JBL Charge Essential, a wireless speaker with good claims

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At this point, no one is surprised if we say that JBL stands for good sound quality. Its products, such as the JBL charge 5 that we have already analyzed at Gizlogic, have made it very clear. Today we return with another model that aims at a more modest range, without giving up a comfortable and resistant design and a sound that deserves to be at our parties. We talk about JBL Charge essentiala wireless speaker that does not disappoint at all.

JBL Charge Essential design

This JBL Charge Essential comes to offer us a “low cost” option within the segment of quality speakers that do not want to aim for a premium range. Regarding its design, we can indicate that it comes with IPX7 resistance. That is, it is not resistant to dust but to water. And when we say water, we mean fresh water (never salt water from the sea), for example, a swimming pool or bathtub. If water falls on it, nothing will happen.

It is very easy to use, thanks to its intuitive design and physical buttons on the top. We can change the song, increase the volume, etc., directly from the device. At the back, covered by a rubber, we have the charging connector and at the ends we find the subwoofers.

JBL Charge Essential

Its design is very elegant, with durable and solid materials, and a very nice finish whether you always want to leave it at home or take it to a party. Its dimensions are 8.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″ and its weight is 770 grams.

In its box we find different elements: JBL Charge Essential speaker, Micro USB charging cable and manuals.

JBL Charge Essential

Sound quality, what can we expect from him?

And let’s get to what’s really important: its sound. In this case, we have some very, very interesting data, taking into account the price range in which we are moving. Apart from these technical data, one thing is clear: It is a speaker that sounds very, very good.

With a power of 20Woffers us a professional sound from the hand of JBL Pro Soundas well as passive dual radiators that manage to intensify the sound and make the bass sound deeper and richer. Its dynamic frequency response is 65Hz–20kHz. All of this complements itself perfectly to give us a product that sounds very good and that for each type of music you want to listen to, whether you’re more of a rock or pop type, it doesn’t matter, it will sound good no matter what you listen to.

JBL Charge Essential

In addition, it offers Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, to give us a stable connection and is compatible with A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.5 profiles. This means that we have enormous compatibility and also that it is efficient. And this is where your battery also comes into play.

We can charge it through a cable Micro USB and has a charging time of 4 hours. This translates into autonomy 20 hours. The duration of autonomy seems very interesting to us, but we do have to pull the ears of its load. 4 hours for this type of device is quite a long time, but above all its weakest point is that it still charges with Micro USB. This is an indication that it is a product that is not aimed at the premium range, but that has also been on the market for some time. Keep this in mind if you are going to be taking it on a trip, since it is possible that your mobile already charges with lightning or USB-C and that you do not carry a Micro USB cable with you. It is already something rarer and it is important to value it.

JBL Charge Essential

JBL Charge Essential Features

JBL Charge Essential
Charge Essential
8.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
770 grams
Certification IPX7 (water and dust resistance)
Elements to highlight
  • Acoustic box with passive radiators on both sides
  • JBL SoundPro
  • Dynamic Frequency Response: 65 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Power: 20W
Radio Not
PartyBoost Not
Music play time up to 20 hours
external recharge Yes, via Micro USB
Loading time 4 hours
connectivity Bluetooth 4.1

You can find it in stores like amazonbut also in Media Markt and in other places like Carrefour or even in El Corte Inglés and in stores as Wortenboth online and physical.

JBL The game has passed and it has managed to combine in a single device a compact and elegant body with interesting sound quality and a price that is very consistent for the type of range in which it operates. It is a model that does not disappoint and that will become your ideal companion whether you want a wireless speaker for your meetings with friends or if you are going to put on some music at home while you work, do housework or simply chill in the couch.

It is not perfect and above all we consider that it clicks on the issue of the battery, not for autonomy (which at this point it approves with distinction), but for charging time and because it still uses a Micro USB cable, a type of charging that already It is more than obsolete and we hope to stop seeing this type of product soon.

  • lightweight design
  • IPX7 resistance (water)
  • Good value for money
  • Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • improved sound power
  • Excellent autonomy
  • It does not have a 3.5mm input.
  • It does not have FM radio
  • Micro USB charging
  • Somewhat long charging time
Total score