JBL Charge 3 vs Charge 4


JBL Charge 3 vs Charge 4 comparison shows they are almost similar with slight differences. Choose JBL Charge 3 if microphone for voice assistant and taking phone calls is important for you. Compared to the Charge 4, the Charge 3 will deliver stereo sound. This makes subtle improvement in the audio performance. Choose the Charge 4 if you seek good sound along with deep bass. They have sturdy built and long battery life but the Charge 3 is less costly than the Charge 4.


Our Verdict:

Although there are differences between the JBL Charge 3 and Charge 4, they are similar sounding speaker with slight change. The Charge 4 is slightly better than the Charge 3 with powerful bass. These speakers are suitable for music of different genres. For movies, they show average performance with good vocal clarity. Overall, these speakers have good value for its price.

Pros
  • cheap
  • stereo sound
  • decent bass
  • balanced sound
  • great value for money 
Cons
  • does not have woofer driver
Pros
  • easy to carry
  • decent sound with bass
  • supports both wired and wireless connection
  • low Bluetooth latency
  • long battery life
Cons
  • no EQ options
Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Charge 3

JBL Charge 4

Brand Name

JBL

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.9
5.2
Music:
6.77
5.7
Movies:
6.54
5.7
Outdoors:
6.91
6.9
Podcasts
7.27
6.9
Voice Assistant:
7.09
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Home Bluetooth Speaker , Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2016
2019
Power Source
AC & Battery
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Good
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
No
Unspecified
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Unspecified
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Gray, Teal, Red, Blue, Black
Black, Black Camo, Blue, Camouflage, Grey, Green, Pink, Red, Sand, Teal, White, and Yellow.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
Twelve
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
AC & Battery
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
1.76 lbs
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Volume:
99.7 in3
119 in³ (1,943 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth and Wired
Bluetooth and Wired
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
12 hours
13.1 hrs
Charging Time:
4.5 hours
4.0 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
Micro-USB
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
4.1
4.2
Bluetooth Range:
N/A
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
N/A
16 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
N/A
15 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
Yes
Yes
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
N/A
Yes
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Good
Great
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
Yes
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
Yes
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
Yes
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Google Assistant:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Microphone Mute:
No
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
Okay
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
JBL Connect
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
No
No
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Sub-Par
Soundstage:
Fair
Dynamics:
Alright
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Charge 3 speakers, Micro USB Cable, Safety Sheet, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card
JBL Charge 4 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable
User manual:
Yes
Yes
Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

Comparatives Review


Design and build:

The Charge 4 and 3 are cylindrical speakers available at multiple color options. They have similar size and weight. Although they are portable, due to their weight, it is difficult to take them anywhere like hiking, climbing, etc. The speakers are suitable to take outdoors without any worry as they have IPX7 rating.

Performance:

Comparing JBL Charge 3 vs 4, the Charge 3 can play in stereo mode whereas the 4 plays in mono. The Charge 3 and 4 supports aux input and Bluetooth connectivity. Charge 4 has the updated Bluetooth 4.2 version. The JBL Charge 3 has 2 2" drivers and 2" passive radiators. It uses DSP to improve the sound. Although the drivers are smaller than the Charge 4, the stereo sound gives the real taste of music making them more lifelike.

When placed outdoors, it is capable of producing sound within 20 ft range. It has clean and deep bass but the Charge 4 has more powerful low ends. JBL Charge 4 has 1 3.5" x 1.9375" driver and 2 2.25” passive radiators. Similar to the Charge 3, it can get quite loud for compact spaces. They can easily fill up medium sized rooms.

It is best to play them at moderate volumes to avoid noticeable distortion. The Charge 4 has an average soundstage with decent focus. None of the speakers have EQ settings which might have improved the performance further. Both these speakers sound bigger than its size.

Connectivity:

Both these speakers have aux input along with Bluetooth. The Charge 4 has the updated Bluetooth 4.2 version. It has very low latency which means you can easily watch movies without any lip sync issue.

Multiple speaker pairing:

They use JBL Connect+ and Connect feature to pair with other JBL speakers. Make sure to note that the Charge 3 works with the older Connect supported speakers whereas the 4 will be compatible with Connect+ supported speakers only.

Battery life:

Although the speakers are advertised to have a battery life of 20 hours, we tested them for couple of days to realize it is much lower. The Charge 4 lasts around 13 hours and the Charge 3 around 12 hours. In terms of battery life, there is no clear winner.

Microphone:

Comparing JBL Charge 3 vs Charge 4, the Charge 3 has a microphone. With this you can take phone calls through the speaker. Press the play/pause buttons to answer or end phone calls. It also supports voice assistants via smartphone like Siri and Google Now. 7

Control options:

The speaker has controls like volume up/down, play/pause, Bluetooth and Connect+/Connect functions. The Charge 3 has some additional function like activate voice assistant or receive/end phone call. For that there is no additional control, it uses the play/pause button. They use JBL Connect app which is later on named as JBL Portable.

Cost:

 JBL Charge 3 vs Charge 4 price comparison shows that the Charge 3 is cheaper. While both are affordable and available under $100, choose the Charge 3 if cost is a major concern for you.

FAQ:

How to reset JBL Charge 3?

Turn on the speaker, then press the Bluetooth and + button together. Wait for some time so that the speaker turns off. Then turn back the speaker and look for the LED to glow blue. This indicates the speaker reset is complete.

Which one is the louder speaker than the JBL Charge 4?

JBL Charge 4 has average loudness. If you want a louder speaker check the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom. With higher SPL it is suitable for larger gatherings and parties.

Where to Buy
Ali-Expess
Wallmart

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