Picture of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker, button side view, held in hand, powered on and paired.

JBL Flip 2 Review and Features of this Bluetooth Speaker

In this piece, we offer our JBL Flip 2 review, portable Bluetooth speaker, specs, features list. We cover this metal grill speaker’s performance, usability, and accessories. The Flip 2 sounds pretty nice and goes fairly loud. One drawback though is when playing at top volume, the built-in rechargeable battery lasts less than five hours per recharge. The bass is a bit lacking also.

JBL Flip 2 Review, Specs, Features

Other than that, this JBL 2 Bluetooth speaker is a decent buy as a refurbished unit or used on eBay for under forty US dollars. It’s no longer available new, unless you buy it as new old stock.

Nonetheless, given its extreme popularity, we explore its high and low features below. We’re sure that after that, you’ll agree that for the low cost, the JBL Flip 2 is a good value portable Bluetooth speaker over all. Get one as a first Bluetooth speaker, for decent sound at a low price.

The Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with a smart speaker.
The Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with a smart speaker. JBL Flip 2 review.

JBL Flip 2 Review of Advantages, Benefits, Pros, and Features

As we’d expect from JBL, this Bluetooth speaker has far more advantages than disadvantages. So first, we tackle a little of that good list of features.

Fits Well in your Hand

The speaker is small and light enough to tote around without much extra burden.  Plus, it’s handheld, and so, easy to take from party to party.

Useful Accessories Included

With this Bluetooth speaker, you get the following: A USB charger power adapter and cable, a carrying case, a quick start guide, and a warranty card. Unfortunately though, since we bought ours used, we did not receive these accessories, and so, have no pictures of them to show.

 Easy to Work Controls

This second version of the JBL Flip wireless speaker has five buttons. These include Power, Play-Pause, Volume UP and DOWN, and Pairing.

Picture of this speaker, showing the control buttons end. The speaker is powered Off. No lamps lit.
The control buttons end. The speaker is powered Off. No lamps lit. JBL Flip 2 review.

Multi Function Lamps

The Button Lights

Three of the control buttons on the control panel end of the speaker, light up to show current speaker operating mode.

Picture of the Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with its Power button highlighted. JBL Flip 2 review.
The Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with its Power button highlighted. JBL Flip 2 review.

Note the glowing white power button on this Flip JBL 2 speaker in the picture above. When you turn the speaker on, this button lights white, meaning that the speaker is powered up.

Further, there’s the lamp that looks like the Bluetooth symbol.  This blinks when you put the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode.  And, when successful pairing happens, this light glows a solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the Flip 2 portable speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing. JBL Flip 2 review.
The Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing. JBL Flip 2 review.

The phone shaped lamp glows when you’re talking on your paired phone through the JBL Flip 2.

The Battery Status Gage Lights

There’s also a battery level gauge on the silver input port panel.  It’s comprised of five LED lamps, as shown next.

Picture of the battery status gauge at full charge, all lamps lit.
The battery status gauge at full charge, all lamps lit. JBL Flip 2 review.

The battery status gauge shows how much charge is left in the internal rechargeable battery. More lights glow to indicate that the battery is fuller.  The less full the battery becomes, the fewer lamps glow white.

Also, when the battery drains to critically low levels of charge, the lamp on the far left of the status gage glows red, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing battery critically low reading The last battery gage light is glowing red. JBL Flip 2 review.
The JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing battery critically low reading The last battery gauge light is glowing red. JBL Flip 2 review.

Built in Rechargeable Battery

The JBL Flip 2 battery that comes in this Bluetooth speaker fully charges in under four hours. Further, with medium play volumes, this battery lasts roughly five hours per complete recharge.

Micro USB Charge Port

How to charge JBL Flip 2? This Flip has a micro USB recharge port, as pictured next, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Flip 2 portable speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted.
The Flip 2 portable speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted. JBL Flip 2 review.

Connect the BT speaker with a USB charger with the included USB cable. We suggest using a 2.0 amp or greater USB AC adapter.

Then, plug the adapter into AC power, and let charge for about three and a half hours.

JBL Flip Charging Cable Included

The JBL Flip 2 comes with a micro USB charging cable, although many cables from other vendors work well too.

Can Act as a Speakerphone

When paired with a smart phone, you can answer calls with buttons on the JBL Flip 2. The sound on these calls is quite clear too, owing to the built in noise reduction circuits.  Has SoundClear® noise and echo reduction when on a call to enhance call sound quality.

NFC Feature

NFC is used to quicken Bluetooth pairing time.

Bass Port

JBL tuned this port to enhance the speaker’s bass response. In fact, you can feel the bass if you place the back of your hand close to this port while the Flip2 is playing.

Stereo Sound

You get 6 watts of audio power per channel, for 12 watts total sound output.  Stereo separation and imaging is quite impressive on the Flip 2, especially given how closely spaced the driver speakers are on the front of the unit.

Supports Various Bluetooth Sources

Supports most streaming mobile devices, paired one at a time.

Comes in at Least Several Attractive Colors

You gen buy the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker in red, blue, yellow, and gray-white, that we’ve seen.

Picture of the NFC antenna end view, speaker held in hand.
The NFC antenna end view, speaker held in hand. JBL Flip 2 review.

JBL Flip 2 Review of Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Drawbacks, and Limitations

Metal Grill Easily Dents and Collects Dings

The perforated sound grill that surrounds most of the speaker is fragile.  It can dent if you bump the speaker into a hard or sharp corner.  Plus, the paint can chip off when this happens, leaving the exposed silver metal showing.

No Stand

The Flip 2, when laid horizontally, can roll. The port panel on it often does not stop this rolling. JBL might have attached rubber feet to to this model, to keep the speaker more clean and to prevent rolling.

No JBL Connect+ App Support

The JBL Connect Plus app does not recognize this speaker.  Further, you cannot include the JBL Flip 2 in a group of more than one speaker, as it has no JBL Connect+ button.  So, this speaker cannot receive the same audio as other speakers in a group  at the same time with speakers that support the JBL Connect+ protocol.

Our Rating

We find the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker a reasonable value. This is a solid portable speaker. It never goes out, except when the battery goes dead.  It works well even when nearby radio interference sources are strong.

Over all, we like the workmanship and thoughtful planning that went into this JBL product. Its acoustic design make it a high fidelity speaker in spite of its little appearance. So we rate the Flip 2 by JBL at 92 out of 100.

Where to Buy the JBL Flip 2 Wireless Speaker

We bought ours on eBay for roughly $30. But you can also find it for sale on Amazon, and the JBL site among other outlets. JBL Flip 2 price ranges from around $15 to $50 currently.

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References for this JBL Flip 2 Review

Revision History

  • 2019-05-14: Tuned the targeting for ‘JBL Flip 2 Review’ and added tags.
  • 2019-03-05: Added link to our specs page for the Flip 2.
  • 2019-02-28: Shortened key phrase, added tags, and updated for 2019 in general.
  • 2018-07-31: First published.