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JBL Charge 2

Portable Bluetooth® speaker and backup battery (Black)

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    Black (smartphone not included)

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    Black - fits in backpack

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    Black -right front view

  • JBL Charge 2

  • JBL Charge 2

  • JBL Charge 2

  • JBL Charge 2

  • JBL Charge 2

Item #: 109CHRGE2B
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Up for a portable party? So's the JBL Charge 2. This rugged high-quality Bluetooth speaker system can keep your smartphone charged so the music keeps coming. Its built-in 6000mAh battery delivers 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.

JBL Charge 2

Bluetooth connectivity and big sound

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

The Charge 2 has NFC (Near Field Communication). Just touch a compatible portable device — such as a smartphone or tablet — to the system for instant wireless pairing. Then with one touch you can play music, or stream audio from videos and games through the Charge 2. All without wires and without logging into a network.

Bluetooth connectivity for conversation

When your paired smartphone receives a call, the Charge 2 turns into a speakerphone. Its built-in microphone uses SoundClear® technology to minimize echo and filter out ambient noise. Both you and your caller will enjoy a conversation with clear, natural sound.

Convenient portability

The Charge 2 has a durable silicon coating for protection and comes with a USB charging cable and power adapter. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too.

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Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth with NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • range: 30 feet
  • built-in microphone with SoundClear echo and noise cancellation
  • call answer button for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers with bass port to reinforce low frequencies
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • durable industrial grade silicon enclosure
  • USB charging port (USB adapter and USB cable included)
  • 6000mAh built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 12 hours
  • 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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What's in the box?

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  • Portable Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter (5V/2A)
  • 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 Powered Speaker: The JBL Charge 2 is a self-powered Bluetooth (v3.0) speaker that is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC or other devices. The JBL Charge 2 supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication, as well as a simple pairing procedure with Social mode.

  • Simple Pairing w/ Social Mode: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Charge 2. Once paired, the JBL Charge 2 will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33'). Social Mode lets you pair up to three devices at once, so up to three people can take turns playing their respective mobile phone, tablet, or laptop playlists on the same JBL Charge 2 speaker.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP 1.3): The JBL Charge 2 portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, laptop, or other device. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information.
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (HFP 1.6): The JBL Charge 2 has a built-in microphone so you can use it as a hands-free speakerphone. Use the Charge 2 to answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or with Facetime. A long press of the call-answer button will activate the voice command feature of your smartphone (if applicable). You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.
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 2.

Passive Radiator Design: The JBL Charge 2 employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using two active 1.75" drivers, a 15-watt amplifier, and twin side-firing 1.75" passive radiators, the JBL Charge 2 delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass.

Rugged Design: The JBL Charge 2 features a rugged enclosure and grille for the durability that an active lifestyle demands. And it fits easily into a backpack, so you can take it from one place to the next.

Versatile Placement: The JBL Charge 2 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 2 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

LED Indicator: Clearly visible LED lets you know when the built-in battery needs to be recharged, as well as when the JBL Charge 2 is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

Built-in Charger: The JBL Charge 2 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 2 stereo speaker has a built-in, 6000mAh lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery that provides more than 12 hours of playback time on a single Charge 2. The battery is easily recharged from the speaker's built-in microUSB port, using the included AC power adapter or a free USB port on your computer (4 hour charge time). The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

 
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5 out of 5

GREAT BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Written By ART, FREEPORT, NY on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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THIS IS A FANTASTIC BLUETOOTH SPEAKER. HAS LOUD CLEAR SOUND FULL OF BASS. I'VE PLAYED THIS SPEAKER FOR 6-7 HOURS AND IT STILL HELD A FULL CHARGE.. YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER.
Pros:
SOUND & CHARGE & REALLY HAPPY
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

uhm, SO NICE!!

Written By Anonymous, Manchester, NH on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
 
Best item I have bought in years. so well made, great price and the sound is so good. Warm, clean and powerful! Just love it!
Pros:
Everything and not kidding.
Cons:
You will be worried about something happening to your toy. It's that special!!
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3 out of 5

Better sound, but a few flaws

Written By SixFeetDeep, South of Chicago, IL on Saturday, August 23, 2014
 
First off, the bass on this thing is a big improvement over the Charge 1. It is better than my FoxL, my JBL Flip, my original Charge & even better than my Big Jambox or my neighbors new little Bose. The sound quality is very good with all types of music. I personally wish it had a little more treble to it though. The Bluetooth range works very well & paired up with my Galaxy S4 instantly. Haven't tried out the group option & don't have a need for it. The addition of the speakerphone is a welcome addition but it isn't as good as I hoped. It doesn't get loud enough to hear over the sound of a car or truck! It's supposed to have 7.5W a channel vs 5W a channel for the original Charge, but mine isn't as loud as my Flip 1 which seems like I got a bad one? The battery seems to be lasting the advertised length. The ability to recharge my phone off of it is such a great feature. Very handy. ANY attempt to contact JBL has fallen on def ears. I really like the speaker except for how loud it gets & tried contacting JBL to see if possibly I got a lemon, but the fact that their customer service is awful makes me want to return it. Overall its a good speaker & I would recommend it.
Pros:
Portability Sound & bass Speakerphone & group Bluetooth Color Options Internal Battery
Cons:
No carrying case Speakerphone isn't nearly loud enough Overall loudness isn't as loud as my JBL Flip 1 JBL Customer Service has been horrible. ZERO response from them!
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2 questions already asked

What is the frequency range of the JBL charge 2? [ David  Sep 11, 2014 ]
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  • The frequency response is listed in the manual as 75Hz to 20kHz [ Jeff Staff  Sep 11, 2014 ]
Does this unit comes with the neoprene carrying pouch? [ Diego  Aug 14, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 16, 2014 ]

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