JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6


JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, which is better? The Charge 5 is bigger with bigger drivers and more output power. They can deliver impactful and engaging sound with more bass that is suitable for partying. JBL Flip 6 is compact in size and easy to carry with a removable strap. They are also cheaper and delivers powerful sound.

If you need a small sized speaker, the Flip 6 is a great choice. The speaker sounds bigger than its size. So, while the JBL Charge 5 wins in sound performance, the Flip 6 is the winner in terms of portability.


Our Verdict:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 both sounds good but the Charge 5 will outperform the Flip 6 if you compare them. While both have same connectivity option, the Charge 5 shows better performance with Bluetooth. The Charge 5 has power bank option which will save you with from a dead cellphone. Overall, the JBL Charge 5 is the better option but the Flip 6 has great value at this size. If portability is your main concern, then Flip 6 is the one for you.

Pros
  • Amazingly good sound quality
  • The highest IP67 rating;
  • Bluetooth multipoint;
  • Can charge your mobile devices;
  • USB-A port for mobile devices to be charged;
  • New ways to keep dust out;
  • Design that is fully waterproof;
Cons
  • There's no microphone;
  • It's much bigger;
  • No listening with a wire;
Pros
  • Multiple attractive colors
  • Sturdy build
  • Good bass
  • Affordable
  • EQ options
Cons
  • No aux port

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Charge 5

JBL Flip 6

Brand Name

JBL

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
5.7
5.6
Music:
6.5
6.4
Movies:
5.8
5.6
Outdoors:
7.6
7.2
Podcasts
7.4
7.7
Voice Assistant:
1
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2021
2021
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Unspecified
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Red, Blue, Teal, Grey, White, Pink, Khaki and Squad.
Black, Blue, Camo, Green, Gray, Pink, White, Teal and red.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
Volume:
121 in³ (1,982 cm³)
46 in³ (760 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth Only
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
14.5 hrs
5.9 hrs
Charging Time:
3.8 hrs
2.2 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.1
5.1
Bluetooth Range:
328.1 ft (100.0 m)
210.0 ft (64.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
125 ms
165 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
102 ms
168 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
N/A
N/A
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
Yes
N/A
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Great
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
N/A
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
N/A
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
N/A
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
No
No
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
No Microphone
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Alright
Alright
Soundstage:
Sub-Par
Alright
Dynamics:
Fair
Fair
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Charge 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Quick Start Guide
JBL Flip 6, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Removable carrying strap, Quick Start Guide
User manual:
N/A
N/A

Comparatives Review


Design and build:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 have impressive build quality. They can withstand wear and tear with their rugged design. They are available in 9 different color options.

Similarities:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 are cylindrical shaped speakers that are covered with fabric type grille. Their body gives a rubber like feel which means they have good grip and will not slip suddenly. They are resistive against

Differences:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the Flip 6 is smaller and lightweight than the Charge. It is about half the weight of the Charge 5 which means it is very easy to carry.

Performance:

Between JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the sound performance is different and so are the driver size.

Similarities:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 has tweeter and passive radiators. They have crisp-clear highs with decent bass. They have different driver size which will affect the audio performance. Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the Charge 5 delivers more powerful low ends.

Differences:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the Charge 5 has 0.75" dome tweeter and 2" x 3.5" woofer, and 2 2.25" passive radiators. The JBL Flip 6 has 0.625" dome tweeter, 1.75" x 3" cone woofer and two 1.75” passive radiators. Between JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6, the Charge 5 can get louder. Both of these outdoor portable speakers are suitable for medium sized rooms.

The Charge 5 has crisp highs, well-defined mids and smooth sonic performance. They can deliver full bodied sound with good accuracy compared to the Flip 6. As you turn up the volume, the speakers shine delivering each instrumental sound with perfect accuracy. JBL Flip 6 shows rich and detailed sound that is room-filling. At such a compact size, the speakers show impressive performance.

Features:

JBL Flip 6 and Charge 5 have almost similar features.

Connectivity:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 Bluetooth speakers support the 5.1 version. They can connect a pair of devices that makes switching between them easier. None of them have any wired ports, if you need one then have a look at the JBL Charge 4 with an aux port. JBL Charge 5 shows better Bluetooth connectivity with lowered latency and more stable connection.

Multi-device pairing:

JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 has connect multiple speakers that are compatible with JBL Partyboost feature. It will not work with other speakers like JBL Connect+. Connect another speaker if you want to get stereo sound.

Use case:

JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, which one is for music? JBL Charge 5 is better for music and can handle different genres easily. It has more bass and produces vocal and instrumental sounds with clarity. The Flip 6 is suitable for dialogue heavy shows. While none of them are ideal for playing movies, the Charge 5 can handle them easily with low latency and clear sound.

Ease of use:

If you want a speaker mostly for outdoor use, then the Charge 5 will be better option.

Battery life:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the Charge 5 has a longer battery life. As per their website information, it can run for 20 hours from a 4-hour charge. The Flip 6 can play for 12 hours from a 2.5-hour charge. In real life, none of them can last that long. While the Charge 5 remains alive for around 12 hours, the Flip 6 has a battery life of 6 to 8 hours.   

Control options:

Physical control options are simple and straightforward in the JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6. This includes play, pause, volume up, down, forward track, Bluetooth and PartyBoost buttons. JBL Portable app is available for other settings. Both these speakers have EQ settings. The app is user-friendly and easy to use.

Portability:

If you user the JBL Bluetooth speaker during walking or hiking, then the JBL Flip 6 might be better for you. It is lightweight so will not act as a burden.

Cost:

Between JBL Charge 5 vs Flip 6, the Charge 5 is costlier. JBL Flip 6 is available under $100 whereas the Charge 5 costs a bit more. They are available under $150. Since the Flip 6 are cheap, you can pair two of them at a reasonable price.

FAQ:

 

What is the best alternative to JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 speakers?

You can have a look at the Marshal Middleton speaker as an alternative to the Flip 6 and Charge 5. It is a Bluetooth speaker that has a retro looking design. It has powerful soundstage and can handle music contents quite well. You can also play movies through it as it delivers clear vocals. The bass is impressive compared to the JBL Charge 5.

Can I connect JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 together?

Since both JBL Charge 5 and Flip 6 speakers support PartyBoost, you can connect a JBL Charge 5 to the Flip 6. Press the PartyBoost button on the speaker or use it from the mobile app.

 

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