The battery level meter gauge showing a full charge on the JBL Charge 5 Speaker.

How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last

We detail how long does JBL Charge 5 speaker battery last, in terms of how long it plays after charging.  Or, how long the battery lasts before you must replace it.

Picture of the front left view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker.
Front left view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker.

How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last: Per Charge

How long should the battery last?  The built in lithium ion battery lasts up to twenty (20) hours per full charge.  Note that this time varies depending on how loud you play the 5.  The ambient temperature around the speaker, and the type of audio you’re listening to also affects this. Charging external devices like phones and tablets with this speaker also shortens its battery life.

How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last: Before Replacement

How Many Full Charges Should the Battery Take ?

The battery should provide at least 500 charge-discharge cycles before its performance begins to degrade. To get the most cycles from it, take care not to store the unit in temperature extremes. Also, avoid leaving the 5 in the dead state. And do not leave the charger connected for long once charging is complete.

Signs of a Bad Battery

The JBL Charge 5 Speaker Takes Too Long to Charge

Using a large enough USB-C cable, the battery should fully charge in under four (4) hours.  Now it may take longer if your charger provides less than fifteen watts (5 volts at 3 amps).  However if these are hefty enough, yet recharging takes too much longer, then the battery failure may be to blame.

The JBL Charge 5 Speaker Doesn’t Play as Long as it Should

You may also notice that your speaker doesn’t play as long as it did when new.  This is another sign of a battery that is nearing the end of life.

The JBL Charge 5 Speaker Distorts or Shuts Off at Higher Volumes

When you raise the volume, particularly on music that has lots of bass, you may hear crackling or other distortion.  Or, the 5 may cut out or power down when a deep bass drum thump occurs in the music.  This could mean that the battery, even at full charge, can no longer provide enough current for correct speaker operation.  Again, this may mean that replacing the battery is necessary.

The Battery Gauge Gives Wrong Readings

The gauge may show that the 5 has full, or nearly full charge.  But yet, it goes dead within minutes of reading the indicator.  This is a common symptom when useable battery life is fading.

How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last: How to Get the Longest Life

Exercise the battery !  That is, charge it all the way, and discharge it all the way.  The power management system in this speaker seems robust. It well protects the battery from over charging or complete draining.

However, we suggest that you do not leave the 5 on the charger once full.  Also, when the battery does run low, do not leave it in this deadened state for long.  Instead, recharge your speaker as soon as possible, as these batteries hate being dead.  A long-dead battery often results in a ruined battery.

Picture of the front right side of the speaker.
Front right view of the speaker.

How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last: Conclusion

Replacing the battery in the 5 usually fixes the above mentioned issues.  However, only replace with a battery of similar type — preferably the same make and part number as the original.

Finally, you can often avoid ever having to replace the battery due to shortened battery life. How?  Keep some charge in your speaker. Plus, exercise it as well. This provides the most deep charge-discharge cycles from it in our years of experience with these devices.

Other JBL Charge 5 Speaker Posts

    1. Firmware Update
    2. How to Pair
    3. Pairing Mode
    4. Connect This Speaker to Alexa
    5. How to Charge

References for How Long Does JBL Charge 5 Speaker Battery Last

    1. Official JBL Charge 5 Speaker Product Page
    2. Where to Buy the JBL Charge 5 Speaker