Our pick for the most durable bluetooth speaker this year is the JBL Charge 3. Last year we couldn’t get enough of UE Boom 2. But this year the Charge 3 has taken the mantle of the most durable bluetooth speaker on the market. And this isn’t an easy feat. The UE Boom 2 basically ticked all of our boxes last year, and is still in the very top best bluetooth speakers. But the JBL Charge is just that good.
The Charge 3 is a full IPX7 waterproof speaker, which means that it is fully submersible under water. This means you can feel comfortable bringing this to the beach or to the side of the hot tub to play some tunes. The bluetooth technology on this speaker allows for 3 simultaneous connections to the it at any given time which is perfect for parties.
The best part of the JBL Charge(which really puts it ahead of the UE Boom 2) is the 22.2Wh lithium ion battery included which provides a full 20 hours of playtime. This compared to just 15 on the UE Boom 2. The speaker also doubles as a charging battery for your phone if you are low on juice. This has come in handy for me a few times where I was down by the dock and my phone was just about dead.
If you have some friends with JBL bluetooth speakers you can also link them together to play the same content to make an on-the-fly network of speakers. This would be pretty amazing at an outdoor party. It’s a pretty compact package for how good the stereo sound is. Including this in your carry-on packing list would not be a stretch.
But the major draw of the JBL charge 3 is how durable it is. The whole casing is made of a soft touch rubber which feels very sturdy to the touch. The drivers feel substantial and the added waterproof rating make this the most durable bluetooth speaker you can buy right now. We wholeheartedly give this speaker out BIFL Buy It For Life rating.
JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
4 used from $78.92
- Bluetooth - Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing powerful stereo sound.
- Battery type : Lithium-ion Polymer (22.2Wh)2) 20 hours of playtime(varies by volume level and content)
- IPX7 Waterproof
- Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone.
- Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience.