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Wirelessly streaming tunes from your smartphone to a portable speaker is great — until your phone runs out of juice. That's not a problem with the JBL Charge. It's a high-quality Bluetooth speaker system and backup battery rolled into one. Its 6000mAh of stored power can deliver up to 12 hours of continuous music playback, or you can use some of that power to recharge your smartphone or other compatible portable device.

Bluetooth connectivity and big sound

The Charge lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. Inside the Charge are two 1-1/2" full-range drivers that deliver clean, clear sound, with a built-in bass port that reinforces the low tones. Thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing, the Charge can produce rich, full sound despite its compact design.

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Convenient portability

The Charge has its own durable neoprene carrying pouch. And remember — slip the Charge into the pouch and you're also packing a handy backup battery. The system comes with an AC wall adapter, a USB adapter and mini USB charging cable. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless operation
  • range: 30 feet
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers with bass port
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • USB charging port (USB adapter and micro USB cable included)
  • 6000mAh built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 12 hours
  • neoprene carrying pouch
  • AC power adapter
  • 6-15/16"W x 3"H x 2-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable Bluetooth powered speaker
  • Soft carrying case
  • AC power adapter (5V/2A)
  • 2-prong AC plug
  • 4' USB charging cable (w/ micro-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

Portable Bluetooth Speaker: The JBL Charge is a self-powered Bluetooth speaker that is ideal for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablets, players and other devices. The JBL Charge portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC or other devices. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information. This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the JBL Charge will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JBL Charge.

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Charge employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using two 1.5" drivers, a 10-watt amplifier, and a built-in bass port, the JBL Charge delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass.

Rugged Design: From its rugged enclosure and grille to the rubber end-rings and a rubber cap for its USB port, the JBL Charge has the durability that your active lifestyle demands. And it fits easily into a backpack, so you can take it from one place to the next. A soft carrying case is provided to protect the speaker during storage or travel.

Versatile Placement: The JBL Charge stereo speaker plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the JBL Charge is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

LED Indicator: A clearly visible LED lets you know when the built-in battery needs to be recharged, as well as when the JBL Charge is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

Built-in Charger: The JBL Charge is capable of recharging the battery of your Bluetooth-enabled device from the speaker's built-in USB (type-A) port. Now you don't need to carry an extra charger to keep your devices powered up. This USB port does not support audio playback.

Rechargeable Battery: The JBL Charge stereo speaker has a built-in, 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery that provides more than 12 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged from the speaker's built-in USB port, using the included AC power adapter or a free USB port on your computer. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

 

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5 out of 5

Great little speaker

Written By Paul, Kingsport TN on Thursday, September 04, 2014
 
Great sound with good bass. Easily connects to my Galaxy Note 3 and the built in microphone is clear when you get a call. Also easily charges your mobile phone, so you don't have to worry about running out of battery life. It was a toss up between the charge and the flip 2,and I'm glad I went with the charge because of being able to recharge my mobile phone. Overall it can't be beat for the price.
Pros:
Easily connects, sounds great, and is loud for such a small speaker and can recharge your mobile device.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

This is a must!

Written By Venegas, Whittier Ca on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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This was definitely a good buy. I have compared it side by side with the beats pill which is $50 more and this sounds much better. This has better, deeper, louder sound. This actually sounds exactly like the Bose equivalent. I'm glad I bought it and its also great because you can charge your phone a few times! Thumbs up
Pros:
Great sound in a small package.
Cons:
I would have liked the black & gray version instead, but that's more of a vendor thing. It wasn't available thru Crutchfeild.
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5 out of 5

Quality Sound and Product

Written By Alan, Maruland on Friday, July 18, 2014
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Love the sound on this, and with 12 hours of charge it is great for the backyard and also sailing on the Chesapeake!
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5 out of 5

Great Little Speaker

Written By Thor, Toledo, OH on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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This is a great little unit. Compact and easy to travel with. I bought it for a recent vacation and was impressed by the over all sound quality. Easy to set up. And the built in USB port to charge your smart phone while in use is a big plus. The carrying case is a bit of a hassle to get the unit into but padded pretty well so worth the effort.
Pros:
size, sound, ease of setup / use
Cons:
bass is a little lacking but better than I expected
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5 out of 5

Awesome Little Speaker

Written By tikibarphan, Mt. Wolf, PA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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After a good bit of research on multiple sites into portable Bluetooth speakers, I narrowed my selection to the JBL Flip 2, the JBL Charge, and the Klipsch GiG. The Klipsch intrigued me, but I couldn't bring myself to drop too much money on a speaker that will only be used when we travel, and occasionally at home. Just about everything I read told me the Flip 2 was just a slight notch below the Charge in sound quality. I probably could have lived with that for the price difference from the Charge. But what I didn't like about the Flip 2 was the meager battery life. So, I chose the Charge, and am very glad I did. The sound out of this little portable is incredible. Not room filling by any means, and certainly no match for a decent home system. But for setting on a picnic table or on a nightstand in a hotel room I don't think it can be beat at anywhere near this price point. It charges quickly, connects to devices easily, and runs forever. Have not yet used it to recharge a device, and don't really anticipate the need for that very often, but it's nice to have that option available.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the purchase and, as always, the Crutchfield purchase experience.
Pros:
Small, light, great sound for the size and price.
Cons:
None with the speaker itself. Sort of wish it came with a hard shell case, rather than the neoprene one supplied, but that's sort of quibbling.
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5 out of 5

Little Size...Huge Sound

Written By SF, NY on Friday, July 11, 2014
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5- Great Sound in a Small Package!!!
Pros:
- Loud without losing quality - Keeps the battery charge - Easy to connect - Long range & portable
Cons:
None to date
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4 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By JeffS, Suffern, NY on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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The quality of sound is surprising considering the size. For a portable speaker system that can be used with a computer or iPhone it is excellent and a good value. My only concern is the small power plug, similar to a digital camera connecter, that could possibly break over time but I'll have to see how it holds up.
Pros:
Sound quality and portability. Quick and easy syncing via bluetooth.
Cons:
power jack
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By -Satisfied User, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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Great sound, full bass. A number of people have stopped at the pool and looked at it. They could not believe the sound volume and quality coming from it. Have not used the phone charger feature, but looking forward to it.
Pros:
Easy to sync up Bluetooth
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By MF, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, June 30, 2014
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This product has been fantastic! It syncs easily with our windows phones, the charge lasts a long time and the sound quality is great. We have been using it outside when we do yard work and we can hear it great from all parts of the yard. I would highly recommend this!
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By Anonymous, Cambridge ma on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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Works great- wonderful sound, compact. Easy to travel with
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Jackson, Chattanooga tn on Friday, June 27, 2014
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Does everything as claimed. Easy to use and has excellent sound quality for such a small speaker. Recharged my I pod in a very short time.
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5 out of 5

Great for boat!

Written By Bryan, Connecticut on Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Great unit. We use it on the sailboat and it is perfect. Charge lasts for multiple sails. It's also great for around the house, inside and out. The Bluetooth to my iPhone works flawlessly and easily. Great for listening to your Pandora or Songza stations.
Pros:
Great sound, long life battery, flawless Bluetooth connection
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Good for my husband

Written By Anonymous, Houston, TX on Thursday, June 26, 2014
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I bought this for my husband for Father's Day in addition to the fancy things the kids made for him. It worked right out of the box with his phone. It has amazing sound. It is a good weight and is useful for charging phones. However, it does not yet pair with my phone. I have the exact same phone (iPhone 4S) only different color. It's not for me and I'm sure my husband will get it to work at some point.
Pros:
Nice design Excellent sound Charges fast
Cons:
It could be lighter
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4 out of 5

blue tooth jamming

Written By john, Dresden, Ohio on Thursday, June 26, 2014
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This speaker delivers big sound just as advertised and it also is a great back up power supply for the dying phone :)
Pros:
Sound quality, battery back up
Cons:
Wish it had a digital display letting you know how much time and power you have left. Takes some time to charge.
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5 out of 5

This JBL Rocks!

