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JBL Charge 4

Waterproof portable Bluetooth® speaker (Sand)

Item # 109CHRGE4S

Like to play hard outdoors? So does the JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker.

Like to play hard outdoors? So does the JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker.

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About the JBL Charge 4

Big sound for the big outdoors

Like to play hard outdoors? So does the JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker. It features a rugged build for rough-and-tumble adventures, with a completely waterproof cloth and rubberized covering. The speaker cranks out big, bold sound with plenty of bass. And it can do so for up to 20 hours on a single battery charge. It can keep your smartphone or tablet powered up, too.

Big sound for the big outdoors

JBL Charge 4

Like to play hard outdoors? So does the JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker. It features a rugged build for rough-and-tumble adventures, with a completely waterproof cloth and rubberized covering. The speaker cranks out big, bold sound with plenty of bass. And it can do so for up to 20 hours on a single battery charge. It can keep your smartphone or tablet powered up, too.

Sound that packs a punch

The Charge 4 uses a single full-range driver to give you clean, clear sound, with two passive radiators to reinforce the bass. JBL's advanced digital signal processing ensures rich, full sound from its compact design.

The app makes it happen

The JBL Connect app gives you total command over your Charge 4 speaker. It's a free download for your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ smartphone or tablet. Pair two Charge 4 speakers for spacious, stereo sound. You can also pair over 100 compatible JBL speakers together for one serious field party.

The app also lets you pair two devices simultaneously with the Charge 4.You and a friend can take turns playing tunes through the speaker for an awesome co-DJ'd playlist.

Chaaarge!

The Charge 4 has a USB-C port with a cable included for charging the speaker's built-in battery. USB-C means extremely fast power transfer, compared to standard USB. A separate USB charging output lets you refresh your mobile device's battery using your existing charging cable.

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Product highlights:

  • Bluetooth 4.2 for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
    • range: 30 feet
  • IPX7-rated waterproof
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • JBL Connect app
    • free download from Apple App Store® and Google Play
    • remotely controls volume
    • pair two Charge 4 speakers for stereo
    • connect more than 100 compatible JBL speakers for simultaneous playback
    • pair two with devices simultaneously
  • 2" x 3-1/2" transducer with two passive bass radiators to reinforce low frequencies
  • USB-C charging port (cable included)
  • 7500mAh built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 20 hours
  • 8-5/8"W x 3-5/8"H x 3-3/4"D
  • weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # jblcharge4sandam

What's in the box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • 4' USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

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

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Features

Portable Waterproof Design: The JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth speaker features a rugged rubberized housing and a durable fabric material grille which will hold up indoors and outdoors. The Charge 4 is waterproof (IPX7-rated) which means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge the Charge 4 in water up to 1 meter (3') for up to 30 minutes. Its compact design fits easily into a backpack so you can take it anywhere with you.

Notes:
  • The Charge 4 can only be submerged in water for a short period of time. If the speaker is playing and then submerged in water, it will sound muffled, as anything submerged in water would sound like. Submerging the speaker more than 1 meter and for more than 30 minutes will damage the speaker as the water will penetrate through the waterproof barriers due to pressure.
  • To ensure that the JBL Charge 4 is waterproof, please remove all cable connections and tightly close the cap; exposing the Charge 4 to liquids without doing so may result in permanent damage to the speaker. Do not expose the Charge 4 to water while charging, as doing so may result in permanent damage to the speaker or power source.

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Charge 4 employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using a single 3.5" x 1.9375" driver, a 30-watt amplifier, and dual 2.25" passive radiators, the JBL Charge 4 delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass. The JBL Charge 4 stereo speaker can play from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations for great sound.

Bluetooth 4.2: The JBL Charge 4 portable speaker is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP 1.3) and playback control (AVRCP 1.6). You'll be able to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop) to the Charge 4. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play, Pause, & Skip from the speaker. You will need to continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advanced music navigation and to view song/artist/album information.

Note: The JBL Charge 4 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making or answering phone calls.

JBL Connect App with JBL Connect+: Use the JBL Connect App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 5.0+) to wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect+ enabled speakers, like the JBL Charge 4, together for amplified sound. You are able to link two speakers together so each speaker acts as a left or right channel for stereo sound. You can also link up to 100 speakers together so each speaker plays back both left and right channels for playback of the same Bluetooth source from multiple speakers. Software updates for the speaker can also be done using the JBL Connect app.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the JBL Charge 4 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

USB Charging (5V/2A): The JBL Charge 4 is capable of recharging the battery of your Bluetooth-enabled device from the speaker's built-in USB-A (5V/2.0A) 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 4 stereo speaker has a built-in Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery (7500mAH) that provides up to 20 hours of playback time. The Charge 4 speaker includes a USB-C port and a 4' USB-C to USB-A cable to aid in charging the built-in battery. The battery can be recharged from a 3rd party USB/AC power adapter (sold separately) or a free USB port on your computer. A full battery charge takes approximately 4 hours.

