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Portable Bluetooth® speaker with NFC instant pairing (Blue)

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by Ralph Graves
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Have a smartphone or tablet? You can get great sound from them with a JBL Flip 2. This portable Bluetooth speaker features two full-range drivers that deliver clean, clear sound, with a built-in bass port to reinforce the low tones. And despite its compact shape, the Flip 2 can produce room-filling sound, thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing.

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Bluetooth connectivity for music and conversation

The Flip 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 Flip 2. All without wires and without logging into a network.

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When your paired smartphone receives a call, the Flip 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 clean, clear sound.

Convenient portability

The Flip 2 has its own carrying pouch. The system comes with an AC wall adapter, and gives you up to 5 hours of portable operation from its built-in rechargeable batteries. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too.

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 full-range drivers with bass port
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 hours
  • carry case
  • AC power adapter
  • 6-5/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 2-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter
  • 42" USB charging cable
  • Soft carrying case
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

Portable Bluetooth Powered Speaker: The JBL Flip 2 is a self-powered Bluetooth 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 Flip 2 supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication, as well as a simple pairing procedure.

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP): The JBL Flip 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): The JBL Flip 2 has built-in microphones and SoundClear echo and noise cancellation technologies, so you can use it as a hands-free speaker phone. Use the Flip 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.
  • Simple Pairing (w/ NFC): A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Flip 2. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing; simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the NFC tag on the side of the speaker for instant pairing with the Flip 2 (not available for all phones). Once paired, the JBL Flip 2 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 Flip 2.

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Flip 2 employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using two 1.5625" drivers, a 12-watt amplifier, and a built-in bass port, the JBL Flip 2 delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass.

Versatile, Portable Design: The JBL Flip 2 stereo speaker plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations. 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.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the JBL Flip 2 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

Controls: The Flip 2 provides a Power On/Off button, an Answer/End button for hands-free communication, and Pairing button. To control music playback and to make a call, you must still use your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone device.

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

Rechargeable Battery: The JBL Flip 2 stereo speaker has a built-in Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery (3.7V/2000mAh) that provides up to five hours of playback time. You can easily recharge the battery using the included AC power adapter. Charging time is approximately 3 hours. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

 
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4 out of 5

Great, but sure wish you could mute the mic during speaker calls

Written By JimG, Garner, NC on Monday, September 08, 2014
 
I bought this for two purposes, listen to music on my boat, and speaker calls from my office. It sounds great, with anything, music, youtube, telephone calls, etc. On my boat, I was able to have it on speaker behind me on the boat console while I was able to fish on the front deck and have a conversation with my wife. Was really impressed with that. I do a lot of conference calls, it stinks that they left out a mute mic button, I have to use my phone to mute during the many hours I am in conference calls.
Pros:
Sounds great, portable, the microphone and noise cancelation
Cons:
no mute the mic for speaker calls
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5 out of 5

Big clear sound

Written By Christian, Bloomington, IN on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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This unit is attractive and easy to use. The sound is fantastic and better than all of the competitors in its price range. The aux in is a nice option if you don't want to use Bluetooth.
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5 out of 5

Grea product!

Written By Scotty, Warren, Ohio on Friday, August 15, 2014
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Bought this for my daughter for her birthday. Very easy to set up and pair to her iPhone. Long battery life and great sound. She loves it!
Pros:
Sound quality; easy set up; long battery life.
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker!

Written By Darren, Salem OR on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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This speaker is awesome! I use it at work with both a low volume and higher volume (when everyone has gone home). It will play for several hours on a single charge, and it works really well as a speakerphone. It is much better than just using the speakerphone on my cell phone.
Pros:
Sound, Easy Connection, Speakerphone
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

jbl flip 2

Written By Volney, colorado on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Great wireless speaker, very compact but great crisp sound. Blue tooth links easily to any device. Great for travel or around the house the music comes with me from the garage to the backyard and anywhere in between.
Pros:
Compact, good sound quality and easy to link to any device.
Cons:
Battery is supposed to last 5 hours, I seem to get about 3.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JBl flip 2