Written By Kevin S, HOuston, TX on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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We've used this while entertaining many times streaming Pandora and music from the iPhone to outside patio. Took it on a recent Napa trip for music during dinner and sitting in front of outdoor fire pit. Charging feature works wonderfully for charging phone in car if car adapter is forgotten. Charged the phone while music was playing with plenty of juice left! Have given one for a gift and a friend is hoping Santa brings her one!
Pros:
Great sound Easy to use Streaming music from multiple sources Long battery life Ability to charge other devices
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Anonymous, Westerville, ohio on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Great sound. Easy to set up & use.
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5 out of 5

Wow!!

Written By Steve G, Cincinnati on Monday, June 09, 2014
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Got my JBL Charge about two weeks ago and couldnt be happier.I drive for a living and get sick of listening to the radio.How nice it is to have my favorite music to listen to now.I was kinda surprised by how small it was but this puppy puts out some nice sound. and charges your phone.Cant beat it for the price..
Pros:
It charges my phone
Cons:
Really nothing
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Geezer in Greene, Ruckersville Virginia on Sunday, June 08, 2014
 
Great sound quality and volume for the price. Easily connected to multiple blue tooth devices. Carrying case is a plus.
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5 out of 5

This is awesome

Written By AndyB, North Andover MA on Friday, June 06, 2014
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I am very impressed with this thing. Great powerful sound, battery lasts a long time and the ability to charge your phone while playing music from it is a huge plus. I'm going to buy several more as gifts. Also Crutchfield had it for 20 dollars less than even Amazon, and the free shipping was super-fast.
Pros:
Dammit read the review, its only four sentences.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

JBL good quality

Written By carl, new york NY on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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it is a good quality product. looks beautiful sound great!
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge keeps on going

Written By Hud, Sarasota, FL on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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This little speaker really works well and the battery keeps on going
Pros:
Excellent battery life that far exceeds that of a PC or tablet, easy to operate, AND can carry anywhere since it is so small (a little larger than a Coke can)
Cons:
Nothing of significance. Sometimes I forget and walk away from the speaker with my phone in my pocket and lose Bluetooth connection (good until about 25 feet).
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5 out of 5

Love It

Written By Jelly, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Bought one as a gift and had the chance to use a bit. Bought one for myself soon thereafter. Haven't compared head to head vs competition.
Pros:
Easy to use. Clear sound. Fuller than I would have thought for the size.
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5 out of 5

Charge Great Sound Little Package

Written By JK, Erie PA on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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Very clear especially with spoken word, vocals stand out. Music sounds crisp and clean as well, really enjoy listening to internet music with the JBl Charge!
Pros:
Sound quality, sturdy build
Cons:
no mic but already knew that before purchase bought it anyway and don't miss
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5 out of 5

Great sound from small speaker

Written By SBEZDEK, Austin , Tx on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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this speaker is great , sound is better than some bigger speakers, clarity is good too. I would recommend this speaker to anyone who enjoys listening to music from a phone or any other device.
Pros:
good sound, good bass and good price.
Cons:
no microphone
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4 out of 5

Perfection

Written By rbprivate, Greenwood, MO. on Monday, April 07, 2014
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Great sound with good volume. Last for hours on one charge.
Pros:
Size and style are great. Easy to transport!
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Happy - except for sub woofer bass freqs

Written By Frankie, Niagara Falls on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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I like the high end - its very clear - and the bass is great - as long as its not the super deep low end you get from a lot of Hip Hop or rap type of songs - but no one should be expecting sub woofer type bass from such a small speaker
Pros:
Built like a tank - dropped it on a cement floor about 3 times and it didnt miss a beat!! Great C-L-E-A-R sound in a small package. Lightweight- and the battery lasted for about 16 hours!! That is amazing! I use the aux in for my IPOD - but the Blue Tooth really picked up from a long ways away. All in all its an amazing little speaker. I would buy it again.
Cons:
Great bass but not of youre expecting to hear sub woofer notes/freqs.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

GREAT!

