JBL Clip 3 portable wireless bluetooth speaker turned OFF. Showing dark status lamp highlighted.

JBL Clip 3 Battery Indicator

The Clip 3 JBL Bluetooth speaker has a single LED on its top panel. Find it under the carabiner clip. This light displays battery status, whether it’s draining or charging, or whether it’s critically low. But it does not tell you the charging progress. Nor does it show how much “juice” the battery has left when discharging. However it does change color when the battery gets too low. So in this piece, we describe in detail how to read the JBL Clip 3 battery indicator.

How to Read the JBL Clip 3 Battery Indicator 

1. The Battery Indicator Lamp is OFF 

When you power down the Clip 3 without a charger, this lamp is dark.  The lamp is also dark when the charger IS present, but charging is complete.

Picture of the dark battery indicator light on the JBL Clip 3.
The dark battery indicator lamp on the JBL Clip 3.

2. JBL Clip 3 Battery Indicator Shows Recharging Progress

The status lamp lights up red (no flashing) while the speaker charges, as shown in the next picture.   On this speaker, the glowing light is the only visual indication that charging is going on.  But it does not display how far along the charging is.

Note that this lamp blinks red when the battery is critically low. So you should recharge the speaker immediately. When you apply adequate USB power, this red flashing light turns to a solid red.  Also note that this light never flashes red while charging is happening.

3. When the Light Goes Out While Charging, Then Charging is Complete

As speaker charging continues, the light keeps glowing red. Charging is complete when the lamp goes dark or turns white.  It turns off when the speaker is not ON, and turns white when it is ON.

This next picture shows the speaker during charge cycle. Note the red light.

Picture of the JBL Clip 3 battery indicator lamp glowing red.
The JBL Clip 3 battery indicator lamp glowing red.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when the status lamp turns off. Even with the AC charger still present, the lamp is dark when battery is full and the speaker is OFF.

Picture of the dark battery indicator LED.
The dark battery indicator LED.

4. This Battery Indicator Is Not Much of a Charge Remaining Meter

When unplugged from the charger, what was the charging indicator becomes the battery charge left indicator.  Well sort of.  If it glows white, then the battery has some amount of play time left, although you cannot tell how much.

The next picture shows a JBL Clip 3, powered ON, with the battery status lamp glowing solid white.  Note though that this light blinks white when the speaker has no active sessions.

The battery status LED glowing white.
The battery status lamp glowing white.

But this light only alerts us when the battery gets critically low. Then, it starts flashing red.

Picture of the battery status light flashing red.
The battery status lamp blinking red.

Other Posts About the JBL Clip 3

    1. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Pairing Instructions
    2. Charge Time, How Long for Full Charging
    3. The Lights on This Speaker Explained
    4. Buttons Guide
    5. How to Turn Off


    1. JBL Clip 3 Official Product Page at JBL.com