JBL Charge 4 vs JBL Flip 5 - What are the differences?

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JBL Charge 4 vs JBL Flip 5 - What are the differences? JBL has several Bluetooth speakers on offer. These include the JBL Charge 4 and the JBL Flip 5. Where exactly are the differences? Which one is better? Which one should you buy? Let's take a look at the two devices in comparison.

Comparison table

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Model JBL Charge 4* JBL Flip 5*
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Weight Weight 960,00 g Weight 540,00 g
Dimension Dimension 22x9.5x9.3 cm Dimension 6.9x18.1x7.4 cm
Battery Battery 7500 mAh Battery 4800 mAh
Battery life Battery life 20,0 hours Battery life 12,0 hours
Charging time Charging time 4,0 hours Charging time 2,5 hours
Akku Anzeige Akku Anzeige Yes Akku Anzeige Yes
Output Output 30 Watt Output 20 Watt
IP classification IP classification IPX7 IP classification IPX7
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof 1 meter, 30 minutes Waterproof / Swimproof 1 Meter, 30 Minuten
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth Version 4.2 Bluetooth Version 4.2
Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte 2 Koppelbare Bluetooth Geräte 3
Jack / AUX Jack / AUX Yes Jack / AUX No
USB Charge Port USB Charge Port Yes USB Charge Port No
Freisprechen Freisprechen No Freisprechen Yes
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Differences between JBL Charge 4 and Flip 5

Overall, the two loudspeakers differ primarily in size and thus in performance. The JBL Flip 5 is somewhat more up-to-date in terms of its technical status. You can also see this in the comparison between the JBL Flip 4 and Flip 5. The basic differences between the Flip and Charge series remain the same.

Weight and size

The JBL Charge 4 weighs 960 grams and thus comes close to the limit of 1 kilogram. In comparison, the Flip 5 is a lightweight. At 540 grams, the speaker weighs almost half as much.

In size, the batch measures 4 22 x 9.5 x 9.3 cm. The Flip 5 is 18.1 x 6.9 x 7.4 cm. Thus the batch is somewhat larger. Also a small reason for the higher weight.

Battery life

However, the battery is primarily responsible for the high weight. The JBL Charge 4 has a battery capacity of 7500 mAh. The Flip 5 offers only 4800 mAh.

Of course, this also affects the battery life. The JBL Flip 5 can play up to 12 hours of music. Charge 4 here is up to 20 hours. That is clearly more. Of course, this always depends on the volume and sound setting.

Logically, the charging time is also different. Charge 4 needs about 4 hours to be charged. The JBL Flip 5 can already be charged in 2.5 hours.


The JBL Charge series is characterized by the function of the Powerbank. In addition, the speaker has a USB port through which any device can be charged. The loudspeaker also serves as a Powerbank. The JBL Flip 5 cannot do this. Just like the Flip 4 or its predecessors.
Connections and technology
In terms of technology, the Flip 5 is a bit more advanced than its predecessor. Thus both devices, Flip 5 and Charge 4, have a USB-C port.

Only JBL Charge 4 has an AUX input, JBL Flip does not and therefore cannot play any music via cable.

In the Bluetooth version, both JBL devices offer Bluetooth 4.2. However, up to 3 devices can be paired with the Flip 5. With the Charge 4 only 2 devices can be registered at the same time. With both, only one device can play music at a time.

The JBL Charge 4 has a little more power. There we get 30 watts. The JBL Flip 5 offers only 20 watts here.

A small, probably for many not relevant difference, lies also in the handsfree. This is only available with the JBL Flip 5. The Charge 4 has no built-in microphone and can therefore not be used for telephoning.

JBL Connect Plus & JBL Party

Both loudspeakers have the possibility to connect several JBL loudspeakers together. However, this happens with different technology. The JBL Charge 4 works with JBL Connect Plus. The Flip 5 works in JBL party mode. This does not connect Charge 4 and Flip 5 devices.

Which speaker is better?

In summary, it can be said that the JBL Charge 4* only has more battery life and power. It can play a little louder music. This of course makes the Charge 4 a bit bigger and heavier. Technically, both devices are on the same level.

The Flip 5* also offers a hands-free kit. The Charge 4 offers you the possibility of a Powerbank.

If you need a power bank and a little more power, then the JBL Charge 4* is your choice. If a slightly smaller speaker is enough, the JBL Flip 5* is the perfect choice.
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