Top view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker, showing all lights lit.

JBL Charge 5 Lights Stay ON

When the JBL Charge 5 Lights Stay ON, this speaker may be in lock. So when locked, you cannot pair to or play music through it. Lock also disables the buttons, except for the combo you need to exit this mode. Also, all the top panel lamps glow white when they stay ON. Furthermore, the battery gauge on the front glows white and pink. Another thing that can happen is the red light keeps blinking even though you connect the charger. We address both of these situations below.

JBL Charge 5 Lights Stay ON: All Lamps Glow

You can restore correct operation by cancelling lock. But note that when active, you can switch lock OFF without connecting the charger. That is as long as the battery is not completely dead, you still have some control over the speaker.

Picture of the JBL Charge 5, top view. Showing all lights glowing, and pointing out the -Power- button.
The JBL Charge 5, top view. Showing all lights glowing, and pointing out the -Power- button.

As long as the lights are glowing, you should be able to stop this behavior without connecting a charger. To get the lights to go out, press and hold the Power button until they go dark. Then, when next you power up the speaker, normal operation should return.

JBL Charge 5 Lights Stay ON: The Red Light

In this case, check your power outlet, charger, and cord. Make sure they all work. Check that the outlet is live. Make sure also that your charger is delivering power. Do this by charging another device with it. Do the same for the USB cable you’re using. And finally, make sure that the speaker itself is not defective.

Other JBL Charge 5 Posts

    1. JBL Charge 5 Connect Button Explained
    2. Finding the Firmware Version
    3. How to Pair JBL Charge 5
    4. The PartyBoost Button
    5. Pair JBL Charge 5 — How to Do It


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