Written By MJ, St. Paul, MN on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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This is a most amazing gadget. It's sound rivals larger speaker systems, and it's so easy to use even an a-v challenged person can operate it.
Pros:
Full, rich sound. Easy to pair with iPad, iPhone, or any player through blue tooth. Small and portable--can take it anywhere. Price is right, Sturdy and attractive.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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Excellent clarity and decent volume for a portable USB speaker in this price range. Overall, exactly what i expected.
Pros:
Good range and good looks.
Cons:
Some distortion at high volume.
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5 out of 5

AWESOME

Written By Johnie T, Lawrenceville,Ga on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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This tiny contraption produces very impessive room filling highs and a distintive bass. What JBL has done here is to compress the full range sound of a quality home theater system into something the size of a can of coke without loosing any of it's musical properties. It is simply awesome.
Pros:
Clean room filling sound at all volumes.
Cons:
Still looking for one.
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4 out of 5

Little box big sound

Written By azarnie, Arizona on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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This small Bluetooth speaker system/battery backup is surprising In it's sound quality and relatively deep bass for it' size.
Pros:
Easy pairing (there were some negative reviews relating to the instructions being too brief) but It paired to my iPod in 3 seconds almost by itself. Sound bigger than expected. Good sturdy build quality. I love this device!
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Sounds Great

Written By Dj, Jacksonville, Fl on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Sounds great inside and outside good bass really like this product
Pros:
Easy use, good bass
Cons:
Not compatible ith Samsung Tab 10.1
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5 out of 5

Great little speaker

Written By Scott, Staten Island, NY on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Great sound from such a small speaker. Very easy to pair with my phone. Excellent battery life.
Pros:
Quality product
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Jbl charge

Written By Jimmy, Grand Blanc, mi on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Great sound, easy to take on the go.
Pros:
Great sound, battery life, and the speaker looks great.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Perfect compromise

Written By DannyL, New York, NY on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The Charge is the perfect compromise among weight, size price, and function. It does exactly what I need and no more. The sound, for its size, is excellent; well balance and loud enough for home or picnic use. It is light enough and small enough to fit easily in my breifcase. The ability to charge my iPod or cell phone insures that I don't run out of power before I run out of music. The micro USB charging port allows me to minimize the extra equipment I need to cord and allows me to use my car cord to charge it between uses. Theere is room to store an audio cord in the included case.
Pros:
Sound, size, case included, ability to charge other devices. Large battery lasts a long time.
Cons:
Included instructions are USELESS. Thankfully, Crutchfield is always there when needed.
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5 out of 5

Big sound in a little package

Written By David K, Aurora, IL on Monday, February 10, 2014
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I purchased the JBL Charge Bluetooth speaker after reading numerous reviews on the product on various sites. When the speaker finally arrived a few days ago, I could not wait to listen to it for the first time, and when I did all I can say is WOW! For such a small speaker, the sound quality that comes out is astonishing. Even at the highest volume level I heard no distortion whatsoever. The highs and mids were crisp and clean. And the lows weren't too shabby either, given the size of the speaker. You get what you pay for, and with JBL you can typically count on quality. Using it with an old iPod Classic via a cable was a piece of cake, and it connected to our iPad via Bluetooth quite easily. It fills any average sized room with a robust sound of very high quality, which one would expect from a much larger speaker. The JBL Charge looks great, is perfect for use on outings to the lake, the beach, etc., and will fit nicely into any carry-on bag when traveling. I am well pleased with this unit.
Pros:
Great sound, small size, handsome cosmetic design, and very portable.
Cons:
Bass is a little thin, and the Owner's Manual is completely inadequate.
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5 out of 5

jbl charge

Written By jayboogie, alpine on Monday, January 06, 2014
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This little speaker is badass, it sounds really clear and bass pumps. we use it by the pool and enjoy very much.
Pros:
all
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Seamless pairing and awesome tunes

