Picture of the Go 2 JBL speaker, front view, powered ON with the charger connected. The Go 2 is showing fully charged, with its steady or blinking white lamp highlighted. It's fully charged in either case.

How to Tell if JBL Go 2 Is Charging

How to tell if JBL Go 2 is charging?  This little Bluetooth speaker has just one LED lamp on its front, as shown in the pictures that follow.  This two-color lamp not only indicates speaker power on off and pairing status, but it also tells battery level and charging status.  To see if this speaker is charging,  look at this light.  We describe how to read it below.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker front view during charging, showing its red glowing status lamp highlighted.
JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker front view during charging, showing its red glowing status lamp highlighted. How to tell if JBL Go 2 is charging.

How to Tell if JBL Go 2 is Charging

Connect your Go 2 to Household Power

Of course, you can be certain that the Go is NOT charging with no power cord  connected to it.

Check the Front Panel Power / Status LED

You can tell if the JBL Go 2 is charging if this lamp glows steady red.  When not charging, and the battery inside is close to dead, and the Go 2 is powered on, this light blinks red.   If it flashes  red  with the power cord connected, then the Go 2 is not charging, and you should check your USB cord and power adapter for proper operation.  Try a different charger.  You want this light glowing solid red.  Indeed the Go 2 is not recharging if the lamp glows or flashes any other color or pattern than solid red.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker front view, highlighting the red status light, meaning that the speaker is charging.
JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker front view, highlighting the red status light, meaning that the speaker is charging. How to tell if JBL Go 2 is charging.

Also, the Go 2 slightly warms as it charges as does most charger adapters you would power it with.  This warmth is a handy way to tell if the JBL Go is in fact, charging.

As speaker charging moves on, the status lamp continues to glow solid red.  Unlike some of the more advanced JBL speakers however, the Go 2 gives no indication of just how far along the battery charging is, just that charging is in progress.  See the red glowing lamp in the last picture, pointed out by the green arrow.

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

The battery charge cycle is done when the status LED changes from solid red to any other color or pattern, including going off altogether, as shown next.

Picture of the Go 2 JBL speaker, front view, powered ON with the charger connected. The Go 2 is showing fully charged, with its steady or blinking white lamp highlighted. It's fully charged in either case.
Go 2 JBL speaker, front view, powered ON with the charger connected. The Go 2 is showing fully charged, with its steady or blinking white lamp highlighted. It’s fully charged in either case. How to tell if JBL Go 2 is charging.

Even with the charger cord still plugged in, and when the Go 2 is powered down, this lamp stops glowing altogether when the internal battery is full, as shown next.  The Go 2 no longer charges when the battery reaches full state.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 speaker, fully charged, powered OFF, but is still connected to charger power. The status lamp is not glowing at all, and is highlighted.
JBL Go 2 speaker, fully charged, powered OFF, but is still connected to charger power. The status lamp is not glowing at all, and is highlighted. How to tell if JBL Go 2 is charging.

Finally, Unplug the JBL Go 2 and Turn it On

If the power LED flashes solid or flashing white, as pictured above, this could mean that the Go 2 did indeed charge when connected to AC power, particularly if the speaker was dead or near dead before you recharged it.  But with the cord disconnected, we cannot tell just by examining the power lamp, just how much the Go 2 actually charged, only that it did charge some. It probably did recharge to full though, especially if we waited until the light stopped glowing  red  before unplugging the charger.

Happy Bluetoothing!

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Change History

  • 2010-02-11: First released.