For an elevated listening experience, the JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker lets you enjoy listening to your favourite music whether you’re at home, at the beach, or out and about. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating and a durable fabric and rubber housing to withstand water exposure and day to day wear and tear.
- Dual passive radiators and a dynamic driver deliver faithful sound reproduction with deep bass
- Built-in USB port and power bank enable convenient charging of your compatible device
- Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio playback from up to 2 compatible devices
- Supports JBL Connect+, allowing it to pair up with over 100 compatible speakers without the hassle of wires
How’s the build quality?
The JBL Charge 4 speaker is slightly larger than the previous version, and a little heavier too.
At first glance, the Charge 4 doesn’t look like it’s any different than the previous Charge 3. But if you look a little closer you begin to notice a few slight differences in build, or should I say, in size. The new Charge 4 is slightly bigger by roughly a centimeter in every way, but it’s also heavier by 165 grams (7.05 ounces). While that obviously isn’t a huge deal, it’s not good news if you were relying on the portability of the speaker. If you’re hiking, an ounce in the morning is a pound by the evening. That said, it shouldn’t really make a practical difference in everyday activities. You should be able to throw this in a backpack with no problem.
On either end of the speaker the Charge 4 is still rocking dual exposed passive radiators.
JBL also upgraded the battery from 6000mAh on the Charge 3 to around 7500mAh on the Charge 4. Besides that, the Charge 4 still keeps most of the features that made the Charge 3 so great.
Is the JBL Charge 4 waterproof?
Yes, the tough waterproof fabric makes a comeback along with the IPX7 certification that lets you submerge it for up to 30 minutes in a meter of water. It also floats for a bit if you do drop it in the water so you don’t have to worry about losing it if it falls off of a boat or a deck. These also have the characteristic exposed dual passive radiators on either end just like most of the new JBL speakers over the last few years.
Flickr user rheinitzDespite the metaphor, please resist the temptation to plug your headphones into a spigot.
Up top, you’ll get the playback buttons that are just slightly raised above the fabric along with a power and Bluetooth button. The bottom is a small built-in stand with five tiny LED lights that let you know how much battery life is left when you tap the power button, and around back is a rubber flap that keeps all of the ports protected from water. You’ll definitely want to make sure this is closed if you’re going to be taking this to the beach or rocking out poolside.