- Rich Bass
- Water Resistant
- Affordable price
- Average battery life
- Doesn’t have a mobile app
The JBL Charge 2+ has only minor changes to its look. At 7.3 x 3.1 inches, the 2+ is just a little longer than its predecessor Charge 2, and also weighs 1.4 ounces more, at 21 ounces.
The 2+ offers more colors than the 2. The latest version also comes in black, gray, orange, pink, red, green and yellow.
The latest Charge adds some water resistance which is a welcome improvement. It’s rated IPX4, which means it can handle a splash of water, but not complete submersion.
Inside, JBL has put two 45mm drivers for treble and mid-range tones also included are two passive bass radiators that cap the ends of the tubular case. The radiators reverberate as the music plays which is cool to look at.
The Power, Bluetooth Pairing and Volume buttons are located at the top, along with a button which enables Social Mode, which allows up to three devices to be connected to the speaker at once. Calls can also be answered and ended with the speakerphone button.
The battery indicator is located just below the volume buttons that shows the power level. It gives a pretty good idea about the battery as the indicator is divided into five separate segments.
On the back there’s a micro-USB port for recharging the battery, a USB port for charging other mobile devices which another nice feature of this device and a 3.5mm aux input for wired connections.
Pairing the JBL Charge 2+ with iOS and Android devices is easy. Just look for the “JBL Charge 2+” in the mobile’s Bluetooth menu when pairing. NFC is not available in this JBL for quick pairing with Android units.
The speaker maintains a strong wireless connection at more than 23 feet, even when there’s a wall between the mobile device and the speaker.
There aren’t any tone controls on The Charge 2+, and JBL also doesn’t offer a mobile app for tweaking any audio settings. Any adjustments will need to be made on the mobile device from where the music is being played.
The speakerphone on the Charge 2+ is only average. During calls you will have to turn up the volume considerably to hear the people on the other end of the line. The microphone is of good quality so others can hear your voice clearly.
According to JBL you can play the Charge 2+ for 12 hours, which is the same as the Charge and Charge 2. That kind of endurance was impressive when the first Charge was released in 2013 but many Bluetooth speakers surpass it now.
As the name of this device implies, the Charge 2+ also be used as an external battery and can “charge” tablets and phones via USB port. It has a 6,000-mAh battery, so you have enough juice to fully recharge an iPhone 6 battery more than three times in time of need. So the power you use to charge other devices will also reduce your playback time but it’s a nice feature nonetheless.
It can be said that the latest version of JBL’s Charge offers great sound and water resistance thus making its affordable portable speaker even better.
Accessories for JBL Charge 2+ like protection bags can be purchased from Aliexpress.