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JBL Charge 4 vs. JBL Charge 5

The Charge 5 is a new portable Bluetooth speaker from JBL. So, how does this new model compare to the older release?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the JBL Charge 4 and JBL Charge 5.

Quick Summary

When compared to the JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, the JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is slightly bigger in size. The newer model also uses an updated Bluetooth connection, has higher RMS Output Power, has a bigger bass driver and is the only one of the two to come with a 20 mm dome tweeter. Unlike the older model, the Charge 5 offers complete protection against dust particles as well.

The JBL Charge 4 is slightly heavier than the JBL Charge 5. The old version can also be connected to other compatible speakers using JBL Connect+. The Charge 5 can connect to other compatible speakers using JBL PartyBoost.

Both speakers are identical when it comes to battery life and battery recharge time. You can also use the two devices as power banks to recharge other devices like your smart phone.

Overall, the Charge 5 provides improvements over audio quality and Bluetooth connection when compared to the Charge 4. The new model also added protection against dust ingress.

If you are interested, you can purchase either of the two aforementioned portable speakers on Amazon with the following links:

You might also want to check out our comparison between the JBL Xtreme 2 and 3 speakers with this link. Furthermore, you might also want to take a look at our JBL PartyBox comparison guide with this article.

JBL Charge 4 vs. JBL Charge 5 Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for these two speakers below.

 JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth SpeakerJBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
What’s in the Box1x JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

1x Type C USB Cable

1x Safety Sheet

1x Quick Start Guide

1x Warranty Card
1x JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

1x Type C USB Cable

1x Safety Sheet

1x Quick Start Guide

1x Warranty Card
Weight965 grams (or 2.12 lbs.)960 grams (or 2.11 lbs.)
Dimensions220 mm x 95 mm x 93 mm (or 8.66 in x 3.74 in x 3.66 in)223 mm x 97 mm x 94 mm (or 8.70 in x 3.76 in x 3.67 in)
Bluetooth VersionBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Transmitter Frequency Range2402 MHz to 2480 MHz2400 MHz to 2483.5MHz
Bluetooth Transmitter Power0 dBm to 20 dBm0 dBm to 20 dBm
Bluetooth Transmitter Modulationπ/4 DQPSK

8DPSK

GFSK
π/4 DQPSK

8DPSK

GFSK
RMS Output Power30 Watts30 Watts + 10 Watts
Bass Driver50 mm x 90 mm52 mm x 90 mm
Dome TweeterNone20 mm
Passive Bass Radiators2x 65mm2x 65mm
Frequency Response65 Hz to 20000 Hz65 Hz to 20000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio80 dB80 dB
Battery TypeLithium-Ion Polymer 27Wh BatteryLithium-Ion Polymer 27Wh Battery
Battery LifeUp to 20 hoursUp to 20 hours
Battery Charge Time4 hours at 5V/3A4 hours at 5V/3A
Power BankSupportedSupported
JBL Connect+SupportedNot Supported
JBL PartyBoostNot SupportedSupported
Dust-Proof and Waterproof RatingIPX7IP67
PricingCheck price on Amazon.Check price on Amazon.

What’s in the Box

In addition to the main speaker unit, each product comes with an USB cable in addition to several documentations.

You can find a breakdown of the content included in each retail box for both products below:

JBL Charge 4:

  • 1x JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1x Type C USB Cable
  • 1x Safety Sheet
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Warranty Card

JBL Charge 5:

  • 1x JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1x Type C USB Cable
  • 1x Safety Sheet
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Warranty Card

Weight

When it comes to weight, the Charge 4 weighs 5 grams more, or 0.52% more, than the Charge 4.

You can find the weight specifications below:

  • JBL Charge 4: 965 grams (or 2.12 lbs.)
  • JBL Charge 5: 960 grams (or 2.11 lbs.)

Dimensions

On the other hand, the Charge 5 is slightly bigger than the Charge 4 as it is a bit longer in width, depth and height.

You can check out the full measurements for both portable speakers below:

  • JBL Charge 4: 220 mm x 95 mm x 93 mm (or 8.66 in x 3.74 in x 3.66 in)
  • JBL Charge 5: 223 mm x 97 mm x 94 mm (or 8.70 in x 3.76 in x 3.67 in)

Bluetooth Version

When it comes to the Bluetooth connection, the older JBL Charge 4 uses Bluetooth 4.2 while the newer JBL Charge 5 uses Bluetooth 5.1.

Bluetooth Transmitter Frequency Range

The Charge 5 has a wider Bluetooth transmitter frequency range when compared to the previous iteration.

You can find the ranges below:

  • JBL Charge 4: 2402 MHz to 2480 MHz
  • JBL Charge 5: 2400 MHz to 2483.5MHz

Bluetooth Transmitter Power

The Bluetooth transmitter power is the same for both the portable speakers in this versus showdown with a range of 0 dBm to 20 dBm.

Bluetooth Transmitter Modulation

The JBL Charge 4 and 5 support the following Bluetooth transmitter modulation:

  • π/4 DQPSK
  • 8DPSK
  • GFSK

RMS Output Power

With the Charge 5, JBL added additional output power.

You can find the speaker power specifications below:

  • JBL Charge 4: 30 Watts
  • JBL Charge 5: 30 Watts + 10 Watts

Bass Driver

The Charge 5 also comes equipped with a bigger bass driver than the Charge 4.

You can take a look at the sizes below:

  • JBL Charge 4: 50 mm x 90 mm
  • JBL Charge 5: 52 mm x 90 mm

Dome Tweeter

The JBL Charge 5 is the only one of the two products to come with a 20 mm dome tweeter.

Passive Bass Radiators

The Charge 4 and Charge 5 are equipped with two 65 mm passive bass radiators.

Frequency Response

The two speakers also have the same frequency response, with the range of 65 Hz to 20000 Hz.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

The signal to noise ratio is also identical at less than 80 dB.

Battery Type

The JBL Charge 4 vs. JBL Charge 5 are equipped with a lithium-ion polymer 27Wh battery.

Battery Life

The two portable speakers have the same battery life of up to 20 hours. The actual length depends on the audio volume and content being played.

Battery Charge Time

The recharge time for both devices is 4 hours at 5V/3A.

Power Bank

The two products can also be used as a power bank for charging you phone as well as other devices.

JBL Connect+

The JBL Charge 4 is the only one of the two to support JBL Connect+, which lets you wirelessly connect this speaker to other JBL Connect+ enabled speakers.

JBL PartyBoost

The JBL Charge 5 is the only speaker in this comparison to support JBL PartyBoost. With this feature, you can connect this speaker to other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers.

Dust-Proof and Waterproof Rating

The JBL Charge 4 has a rating of IPX7, which means that it can withstand being submerged in water at up to 1 meter for the maximum of 30 minutes.

The JBL Charge 5 has a rating of IP67 as it can also withstand being underwater at a depth of up to 1 mete for the maximum of 30 minutes. The newer model is also completely protected against any dust particles.

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