it is a good alternative to Charge 4 but only at the expense of the battery and sound quality.


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