Written By Kip, Rolltide, Florida on Monday, January 06, 2014
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Out of the box it paired with a Galaxy IV; works well with laptop and Surface tablet. Great clarity for classical music while studying; pumps out the volume during garage workout and works great during video call. Get one, it's a great buy with a carrying case, great sound and price.
Pros:
Comes with carrying caes
Cons:
It isn't a subwoofer.
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4 out of 5

Great little gadget

Written By Anonymous, Middle village ny on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Great sounding .. Charges my phone .. Portable
Pros:
Great sound for small device
Cons:
Cuts out once in awhile
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Mark K, Vail ,Colorado on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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Seems to have great sound. Dig the charger. Enjoy the lack of speaker-phone.
Pros:
Great gift for a 17 year old boy.
Cons:
The club music kids are listening today
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Steve B, Crozet, Va on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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The JBL is what I expected. Great sound for a great price!
Pros:
Sound and value
Cons:
Nada
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4 out of 5

JBL Charge Rocks!

Written By JT, Meridian ID on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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This little speaker really performs for its sizes. Bought 3 for my 3 boys and they love them. And i was impressed with the ability to charge their phones which the Bose Spundlunk would not do. And this speaker is more cost effective.
Pros:
Compact size, carry bag included, ability to charge phones
Cons:
None found yet.
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4 out of 5

A

Written By StephenS, Fair Haven, NJ on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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great sound, much better than the other similar products that I had looked at, great price at Crutchfield with the discount
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge is perfect office companion

Written By Dave, Denver, CO on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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Connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. Plays great sound from iPod, Pandora, others beautifully. When a customer calls or a text message comes in, the Charge mutes and I handle my business with no extra steps. This is exactly what I needed.
Pros:
A perfect companion for my office environment.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Good to go!!

Written By Dave, Clemmons, NC on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Tiny package - big performance! It is an excellent personal device....nice accurate sound with surprisingly good bass for such a small unit. Not big and loud for outside - so don't plan to tailgate with this, but it will fill a room with sound at home. Would definitely buy again!
Pros:
Good accurate sound - surprising performance in a small package.
Cons:
Not powerful enough for group outdoor activities, but that is not the mission of the Charge.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By marthammm, Minerva, OH on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Perfect size, sound and price. Purchased for my son, a musician. He is thrilled with it.
Pros:
Excellent sound quality at a very reasonable price. Nice size to transport as needed.
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5 out of 5

Reviews for the JBL charge

Written By Steven, New York on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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I gave it to my son as one of his christmas gift, He loves it, he carry it everywhere he goes including the bathroom.
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Theresa K, New Jersey on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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I bought this for my son without knowing much about it and was very impressed. This speaker has a very big sound and even at louder volumes carries a very clear sound. The battery life was superior to any others I compare it to and held true to it's word. It was very easy to pair with bluetooth phones and Ipods. I would recommend this speaker to anyone looking for long battery life and easy function and versatility. Great selections of colors as well I went with the green to make it easy to remember when outdoors. Other colors are available for home use as it can fill a large area with sound.
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5 out of 5

JBL CHARGE

Written By B, Saipan on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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It was perfect present i received from my mom. Its worth to have it. Its tiny speaker but when i pair to my device im surprised because it has the great sound quality. Much louder than my other bluetooth speaker.
Pros:
Great hi sound quality, portable. Its all in this speaker the quality you looking for.
Cons:
NONE....
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4 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Myron S, Overland Park KS on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Just received it as a gift. Looks great, and the sound is excellent. The size is just right to fit into a golf cart. Love to hear my tunes when on the course.
Pros:
Great size, sound quality excellent, and charges my I phone.
Cons:
n/a
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4 out of 5

Big sound from a small speaker

Written By Efrain, Puerto Rico on Monday, December 16, 2013
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An excellent speaker for those who want a better sounding portable wireless speaker. Will impress you with its big sound from its small size.
Pros:
Great for charging devices. Clear sound.
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5 out of 5

Great sound!

