The Clip 4 JBL Bluetooth speaker has a single LED on its top panel, under the carabiner clip, as we’ll see in the following pictures. This displays battery status, whether it’s draining or charging, or whether it’s critically low or not when discharging. However, it does not tell you the charging progress in terms of percentages. Nor does it say how full the battery is at a given time, or how much “juice” the battery has left when discharging. But it does change color when the battery reaches near-dead state. In this piece, we describe how to read the JBL Clip 4 battery status and charging indicator lamp on this speaker.
How to Read the JBL Clip 4 Battery Indicator
1. The Battery Indicator Lamp is OFF
When you power down the Clip 4 with no charger supplying current to the speaker, this lamp, that also doubles as a pilot light, is dark. The lamp is also OFF when the charger IS working but the battery is full.
2. JBL Clip 4 Battery Indicator Shows Battery Recharging Progress
The indicator 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 as noted earlier, it does not display how far along the charging is.
Note also that this lamp blinks red when the battery is critically low and should be recharged immediately. It only flashes red like this when the battery is nearly dead and AC power has not yet been connected. But when you apply adequate USB power, this red flashing light turns to a steady red. Thus, this light never flashes red while charging is happening.
3. When the Light Goes Out While Charging, Then Charging is Done
As speaker charging continues, the light keeps glowing red, Battery charging is done when The lamp goes out, or turns white. It turn off when the speaker is not ON, and turns white when it is ON.
The battery recharge cycle finishes when the speaker status lamp turns off. Even with the AC charger, the lamp does not glow when battery is full, unless the speaker itself is running. And in that case, it would glow or flash white.
4. The JBL Clip 4 Battery Indicator Is Not Much of a Battery 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 4, powered ON, with the battery status lamp glowing solid white. Note though that this light blinks white when the speaker is not paired.
But the only indication this light gives about battery status when not charging, is when the battery reaches a critically low level. Then, it starts flashing red, as shown above.
JBL Clip 4 Battery Indicator in the Portable App
Unfortunately, the Portable app does not communicate with this speaker. So you won’t be able to read its battery indicator there.
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- 2022-09-19: First published.