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JBL Charge Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black Shadow)

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  • High-capacity, 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Recharges your external devices
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Built-in bass port
  • Versatile, portable design
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Product Information

Color: Black
Technical Details
Brand NameJBL
Item Weight2 pounds
Product Dimensions6 x 6 x 6 inches
Item model numberJBLCHARGESHADOWAM
Connectivity Technologywireless
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FPUYSXK
Best Sellers Rank #1,112 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 12, 2013
  
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model: JBLCHARGESHADOWAM
  • Hardware Platform: Consumer Electronics
  • Color Name: Black

Product Description

Color: Black

Introducing the JBL Charge, the stereo speaker that provides more than 12 hours of playback time from a single charge of its built-in, high-capacity, 6000mAh Li-ion (lithium-ion) rechargeable battery. It can even charge your other mobile devices on the go with its built-in USB port. The JBL Charge wirelessly streams audio from any Bluetooth-equipped smartphone or tablet, and it lets you enjoy unsurpassed portable audio performance from your mobile devices and tablets. With two 1-5/8-inch (41-millimeter) drivers, a built-in bass port, digital signal processing and 2 x 5 watts of amplification, it delivers full-range JBL sound with exceptional bass. Ideal for active, outdoor lifestyles, the portable JBL Charge speaker fits into a backpack and plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can use it just about anywhere. The JBL Charge stereo speaker is a portable audio powerhouse for any environment. Full-range JBL sound - With two 1-5/8-inch (41-millimeter) JBL drivers and a 2 x 5-watt amplifier, the JBL Charge generates room-filling audio. Built for durability - With the JBL Charge speaker, strength isn't limited to audio performance. From its rugged case and grille to the rubber end rings and a rubber cap for its USB port, the JBL Charge has the durability that your active lifestyle demands.Specifications Speakers - Two 1-5/8-inch drivers Power - 2 x 5W Frequency Response - 150 Hz - 20 kHz Bluetooth frequency - 2.402 GHz - 2.480 GHz Battery type - 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable Dimensions - 2-29/32 x 6-29/32 (74 mm x 175 mm)