Written By Robbi R, North Grafton, MA on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Great little speaker. Very happy with the quality and crispness of the sound.
Pros:
size, convenience, portability.
Cons:
battery life.
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5 out of 5

Love this speaker!

Written By Eric, Westfield MA on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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I absolutely love the JBL Charge! I have purchased three of them now, sadly I only kept one for myself (stupid birthdays). Great sound, durable and it fits perfectly into the water bottle holder on my bike.
Pros:
Crispy clean sound, tons of bass, long battery life.
Cons:
Not waterproof- it didn't claim to be... I just want it to be! :)
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5 out of 5

LOVE IT!

Written By DannyG, Chicago on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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I love gizmos and this is the best one that I've bought in years! Connection is incredibly easy and the sound is unmatched! Battery life is also great!
Pros:
Everything about it!
Cons:
No cons!
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4 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By James F, Saratoga ny on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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I'm a ups driver and in my truck 9 to 11 hrs a day love this thing I can listen to my tunes all day great.
Pros:
Pandora!
Cons:
Could b a little louder but then again my truck is very loud!
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Mike, Asheboro NC on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Great. Had beats pill before. Does not skip like pill plus battery does not discharge as fast, plus will charge my iPhone. Use it on golf course.
Pros:
Charges iPhone
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Easy Listening

Written By Shoreman, Oxford, MD on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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A perfect complement to my iPhone for conveniently moving my music to any location. Sounds great indoors and out, especially considering it's compact size. And, setup could not be easier. All this at a very affordable price. Isn't it great when products actually work as advertised?
Pros:
Performance. Portability. Price.
Cons:
None come to mind.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Sound

Written By Robert, Woodward, Ok on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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I didn't realize how small it actually is, when I ordered it. It's the size of a 20 oz. coffee cup. I was initially skeptical when I opened the box. But to my surprise, it almost instantly paired with my iPhone 5 and the sound that I heard absolutely shocked me. It is very clean and loud! I mean from a speaker this size. Very pleased thusfar. Have not needed to try the charge feature to my phone yet, so I can't speak to that issue. But it's good to have if I need it. The charge life is good. I've played it intermittently for two days before if needed to be recharged. I use it in my car. It's so portable.
Pros:
Small size, good battery life, SUPER sound quality for something this small. Recharges your device, if you plug it in. Great Bluetooth pairing.
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Dave S, Norwood PA on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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Had been doing homework on wireless speakers and decided on this one because of other reviewers and the ability to charge device while listening . I am a truck driver and our vehicles are not equipped with radios so I stream music has great battery life and awesome sound I highly reccomend it but wish it came in black
Pros:
Great sound ability to charge phone batty life
Cons:
Wish in came in black white get dirty
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5 out of 5

JBLCharge

Written By Carol, Ohio on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Awesome.. Quality is very good and for a compact speaker the sound is very good.. After reviewing many other similar speakers I am very satisfied with my purchase so far and would recommend.
Pros:
Nice small speaker at a reasonable price......
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

As good as advertised

Written By John, Arkansas on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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It's just as described. Nice sound for the size. No big bass sound, but that is not to be expected from this size of a unit. Sound is clean, battery power is excellent. I would definitely recommend it.
Pros:
Compact, good battery life, recharges iPhone fast
Cons:
None. Bass not great, but it's not a selling point, and is not to be expected.
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Chip, Charlotte NC on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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outstanding product! full sound and good value! purchased for my daughter and she has not put it down. Easy to link up and amazing full sound quality. I own big Jawbone and got it on discount but I would say that the sound quality is very close to the Jawbone!
Pros:
everything-good quality for price
Cons:
nothing
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Tomas, Puerto Rico on Friday, August 09, 2013
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The sound, elegance, shape and the service frome crutchfield realy surprice me. El sonido,la elegancia, el tamaño y el servicio de crutchfield verdaderamente me sorprendio.
Pros:
good sound anywhere. Buen sonido donde quieras.
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5 out of 5

