JBL Charge 3 Charging Instructions, How to Recharge

Follow these instructions that show howJBL Charge 3 charging via its  hidden DC input charging micro USB port, discussed below.

JBL Charge 3 Charging First Remarks

Picture of the Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable. How to recharge the JBL Charge 3.

First, we recommend recharging the JBL Charge 3 with the included JBL USB charger. Why? Because this power adapter meets the speaker’s amperage needs, and is provided by JBL besides.  Presumably, JBL thinks that this is a well-matched AC charger.  So, we won’t buck any systems here, although in a pinch, you could fully recharge this power bank speaker with other non JBL wall adapters.  But exploring those options is beyond the scope of this post.

JBL Charge 3 Charging, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is it Time to charge the Charge 3 JBL Speaker?

You know that it’s time to charge the JBL Charge 3 when the battery status gauge near the bottom on the front of the speaker shows a single flashing red light, or simply, when the speaker stops playing. 🙂

When you see that flashing red, connect the orange USB jack included with the speaker between the Charge 3 and the power adapter. Then, plug the supply into a working AC outlet, to keep the music going.

Finally after four hours or so, your Charge 3 fully recharges. Then, you can play it again for roughly twenty hours before it runs dead again.

What’s the JBL Charge 3 Charging Time?

This speaker fully recharges in approximately four and a half hours, depending on the state of the power bank battery when charging begins, and the charger used to juice it up. We assume that you recharge this speaker with the charger that accompanies it.  Other AC USB chargers may take more time to fully recharge the speaker.

Why Does my JBL Charge 3 Keep Shutting Off?

An older battery often causes unexpected shutdowns, as it can no longer output the minimum current the speaker needs to work properly.  Installing a new battery can solve this problem.  We suggest though, that you get with a qualified electronics technician to perform this battery installation.

What Does the JBL Charge 3 Red Light Flashing Mean?

When you see the red light blinking on the Charge 3’s battery status gauge, the battery has very little electricity left.  So the speaker will shut off within an hour (approximately) if not recharged. Note though that this light never flashes red when a working charger power supply is connected and powered on.  As you recharge the Charge 3 from a completely dead state, this lamp switches from flashing red to blinking white.

JBL Charge 3 Charging, Step-by-Step Instructions

1. For Best Results, Use the Included USB Power Adapter

As stated earlier, we’re using the JBL USB wall charger AC adapter included with this speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the Picture of a JBL AC power adapter, mains side view, Showing the safety labels. JBL Charge 3 charging.

JBL AC power adapter, mains side view, Showing the safety labels. JBL Charge 3 charging.

2. Open the Port Door

Pry open the port door flap on the lower back of the Charge 3, and pull it toward you to open all the way. This exposes the USB power out and micro USB charging input ports inside, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open. JBL Charge 3 charging.

JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open. JBL Charge 3 charging.

3. Plug in the DC Power Cord to the Charge 3

Then, plug the USB connector end of the charge cord into the matching micro USB input port on the speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted. JBL Charge 3 charging.

The power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted. JBL Charge 3 charging.

4. Plug the AC Power Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet

Now that the Charge 3 and its AC adapter are connected, we plug the wall charger into a functioning AC outlet, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

At least one of the battery status lamps lights up on the Charge Three when you apply charging power. There are five lamps on the Charge 3 that come on in succession as battery recharging progresses.

5. Allow the JBL Charge 3 to Recharge Until All Battery Power Lights Go Off

Battery charging is almost complete when all but the last of the battery status lights light solid. The last one continues to blink for several minutes more to top off the charge, as shown next.

Picture of the JBluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled. JBL Charge 3 charging.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all battery status gauge lights go out, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.

Charge 3 JBL speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.  JBL Charge 3 charging.

6. Unplug the USB Charging Cable from the  Charge 3 

The next picture shows the USB charging port after we removed the charge cord.

Picture of the rechargeable speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open.