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Customer Reviews

Volume and sound are both great for this speaker. good purchase for the money. Read more ›
Thats the best speaker hands down but I doubt I would…By no means would I say this device is cheap, the quality is outstanding, consistent, everything works to perfection. Read more ›
I haven't put it through any rigorous testing but I can easily get a full day at the pool or beach with the JBL and a battery sucking…The sound is clear and plenty loud. Read more ›
I use it at home or outside. It's hard to notice it, but the sound is amazing. Read more ›
I first heard my friend's JBL Bluetooth Speaker a few months ago and was extremely impressed. The sound quality was exceptional. I bought this speaker about a month ago and… Read more ›
The sound quality and volume are in good shape. The Bluetooth connection is easy & fast. Read more ›
There was no problem connecting with my iPhone and the sound has exceeded my expectations. The quality and the volume are amazing considering the size of the speaker. I… Read more ›
This is a perfect product for my office and personal application. The sound quality and loudness is outstanding as compared to its competitors products in the market. Read more ›
This is my third wireless Bluetooth speaker and it stands alone as the finest. Worth the $149. price, the fidelity across all tonal ranges and volumes is surprisingly good. J… Read more ›
The phone showed that the charge was going on and off, until I finally gave up. 3. The base at high volume is poor quality, as some might expect. Read more ›
love the bass. volume is great. easy to use. Read more ›
The medium and high ranges are clear and resonant, and while the…I was considering the JBL flip, but I found that its bass was weaker and its battery life was too short. Read more ›
Great little speaker for the price it so worth it,sounds good bass is great and small enough to take it every where. Read more ›
The charge has a very full sound, playing the full range of frequencies,…Very clear and bass is great in that the speaker doesn't distort unless played extremely loudly. Read more ›
I work in a small, loud and echoy room. The bass levels are really good. My coworker and I listen to everything from dance/electronic, rock to Howard Stern and the bass… Read more ›
The JBL Charge is small but please don't let that deter you as…The bass is awesome and totally complements my Iphone 5S whether I'm listening to Pandora or my own music. Read more ›
I thought it had an excellent sound for a speaker that size. The bass was reasonably deep and the highs sounded crisp. The pairing process took only a few seconds. Read more ›
After a year…I knew options existing that didn't require a bunch of wires or plugged in speakers and prices were fairly reasonable for decent bluetooth speaker nowadays. Read more ›
I'm glad I did. The price is great for the product. At first I was a little disappointed with the sound quality, then I remembered its a compact speaker, I'm not going to… Read more ›
This one is the best.easy to carry.holds charge for 12 hrs. Price is great too. Read more ›
I was really skeptical on the price but after using it and running around with it this past week, I am more than satisfied, I even wrote this…The price is WELL worth it. Read more ›
Unbelievable sound for such a well priced and small package. You got to get one. Read more ›
It probably cannot match the sound of some…For the sound, price, compactness, and features, IMHO, this is the best valued Bluetooth speaker in the $150 to $200 price range. Read more ›
love this bluetooth speaker.. the size is perfect for a bottle carrier on a bike. has great sound. Read more ›
It's got great battery life and a really wide range…The case is helpful, the shape and size work well for tossing it into a suitcase, and the product just looks cool too. Read more ›
I bought the smaller size but I wanted more music time so I bought this size that gave me more…This is a good purchase and the size is perfect and the sound is excellent. Read more ›
However, it is certainly more than loud enough for typical around the house use. It's size is perfect. I am not an expert on sound quality, but I think this little speaker… Read more ›
This product exceeded my expectations. The sound is exceptional for its size. Read more ›
The major benefits of the JBL Charge over the Soundfreaq Sound Kick are its higher maximum volume, slightly better depth of sound, more compact size (though both are easily… Read more ›
I received the speaker set up was easy (although the instructions were printed very small). I was surprised that such a big sound came from a small speaker. Read more ›
5. Easy set up. I have no idea how easily the others are to set up, but I read enough comments to know laptop setup is not easy. (My Jensen speaker never did work with my… Read more ›
I bought this at Thanksgiving after a lot of thinking and when it arrived, the setup process was quite simple. I was able to hook up my mobile with this in less than a minute. Read more ›
I guess you can't take everything that is posted online as the honest to God's truth but I'm glad I got motivated to write this review. Setup was a fast, easy and a breeze. T… Read more ›
I'm not dissapointed. The sound is great and set up is somewhat simple. The instructions are basically non-existent but if you are the least bit tech savy, you will easily… Read more ›
The sound is very clear and can fill a room. Very easy to setup and pair with my phone. All you need to do is hold down the button to turn it into pairing mode, open up… Read more ›
The connection is very easy. The design is very nice too. Read more ›
perfect for beach, can charge cell as we listen to Sirius or Pandora while sitting on beach . Very happy with this design, merchant is fast and reliable Read more ›
Sound is awesome, portability is awesome. Design is cool. Easy to set up with bluetooth. Read more ›
I use it mostly standing up, I think you get a better bass that way. The design is awesome and it's well made. Very durable. Read more ›
I've been mildly interested in bringing my music along on my bike rides without it being in my ears. The Charge accomplishes that and much more in a smart compact design. It… Read more ›
This is the best speaker for golf. It perfectly fits in a cupholder (nice design!). This allows you to point the speaker in any direction without hassle. Read more ›
Once it standup with the subwoofer atop, it boost up the mood of my several bbq party. The bass is ok and treble is quite crispy. I usually listen to light music with this… Read more ›
I can now hear the bass guitar, very clearly. The highs, are nice & crisp as well. It holds a charge, for a relatively long time. Read more ›
But the most impressive thing of all is…The trebles are crisp and clear and the lows are so good that I can feel air coming out of the base ventalation port on the side! Read more ›
Althou…The Oontz xl, I'd say, definitely gives the Charge a run for its money since it is cheaper, but sound-wise does seem to lack clear treble when compared to the Charge. Read more ›
Often have to turn it off and back on again…Not sure why there aren't at least some very basic controls/settings to manipulate (how about simple bass and treble knobs?). Read more ›
It came charged so I was able to pair it up with any of my devices and it worked…I loved the sound, nice highs and bass, which is made better by a bass port on the side. Read more ›
I entitled this review Form Over…The form factor of this device is great-its solid, about the size of a 16 oz BudLight with controls that are extremely easy to use. It… Read more ›
Note: The JBL Charge lacks navigation controls, a mic for phone calls and can only attach to one Bluetooth source at a time. Some may find these details important,… Read more ›
For the golfers out there, it fits perfectly into the cup holder of a golf cart and…The sound quality is very good and the controls are well designed and work flawlessly. Read more ›
1. Make sure you are starting your comparisons of ANY Bluetooth speakers with the volume on your phone and a given speaker set equally in loudness at the lower volume… Read more ›
I don't really see the need to have a remote or any kind of functionality to control your phone, iPad, etc. from the speaker as being that its wireless you can just post it… Read more ›
Sound: The sound on this is great. Great highs, amazing mids, and ok lows. If you're listing to bass heavy hip hop the bass will leave you wanting more but not complaining. Read more ›
It really stands up…It has an amazing amount of bass (for its size)and a clarity unmatched at the mids and highs that the other much more expensive brands couldn't touch. Read more ›
So…3. I mentioned the Soulmate does good, in fact, in the mid volume range, it may have just a "little" bit better overall sound when considering low, midrange, and highs. Read more ›
Outside of that better bass, the Flip and Charge sound very much alike in my A-B comparison. Both are open, clear, and give quite detailed trebble and smooth midrange. The… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

