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Bright lights

Prepare to be dazzled. 64 LED lights live inside the JBL Pulse Bluetooth portable speaker. Start streaming music from your compatible smartphone or tablet, and a light show begins! The Pulse's light array comes with five pre-programmed patterns that change in pulse in time with your music, but that's just the start. With the free JBL MusicFlow app, you can adjust the intensity of the lights, and even download new patterns.

JBL Pulse portable bluetooth speaker

Big sound

Inside the Pulse are two 1-1/2" full-range drivers that deliver clean, clear sound, with a bass port that reinforces the low tones. Thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing, the Pulse can produce rich, full sound despite its compact design.

Tap-to-pair with NFC

The Pulse also 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 Pulse. All without wires and without logging into a network.

Hours of fun

The Pulse's built-in chargeable battery delivers up to 5 hours of music and lights (or up to 10 hours of just music). The system comes with a USB adapter and mini USB charging cable. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless NFC (Near Field Communication) lets you wirelessly pair with a compatible device by simply touching it to the Pulse
  • range: 33 feet
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers with bass port
  • 64 LED lights with 5 pre-programmed light patterns
  • custom-programmed light themes let you control the brightness, speed, and color of the patterns
  • can be positioned either horizontally or vertically
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • USB charging port (USB adapter and micro USB cable included)
  • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 10 hours music only; 5 hours music and lights
  • 3-1/8"W x 7-1/8"H x 3-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

JBL Pulse Reviews

Average Customer Review:

3 Reviews

jbl pulse

Written by: roys from Alabama on September 3, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
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  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

worth the money

Pros: sound is better than expected. the battery life is great

Cons: none thus far

"The Hills Are Alive With The Sound....."

Written by: SPAFoundation from New Jersey on April 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

How innovative can this product be ?!! Great sound and visual effects! Looks like it came from the bridge of the Enterprise...!

Pros: Well made, great sound, great battery life. A conversation starter.

Cons: None

The best electronic invention for SOUND ON THE GO ! just simple Tak

Written by: Frank Joyner from HOUSTON , TEXAS on December 24, 2013

Fill the sky's with your music .

Pros: All star pro.

Cons: There is none at all.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Portable Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC/USB power adapter
  • 41" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Features and Specs

Weather-resistant No
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing Yes

Product Research


Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL Pulse 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'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information.

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 Pulse.

Simple Pairing w/ NFC: This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. 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 JBL Pulse; NFC is only available in select Android smartphones. Once paired, the JBL Pulse will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Pulse employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using two 1.5" drivers, a 12-watt amplifier, and a custom-tuned bass port, the JBL Pulse delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass. The speaker can be positioned horizontally or vertically.

Pulsating LEDs: The JBL Pulse Bluetooth speaker features 64 programmable LED lights that pulse with your music for a audio and visual experience. Pre-programmed and custom-programmed light themes let you control the brightness, speed, and color, pulsed to your music. Pre-programmed light themes can be accessed from the speaker's top-panel controls. Custom-programmed light themes will need to be accessed through the JBL Music Flow App for Apple iOS devices.

JBL Music Flow App (for Apple iOS devices): Downloading the free JBL Music Flow app from the iTunes App store onto your Apple iOS devices lets you control the Pulse portable speaker's music, LED light show, and volume from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 5.0+).

  • Music Control: You can control all the music you have stored on your compatible Apple iOS device through the JBL Music Flow app. You'll be able to search your music by Song, Artist, Album, Playlist, and Genre. You also get basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Random. To access music apps, you'll need to exit the Music Flow app and select your desired music app on your iOS device.
  • LED Light Show: From the Music Flow App on your compatible iOS device, you can select from pre-programmed light themes (Rainbow/Equalize/Club/Chill/Fob) or customize a light themes by adjusting color, intensity, and speed.
  • Volume: You are able to control the Pulse's volume control from the Music Flow app on your compatible Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

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

Rechargeable Battery: The JBL Pulse Bluetooth speaker has a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/2000mAh/7.4Wh) that provides up to 10 hours of music playback time and up to 5 hours of music playback and light show. You can easily recharge the battery using the included USB/AC power adapter, or simply plug the unit into a free USB port on your computer/laptop using the included 41" microUSB-to-USB cable. Charging time is approximately 3 hours. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

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Customer Q&A

3 questions already asked

Actually I bought the Pulse for my daughter and she says no I does not shut it self. She loves it and uses it almost as much as her I phone.......which is a lot. Hope that helps [ SHAWN  Jun 28, 2015 ]
i don't know, i returned the Pulse and purchased the KCM3 LOV the Klipsch, it's cost more but the sound is awsum... and Yes, the KMC3 shuts off after pandora times out, takes alittle time but will shut down... [ Frederick  Jun 28, 2015 ]
NO.... [ Ralph John  Jun 28, 2015 ]
It needs an audio output jack. If you have one then yes but I doubt you do?? [ Tom  Aug 23, 2014 ]
Get a Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth transceiver. It will allow you to transmit (or receive) to/from Bluetooth devices. It will allow you to transmit to the JBL or alternately receive audio from your cellphone (or Laptop) assuming these have bluetooth built-in. [ RAMESH  Aug 17, 2014 ]
sorry Pam, idk... i returned my jbl pulse for a KMC3 and lov it !!! i use the KMC3 with my Samsung Note 3 or my Macpro to watch NetFlix or listen to Pandora... [ Frederick  Aug 13, 2014 ]
yes same problem hit your pulse bottom 2 or 3 times and wait about 40 seconds and it will play [ LISA  May 12, 2014 ]
Turn on your Bluetooth on your phone, then push the Bluetooth button on the Pulse. You will hear a beep and it is ready to sync. It should show up in your list on your phone. Select it and it should pair. You will then be able to hear the audio from your phone. Hope this helps. [ Dereck  May 02, 2014 ]
it can only play one bluetooth device at a time, make sure it is paired.. the sound quality is NOT as good as the KMC1...i 1st purchased the Pulse but returned it...lov my KMC1.. [ Frederick  May 01, 2014 ]
Do you have the pulse app downloaded from iphone or android app store? Open the app and it will ask you to turn on the speaker to pair your phone with the speaker thru Bluetooth. [ Stephanie  May 01, 2014 ]