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JBL Free

Truly wireless in-ear Bluetooth® headphones (Black)

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Our take on the JBL Free

I spent some time with the JBL Free truly wireless earbuds, and they offer a ton of value at this price. For one, they are JBL's first 100% wire-free headphones — a high-tech category that's gaining popularity. You'll notice there is no cord between the left and right earbuds.

JBL Free Truly wireless

The JBL Free truly wireless headphones fit securely in-ear to prevent them from falling out.

No wires, lots of value

I spent some time with the JBL Free truly wireless earbuds, and they offer a ton of value at this price. For one, they are JBL's first 100% wire-free headphones — a high-tech category that's gaining popularity. You'll notice there is no cord between the left and right earbuds.

And JBL has fine-tuned their sound signature to please the most amount of people — from their so-called "entry-level" headphones on up. We've visited their parent company, Harmon, and you wouldn't believe the amount of research that goes into honing their acoustics. It paid off here. These headphones have an energetic, mids-forward sound that I enjoyed as much for modern hip-hop as I did for classic outlaw country.

A carrying case that recharges your earbuds wirelessly

The JBL Frees are designed to be portable. They feel the part — these lightweight earbuds can handle some sweat, rain, or dust. Plus they offer up to four hours of on-the-go music listening with a full charge.

When it's time to refuel, you just click them into the included charging carrying case. This pocket-sized case can bank up to 20 hours of power to recharge your earbuds. 15 minutes inside the case gives you an hour of wireless use.

JBL Free charging case

Place the earbuds into the case to recharge them or get them back in sync.

Quick and easy Bluetooth pairing

True wireless headphones are still relatively new, so you might think learning how to pair them would be a challenge. Fortunately, JBL makes it pretty easy. As soon as I pushed the Bluetooth button on my phone and pulled these headphones out of their case, they were connected.

I try a lot of wireless headphones and it is not always this fast or simple. And both the left and right earbuds were automatically in sync. If one earbud or the other stopped playing, I just put them both in the case to get them back on the same page.  

Hands-free calling and one-button control

JBL also makes it easy to make and take phone calls wirelessly. If someone calls, you just press the button on the right earbud to answer. You press this same button to play and pause music or skip tracks. The headphones automatically switch to mono sound for calls, so phone conversations sound more natural. 

Product Highlights:

  • 100% wire-free headphones
    • no connecting cord between left and right earbuds
  • Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless music listening and phone calls
    • one-button control for Bluetooth pairing, music playback, and calls
  • 5.6mm dynamic drivers tuned for clear, energetic sound
  • IPX5 sweat- and weather-resistant design
Charging Case, Battery Information, and Accessories:
  • built-in rechargeable batteries offers 4 hours of listening
  • carrying case banks up to 20 hours of power to wirelessly recharge headphones
    • 15 minutes inside case provides enough power for 1 hour of listening
  • USB cable included for charging case
  • includes 3 pairs of silicone ear tips for a customized, comfortable fit
  • includes 2 sizes of gel sleeves to keep earbuds secure
General Info and Specs:
  • Call Mode makes wireless phone conversations sound more natural
    • automatically switches to mono sound for phone calls
    • one earbud can be used independently for calls
  • frequency response: 10-22,000 Hz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Left and right ear buds (black)
  • 3 Pairs of silicone ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • 2 Pairs of gel ear tip sleeves
  • Charging case
  • 11" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty booklet
  • Warning booklet
  • FCC and IC statement

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Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 0.696" x 1.028"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 10-22k Hz
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.3 + 0.3 ounces
Cord Length None
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The JBL Free earbuds are truly wireless earphones with no connecting cables. Touch controls on each earbud let you power on/off, play/pause music, switch tracks, take phone calls, and activate voice commands, all without touching your smartphone. The JBL Free earbuds have built-in rechargeable batteries, and charge inside of the included hard clam-shell case.

Drivers: The JBL Free earbuds are equipped with 5.6mm dynamic drivers that deliver the immersive JBL Signature Sound with a wide frequency response (10Hz-22kHz).

Water Resistant: The JBL Free earbuds are IPX5-certified to protect the internal components from water and sweat. This keeps them performing in the rain or during a workout.

Bluetooth: The earbuds connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.2 (2.402-2.480 GHz). The earbuds support A2DP (V1.3), AVRCP (V1.6), HFP (V1.6), and HSP (V1.2). Pairing the earbuds to your smartphone or tablet requires touching and holding the right earbud for at least 5 seconds.

LED Indicators: Each earbud has a ring-type LED to indicate the charging and pairing status. In addition, there are four LEDs on the charging case to show the charging status in 25% increments (4 LEDs-100% charged, 1 LED-<25% charged).

Microphones: Each earbud has a built-in microphone for making phone calls, and using your smartphone's built-in voice recognition like Siri and Google Now.

Mono Call Mode: When you answer a phone call, the JBL Free will automatically switch from stereo to mono mode on the right ear piece for a more natural-sounding phone call. When the call ends, the earbuds automatically switch back to stereo mode.

Touch Controls: The JBL Free features intuitive touch control that lets you play/pause, change tracks, take calls, and activate voice commands, by simply tapping on the earpiece. Volume must be controlled on the source unit. Touch control operations include:

Action Left Earbud Right Earbud
1 Tap Next Track Play/Pause Music
Answer/End Call
2 Taps Previous Track Voice Assistance (Siri/Google)
3 Taps Manual Pairing Left and Right Earbuds
Touch/Hold (>5 sec) --- Bluetooth Pairing
Manual Power On/Off

Ear Tips: The earbuds comes with three pairs (S, M, and L) of silicone rubber ear tips, ensuring you get an airtight fit regardless of the shape or size of your ear. In addition, two pairs of ergonomic gel sleeves are included to give you a more secure fit for more rigorous activities.

Rechargeable Batteries: Each of the JBL Free earbuds contains a 3.7-volt 85mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The charging case contains its own 1500 mAh rechargeable battery for over 20 hours of total backup charge. Fully charged earbuds provide up to 4 hours playback time. The earbuds charge in the case in less than two hours. A 15-minute quick charge will give you approximately 1 hour of playback time. The earbuds charge in the provided case with the supplied Micro USB cable.


  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 22kHz
  • Drivers: 5.6mm dynamic
  • Dimensions:
    • Earbuds: Width 0.696", Height 1.018", Depth 0.9"
    • Case: Diameter 2.962", Height 1.333"
  • Weight:
    • Earbuds: 0.3 ounces (each)
    • Case: 3.1 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

My husband has been wanting a totally wireless headphone but feared not being a good fit. Based on reviews they seem to be a great fit plus offers great sound [ Karen  Dec 20, 2017 ]
Friend recommendation....Let's see, will update. [ FIDEL  Nov 27, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

If your soundbar and/or TV can transmit the audio wirelessly via Bluetooth then you should be able to pair the JBL Free headphones. For more details or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Jun 06, 2018 ]  Staff

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