JBL Charge 5 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 28 Apr 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of JBL Charge 5 Wireless Speaker with Powerbank
Neoscore* 80%
  • Powerful Bluetooth audio from a compact, waterproof frame
  • Dustproof and dustproof
  • Easy to use
  • Wireless charging
  • Nothing in particular


The JBL Charge 5 is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers at its price point. It's waterproof, has a USB-C charging port, and is PartyBoost compatible. Despite its size, the Charge 5 delivers surprisingly powerful audio from a compact frame.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Charge 5 retails at £160, which is the same price as its predecessor at launch. The Charge 5 is now IP67 certified, meaning it's completely protected against the ingress of dust as well as being able to withstand submersion in water up to 1m in depth for 30 minutes. The driver arrangement has also been revamped, with JBL increasing the size of the woofer by a couple of millimetres and adding a 20mm dome tweeter into the mix. That tweeter adds an extra 10W RMS to the sonic output, bumping the total to a highly respectable 40W R MS.
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  • IP67 certified
  • Dustproof and dustproof
  • Excellent battery life
  • PartyBoost compatible
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The $179.95 JBL Charge 5 is a waterproof, dust-tight Bluetooth speaker. It has dual mono drivers, a slight upgrade over the Charge 4's single 30-watt racetrack driver. The addition of a tweeter adds a touch of extra high-frequency clarity to the mix. JBL estimates the Charge 5's battery life to be roughly 20 hours.
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  • Waterproof and dust-tight
  • Dust- and water-resistant build
  • Wireless charging
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Can create a lot of noise for its size


Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The JBL Charge 5 is available now around the world for $179 / £159 / AU$229. The Charge 5 retains the exposed bass drivers on the left and right of the speaker, which lets you see the woofers moving in and out. Like other JBL portable speakers, the Charge 5 features the “PartyBoost” mode, which allows users to pair a second JBL speaker.
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  • Great sound quality for its size
  • Solid battery life
  • Party Boost mode lets you pair a second JBL speaker to amplify sound
  • Lacks 3.5mm aux jack


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The JBL Charge 5 has a list price of $179.95, and as a new product you're unlikely to find it for much less. The Charge 5 delivers very good sound for a speaker its size, with easy-to-hear vocals and impressive bass. It sounds more balanced than the Charge 4, but it isn't as full or wide as our current Bluetooth speaker top pick.
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  • Great sound for a small speaker
  • Solid battery life
  • PartyBoost works with other JBL speakers
  • More expensive than the Charge 4


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The new JBL Charge 5 is even more durable and better sounding than the four Charges before it. Its predecessor carried an IPX7 rating, meaning it could handle being submerged in water to a depth of 1.5m. The IP67-rated Charge 5 builds on that durability by also being fully dustproof. The 52 x 90mm bass driver is a couple of millimetres wider than before, and there's a new 20mm tweeter.
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  • More durable than its predecessor
  • Durable, dustproof design
  • Wireless charging
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ JBL Charge 5 review: Big sound for summer listening. Expertreviews. 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Charge 5 Review. Pcmag. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  3. 3. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. Techradar. 2021-05-26. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. Tomsguide. 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  5. 5. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. Whathifi. 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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