JBL Flip 5 vs Essential - Where are the differences?

Written by Lucas B | published on 18.01.2020 | no comments |
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JBL Flip 5 vs Essential - Where are the differences? After the JBL Flip 5, the manufacturer has launched the cheaper JBL Flip Essential. This of course leads to the question where the Bluetooth speakers differ. It is also interesting to know which JBL Flip is better for you. Let's take a look at the two devices in comparison.

Comparison table

Model JBL Flip 5* JBL Flip Essential*
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Dimension Dimension 6.9x18.1x7.4 cm Dimension 6.4x16.9x6.4 cm
Weight Weight 540,00 g Weight 470,00 g
Output Output 20 Watt Output 2 x 8 Watt
Battery Battery 4800 mAh Battery 3000 mAh
Battery life Battery life 12,0 hours Battery life 10,0 hours
IP classification IP classification IPX7 IP classification IPX7
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth Version 4.2 Bluetooth Version 4.1
Jack / AUX Jack / AUX No Jack / AUX Yes
JBL Connect Plus JBL Connect Plus Yes JBL Connect Plus No
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Differences between JBL Flip 5 and JBL Flip Essential

As the name suggests, the Essential is the small version. But that doesn't mean that the JBL Flip 5* is necessarily better for you.

Briefly described, the JBL Flip Essential* is a mixture of the two predecessors JBL Flip 3 and 4. The look corresponds to the third generation. The loudspeaker of the fourth generation.

Size, weight and appearance

Visually, the JBL Flip Essential naturally has a lot in common with the JBL Flip 5. You see the classic JBL Flip design.

Overall, however, the JBL Flip Essential is considerably smaller and also a good deal lighter in weight:


Both loudspeakers are of course equipped with Bluetooth and can therefore play music wirelessly. However, there are differences in the version. The JBL Flip 5 has the newer version 4.2 and the JBL Flip Essential is supplied with Bluetooth 4.1. In my opinion, this is not a significant difference for use.

Battery life

With the battery we have the next difference. The JBL Flip 5 has 4800 mAh and a battery life of up to 12 hours. The JBL Flip Essential is behind with 3000 mAh and a battery life of up to 10 hours.


Both JBL speakers are advertised with the identical certification: IPX7. This means that both speakers are waterproof up to 1 meter. This is not a particularly high classification. Even the use in the pool can be problematic afterwards. Nevertheless, the manufacturer advertises the products with it.

Sound quality

The JBL Flip Essential has 2 x 8 watts built in. The JBL Flip 5 has 1 x 20 Watt. The total power of the JBL Flip 5 is therefore slightly higher.

JBL Connect Plus

An important difference between the two speakers is JBL Connect Plus. This only exists in the 5th generation. The JBL Flip Essential does not offer this function. So the Flip Essential cannot be connected to other speakers. A function which, in my opinion, but for many people is not relevant.

Which speaker is better?

Let's get to the crucial question: Which JBL Flip is the better choice for you? Of course it depends a little on your situation. Is it a new purchase or do you want to change? So I subdivide this question. It also depends a little on your needs.

New purchase

The JBL Flip 5 is the better speaker. But it also costs a little more.  If you don't need JBL Connect Plus and can work with a slightly lower performance and battery life, then buy the JBL Flip Essential*. I even see the smaller form as positive for transport.

Upgrade from JBL Flip 4

Especially if you own a JBL Flip 4, the question arises as to which model you should switch to. In terms of performance, the JBL Flip 4 is not much worse than the JBL Essential. It therefore makes sense to switch to the JBL Flip 5* in the first line. You can look at the comparison between JBL Flip 4 and 5.

A big difference is the form factor and the weight. Both devices have 2 x 8 watts built in. Otherwise both are IPX7 certified. A small difference is the Bluetooth version. The JBL Flip 4 has version 4.2, the JBL Flip Essential version 4.1.

Upgrade from JBL Flip 3

If you have a JBL Flip 3, a change definitely makes sense. Here you should decide as you would with a new purchase. In both cases you will get much more. If you are on a smaller budget, the JBL Flip Essential* is the best choice. The JBL Flip 5* gives you more power and battery life for a few euros.
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