Front left view of the JBL Charge 5 BT speaker.

JBL Charge 5 Speaker Specs Watts

The JBL Charge 5 speaker has enough watts in its specs to fill a common room with tunes. It also has a power bank for recharging phones and smaller tablets.

What Does Speaker Power Mean?

But what do the watts a BT speaker has, tell us about how good it is?  Firstly, the watt is a measure of how much power the speaker requires and outputs.  Plus, this metric is a nifty comparison measure. Why? Because generally speaking, speakers with more watts of audio output tend to play louder than those with less.

They do cost more, and have bigger, heavier batteries and chargers.  Plus they have larger drivers and magnets. Yet in spite of their bulk, they nonetheless offer some big plusses.  They have more dynamic range and a deeper bass response. Furthermore, the models that play in stereo offer typically a bigger soundstage to listeners.

Picture of an iPhone in front of the JBL Charge 5 Speaker speaker.
An iPhone in front of the JBL Charge 5 Speaker.

Why More Power is Better

Thus in general, the more powerful the unit, the better it sounds, even at lower volume. You get more clarity due to higher accuracy reproduction of the bass, midrange, and treble parts of the music. Plus, more reserve power likely means less clipping distortion too, even at higher volumes. So, the speaker’s maximum watts output is a primary indicator of speaker quality and performance.  And as such, this value is of great interest to audiophiles and novice listeners alike.

In this case, the 5, as a smaller Bluetooth speaker, is a decently loud model for its size. Its watts can fill a small to medium size party area with clear and full music. See below for details on its power output.

JBL Charge 5 Speaker Specs Watts Details

    1. Battery Capacity: 27 watt-hours (3.6 volts, 7.5 amp-hours).
    2. USB Charger Power: 15 watts (5 volts at 3 amps).
    3. Power Bank Output Power: 10 watts (5 volts at 2 amps max).
    4. Play Time Per Recharge: Up to 20 hours.
    5. Total Audio Output Power on AC (RMS): 40 watts (30 watts to woofer, and 10 watts to tweeter).
    6. Total Peak Audio Power: 42.42 watts.
    7. Output Power per Channel: 30 watts RMS (only one channel in this speaker).

Notes on JBL Charge 5 Speaker Specs Watts

    1. The 5 may not input enough enough power from a low power USB AC adapter (below 15 watts capacity). So this will not keep the battery from discharging when playing at full volume, depending on what you’re listening to.  So even with the speaker connected to external power, you could still see the music shut OFF unexpectedly.  Thus on the (rare) occasions that this occurs, just stop playing the 5 for an hour or two. This allows it to build up some reserve battery power while charging. Then, fire it up again for continued party enjoyment.

Other JBL Charge 5 Speaker Posts

    1. Reading the Battery Indicator
    2. Battery Capacity MaH
    3. Charger Suggestions
    4. Speaker Total Specs
    5. Charging Time

References for JBL Charge 5 Speaker Specs Watts

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