JBL Charge Essential
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JBL Charge Essential Wireless Bluetooth streaming - Image

Wireless Bluetooth streaming

JBL Charge Essential can wirelessly connect with up to two smartphones or tablets. Take turns playing DJ and let the music battle commence.

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Up to 20 hours of playtime

Don't sweat the small stuff — like charging your speaker's battery. JBL Charge Essential gives you up to 20 hours of playtime, so you can keep the music going longer and louder.

JBL Charge Essential Make a splash with IPX7 waterproof design - Image

Make a splash with IPX7 waterproof design

Bring your speakers anywhere. Pool party? Perfect. Sudden cloudburst? Covered. Bash on the beach? JBL Charge Essential is IPX7 waterproof for fearless outdoor entertainment.


JBL Charge Essential Built-in power bank - Image

Built-in power bank

Nothing's going to stop this party. With a built-in power bank and convenient USB port, JBL Charge Essential makes sure all your devices are powered up and ready to go.

JBL Charge Essential Durable, rugged and built to last - Image

Durable, rugged and built to last

No adventure is too big. With durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing, your speaker can thrive in any conditions.

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Hear the bass loud and clear

Play it loud and clear with dual passive bass radiators that deliver powerful JBL Signature Sound.

Specs & Downloads



Make your adventures last even longer with the JBL Charge Essential. This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with powerful Original JBL Pro Sound, plus a handy power bank — all in one rugged, durable package. A convenient USB port lets you quickly charge your devices, so you can show off your DJ skills for longer. Your tunes will get everyone on the dancefloor, thanks to dual passive radiators intensifying the sound with rich, deep bass. With up to 20 hours of playtime and an IPX7 waterproof design, keep the party going wherever life takes you.

General Specifications

Output power (W)

Audio Specifications

Dynamic frequency response range (Hz)
65 Hz - 20k Hz


Dimensions (in)
8.4 x 3.5 x
Dimensions (cm)
21.3 x .89 x .87
Weight (kgs)
Weight (lbs)

Control and Connection Specifications

Bluetooth profiles
A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5
Bluetooth frequency
2402 MHz - 2480 MHz
Bluetooth transmitted modulation
Bluetooth transmitter power
≤ 9 dBm (EIRP)
Bluetooth version


Maximum music playing time (hrs)
Charging time (hrs)


Charging cable
Rechargable battery

What's in The Box?

  • 1 x JBL Charge Essential
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 x Safety Sheet
  • 1 x Warranty Card
What's in The Box?

Documents & Downloads

Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Going back ? I think there is a "going back" here. By looking also the prices on the Charge 4 going down,the only thing that i can think of is that the one driver on Charge 4,yes giving 30watts but,doesn't giving too much more bass than the Charge 3. I think this model is a going back to 2 drivers again,same futures,same size same battery,except microphone as the Charge 3. I just got it on my hands and i cant tell its a nice option for this price,the only thing that bother me is what i told in the first place. PS Sorry for my english.
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing speaker Amazing speaker, quality, sound everything about this is great
Date published: 2021-10-23
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Product Q&A

Is this better than the Charge 5?

Asked by: Mailmantony
Answered by: Elpepe79
Date published: 2023-01-24

Is this speaker stereo?

Asked by: Dragos1212
yes must be stereo because it has 2 transducers, the Essential 2 is the one with one transducer only
Answered by: jcmolero71
Date published: 2023-01-24

Can this be used as a speakerphone

Asked by: PainMed
the only thing i'ts possible is listen to whatsapp audio/video messages with it
Answered by: jcmolero71
Date published: 2022-11-07

How can I disable the annoying sound when it turns on? It used to be possible to connect it to the JBL Connect App, but it doesn't connect. Thanks

Asked by: ayay89
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately it is not possible to switch off the sound on an Essential Speaker. Should you wish to receive further support, you may contact the Harman Customer Support team by telephone, email or chat in order to receive direct assistance. Please see https://uk.harmanaudio.com/support-contact.html#ns for further details.  Thank you.
Answered by: Stuart A
Date published: 2021-06-06

How do you disable low frequency mode

Asked by: Luke wimbush
Thank you for your question. Could you please contact our Customer Support Team on https://support.harmanaudio.com/gb/en/contact.html for further assistance? Thank you.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-10-23

Is it possible to have it connected for Software updates with JBL conect? Or is it possible to upgrade it another way?

Asked by: Mefisto
Thank you for your question, unfortunately none of your points are possible.
Answered by: Noah at Customer Support
Date published: 2021-06-06

Does this speaker have a 3.5mm jack?

Asked by: miriam001
Our JBL Charge essential does not include a 3.5mm jack. You will need to purchase one in order to use the aux port of this speaker.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2023-03-24

There are Hungarian pages where it is written that the device is 30 watts.This is true?

Asked by: Marcellontheearth
Thank you for your question, The Charge 3 Essential, same as the classic Charge 3, has 2 drivers rated at 10 Watts each, for a total of 20 Watts of power output. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line, please submit a case request at https://uk.harmanaudio.com/support-contact.html should you have any further question and the Customer Service team will be more than happy to further assist you.
Answered by: Frank K
Date published: 2021-06-06
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