400 of 426 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Calvert on April 8, 2013
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
Ok let me try to keep this as simple as possible. I have both the Flip and the Charge. I also have a Jawbone Jambox as well as other bluetooth speakers. First off the Jambox has it's place. It does a superb job as a speakerphone especially with all of the features it offers. The audio quality is good but it cannot begin to compare with the clarity and volume of the JBL's. Enough about the Jambox, this is a comparison of the Flip and the Charge. First of all JBL did with the Charge what they should have done with the Flip. So here's what you get for the extra $50 bucks. Better bass response, way better battery life, a micro USB/USB charging port and the ability to charge your devices. You lose the speakerphone with the Charge. The worst thing JBL did with the Flip was the flipping charger. USB charging is essential with these small speakers. The second worst thing was the poor battery life. You get around 3.5 to 4 hours if you jam. The 5 hour rating is at lower volumes. Sound quality comparison. Volume is about equal in both speakers. They both put out incredible sound for the size. The volume of either will smoke any other small speaker and go head to head with most bigger speakers. You can rock the house down with either one of them and the clarity of both is outstanding. As I said before, the bass on the Charge is richer but the comparison made me appreciate the sound quality of the Flip which has a decent bass response, especially for the size. The Charge is a little larger and has the bass port which is the reason for the improved bass response. Naturally the overall sound of the Charge is richer and warmer due to the increased bass response but the Flip holds its own.Read more ›
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331 of 353 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2013
Color Name: Grey
I have been looking for a bluetooth speaker for quite awhile now and I initially purchased the Bose Soundlink II. The JBL Charge was not available in a store near me and I opted to purchase a speaker I could listen to in person to determine sound quality and also one that I felt I would have less of a chance of being disappointed with. I didn't want to order something online without being able to hear it in person. As a result, I bought the Bose Soundlink II about one week ago and I was initially impressed, but as the days wore on I couldn't help but feel that it didn't justify the $300 price. In my opinion (I stress the word opinion) the Bose sounded too bass heavy for me, somewhat muddy, and somewhat unnatural in the way that I like my music to sound. If a bass heavy bluetooth speaker is what you are looking for then the Bose is the way to go, but I felt the bass overpowered the vocals as opposed to complemented them. It seemed that the fact the Bose Soundlink II could produce a lot of bass was more important than the way it blended into and accentuated the music.

I continued to search for a JBL Charge in store near me and was excited to see that Best Buy just began carrying it. I went to the store and gave it a listen. It sounded pretty good but I'm not one to crank up the volume in store so I purchased it and figured I would compare it to the Soundlink II at my home. I was willing to live with the bass heavy Soundlink II if the maximum volume was noticeably louder than the JBL Charge. I turned both of the speakers up to full volume in my home and began listening to the Charge. Wow, it was louder than I expected, but it couldn't be as loud as the Bose Soundlink II, could it?
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419 of 465 people found the following review helpful By TheInvisible on April 12, 2013
Color Name: Grey
I was really excited about the positive changes JBL made to its new BT Speaker, nicknamed Charge, as much as I was curious about what exactly has been implemented sonic performance wise in comparison to the Flip. I had a chance spending two hours with both units and listening to them side by side. I have to say what I found is quite interesting: the Charge is definitely not just the Flip with a face alteration and weaknesses enhancements; for better or for worse, it feels to me almost like a completely different product.

First, Above all, the sound:

Granted, they sounded similar, but noticeably different even the first time I turned them on; I felt they almost had a distinctive sound signature when I listened more!

It seems JBL has adjusted the built-in DSP: tuned down the highs a few notches and boosted up the lower end; hence, my overall impression about the Charge was that it was more neutral sounding, with just a tiny bit more bass palpable. So did it sound better than the Flip? Hardly!

David Carnoy from CNET commented in his timely review that the Charge sounded a bit better than the Flip, but didn't bother to elaborate. I would say it's probably a matter of personal preference. To me, with the volume set at 80% and below, the Charge sounded subdued and the added bass was almost negligible in most samples I played, ranging from hip-hop, jazz, ambient, chamber music, country, hard rock to pure vocal. On the other hand, the Flip was significantly brighter, crisp with a sound stage more open. the Charge by no means sounded bad or flat, just quite uncharacteristic, losing the wow factor associated with the Flip. Also, the Flip presented more details - I felt this might have something to do with the reduced highs.
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