JBL Charge 3 vs 4 - Where are the differences?

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JBL Charge 3 vs 4 - Where are the differences?
After the JBL Charge 3, the manufacturer launched the JBL Charge 4 on the market. Where are the differences? Which JBL Charge speaker is better? Should you upgrade? Let's take a detailed look at the devices.

Comparison table

Model JBL Charge 3* JBL Charge 4*
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Output Output 2x10 Watt Output 30 Watt
Weight Weight 800,00 g Weight 960,00 g
Dimension Dimension 21.3x8.7x8.8 cm Dimension 22x9.5x9.3 cm
Battery life Battery life 20,0 hours Battery life 20,0 hours
Charging time Charging time 4,5 hours Charging time 4,0 hours
USB Charge Port USB Charge Port Yes USB Charge Port Yes
Jack / AUX Jack / AUX Yes Jack / AUX Yes
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth Version 4.1 Bluetooth Version 4.2
Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte 3 Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte 2
IP classification IP classification IPX7 IP classification IPX7
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof No Waterproof / Swimproof No
Freisprechen Freisprechen Yes Freisprechen No
JBL Connect Plus JBL Connect Plus Yes JBL Connect Plus Yes
Automatic switch-off Automatic switch-off Yes Automatic switch-off Yes
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Differences between JBL Charge 3 and JBL Charge 4

The two Bluetooth speakers differ visually in size. But there are a few more differences in detail.

Dimensions and weight

With the new version the Bluetooth speaker has grown a bit. That concerns weight and size:
  • JBL Charge 3: 21.3 x 8.7 x 8.8 cm with 800 grams
  • JBL Charge 4: 22 x 9.5 x 9.3 cm with 960 grams

This means that the JBL Charge 4 is already scratching almost the limit of one kilogram. But even this is still suitable for transport.

Battery life

JBL has made good progress in battery capacity. Charge 3 had 6000 mAh battery power. Charge 4 has much more with 7500 mAh.

However, this doesn't affect the battery life. Both devices are advertised with a battery life of up to 20 hours. Of course, the performance depends strongly on the usage. The louder the music, the faster the battery empties.

The battery life doesn't increase with the JBL Charge 4 despite more capacity, as the new JBL Charge brings more performance with it. This also needs more power.

The JBL Charge 4 can be charged much faster despite a higher battery capacity. The charging time is only 4 hours instead of 4.5 hours.

Both JBL loudspeakers have an automatic switch-off function.

Power and sound quality

The JBL Charge 3 has 2 x 10 Watt installed. The new Charge 4 has only one RMS output. Here with 30 watts however a good number more performance.

JBL has also added to the sound quality for itself. Especially at higher volume the manufacturer has worked on the sound.


The JBL Charge is known for its additional USB output, which is also one of the differences to the JBL Flip. This USB port can be used to charge external devices. So the Bluetooth Box can be used as a powerbank.

Furthermore the Charge 3 as well as the Charge 4 have a jack connection. The speakers can also be used without Bluetooth.

The JBL Charge 4 has a USB-C port, which makes the speaker stand out from the older Charge 3. The predecessor has a MicroUSB port for charging. This upgrade is also responsible for the significantly shorter charging time.


In the Bluetooth version there was also an upgrade. The new JBL Charge 4 is equipped with Bluetooth 4.2. Charge 3 still has Bluetooth 4.1. The new version runs a bit more stable.

Interestingly, with the JBL Charge 4 only 2 devices can be connected at the same time. With the JBL Charge 3 there are still up to 3 devices. In practice, however, 2 devices should suffice. At the same time only one device can play music.


Both speakers are IPX7 rated. Thus both Bluetooth loudspeakers are waterproof to 1 meter and 30 minutes. This should definitely be sufficient for use in a pool or swimming pool.

JBL Charge 3 and 4 can withstand rain and other splash water.


In addition, the JBL Charge 4 has the JBL Connect Plus function, which allows several JBL loudspeakers to be connected in a network. This means that the same music can be played on several speakers. For most people this function will probably not be very important.

Charge 3 has one function more than JBL Charge 4. That would be hands-free. For some reason JBL didn't use this function anymore in the fourth generation.

Which JBL batch is better?

Overall, both JBL Charge models are good speakers. When buying a new one, it makes sense to buy the new JBL Charge 4*. Especially if the price difference is small. You won't get more battery life, but more power and sound quality. In addition, the Charge 4 is at the cutting edge of technology. These include USB-C and Bluetooth 4.2.

Most people will probably be able to do without the hands-free function. Both speakers are waterproof with IPX7.
buy JBL Charge 3
buy JBL Charge 4

Should you upgrade to the JBL Charge 4?

If you own a JBL Charge 3, then you are also well served with the model. In my opinion, an upgrade is not worth it. Only if the volume of the JBL Charge 3 is not enough for you, it would make sense to upgrade to the JBL Charge 4*.
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Lucas ist einer der Betreiber und Entwickler von buffcoach. Obwohl er im Bereich der IT tätig ist, nehmen Sport und Ernährung einen sehr großen Anteil seines Lebens ein. Er trainiert im Bereich des Kraftsports nach Grundlagen von Crosstraining. Sein Ziel ist es stark und fit zu sein. Eine gesunde Ernährung ist damit eng verbunden. Sein Wissen teilt er auf buffcoach.net im Magazin und Forum.
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