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JBL Charge 5 with Powerbank

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Product Overview

JBL Charge 5 is a weather-sealed Bluetooth speaker that also acts as a USB-C powerbank. Like other premium wireless speakers from JBL, the Charge 5 features the company's JBL Signature Pro Sound. The Charge 5 continues to carry the series' IP67 water- and dust-proof rating.
The Charge 5 features a 27Wh / 7500mAh battery pack that offers 20 hours of playtime. Its racetrack woofer is aided by two passive radiators, providing better-controlled bass while maintaining weather sealing.
Available in a large selection of colors, the Charge 5 supports JBL PartyBoost: multiple compatible wireless speakers can form a multi-speaker network for larger outdoor parties on the go.
Alongside the Charge 5, JBL also recently refreshed its Xtreme, Flip, and Boombox series Bluetooth speakers.


What we found

  • Powerful Bluetooth audio from a compact, waterproof frame
  • Dustproof and dustproof
  • Easy to use
  • Wireless charging
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found

External score 76%
  • Great sound quality
  • Good directivity
  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable build quality
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No wireless charging
  • No EQ optimisation
  • Somewhat expensive for what it offers
  • No built-in EQ

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 75% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found:
The JBL Charge 5 is a midsized Bluetooth speaker that costs $180. The Portable app’s EQ can take the sound to greater depths when you start to tinker with a balance that works for you. Distortion starts to set in at really high volumes, but holds off enough before you get there.
  • Long battery life
  • Compact, portable design
  • Easy to use
  • Somewhat expensive for what it offers


Reviewer score 85% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
JBL's Charge 5 waterproof Bluetooth speaker delivers powerful audio from a compact frame. It can withstand pouring rain, a dunk in the pool, and getting rinsed off under a faucet without issue. JBL estimates the Charge 5's battery life to be roughly 20 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels. For a bit less, the $149.99 Sony SRS-XB43 delivers reasonably powerful audio.
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Waterproof and dust-tight design
  • IP67 waterproof rating
  • No wireless charging
  • No built-in EQ


Reviewer score 41% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from rtings have found:
The JBL Charge 5 has a well-balanced mid-range that ensures dialogue sounds clear and present in your audio. Its neutral sound profile is also good for listening to a wide variety of audio content. However, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. It also needs to be paired to a second unit to play stereo sound, and downmixes stereo content to mono when using it on its own.
  • Well-balanced mid-range
  • Low latency with iOS and Android devices
  • Comfortable build quality
  • Good directivity
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No sound customization features
  • Doesn't support voice assistants


Reviewer score 87% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from t3 have found:
The JBL Charge 5 has an RMS power output of 30W + 10W with a new wider 52 x 90mm bass driver and a separate 20 mm tweeter. An IP67 rating means it's waterproof and dustproof so if you do get caught in the rain then you won't need to worry about damaging the speaker. Bluetooth 5.1 was reliable and worked even when I wandered off with my phone. There's no 3.5m audio input to play music through a wired connection though.
  • Punchy, punchy sound
  • Great battery life
  • No equaliser settings
  • No 3.5m audio input


Reviewer score 81% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techradar have found:
The JBL Charge 5 is available now around the world for $179 / £159 / AU$229. There's an additional tweeter in the Charge 5 that helps with overall clarity. Bass is impactful and deep, which is surprising for a speaker of this sound. JBL offers a nice mobile app that allows you to customize its speakers and to download software updates.
  • Great sound quality
  • Decent battery life
  • No 3.5mm aux jack
  • No wireless charging


Reviewer score 80% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from tomsguide have found:
The JBL 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: the UE Megaboom 3. At $179, its list price is lower than that of UE's, but UE's speaker has been out for much longer and sells at a much lower price.
  • Waterproof design
  • Easy-to-hear vocals
  • Wireless charging
  • Battery life could be better


Reviewer score 86% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from whathifi have found:
The JBL Charge 5 is a £200 (£200 AU$300) portable Bluetooth speaker. It boasts marginal improvements over its predecessor, the five-star Charge 4. The 52 x 90mm bass driver is a couple of millimetres wider than before, and there's a new 20mm tweeter. The same 7500mAh battery offers the same 20 hours of playback from a single charge.
  • Punchy, punchy sound
  • Excellent battery life
  • No Bluetooth 5.1
  • No EQ optimisation


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  2. ^ JBL Charge 5 Review. [pcmag].
  3. ^ JBL Charge 5 Speaker Review. [rtings].
  4. ^ JBL Charge 5 review: small speaker, serious sound. [t3].
  5. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. [techradar].
  6. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. [tomsguide].
  7. ^ JBL Charge 5 review. [whathifi].