Picture of the JBL Clip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker, charging, with its red status lamp glowing.

How to Tell if JBL Clip 3 is Charging




How to tell if JBL Clip 3 is charging?  This Bluetooth speaker with built in carabiner has one two-color LED lamp on its top, in front of the carabiner, as shown in the pictures next.  This light not only gives speaker power OFF ON and pairing status, but also tells battery level (to a degree) and charging status.  To see if the Clip 3 is charging,  check out this lamp.  We explain how to understand it next.




Picture of the JBL Clip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker, charging, with its red status lamp glowing.
JBL Clip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker, charging, with its red status lamp glowing. How to tell if JBL Clip 3 is charging.

How to Tell if JBL Clip 3 is Charging

Connect your Clip 3 to USB Power

Of course, you can rest assured that the Clip Three is NOT charging with no power cable plugged in.



Check the  Status / Power LED on Speaker Top, Right Under the Carabiner Clip

When the speaker is powered OFF, you can tell if the JBL Clip 3 is charging if this light glows steady red.   When the Clip 3 is powered ON while charging, the lamp either glows solid red,  or blinks white, depending on whether it’s paired with anything or now.  It flashes white when the speaker is not paired, and glows solid red when it is paired and charging.  This solid red glow occurs while charging, when the speaker is either powered on and paird, OR, powered OFF.

When not connected to a charger, this light blinks  red  when the battery has about run entirely out of power.

If the Clip 3 glows steady or flashing white or it flashes  red  with the power cord connected, then the speaker is not charging.  So you might verify that your USB cable, adapter charger, and power source are in working order.  Try a new USB power adapter or another cord.  You want this light either glowing solid  red to know for sure that the Clip 3 is charging.

Furthermore, the Clip 3 JBL  warms a smidge as it charges, as do most charger adapters you run it with.  This heating is a near sure-fire way to tell if the JBL Clip 3 is indeed charging.

As speaker charging advances toward finish, the status LED keeps glowing red.  But unlike some of the higher end JBL wireless speakers, the Clip 3 gives no reading of just how far along its recharging is, just that charging is in progress.  See the  red   glowing lamp in the last picture, pointed at by the green arrow.




When the LED Goes Out or Turns Solid or Flashing White, Charging is Done

The battery charge cycle is finished when the power LED changes from  red  to white, as well as going OFF altogether, as shown in the next two pictures.

Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted. How to tell if JBL Clip 3 is charging.

Even with the charger cord still plugged in, and when the Clip 3 is powered down, this lamp stops glowing entirely when the internal battery is full, as shown next.  The Clip 3 no longer recharges when the battery reaches full charge condition.

JBL Clip 3 portable wireless bluetooth speaker turned OFF. Showing dark status lamp highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker turned OFF. Showing dark status lamp highlighted. How to tell if JBL Clip 3 is charging.

Finally, Unplug the JBL Clip 3 and Turn it On

If the power LED flashes solid or flashing  white as pictured above, this could mean that the Clip 3 did indeed charge when linked to external power, particularly if the speaker was dead or near dead before you plugged it in.  But with the USB cable disconnected, we cannot know just by reading the power LED, just how much the Clip 3 actually recharged, only that it did charge some. It probably did recharge to full though, as long as we waited until the light stopped glowing  red  before disconnecting the charger.

Happy listening to your Clip 3 JBL speaker!




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  • 2010-02-11: Originally posted.