The rechargeable speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open. JBL Charge 3 charging.

7. Fully  Push Closed the Water Resistant Port Door

Note that unless this power port opening flap is completely closed, water could enter the input and output connector ports area, and likely damage the Charge 3’s electronic components inside. So, take great care to correctly seat the port door on this speaker  This way, you get the full water resistance protection the speaker was designed to offer.

See how this port door looks when fully closed and sealed in the next picture.

Picture of the Jspeaker, showing the USB ports bay with the door seal closed.

The speaker, showing the USB ports bay with the door seal closed. JBL Charge 3 charging.

8. Charging JBL Charge 3 Speaker Power Bank Done!

We have now fully charged our JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Note that the battery status gauge just after turning on the Charge 3 following a full recharge. All lamps glow, meaning that the speaker is indeed charged to full, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

The Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.  JBL Charge 3 charging.

Repeat this recharging exercise every twenty hours of music play to keep the battery power bank in ready-for-use condition. We charge ours when the battery status gauge lights show just one lamp glowing.  Keeping this speaker charged is important if you charge your phones / tablets from it.

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Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions for Fully Recharging

Follow these charging JBL Flip 3 speaker instructions for convenient recharging via its  hidden USB charge ports.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions Summary

In short, first, select a right sized USB power adapter. Why this? Because the Flip 3 does not come with one standard.  In this demo, we used the iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03.

Plus, the Flip 3 needs a high power USB power source to charge fully in the shortest time, and the IC-TC03 works well in this regard. Next, connect the orange micro USB cable included with the speaker between the Flip 3 and that iClever adapter. Then, plug the adapter into a working wall outlet. Finally after a few to five hours, your JBL Flip 3 speaker fully recharges. Then, you’ll be able to play it again for up to ten hours before charging it again.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Water Resistant  Speaker Step-by-Step Instructions

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery operated speaker, with its USB charging cable along with an iClever 3 port USB wall charger. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: JBL Flip 3 battery operated speaker, with its USB charging cable along with an iClever 3 port USB wall charger. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

1. Choose Right Size Power Adapter

As mentioned above, we’re using the iClever 36 watt three port USB wall charger AC adapter, as shown next.

Picture of the iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03, Showing its specs label side. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03, Showing its specs label side. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

2. Open the Port Cover on the JBL Flip 3

Use a penny or a dime to pry open the waterproof seal port cover on the Flip 3. This exposes the micro USB charging port inside, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

3. Plug in the Micro USB Cord to the Flip 3

Then, plug the small end of the orange micro USB charge cord into the matching micro USB port in the speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, with the included USB charge cord connected. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, with the included USB charge cord connected. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

4. Plug the Other End of the USB Cord into your USB Power Adapter

Next, connect the A end of the USB charge cable to the power adapter, as pictured next.

Picture of the iClever 3-Port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03. Showing its USB port side with a USB cable plugged into one of its output ports. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: iClever 3-Port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03. Showing its USB port side with a USB cable plugged into one of its output ports. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

5. Plug the AC USB Power Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet

Now that the Flip 3 and our iClever AC adapter are connected, we plug the charger into a functioning AC outlet, as shown next. In this demo, we’ve plugged ours into an energized Tripp-Lite surge protector power strip.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, charging. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3: JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, charging. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

At least one of the battery status lamps lights up on the Flip 3 when you apply sufficient USB power. There are five lamps on this speaker that light in succession as internal battery charging progresses, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing Its battery status gage at 60 percent charged, highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing Its battery status gage at 60 percent charged, highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

6. Let the Flip 3 Charge Until All Battery Power Lights Go Off

Battery charging is almost complete when all but the last of the battery status lights light solid. The last one continues to blink for several minutes more to top off the charge, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its battery status gage, which itself shows that the speaker Is almost fully charged. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its battery status gage, which itself shows that the speaker Is almost fully charged. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all battery status gage lights go out, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, connected to USB wall charger. Showing its battery status gage highlighted, with all lights OFF. This means that recharging has finished. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 speaker, connected to USB wall charger. Showing its battery status gage highlighted, with all lights OFF. This means that recharging has finished. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

