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

JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator

The Charge 3 JBL power bank speaker has a group of LEDs across its lower front panel, as shown in the pictures next.  These display battery fullness and charging status.  In brief, the JBL Charge 3 battery indicator lets you see charging progress, and how full the battery is when not recharging.

How to Read the JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator Lights

1. All Lamps OFF

When you power down the Charge 3 with no charger connected, no lamps light up, as shown next.  The lamps also all show dark when the charger IS connected but the battery finished charging to full.

Speaker front view, fully charged with all gauge lamps OFF and circled.
Speaker front view, fully charged with all gauge lamps OFF.

2. JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator Shows Battery Recharging Progress

There are five lamps that light in succession as the speaker battery charging advances, as shown in the next picture.  This speaker is charging when you see one of these lamps blinking white.  When the battery fully discharges, the light on the far left blinks white while charging.  Then as charging continues, that lamp stops flashing, and assumes a steady white glow.  At that point, the next lamp to the right starts blinking white.

Note though, that you may see the first lamp (far left) blink red.  This does not mean that charging is proceeding.  Instead, it means that the speaker battery is quite low, nearly dead, and should be recharged right away.  It only flashes red when the battery is almost dead and AC power has not yet been applied to the speaker. When you connect power, this red flashing light begins blinking white.  Remember.  This light never flashes red while charging is going on.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth rechargeable speaker battery indicator at eighty percent of full charge.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth rechargeable speaker battery indicator at eighty percent of full charge.

3. When All Lamps Light Up Solid, Charging is Complete

As speaker charging advances, more and more of the lamps on the JBL Charge 3 battery indicator light up solid,  That is, the flashing LED moves further and further to the right, until that blinking reaches the last of these five lamps.





Battery charging is about done when all but the last of the battery status lights light solid.  The last one continues to blink for several minutes.  Again, you know that charging is happening if one of the battery charge level lamps is flashing white.

This next picture shows the speaker just before completing a full charge cycle. Note that all the lamps in the battery status meter are glowing.  However, the last one continues to blink.

Charge 3 JBL power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted.
Charge 3 JBL power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all battery status indicator lights turn off, as shown next. Thus, the battery is no longer charging when all lamps are OFF. Even with the AC charger still connected, no lamp glows when battery is full.

Front view of the speaker, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF.
Front view of the speaker, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF.

4. The JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator also Shows Battery Fullness when Not Charging

When unplugged from the charger, what was the charging indicator becomes the battery level indicator.  The more lights lit, the fuller the battery. The fewer glowing lamps, the less speaker run time is left. These lamps show battery status for a brief time after you power up the Charge 3, or whenever you press any of the buttons.  To save power, these lamps go dark after some seconds.  So to see the battery charge remaining indication once more, just press the volume UP or DOWN buttons to bring the lamps back to life.

JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator in the App

If you have a smart device capable of running the JBL Portable app, you can see the speaker’s battery indicator there as well.  Just pair the Charge 3 with this device and bring up the app.  Then, once the app detects the speaker, it displays the speaker’s home page as we see next.

Screenshot of the JBL Charge 3 battery indicator as displayed in the Portable app on an iPad Air.
The JBL Charge 3 battery indicator as displayed in the Portable app on an iPad Air.

The battery indicator we point out with the dark blue arrow.  It shows how full the battery in the speaker is.  The more of it that is green in color, the fuller the battery.

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References for JBL Charge 3 Battery Indicator

    1. JBL Charge 3 Power Bank Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2020-08-12: First published.
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