Written by Tamara

Comparison: JBL Flip 5 vs JBL Charge 4

The JBL Flip 5 and the JBL Charge 4 are two speakers that are very similar. At first glance, this makes it difficult to choose between the 2 speakers. Yet, these Bluetooth speakers differ from each other in terms of specifications. In this article, I compare the speakers and you can read my findings.

JBL Flip 5

12-hour battery life | Compact (10 - 20cm) | Waterproof
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  • You can connect the speaker to another JBL PartyBoost speaker for higher volume.
  • The water-resistant design makes the speaker suitable for outdoor use.
  • The speaker has a battery life of 12 hours.
  • You can only connect the speaker to other JBL speakers that have the PartyBoost function.

JBL Charge 4

20-hour battery life | Medium-sized (20 - 25cm) | Waterproof
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  • Via Bluetooth, you can connect 3 smartphones to the speaker at the same time.
  • The speaker has a battery life of 20 hours.
  • The dust and water-resistant design makes the speaker suitable for outdoor use.
  • You can't connect your smartphone to the speaker via NFC.

In short

JBL Flip 5 JBL Charge 4
I want the battery to last more than 15 hours. No Yes
I want a powerful bass sound Yes Yes
I want a completely waterproof speaker Yes Yes
I want to make a call via the speaker Yes Yes
I want to pair several speakers together for a stereo sound Yes Yes
I want to be able to charge my smartphone via the speaker No Yes

The sound

Speaker in the swimming pool

JBL Flip 5: strong bass

The sound of the Flip 5 speaker is clearly audible and the volume has a high range. The strong bass is clearly audible. Take it outside or use it in your bedroom or living room.

Waterproof speaker

JBL Charge 4: powerful bass

The Charge 4 is a bit bigger than the Flip 5 speaker. This makes the bass of the Charge also slightly more powerful than the Flip. Use the speaker outside or in large rooms.


Portable speaker

JBL Flip 5: carry it with you

Although the Flip 5 and the Charge 4 look the same in appearance, the Flip 5 is really a size smaller. This means you take the Flip 5 with you in your bag or just carry it in your hand. The Flip 5 has a water and dust- resistant casing. You can plunge it under water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes, with confidence. The battery of the Flip 5 lasts 12 hours.

Speaker in the swimming pool

JBL Charge 4: put it in your bag

The JBL Charge 4 is a medium-sized speaker with a width of 21 centimeters. You can take the speaker with you in a bag. The Charge 4 also has a water and dust-resistant housing. A little rain, mud, or wet grass is nothing for the speaker. The Charge 4 can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. The battery of the Charge 4 lasts 20 hours.


Control buttons

JBL Flip 5

The JBL Flip 5 is easy to operate with the buttons on the casing. Connect it to Bluetooth, take telephone calls, determine the volume, and switch songs. Do you have Siri or Google Now? With 1 press of the button, you activate this function and you can control the speaker with your voice. With the Flip 5, you can also connect several JBL speakers to each other via JBL PartyBoost for a higher volume.

Control buttons

JBL Charge 4

The JBL Charge 4 speaker can also be operated via buttons on the casing. In addition to the standard controls, you can also take telephone calls. Thanks to noise suppression, your conversations remain clear. Just like the Flip 5, it's possible to operate the Charge with your voice. You must have Siri or Google Now for this. Connect multiple JBL speakers to each other via Connect+.


A day off or a weekend away. The Flip 5 and Charge 4 are suitable speakers for a day off or a weekend away. Both speakers are also suitable for a party. The Flip 5 is still quite compact so you can easily take it with you. The Charge 4 has a more powerful bass sound that makes it suitable for a bigger party. In addition, the Charge 4 also has a long battery life; you can take it on a journey with you for a whole weekend without any worries.

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