7. Unplug the USB Charge Cable from the JBL Flip 3

The next picture shows the micro USB charging port on the Flip 3 after the charge cord has been removed.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

8. Fully Close the Waterproof Port Door

Note that unless this flap is snapped securely and completely in place, water could enter the port area, possibly damaging the Flip 3 electronics inside. So, be careful to press the port door closed with enough force to correctly seat it, to get full water resistance.  See how this port door looks when completely closed and sealed in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker. Showing The USB AUX IN ports door closed and highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker. Showing The USB AUX IN ports door closed and highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

9. Charging JBL Flip 3 Done!

We have now fully charged our JBL Flip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker. Note that the battery charge status gage just after turning on the Flip 3 after a full recharge. All lamps are aglow, meaning that the speaker is current fully charged, as shown in the last picture above.

Repeat this process every ten to twelve hours of music play through the Flip 3, to keep its battery in top condition. We charge ours when the battery status gage lights show only one light glowing.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Does my JBL Flip 3 Keep Turning Off?

An aging battery may be to blame, as the battery is no longer able to deliver the current the speaker requires to correctly function.  Replace the battery to solve this one.

What Does the JBL Flip 3 Red Light Flashing Mean?

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted.

When you see the red light blinking on the battery gauge of the Flip 3, this means that the battery has critically low charge and that the speaker will shut off within an hour if not recharged. See the red light we’re talking in the last picture above, pointed out by the green arrow. This lamp never flashes red with a correctly working USB charger connected and powered on.

How to Charge JBL Flip 3?

See our post  Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions, for a detailed and comprehensive Flip 3 charging procedure.

What’s the JBL Flip 3 Charge Time?

The Flip 3 speaker fully charges in at most five hours, depending on the state of the battery when recharging begins. This assumes that you use a high current USB charging cable and that the charger can deliver 2.1 amps of charge current.

How to Factory Reset JBL Flip 3?  How to Reset JBL Flip 3 Speaker?

To restore the Flip 3 to factory default settings and state, follow the routine given in our  JBL Flip 3 Reset Instructions, How to Factory Reset the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker  piece.

Can I Charge JBL Flip 3 with Mobile Charger?

Yes you can, as long as the charger used can deliver 5 volts at 2.1 amps continuous to the speaker.

How to Turn Off JBL Flip 3?

When the speaker is ON, the power button glows or flashes either blue or white depending on the mode it’s currently in.  Press this button to shut it off.  All lights should go out, and the speaker that trademark falling guitar cord sound.

How to Turn On JBL Flip 3 Speaker?

No lights glow, and no sound comes from the Flip 3 when it’s OFF.  Turn it on by pressing the power button, whose location we show in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.

Charging JBL Flip 3 Instructions: JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.

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JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions, How To Recharge

Here, we offer our JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions for this popular Bluetooth speaker.  Indeed, you can charge these JBL Flip 2 wireless speakers easily through the exposed USB charge port. To summarize: First, select an strong enough USB car or wall adapter. Why this? Because the Flip 2 does not come with this standard so far as we know.

Plus, the Flip 2 needs a medium power USB power source to charge fully in the shortest time.

Next then, connect a micro USB cable between the JBL Flip 2 and that adapter. Then, plug the power supply into a working wall outlet.

Finally after a few to four hours, your JBL speaker will fully recharge. Then, you’ll be able to play it again for up to four hours at mid volume levels, before you must charge it again.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker with a RavPower charger and USB power cable.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker with a RavPower charger and USB power cable.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions

1. Choose Right Size Charger

In this JBL Flip 2 charging instructions demo, we’re using the RavPower 24 watt dual port USB charger adapter, as shown next.

Picture of the RavPower 24W dual USB wall charger, showing its specs label side.