LED Indicators: Clearly visible LED let you know when the built-in battery needs to be recharged, as well as when the JBL Charge 4 is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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My son has the JBL xtreme 2. Love it so I decided to buy one for myself to use it at work [ Carlos  Sep 18, 2019 ]
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Price and quality [ Adam  Jul 24, 2019 ]
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Ultimately, it was the reviews that convinced me to get this instead of some of the other models. Better sound, etc. [ Christine  Jul 07, 2019 ]
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I wanted a wireless, waterproof JBL and it seems like the Charge is the best bang for the buck over the other waterproof JBL's. I knew I wanted more power than the Link 20, which was great, but not quite big enough sound for my kitchen. After the Charge, the next bigger is the Xtreme, which has a somewhat more refined sound (according to Simon), but it's a lot bulkier and not much louder or even bassier (according to Simon). And it costs way more! [ JAKE  Apr 22, 2019 ]
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Very good reviews and features. Charging ability a plus. [ Lance  Oct 28, 2018 ]
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20 hr battery life and water proof [ jackie  Jul 12, 2019 ]
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Size, features and battery life. [ Matthew  Jun 18, 2019 ]
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Well-reviewed SQ, liked previously owned Flip 2, long battery life. [ Stephen V.  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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Good quality product [ ALBERT M  Feb 14, 2019 ]
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The Charge 4 red I have is great. It's for my parents [ Harry  Jul 21, 2019 ]
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This product has the options I am looking for and has an attractive price. [ Russell  Jun 16, 2019 ]
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I bought one for my wife to use at work and it sounds great. So I need one for when I work on my cars outside. Great sound and louder than I thought it could go. Crank it up. [ TIM  Mar 03, 2019 ]
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Crutchfields unparalled service and jbl quality [ ALBERT M  Mar 01, 2019 ]
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Heard nothing but good reviews about this Bluetooth speaker. [ CASEY  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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No received yet but, steered towards this model because of the long battery life and USB port to charge phone as well. [ MICHAEL  May 05, 2019 ]
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7 questions already asked

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Can I use a charge 4 on a motorcycle ?
[ John  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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I suppose you could. I don't have a motorcycle. I am not sure how you would attach? It's fairly loud but if you have loud exhaust and with wind noise I can't imagine you will be able to hear it clearly. That being said I love it and the fact that I can use it to charge phones etc makes it a must have at the beach.
[ Scott Kelton  Sep 24, 2019 ]
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Not likely unless you can figure out a way to attach it to your motorcycle. There are no built in attach points.
[ David  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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I would say yes , just fasten and go
[ Michael  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Can I use the charge on a motorcycle?
[ John  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Go for it.I purchased two of these and they sound great
[ THOMAS J  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Personally I would not. Too many vibrations from the motorcycle. The speaker would have to be directly secured to the frame of the handlebars on some kind of insulated or padded bracket to minimize damaging vibrations. Not worth the effort I think.
[ HERMAN  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Can I use the charge 4 on a motorcycle?
[ John  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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I purchased the Charge 4 for my boat. I would think this is too large for a motorcycle.
[ TIMOTHY J  Sep 24, 2019 ]
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Will this speaker work on a motorcycle?
[ John  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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It is a Bluetooth speaker to connect to a phone etc, or you can plug in with a mini jack direct. Unless you have a windshield and some way to attach it you may not hear much. There are probably better routes for a bike but as far as small blue tooth portables this is the best.
[ SCOTT  Sep 24, 2019 ]
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No, I don't think so.
[ Linda  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Not without a good mount to hold it on the bike.
[ Juan  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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The speaker has great volume but it would depend on the exhaust volume of your motorcycle how effectively it performs
[ William  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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I would think so..unless your bike is very loud.
[ Jeremy  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Maybe if you strap it down hella good but then it'd be so strapped you might not hear it anymore.
[ Richard  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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Can you use a aftermarket wall charger to charge the battery? Any limitations on wattage?
[ Carroll  Mar 29, 2019 ]
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I haven't tried a aftermarket charger. As long as the connections match up I believe that it should charge.
[ MATTHEW  Mar 31, 2019 ]
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I bought it for my son and he does use any charger he comes across lol and no trouble
[ JEREMY  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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Yes you can use an aftermarket charger. As the 4 does not come with a charger just a USB-C cable. I bought the Charge 3 first and sent it back for the 4. It's worth the extra money to get the 4,the 3 doesn't even sound as good as the 2. I'm not aware of any limits but I use a 2 amp charger and it works fine. I recommend using a couple rubber bands to hold the charge door open so that it doesn't put pressure on the cable and break the connection on the charge port.
[ SCOTT  Mar 29, 2019 ]
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Does this item have the latest better than CD quality audio BT codec (aptx HD) built in? If not please specify what models do.
[ Orange O  Apr 14, 2019 ]
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It supports A2DP and AVRCP.
[ Stephanie  Apr 14, 2019 ]
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I enjoy the quality of sound I would say it is equivalent in sound
[ ERIC  Apr 14, 2019 ]
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JBL Charge 4, $142.49....Does this come with a case?
[ Gary  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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No case
[ ERIC  Apr 14, 2019 ]
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It doesn't come with a case. It's slightly larger then my JBL Charge 3. The sound is amazing though and I held it under water in a therapeutic pool running temp of 104 and it still works!
[ MATTHEW  Feb 05, 2019 ]
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It does not come with a case but there are plenty inexpensive ones online. Also it comes with a charging cable but not the power adapter for it, any USB adapter should work.
[ SCOTT  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No it does not, nor does it come with a wall adaptor to charge from a wall outlet.
[ CASEY  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No case comes with it. It's made very durable so no case needed.Enter
[ George  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No
[ Daniel  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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It didn't come with a case that I recall as it was a gift for my son. He does love it though. It sounds really good for the price.
[ Richard  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No, it does not.
[ Terry  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No, the JBL Charge 4 does not come with a case, per se. However, the box in which it comes, is constructed in such a way that it can function very similarly to a case. I kept the box for that very purpose. I am very pleased with the unit.
[ HENRY  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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I don't think so- a gift to my daughter- but I've listened to it. Sounds great for its size.
[ SEAN R  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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I do not know as this was a gift.
[ Gary  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No they don't come with a case. Great little speakers though. Highly recommend.
[ Tyler  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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No it doesn't but I have several and own a construction company and they're tough and loud
[ JEREMY  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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