jbl charge

Written By david, Portland, or on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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Great product. Highly recommend! sounds amazing, i like the charging feature. Puts out great sound for such a small device. Bluetooth pairs very quickly and beeps to let you know it is paired. Feels well constructed.
Pros:
Sound quality. Ease of use with bluetooth
Cons:
Lacks a little low end bass
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By CEH, Chesterfield, VA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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I am very happy with my purchase! The Bluetooth speaker is portable yet delivers quality sound. The volume is more than adequate for most settings. The Bluetooth technology connects easily with my i-phone 4S. The battery life seems to be very good. I have used it without charge for 7- 8 hours and it still had remaining power. I have even used the USB port to recharge my dead iphone 4S while music was playing and it did not seem to significantly reduce battery life.
Pros:
Sound quality, portable, battery life, USB port to charge external devices feature
Cons:
None so far!
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5 out of 5

JBL Charge

Written By Anonymous, Colorado on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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One word - Outstanding for the size!
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5 out of 5

Great backyard speaker

Written By Kevin, Austin, TX on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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This is a great sounding speaker that will fill your backyard with sound.
Pros:
Long lasting rechargable battery, phone recharge ability
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

jbl charge

Written By Anonymous, lehighton, pa on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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The jbl charge is a great product in a small package.Lightweight and portable this small unit definitly produces some full sound.
Pros:
Lightweight, great battery, awesome design, full sound.
Cons:
The only con is it could be a little louder. But for the price you cannot beat it. High recommend.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Written By Mark R, Elmira, NY on Friday, June 28, 2013
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I did extensive research before purchasing the JBL Charge because I wanted to make sure that it was able to satisfy my demands: (1) good sound quality and volume; and (2) long battery life.

1) Sound Quality and volume

The sound is amazing, really. The mids and highs are very clean sounding, the base is noticeable and punchy, although it does distort at higher volumes. But I will note that I only noticed distortion when playing music that is sonically demanding (music with a lot of action, a lot of instruments going on at once, or really deep baselines - particularly in my experience, hard rock music) or when I cranked the volume up all the way, which I found was unnecessary. Actually, I found that turning the volume up all the way was way too loud. My primary use for this is in my office, which is maybe 400 or 500 square feet, and, well below full volume, the Charge fills up the room with no issues. This speaker will surprise you because it sounds like a much bigger, better speaker than it looks to be. The sound quality and volume capabilities are great.

(2) Battery Life

The battery indicator on the Charge consists of 3 blue lights. At less than full volume, probably 50-70% (which as mentioned above is plenty loud enough), I have been using the Charge for approximately 11.5 hours now, and I still have 1 blue light lit up. So the battery life estimates seem to be accurate, if not on the low end at my current volume level.

Conclusion: I highly recommend the JBL Charge
Pros:
1. Good volume 2. Good sound 3. Good battery life 4. Ability to charge your smartphone or device 5. Portability
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Very good sound for this class

Written By JeffE, Lockport, NY on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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This replaced a Logitech PureFi that recently died. Logitech was nice enough to send me a UE Mobile Boombox as a replacement , even though the PureFi was out of warranty. When I compared the two side by side at Best Buy, however, the Charge sounded much better. The sound was very similar to the much larger PureFi, and it charges the device. Very happy with this speaker.
Pros:
Better sound than most similarly sized speakers. Charges your mobile device.
Cons:
Slight distortion at highest volume, but its loud enough that you usually won't turn it all the way up.
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5 out of 5

Jbl charge

Written By Carlos M., Bakersfield, CA on Sunday, June 02, 2013
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The JBL Charge is a great Bluetooth speaker. I tested other options but this speaker sounds clear even at high volume. It is definitely better than other Bluetooth speaker at this price point!
Pros:
Sounds great, 12 hour plus battery, capability to charge devices through USB port, small/portable, & price!
Cons:
Can't answer calls through Bluetooth because no built in mic
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5 out of 5