RavPower 24W dual USB wall charger, showing its specs label side.

2. Find the Flip 2 USB Charge Port

Locate the micro USB charging port on the port side of the speaker, as shown next.  Unlike the later models of the JBL Flip speaker line, the USB charge port on the JBL Flip 2 is exposed.  Not hidden behind any waterproofing hatch. So, needless to say, the Flip 2 is neither waterproof nor splashproof.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted.

3. Plug in the Micro USB Cord to the Flip 2

Then, plug the small end of your micro USB charge cord into the matching micro USB female port in the Flip Two, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth wireless speaker, showing a USB charge cord plugged in and highlighted.

Flip 2 JBL Bluetooth wireless speaker, showing a USB charge cord plugged in and highlighted.

4. Plug the Other End of the USB Cord into your USB Power Adapter

Next, connect the A end of the USB charge cable to the power adapter, as shown next.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the RavPower portable USB charger with an Amazon micro USB to USB A data charge cable plugged into it.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: RavPower portable USB charger with an Amazon micro USB to USB A data charge cable plugged into it.

5. Plug the USB Power Adapter into a Working Outlet

Now that the Flip 2 and our RavPower adapter are connected together, we plug the RavPower into a working AC outlet, as shown next. In this demo, we’ve plugged ours into a surge protector power strip. Plus, we ran our speaker completely dead before this demo.

Picture of the JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, connected to power, with battery charging in progress.

JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, connected to power, with battery charging in progress.

At least one of the battery status lamps lights up and blinks on the Flip 2 when you apply enough USB charging power, and its battery has discharged completely.

Further, there are five lamps that light in succession as the speaker battery charging progresses, as shown in the next picture.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 speaker battery status gage, showing battery almost dead, but charging.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: JBL Flip 2 Speaker battery status gage, showing battery almost dead, but charging.

6. Let the Flip 2 JBL Speaker Charge Until All Battery Power Lights Go Out

JBL Flip 2 Battery charging is done when all of the battery gauge lights glow solid. None flashing.

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

JBL Flip 2 battery status gauge at full charge, all lamps lit.

7. Unplug the USB Charge Cable from the JBL Flip 2 

As soon as you can, disconnect the charge cable from the speaker after charging completes.  We suggest against leaving the speaker connected to power for very long, as this helps preserve battery recharging ability.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, showing USB charge port highlighted.

8. Done!

We have now fully charged our JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker. Note that the battery charge status gauge just after turning on the Flip 2 after a full recharge. All lamps glow as shown in the step 6 pictures above, meaning that the speaker battery is now fully charged.

9. Repeat Battery Recharging as Needed

Repeat this charging process every three to five hours of music play through the Flip 2, to keep its battery in top condition. We charge ours when the battery status meter lights show only one light glowing, as shown next.

How to charge JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker battery status gage, circled, showing the battery almost dead. Needs charging.

JBL Flip 2 Charging Instructions: JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker battery status gauge, circled, showing the battery almost dead. Needs charging.

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How to Recharge Charge 3 Speaker

Follow these directions that show how to recharge the Charge 3 JBL portable speaker via its DC input micro USB port, discussed below.

How to Recharge Charge 3: Introduction 

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

First Comments

First, we recommend recharging the JBL Charge 3 with the included JBL USB charger. Why? Because this power adapter meets the speaker’s amperage needs, and is provided by JBL besides.  Presumably, JBL thinks that this is a well-matched AC charger.  So, we won’t buck any systems here, although in a pinch, you could fully recharge this power bank speaker with other non JBL wall adapters.  But exploring those options is beyond the scope of this post.

How to Recharge Charge 3, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Does the JBL Charge 3 Red Light Flashing Mean?

When you see the red light blinking on the Charge 3’s battery status gauge, the battery has very little electricity left.  So the speaker will shut off within an hour (approximately) if not recharged. Note though that this light never flashes red when a working charger power supply is connected and powered on.  As you recharge the Charge 3 from a completely dead state, this lamp switches from flashing red to blinking white.

