Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable wireless speaker. Showing the front right end view. The Bluetooth speaker is powered on and paired.

How to Turn On JBL Charge 3

We explain how to turn on the JBL Charge 3 here.  Now most speakers have a Power button that they prominently position on the unit so it’s easy to find.  Indeed, this speaker is no exception, as we see its Power button on the top in the button panel.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 powered off. Showing the -Power- button.
The JBL Charge 3 powered off. Showing the -Power- button.

There’s also a status lamp inside the Power button. This LED starts glowing when the speaker powers up.

Picture of the glowing white -Power- button.
The glowing white -Power- button.

This lamp is dark when the speaker is OFF.

How to Turn On the JBL Charge 3: Step by Step

To power up this speaker, press the Power button. Then release after a quarter second or so.  Moreover, you needn’t hold it in for too long. About a second does just fine.

When the speaker comes on, the status lamp glows. Plus, the unit makes an interesting sound to let you know that it is now running.

Now pressing the Power button may not start up the speaker. Or if it may power up but the battery level gauge blinks red. Then in either case, try recharging the speaker.

Picture of the battery status gauge at eighty percent of full charge.
The battery status gauge at eighty percent of full charge.

So if the unit won’t come on, try connecting an AC charger to it.  You can indeed play the speaker while it charges.

Now with a charger present, this speaker should always power up when you click the Power button.  If not, then the unit may not be getting any electricity.  So check the following.

    1. The AC outlet is live.
    2. The adapter works.
    3. Check that the cable between it and the speaker is okay.
    4. And that the charger plug fully seats in the speaker’s USB port.

Further, you might have accidently set the speaker to service mode. In this case, it will not power up unless it has external power. So turn this mode off if active.

But if after all these checks the speaker still does not turn on, then the unit itself may be defective. So get a new one.

Other Posts About the JBL Charge 3

    1. Turning On the Bass Mode
    2. Battery Indicator Details
    3. Solving the Not Charging Problem
    4. This Speaker’s Battery Life Given
    5. Hard Reset Procedure


    1. Official JBL Charge 3 Product Page