JBL is known as first portable speaker for adventure. If you playing or using portable speakers since the early days, should have seen this brand already.

JBL Charge 5 is portable speakers for adventurers with swept two awards.

No need to type a lot to get tired of the fingers. Let’s open the JBL Charge 5 box.

In front of the JBL Charge 5 box, the front package is a white box, the picture of the speaker is clearly visible in the middle. And of course, there must be a picture of splashing water to be a clear communication symbol “I’m waterproof”. There is a Bluetooth V5.1 mark on the bottom of the box and it shows the number of hours the speaker has been used for 20 hours.

The left box shows the awards from the WHAT HI-FI? and reddot winner 2021 comewith JBL PartyBoost function that will allow JBL Charge 5 speakers to be connected with up to a hundred compatible speakers.

The box on the right has the English phrase “Dare to listen” along with a picture of the party which mean that dare and ready to enjoy every new experience.

On the back of the box, there is a picture of a speaker plugging in a charger with English letters that is the signature of this model “PLAY AND CHARGE ENDLESSLY” which is the unique meaning of this speaker model. You can hear music while charging the mobile phone to playing endlessly.

On the left side of the back of the box, there is also an icon at the bottom of the box which emphasizes the hours of use, IPx7 waterproof standard with powerbank and PartyBoots function.

Open the lid of the box and look inside. Inside the box contains

  • JBL JBL Charge 5
  • JBL branded Type C cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety sheet

When opening the box, you will find a cylindrical speaker in a tight package. There is a cushioning material bubble around the speaker. On the side of the speaker is a paper box inside containing a Quick Start Guide along with a USB TYPE C charging cable.


  • Bluetooth version 5.1
  • Maximum music playing time 20 (hrs) (depending on the loudness of the sound)
  • Output power (W) 30 W RMS for woofer, 10W RMS for tweeter
  • Dynamic frequency response range (Hz)
  • Dimensions (cm) 22 x 9.6 x 9.3
  • Dimensions (in) 8.7 x 3.76 x 3.67
  • Weight 0.96 (kgs)
  • Weight 2.11 (lbs)
  • Bluetooth profiles A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6
  • Bluetooth frequency 2400 MHz – 2483.5 MHz
  • Bluetooth transmitted modulation GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
  • Bluetooth transmitter power ≤ 20 dBm (EIRP)
  • Battery Type Li-ion polymer 27 Wh
  • Lithium-ion polymer : 7260mAh
  • Charging time 4 (hrs) (5V/3A)


  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Charging cable Yes
  • Powerbank Yes
  • Waterproof Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Rechargable battery Yes
  • JBL PartyBoost Yes
  • IP67 Yes

The design of the JBL Charge 5 speaker remains the same as its predecessor which the speaker is divided into the front back to pronounce. In the side part is a PASSIVE RADIATOR. For the charging port and the powerbank compartment is located on the back of the speaker.

The design is clearly replicated from the previous generation, JBL XTREME with the body is in a oval rugby shape.

Controls, on / off and connectors are located on top of the speaker. The main material is still a fabric that is durable and flexible in use.

Buttons are made of rubber, which is ready to go whether in the rain forest or the desert.

When placed horizontally, the speaker will spread the sound 180 degrees and can also be placed vertically.


The bottom is designed with a rubber at baseline of the speaker which make speaker does not have to touch the ground directly to preventing contact with the ground. In addition, the rubber base is flexible enough to absorb vibration from the speaker that make the sound better. If the speaker is placed on a level surface, there will be no symptoms of moving from the place where it was placed.

The charging port to be open, without a cover, by charging via USB Type C, charging time from 0% -100% within 3 hours.

The button set is located at the top of the right speaker.

  • Starting with the PartyBoost button coupled with the “Volume Down” button, using a convex button that is easy to press.
  • The center of the speaker has 2 buttons, which are “Power” and “Paring”.
  • There are 2 buttons on the left side, which are Volume Up and Play, using a embossed button. Makes touch and press easier to use.

PartyBoost mode, for this mode will be able to connect the speakers whether they are the same model or other models that support PartyBoost to play music at the same time and can connect to each other up to more than a hundred. If you are wondering which speakers are supported?, notice the infinity mark on the speaker, if there is the same mark, you can press it to connect immediately.

Getting started is easy to use, just press the power button on the top. The speaker will have the unique sound of the JBL portable speaker to be heard as a signal that the speaker has been turned on. After that, press the connect button next to it to Paring (it will also sound a warning), then select connect JBL Charge 5 on the device you want to connect. That’s it, the speaker is ready to work.

JBL Portable Apps

JBL Charge 5 speakers can be connected to the app to view the battery status and adjust the EQ for a variety of sound adjustments. You can also choose to pair two Charge 5 speakers to play stereo sound as well.


Summary of audio JBL Charge 5 comes with JBL Original Pro Sound. Inside comes with Woofer 30W RMS and Tweeter10W RMS, making the Charge 5 a medium-sized portable speaker that provides complete sound. Worth the price until receiving an award from WHAT HI-FI? guarantee

Vocals lead little music. Clear instrument sound. Do not flinch until you feel uncomfortable.

The bass is tight, the impact is tight and the rhythm is good and fun to listen to.

Treble, open-ended, bright sound, catch the end of the sound clearly. Keep all the details of the music intact.

The overall sound dimension is clearly better than the previous version, music fragmentation, high and low sounds are separated from each other, do not overlap each other.

Overall, JBL Charge 5 is a portable speaker that provide a reliable level of sound quality that should have one.

Existing properties and points of note

Almost every JBL portable speaker has a waterproof standard. JBL Charge 5 is designed to be waterproof with an IP67 rating to protect the speaker from unexpected accidents such as accidentally fell into the water not deep and immediately brought up. when the speaker is dry will be able to return to normal use.

The cut off is connect to analog output via Aux cable. This model must be connected to wireless only. Another one that is JBL Charge 5 does not have a microphone which is to note that the new speaker without a built-in microphone will not be able to use the voice command system and can not be used in the form of a Phone Call through the speaker. All of the above is an observation in order to select speakers that meet the purpose of use.


JBL Charge 5 is a portable speaker with good and powerful sound, fun to listen and good music details. It can also wade through with waterproof, dustproof, shockproof which can prevent small accidents.

Imagine sitting by the sea, listening to music through speakers with sound of the waves. What could be better than waterproof and dustproof speakers from JBL? or if playing music and the mobile battery will run out, the speaker can also be used as a powerbank as well. That make you can listen to music continuously throughout the journey. I can say that you will not be disappointed when choosing this speaker.