When is it Time to Recharge the Charge 3 JBL Speaker?

You know that it’s time to charge the JBL Charge 3 when the battery status gauge near the bottom on the front of the speaker shows a single flashing red light, or simply, when the speaker stops playing. 🙂

When you see that flashing red, connect the orange USB jack included with the speaker between the Charge 3 and the power adapter. Then, plug the supply into a working AC outlet, to keep the music going.

Finally after four hours or so, your Charge 3 fully recharges. Then, you can play it again for roughly twenty hours before it runs dead again.

What’s the JBL Charge 3 Charging Time?

This speaker fully recharges in approximately four and a half hours, depending on the state of the power bank battery when charging begins, and the charger used to juice it up. We assume that you recharge this speaker with the charger that accompanies it.  Other AC USB chargers may take more time to fully recharge the speaker.

Why Does my JBL Charge 3 Keep Shutting Off?

An older battery often causes unexpected shutdowns, as it can no longer output the minimum current the speaker needs to work properly.  Installing a new battery can solve this problem.  We suggest though, that you get with a qualified electronics technician to perform this battery installation.

How to Recharge Charge 3

1. For Best Results, Use the Included USB Power Adapter

As we said earlier, we use the JBL USB wall charger AC adapter included with this speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the Picture of the JBL Charge 3 rechargeable waterproof speaker AC power adapter, mains side view, Showing the safety labels.

JBL Charge 3 rechargeable waterproof speaker AC power adapter, mains side view, Showing the safety labels.

2. Open the Port Door

Pry open the port door flap on the lower back of the Charge 3, and pull it toward you to open all the way. This exposes the USB power out and micro USB charging input ports inside, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open.

The JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open.

3. Plug in the DC Power Cord to the Charge 3

Then, plug the USB connector end of the charge cord into the matching micro USB input port on the speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the Charge 3 JBL power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted.

JBL Charge 3 JBL power bank speaker, back view, its port door open, with the USB charging cord inserted.

4. Plug the AC Power Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet

Now that the Charge 3 and its AC adapter are connected, we plug the wall charger into a functioning AC outlet, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

At least one of the battery status lamps lights up on the Charge Three when you apply charging power. There are five lamps on the Charge 3 that come on in succession as battery recharging progresses.

5. Allow the Charge 3 to Recharge Until All Battery Power Lights Go Off

Battery charging is almost complete when all but the last of the battery status lights light solid. The last one continues to blink for several minutes more to top off the charge, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all battery status gauge lights go out, as shown next.

Picture of the Charge 3 JBL speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.

Charge 3 JBL speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.

6. Unplug the USB Charging Cable from the  Charge 3 

The next picture shows the USB charging port after we removed the charge cord.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open.

JBL Charge 3 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Showing all USB power ports. Port door seal held open.

7. Fully  Push Closed the Water Resistant Port Door

Note that unless this power port opening flap is completely closed, water could enter the input and output connector ports area, and likely damage the Charge 3’s electronic components inside. So, take great care to correctly seat the port door on this speaker  This way, you get the full water resistance protection the speaker was designed to offer.

See how this port door looks when fully closed and sealed in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth IPX7 speaker, showing the USB ports bay with the door seal closed.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth IPX7 speaker, showing the USB ports bay with the door seal closed.

8. Charging JBL Charge 3 Speaker Power Bank Done!

We have now fully charged our JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Note that the battery status gauge just after turning on the Charge 3 following a full recharge. All lamps glow, meaning that the speaker is indeed charged to full, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

Repeat this recharging exercise every twenty hours of music play to keep the battery power bank in ready-for-use condition. We charge ours when the battery status gauge lights show just one lamp glowing.  Keeping this speaker charged is important if you charge your phones / tablets from it.

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Revision History

  • 2019-03-04: First released to public.