Tuesday, June 18, 2013

[JBL Singapore] Gaming With A Portable Speaker Which Can Also Charge Our Phones??? - JBL Charge

Dearest JBL Charge,

   Oh my JBL Charge…

Do you know that you brighten up my day/evening/night so much when I play my favourite music and the music just sounds so beautiful; whatever that's coming from you?: the voice of the singer, the music, the melody and even the bass sounds crystal clear!

PS: Can MinuteManSG stop using it to for his gaming sessions so often? :p


Hearing is believing.

The JBL Charge is a 10-watt PORTABLE stereo speaker with provides more than TWELVE HOURS of playback time from a single charge!

This baby is a S.T.E.R.E.O. speaker.

JBL Charge

JBL Portable speakers

The box comes with a JBL portable stereo speaker with BLUETOOTH technology,
1 USB adapter
1 micro USB cable
1 neoprene carrying pouch
1 Quick-Start Guide
1 Safety Sheet

I've not had any proper speakers to do my music assignments.
It's to the extend even my current earphones can't support my hearing enough.
I wish I have better sound equipments.

Being shortlisted as one of the Singapore Blog Awards Best JBL Pop/Music Finalists, I'm extremely thankful as I received not ONE but THREE very very awesome JBL speakers which greatly helped me to produce better music and of course, score higher marks for my music assignments so far!

The thing about listening to music and sounds is that there is really a MAJOR difference when you have better speakers to listen to. One is able to make more accurate judgement.

Thank you JBL Singapore for this gifts.
It's a beautiful wish come true for me. :)

For my usual music assignments and casual listening, I would use my JBL micro wireless speakers.
Whereas for very detailed listening and to check my stereo recording playback, I couldn't have done it without my JBL Charge.

JBL Portable speakers

Here's a video of me in midst of doing my assignment and I thought I should seize the opportunity to share with you more about my JBL charge and test out the speakers for you:

JBL has more than 60 years of expertise producing high-quality sound in venues around the world. The JBL Charge uses this expertise and employs digital sound processing to generate room-filling audio with great bass from a compact speaker.

Hmmm… let me try to explain this to the best I can.
For music, you really have to listen to it to understand what I'm trying to say but still, here goes nothing.

If you listen carefully (just turn the volume up a little more) with the JBL Charge placed DIRECTLY in front of you, you'll be able to actually space out the types of instruments and voices you hear coming out from the speaker. The feeling is like a real band playing in front of you. More 'REAL':
The piano or guitar sound is coming more from your left, then you'll hear the vocals coming somewhere in the middle and the drums will be coming from your right etc.

You know for drums, you won't be able to hear the LOW thumpings for MOST portable speakers out there because there is very limited things you can built into such small products; they cannot support such low sound frequencies.

So i'm really very impressed with the JBL charge when I can even CLEARLY project and amplify the low sounds coming out from THIS PART OF THE SPEAKER:

JBL Portable speakers

Seriously, the built-in bass port which generates the strong bass beats totally blew me away.

It's like drinking a can of coke on a 39 degree celsius sunny afternoon.
Pure satisfaction.

I finally understand why the tagline for JBL is 'Hear The Truth'.

Just a recap from the video I posted, the JBL charge has 2 buttons.
The power button and the volume button, just like the JBL micro Wireless speaker.

JBL Portable speakers

But instead of 5 hours, the JBL Charge provides up to 12 hours of playback time due to its massive built-in 6,000 mAH Li-ion rechargeable battery!

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

The LED indicator shows the battery status of your battery clearly as well as letting you know whether the JBL Charge is in the Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

JBL Portable speakers

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, please watch the video again!
I've showed you in the video how the speaker is being paired with my macbook pro with the Bluetooth technology.

Also in the video, I've specifically mentioned a SPECIAL FUNCTION which the JBL charge portable speaker supports:

It can CHARGE my mobile phone!

The USB port on the JBL Charge speaker lets you charge other USB devices right from the speaker. So you don’t need an extra charger to keep your devices powered up.

JBL Portable speakers

About how many times you can charge your phone with this speaker?

I've tested and proven with my iPhone:


JBL Portable speakers

On the first day I brought my JBL Charge home, I got the BF to pair his mobile phone with it to 'test' the speaker.

In the end he got hooked.
The music is so clear, listen:

*Dumb ways to die… so many dumb ways to die…"
I love this song. :)

Then he asked me, do you think I can play DOTA 2 using this speaker?
So we tried.

And it works!
He can 'hear' the enemy from MILES away.
I meant in the game.

The water dripping noises, the cicadas calling in the forest, Roshan growling in the cave…

And so like me, he's also in love with the JBL charge.
If i'm not using it, he'll be.

Just in case you miss on how to pair your macbook with the JBL Charge,
Here are some screenshots:

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

JBL Portable speakers

More Specs and Information of JBL Charge

2 x 1-1/2" (38mm)

Amplifier power:
2 x 5W

frequency response:
150Hz – 20kHz

signal-to-noise ratio:
 > 80dB

Battery type:
Li-ion rechargeable

Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.402GHz – 2.480GHz
Bluetooth transmitter power: 0~20dBm (EIRP)
Bluetooth transmitter modulation: π/4-DQPSK, 8-DPSK

Listening time on battery power:
> 12 hours

Battery charge time:
3.5 hours

dimensions (d x h):
2-29/32" x 6-29/32" (74mm x 175mm)

I'm sure up by now, you'll be wondering why my JBL Charge changes colours from Blue to Green. Well that's because I'm hearing slight popping sounds from my first JBL charge and got it changed at the JBL Sound Gallery Showroom.

The place is beautiful, please drop by if you have time.


Enjoying a lot of 'me time' with my JBL speakers.


What happens if my phone rings whilst I'm listening to music on my phone,
Well basically the speaker will mute itself until my music is being played again.

I'm sure the JBL Charge would be very good for outdoors as well:
Beach outings, Dance rehearsals...




JBL Portable speakers

Is it just me or I think the JBL Charge speaker looks like a pint of beer? :p

Visit JBL Singapore for more information.

Would you like to win a JBL Charge Portable Speaker?

Vote for Mint Leong in the
JBL Best Pop/Music Blog Award.
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Keep the LOVE coming people!

Next Up, the JBL FLIP speaker.
Previous JBL speaker review you should read: JBL Micro Wireless


  1. Thks for sharing with us. I've just bought The Charge at $249. I was using The Flip. Bought that at $169. Excellent speakers.