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What’s the difference between the JBL Flip 5 and Flip 6?

JBL has released a new model for its Flip portable speaker series. You can check out this comparison guide at Seeking Tech to see what are the major differences are between the Flip 6 and Flip 5.

Quick Summary

When compared to the JBL Flip 5, the JBL Flip 6 uses the Bluetooth 5.1 connection, which will provide a wider and more stable range.

The updated Bluetooth version also means that you can connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets at the same time.

When it comes to sound quality, the Flip 6 supports a lower frequency range. With the addition of a tweeter, the newer model can also replicate higher sound ranges more accurately.

Lastly, the newer model also supports USB charging protection in addition to being been rated to fully protect against dust buildup.

As you can see above, the JBL Flip 6 is a big improvement over its predecessor.

JBL Flip 5 vs. JBL Flip 6 Comparison Chart

You can check out Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the JBL Flip 5 and Flip 6 below.

 JBL FLIP 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth SpeakerJBL FLIP 6 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
What’s in the Box1x JBL Flip 5 Portable Waterproof Speaker

1x Type C USB cable

1x Quick Start Guide

1x Warranty Card

1x Safety Sheet
1x JBL Flip 6 Portable Waterproof Speaker

1x Type C USB cable

1x Quick Start Guide

1x Warranty Card

1x Safety Sheet
Weight540 grams549 grams
Dimensions181 mm x 69 mm x 74 mm178 mm x 68 mm x 72 mm
Bluetooth Version4.25.1
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP V1.3

AVRCP V1.6
A2DP V1.3

AVRCP V1.6
Transducers44 mm x 80 mm woofer45 mm x 80 mm woofer

16 mm tweeter
Frequency Response65 Hz to 20 kHz63 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise RatioLess than 80 dBLess than 80 dB
Woofer Rated Power20 W RMS20 W RMS
Tweeter Rated PowerN/A10 W RMS
PartyBoost?SupportedSupported
App SupportJBL Portable AppJBL Party App
Ingress ProtectionIPX7IP67
Battery TypeLi-ion polymer 17.28WhLi-ion polymer 17.28Wh
Battery LifeUp to 12 hoursUp to 12 hours
Battery Charge TimeUp to 2.5 hours (5V/3A)Up to 2.5 hours (5V/3A)
USB Charging Protection?NoYes
PricingCheck price on Amazon.Check price on Amazon.

What’s in the Box

In addition to the main portable speaker unit, both products come with an USB-C cable along with several documents.

You can check out a breakdown of the included content for these two products below:

JBL Flip 5:

  • 1x JBL Flip 5 Portable Waterproof Speaker
  • 1x Type C USB cable
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Warranty Card
  • 1x Safety Sheet

JBL Flip 6:

  • 1x JBL Flip 6 Portable Waterproof Speaker
  • 1x Type C USB cable
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Warranty Card
  • 1x Safety Sheet

Weight

The JBL Flip 5 weighs in at around 540 grams, which is slightly less than the JBL Flip 6, which is approximately 549 grams.

Dimensions

The fifth-generation Flip is slightly bigger in physical size than the newer sixth-generation release.

You can find the measurements for both below:

  • JBL Flip 5: 181 mm x 69 mm x 74 mm
  • JBL Flip 6: 178 mm x 68 mm x 72 mm

Bluetooth Version

The Flip 5 uses Bluetooth 4.2 while the Flip 6 uses an updated Bluetooth 5.1.

As a result, you will get a much wider range and better stability with the sixth-generation speaker.

You will also be able to connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets with the Flip 6 as opposed to just one device at a time with the Flip 5.

Bluetooth Profiles

The two wireless speakers support the A2DP V1.3 and AVRCP V1.6 profiles.

Transducers

When it comes to transducers, the Flip 6 includes a slightly bigger woofer. The newer model also added a tweeter, which should result in more accurate reproduction of higher range sounds.

You can find a breakdown of the transducers below:

JBL Flip 5:

  • 44 mm x 80 mm woofer

JBL Flip 6:

  • 45 mm x 80 mm woofer
  • 16 mm tweeter

Frequency Response

In terms of frequency response, the Flip 6 supports a lower range when compared to the older model.

You can find the ranges for these wireless speakers below:

  • JBL Flip 5: 65 Hz to 20 kHz
  • JBL Flip 6: 63 Hz to 20 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

The signal-to-noise ratio is the same for these speakers at less than 80 dB.

Rated Power

The rated power for the woofers of these speakers is the same at 20 W RMS.

The tweeter of the JBL Flip 6 has a rated power of 10 W RMS.

PartyBoost Support

Both the fifth and sixth generation Flip support PartyBoost as you can pair two PartyBoost-compatible speakers to create a stereo soundscape.

You can also pair more than two PartyBoost-compatible speakers together.

App Support

When it comes the mobile app, the Flip 5 uses the JBL Portable App while the Flip 6 uses the JBL Party App.

Ingress Protection

When it comes to ingress protection, the JBL Flip 5 received an IPX7 rating as it can withstand being submerged in depths of up to 1 meter for half an hour.

The JBL Flip 6 received an IP67 as it can also withstand of being underwater at up to 1 meter from 30 minutes. It is also fully dust tight.

Battery Type

These wireless speakers come equipped with an Li-ion polymer 17.28Wh (which is equal to 3.6V/4800mAh) battery.

Battery Life

You should be able to get up 12 hours for the Flip 5 and Flip 6 per every full charge. The length will differ depending on the volume level, content being played, ambient environmental factors and more.

Battery Charge Time

The recharge time should also be the same at up to 2.5 hours (5V/3A).

USB Charging Protection

The JBL Flip provides USB charging protection. If the speaker detects salt, water and other containments in the charging port, then it will alert you by playing a sound.

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