Looking for a great Bluetooth speaker that you can take with you to a tailgate party, throw in your bag for a beach shindig, or just listen to in your room?
The JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker is a versatile and powerful Bluetooth speaker that can play your jams while you relax at home or party with some friends.
Though there are quite a few options for Bluetooth speakers, there are several things that make this one stand out from the pack.
In this review, we’ll explore some of the best aspects of this product and talk about what makes it a top pick for a Bluetooth speaker.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker Review
The JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker is the fourth of its kind and though there has been an updated version with the JBL Flip 5, the Flip 4 still has a lot to offer.
For a small portable speaker in an affordable price range, it’s a great option.
This Flip 4 has quite a few features that make it outstanding in the market. At a glance, here are the best qualities of the Flip 4.
- Great signal
- Can pair to up to 100 JBL Connect+ speakers
- Exceptional audio quality
- Great bass sound
- Very portable
- Waterproof up to 1 meter
- Good battery life
JBL Flip 4 Has Great Range
This Bluetooth speaker can work in a single room or it can be a great option for an outdoor event.
The Bluetooth has a signal that remains strong even through several walls or a floor. Outside and without barriers, the range is even greater.
Pairs With Other Speakers
One of the big features that came with this model is the ability to pair it with up to 100 JBL Connect+ speakers. Though some users complained that the Flip 4 could not be paired with non + speakers, it’s still a pretty remarkable upgrade.
Great Sound Quality
The Flip 4 has an all-around good quality sound with an enhanced bass that pumps a good beat for the size of the speaker. With the volume the whole way up it’s also quite loud, and there’s only a small amount of sound distortion at the highest volume level.
Made Tough For All Occassions
Built rugged for use both in and out of doors, this speaker can take a punch and keep playing.
It’s rated IPX7 waterproof meaning it can be submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes and still keep ticking.
Unfortunately, it does not float in water like the UE Boom 3 or the Fugoo Sport XL.
So if you drop it in the water off a boat, you’re probably out of luck. All the same, if you’re worried about a rainy day or an accidental slip into the pool, the waterproofing is pretty sweet.
Decent Battery Life
The battery life for the Flip 4 is advertised as 12 hours before recharging. Most users note that this hour range is true when the volume is at a mid-level, but the battery does drain much faster when the speaker is set to full volume.
Speakerphone Option Available
The Flip 4 has a microphone allowing you to speak to callers connected to your phone. It has a built-in noise and echo canceling speakerphone for a better conference call experience.
The sound quality for phone calls is not perfect as callers on the other end can probably tell you’re talking on a speakerphone.
Even so, it’s a nice additional feature that can be used for a hands-free phone conversation or conference call.
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Flip 3
The Flip 4 is slightly bigger than the Flip 3, but still compact and has the same cylindrical shape. One of the biggest improvements from the previous model is that it is not only splash-proof, but also fully waterproof. You can even submerge it in water and it will still function normally.
Other improvements from the 3 to 4 are better sound quality with greater clarity and improved bass. It’s also a good bit more durable than the predecessor being both waterproof and dustproof and the battery life increased from 10 to 12 hours of continuous play.
Another upgrade from the 3 to the 4 is the number of speakers that can be paired with the 4. With the Flip 4, you can connect up to 100 speakers which is more than you can with the Flip 3.
The JBL Flip 3 is only available as a refurbished speaker at this time.
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Flip 5
The Flip 5 is the most recent version of the line and does offer some upgrades. However, the Flip 4 is still a contender and in fact, has certain qualities that the Flip 5 does not have.
The new Flip 5 version was released in 2019, and upgrades include better bass and treble, higher volume, and a faster battery charging time. A major upgrade from the 4 is that it can also float in water which means it won’t be lost if it accidentally slips into a lake during a fishing trip or leisurely boat ride.
While these upgrades are worth noting, there are some things that are forfeited with the Flip 5. For instance, the Flip 5 does not have a built-in microphone, which means it doesn’t have a speakerphone option and can’t be connected to Siri or Google Assistant like the Flip 4 can.
Another downgrade with the Flip 5 is a mono speaker as opposed to the dual stereo speaker. Whether or not you care about this change is dependent on whether you prefer a right/left sound system, or if you like having the sound come from one speaker.
Those that are interested in the AUX input will be disappointed with the Flip 5 because it nixed this capability with the upgrade.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for an affordable, rugged, portable speaker that also delivers quality sound, the JBL Flip 4 is an excellent choice.
It can be taken anywhere, pairs easily with other JBL+ speakers, and keeps working in the rain or shine.
It stands up well to other speakers in its class, and it’s shape and design looks nice. It’s the kind of speaker you can easily pick up and take on your next adventure.
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