Written By Keith, ocean springs ,ms. on Friday, July 25, 2014
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Best sounding speaker for the size I have ever heard. Crisp highs and great bass percussion.
Pros:
Blue tooth, portable, great sounding,
Cons:
Not waterproof
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

FLIP2

Written By rapnm, Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Really Excellent Product, amazing sound from such a small portable device.
Pros:
Good Bluetooth range, easy connectivity. Good value for the money.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JBL FLIP 2

Written By Mr.Rodgers, Verona, VA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Great sound from a small speaker that you can take anywhere.
Pros:
Easy set up
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5 out of 5

Hit as a Gift

Written By RW, Buckeye, Az. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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The sound is great, charge lasts
Pros:
Holds a good long charge. Looks good.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

JBL Flip 2

Written By Paul K, Morehead, KY on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Sound wise this product is good, just as are my other JBL speakers that I have been using for years with my iPods. What is lacking is a good user guide as well as visible volume controls and I am disappointed about that. Battery life is good, size is just right, and again, sound quality is excellent.
Pros:
Audio quality, size, battery support time.(approximately 4 hours).
Cons:
Clear instructions in the User guide and visible volume controls.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

JBL flip 2

Written By Don, Avalon NJ on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Great Sound and easy to use
Pros:
Sound, ease of use, battery life
Cons:
None so far
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Eric, Chicago Heights Il on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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What a great speaker! Sound quality is fantastic.
Pros:
Sound quality. Easy connecting via Bluetooth. Portable. Lightweight. Rich balanced sound.
Cons:
Battery life is ok. I get about 5 hours.
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5 out of 5

Jobless flip 2

Written By Russ H, Newnan , georgia on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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Great little speaker. Excellent sound quality and easy to link up. I recommend this product.
Pros:
Easy to set up.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JBL Flip 2

Written By slackertunes, Idaho Falls, ID on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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Killer speaker--blue tooth works flawlessly--big sound from small package--quick recharge
Pros:
size, price, sound
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Pretty Good

Written By JBL Flip 2, Yorktown Heights NY on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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Not bad fro a small unit. Thought it would have deeper bass. I'll have to look closer at the specs. I also thought the item would be a little larger
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Big sound, little speaker

Written By Bullitt, Hammond, LA on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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Nice sound from a small speaker. The Bluetooth works very well. Plus, the speaker has a good life from charge to charge.
Pros:
Small with a nice case.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

GREAT PRODUCT

Written By Dennis, Sun City Center, FL on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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For the money, this is a superb speaker! It was a very simple pairing procedure as well. I do public presentations from my laptop and needed an easy to use auxiliary speaker with loud sound as my audience consists of primarily seniors who are hard-of-hearing. This is much easier for me to set up and use -- no wires, electricity, etc. needed. My previous speaker system was standard computer speakers which required electricity plus another plug in to my earphone jack on the laptop. It is great not to have to have all those wires lying on my tabletop next to the laptop.
Pros:
Very portable, great sound, can be placed anywhere in the room & works beautifully.
Cons:
None that I can think of!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JBL Flip 2 ROCKS

Written By Winter, Riverdale, NY on Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Great little speaker. Big sound
Pros:
Easy to set up Big sound usb charger case
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Big things come in small packages

Written By Anonymous, Harvey La. 70058 on Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Nice clear music. I would recommend it to a friend
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