Big Sound In a Small Package

Written By Dentalman51, Worcester, MA on Sunday, June 02, 2013
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I wanted something small and portable with good sound at a reasonable price. I got something small and portable with GREAT sound at a reasonable price. Enough said.
Pros:
All of the above.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Terrific Portable Speaker

Written By BigA, Wheeling IL on Monday, May 27, 2013
 
These JBL speakers sound great. They were easy to get connected with my IPhone and with my IMAC. The charging feature will be very useful
Pros:
Greatt sound, competitive price, charges IPhone and other devices
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

WOW

Written By Allen, Harrisonburg, VA on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
Was debating between the Charge and the Pill by beats by Dre and so glad I chose the JBL Charge. WOW!! GREAT sound from this Lil guy!
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Does this speaker support connection with more than one speaker? My Experince is that I need a device that will have a Bluetooth signal I can connect to another speaker if I want to have speakers in different rooms (the computer only sends signal to one device at a time) [ Warren  Jul 17, 2014 ]
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  • not certain this is your best solution, in my experience the flip unit has a 10-15 foot range from your device. it is best used when you keep your device near the flip. So, if you are streaming pandora and leave the area, the flip will not work. I Have multiple Sonos units for your application and control the system from my ipad or iPhone. Also, the unit will only pair with a single device at a time for obvious reasons, not certaiin if you are able to pair multiple flips- however it appears you could. [ JAMES   Jul 19, 2014 ]
  • I'm sorry, I can't answer your question. I have only connected the speaker to my iPad or iPhone. It is an excellent choice that has powerful sound and long battery life. [ CHARLES K   Jul 19, 2014 ]
Is it possible to charge the battery via USB while using it? For instance, I have a Goal Zero solar panel that outputs to USB, and I'd like to charge the JBL batteries when in the sun while still using bluetooth to listen to music. [ Eric  Feb 27, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • The JBL Charge charges via a micro USB port. The single, standard USB port is for charging other devices via the Charge's internal battery. I suppose it would be possible to use an adapter to take your Goal Zero USB to micro USB. I've only ever used the supplied AC cable to charge it, but you can charge while simultaneously using Bluetooth. It is also capable of charging another device (via USB) while the Charge itself is recharging (and being used via Bluetooth). Hope this helps. Satisfied Charge and Crutchfield customer [ MATTHEW A   Mar 01, 2014 ]
  • Eric. You can charge it through the micrusb port so if you have the right connector you can. I am not sure about the regular usb on the end where you can charge your phone. [ KEVIN   Feb 28, 2014 ]
  • I'm honestly not sure but I doubt it. The battery is normally charged via a different cord (looks like standard cell phone connector). The USB takes battery output, but not sure if that would go backwards. [ JOHN   Feb 28, 2014 ]
  • Yes, I have used it while charging. [ ROBERT   Feb 28, 2014 ]
How long does it take to charge the JBL Charge ? [ Edwin  Jun 14, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • About 3 hours. [ EFRAIN   Jun 16, 2014 ]
  • From dead probably about 4 hours. But you can play it while it is charging. It is a good small unit. Throws some serious sounds. Even some bass. I would recommend. I use it outside by the pool and it's perfect. [ JOHN   Jun 15, 2014 ]
  • Fully recharges in less than an hour. [ THOMAS D   Jun 15, 2014 ]
  • Between 30 minutes and one hour. [ WILLIAM   Jun 15, 2014 ]
  • About 3 hrs maybe bit more. Holds all day at high volume.Really like this speaker. [ Joel   Jun 15, 2014 ]
my cell phone connects to the wireless speaker but when my son wants to use the speaker and connect his Bluetooth device it can never locate it. Why is that? [ art  Jan 23, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • How long you charge it for the 1st after it dies? [ Maris51102   May 16, 2014 ]
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 24, 2014 ]

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