We picked up this JBL Charge speaker for review and testing. Along the way in those efforts, we took some pictures of this portable speaker for follow up posts. The result is this JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Picture Gallery. Hopefully, these pics and screenshots answer most questions about how to pair, unpair, connect, and recharge this speaker, as well as how to charge mobile devices from it. Enjoy.
JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Picture Gallery
Charge 3 JBL Bluetooth Speaker Original Packaging
Outer Box Sides
The side of the original packaging gives more information about the speaker
Another box side gives key features of the Charge 3.
Then, yet another side of the box shows how to connect the JBL Charge 3 power bank speaker, in order to charge your phone.
Open sesame! Unpacking the speaker.
Immediately inside the box we find a cardboard clad foam protector with the Charge 3 name embossed on it.
Now, taking out that foam protector sheet.
Lifting off the foam protector reveals the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, in a white foam shock absorbing bag.
So, we lift the bagged Charge 3 out of the box, as shown next.
Then, we find a piece of clear tape that secures this foam bag closed. So we peel that tape away to open the bag.
Here’s the JBL Charge 3 waterproof speaker, held in the hand, and removed from its protective foam bag.
Unpacking the AC Charger and Cable
Then, we find the AC adapter and cable box. It’s a long, thin black box, tucked near the back and inside of the main outer box.
Upon opening the adapter box, we find the orange AC power supply adapter along with a micro USB to A charging cable. It’s orange color matches that of the AC adapter.
Now to the pictures of the speaker itself, shot from numerous angels.
JBL Charge 3 Speaker Pics from Various Angles
Bottom of the JBL Charge 3
Unlike some of the other similar JBL speakers, the JBL Charge 3 features a rubber-like stand permanently attached to its bottom. This helps assure that the speaker does not roll off a table or down a hill during use.
Back of the JBL Charge 3
Next, we find the power and AUX port compartment, as shown next, pointed at by the blue arrow. This compartment features a sealing door that is shown closed.
Top of the JBL Charge 3
Next, we have the top view of the JBL Charge 3, showing all its buttons. From left to right, we have the play pause button, Volume UP, NFC, Power, Volume DOWN, and Bluetooth Discovery Mode button.
The volume control buttons shown next.
Next, we show the button that throws the JBL Charge 3 into Bluetooth Discovery or Bluetooth Pairing mode.
USB Power Port Compartment
Then, we open the power ports door, exposing the two USB ports and the AUX in port. The large A type USB female connector connects the JBL Charge 3 to an external USB power source for charging its internal battery. The micro USB female port supplies power from the internal battery for powering or charging a mobile device like a cell phone or tablet computer.
The Power ON OFF Button
Then again looking at the control panel, the Charge 3 is turned off. The next picture shows the power button pointed at by the green arrow. It’s dark, meaning that the speaker is currently powered off.
Then, we powered the Charge 3 on but did not pair it with anything. In this case, the power button glows a solid white. No flashing or blinking. This means that the JBL Charge 3 is standing by, waiting for pairing. It also indicates that the speaker is ready to play audio piped into its auxiliary (AUX) input jack.
The Bluetooth Pairing Button
Then, we show the Bluetooth discovery mode button on the JBL Charge 3. It’s located on the left side of the control panel buttons, on the top of the speaker. Press and release this button to place the JBL Charge 3 into discovery mode.
Speaker Now Paired, Power Button Glows Solid Blue
Next, we’ve powered on the JBL Charge 3 speaker and paired it with our iPad Air tablet. Note that the power button glows solid blue, which means that the speaker is currently paired and able to play audio streamed from the paired device.
Next, we point out the JBL Connect Plus (Connect+) button.
Here, in the next picture, we highlight the Play / Pause button at the top right area of the speaker.
Power and JBL Connect Plus button lighting patterns during a hard factory reset of the JBL Charge 3 speaker.
Ends of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Then, we have a couple side shots of the JBL Charge 3 speaker, that show its control panel buttons as well as the passive bass radiators on each end of the unit.
Now the other end…
LED Battery Charge Level Gage
The JBL Charge 3 portable speaker also has a five-lamp battery status gage. We show ours here, with four of the five LEDs lit.
Then, we snapped some shots of the included USB charger for the JBL Charge 3.
JBL Charge 3 USB AC Power Adapter Power Supply and Cord
Next, we show the AC prongs side. Note the retractable silver blades. The adapter also shows numerous safety approval symbols on this side as well.
Next, we have the USB output port side of this AC charger. Here, we find the specifications of this power adapter.
Then, we took a shot of the included USB charge cord.
Finally, here’s a picture of all power connections made between the JBL Charge 3 and its AC power adapter, using the included USB charging cord. Here, battery recharging is in progress.
Next, we feature various screenshots of some of our devices pairing with the JBL Charge 3.
Charge 3 JBL Bluetooth Speaker, Pairing with Mobile Devices Screenshots
Apple iPad Air Tablet
iPad discovers the JBL Charge 3, which is currently in discovery mode. However, in the next pic, pairing has not yet taken place.
But in the next screenshot, pairing has occurred, and the JBL Charge 3 shows as connected.
The next two pictures for the iPad Air show the Charge 3 as not connected. You get this once the speaker has been saved into the iPad’s previously paired devices list.
Forgetting the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth device.
Apple iPad tablet after forgetting the JBL Flip 3, showing its Bluetooth screen.
iPad Air tablet, discovering the JBL Charge 3, named Tom’s Charge 3.
Apple iPad Air tablet mobile computer, paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker that has been renamed to “Tom’s Charge 3”.
Other Bluetooth Devices Alongside the JBL Charge 3
Here, we have the Echo Alexa Dot II Bluetooth speaker with the JBL Charge 3.
A Google Home Mini talking speaker with the Charge 3 JBL Bluetooth speaker. Yes, these can be paired together, so that the audio played on the Mini, plays instead, on the JBL Charge 3.
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- JBL Clip 3 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Picture Gallery
- Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo Speakers, Instructions
- JBL Flip 4 Portable Speaker Picture Gallery
- JBL Charge 3 Splashproof Speaker at Amazon.com
- The JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Product Page at JBL.com
- 2018-07-09: First published.