gizmo

Written By andy, chicago il. on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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excellent speaker for such a small footprint.battery life could be better. sound is clear and clean
Pros:
clean sound solid dynamics
Cons:
battery life
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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Can I use more than two Flip 2's around the house? [ Frank  Aug 20, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • No [ Tara   Aug 27, 2014 ]
  • hi Frank, I simply carry my Flip 2 around the house and into the yard. It's as portable as my smartphone. Why would you need more than one? [ Cy   Aug 23, 2014 ]
  • Yes. I do in each room. [ Tom   Aug 23, 2014 ]
  • I should think you could use more than one in the same home; you need to pair the speaker with the device that's sending the signal, so if you are using two different devices, or even just one, you should be able to pair each or the one to both speakers. [ DENNIS   Aug 22, 2014 ]
Will the volume buttons work to change the volume when a device is connected via the AUX INPUT? My device has a lineout only so I need to control the volume on the speaker itself. [ Jesus  Jul 18, 2014 ]
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  • mine don't work either. and my power charge pushed into the speaker and is unable to charge. i am trying to send it to the company and get a new one its only 2 months old :( [ Tara   Aug 11, 2014 ]
  • Yes. The plus "+" and minus "-" buttons control the sound of the Flip 2 unit regardless of the inputs (bluetooth versus Aux). [ Mark M.   Jul 21, 2014 ]
  • No volume control on the speaker. [ LUKE G   Jul 21, 2014 ]
  • Thanks for the input. I've now ordered my Flip 2 :) [ Jesus   Jul 21, 2014 ]
  • The Flip2 will work with a device having a line-out connection. I use this with my older Creative Zen V:M player as well as my Galaxy S3. You can actually have both Bluetooth and Aux connected at the same time. [ Matthew   Jul 19, 2014 ]
  • Hi Jesus I have used the Flip 2 only with Bluetooth up until today. But I did connect it to my mobile Sirius radio with an Aux cord today and the volume controls on the Flip 2 worked perfectly. Hope that helps! [ DONALD S   Jul 19, 2014 ]
  • yes, the volume levels work when receiving signal from a fixed source aux. output. The Flip does not change the volume on the device e.g ipad, computer etc. but rather the volume coming from the flip. So, the max volume output from your device is the loudest available from the flip. However, when in blue tooth mode, when you change the volume on the flip, you can see the volume control of your device move. the same thing does not happen when connected via Aux. input. I believe this is because there is no 2way communication via the Aux cord. This is a great unit, highly suggest it , have used during parties with 15- 20 people, everyone is impressed. certainly not like you are at a nightclub with low frequency techno going through your body... but plenty loud enough and clear for excellent background music etc. Enjoy [ JAMES   Jul 19, 2014 ]
Can these be used as external speakers for smart TV's? [ Michael  Jun 12, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • Depends on tv audio output, driver wattage, and output integration. [ patricia   Jun 15, 2014 ]
  • Depends on tv audio output, driver wattage, and output integration. [ patricia   Jun 15, 2014 ]
  • 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  Jun 15, 2014 ]
Is there any way to make the speaker stay on between uses? I use it for training and sometimes forget to turn the power on when it has not been used for a while. Frank [ Franklin  Jun 09, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • Not Sure......After every use I would nornally power down the unit so as to conserve the battery life......................Thanks [ Mike   Jun 09, 2014 ]
  • I'm sure if you had it plugged in it would be fine. But if you kept it on unplugged, I'm sure the battery wouldn't last 24 hrs on a charge while on. Ive played it nearly 3 hours connected to Bluetooth and it was down to its last level of battery charge. [ Alex   Jun 09, 2014 ]
After pairing is done, what is the re-connect/play procedure? #1) turn on and it will connect&start playing? #2) turn on, go to phone settings & select connect etc... My car does the #1 - perfect; my home (Marantz) amp, does #2 - vary much annoying. [ Lesio  Aug 30, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • I paired to my iPhone, and when the Flip is on and I go to my music, it plays automatically through the speaker -- no need that I have experienced to reconnect. [ James   Sep 01, 2014 ]
  • I have only experienced number 1; it connects when you turn it on offer the initial pairing. I have done so with an iPad as well as and iPhone. I have not paired it with other devices. [ DONALD S   Sep 01, 2014 ]
  • Both Actually Some time the phone does not see it so u need to go into setting And selected there Battery is right at 31/2 hr GreAt sound though [ kirk   Sep 01, 2014 ]
  • #1 [ Audry   Sep 01, 2014 ]
  • Frankly, I don't understand the question. Why would you want to play this speaker from your car radio or your home amp? Both have their own speakers that certainly will sound as well or better than the JBL The JBL is supposed to play off a blue-tooth enabled computer or portable player.. [ Hendrik   Sep 01, 2014 ]

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