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Compare JBL Flip 6 vs Charge 5

This review is a detailed comparison of the technical specifications for the JBL Flip 6 and JBL Charge 5. This will be useful for anyone who is currently using JBL Flip 5 to decide if he would wait for the Flip 6 or to buy the larger and more powerful Charge 5 instead. As such, we have also included the JBL Flip 5 as it would also fill in the missing information for Flip 6.

The design of the JBL Flip and JBL Charge series are completely different, in that the JBL Charge is a significantly larger and more powerful version of the JBL Flip series.

  • If you plan on walking around with a powerful, small loudspeaker in the bag, then pick JBL Flip 5 or 6.
  • If you are mostly driving and only need to walk a short distance to say, the beach or a party. Then you may choose the JBL Charge for a more powerful sound.

As JBL Flip 6 is expected to roll out in November 2021, we will compare the difference with JBL Charge 5 which was just released in June this year. As Flip 6 has some major improvements over Flip 5, we will also include their features.

Let’s dive into the comparison tables and discuss more:

Form Factor

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6JBL Charge 5
Release Date1st August 2019Expect Dec 2021Apr-21
Form Factor
Size180x74x69mm
7.12×2.91×2.71in
TBC 223×96.5x94mm
8.7×3.76×3.67in
Weight540g (1.2lbs)TBC960g (2.11lbs)
Earbuds IP RatingIPX7IP67IP67

The final dimensions of JBL Flip 6 are not released yet but the size is expected to be very close to JBL Flip 5. One important improvement for the JBL Flip 6 is the IP67 rating which is now on par with the more powerful JBL Charge 5.

IP67 rating means the device is tested to be dust-tight and protected from water ingress at a depth of 1meter for 30mins. The main difference is the “dust-tight” certification which was not listed for JBL Flip 5.

This is definitely great news for JBL users and the strong reason for the upgrade since JBL Flip 5 does not have any certified dust ingress protection.

As shown above, the JBL Charge 5 is much bigger and almost double the weight of the JBL Flip 5. We do not expect the new JBL Flip 6 to deviate much from Flip 5 in terms of the physical specifications.

Audio

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6JBL Charge 5
Driver/Transducer80x44mm woofer
Race-track shaped driver
-Race-track shaped woofer
-Separate tweeter
-Dual passive radiators for deep bass
90x52mm woofer
20mm tweeter
Output Power20W RMSExpecting:
20W RMS (woofer)
?W Tweeter
30W RMS(Woofer)
10W RMS(Tweeter)

The JBL Flip 6 will have a separate tweeter like the JBL Charge 5, and the size will be confirmed when it is released. We are also eager to find out how the “dual passive radiators for deep bass” are going to be different from the earlier models.

The JBL Charge 5 is designed with an inherently more powerful woofer and tweeter than Flip 5 due to its larger size, and such difference is also expected to apply to JBL Flip 6.

Connectivity

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6JBL Charge 5
Bluetooth Version4.25.15.1
Multi-Connection2 devices2 devices2 devices

The JBL Flip 6 will be upgraded to the same Bluetooth 5.1 as JBL Charge 5. We are going to expect the same performance in terms of range, and concurrent connection with 2 devices.

So far, we have slight issues with JBL Flip 5 not automatically switching between the two connected devices, especially when one of them is a Windows laptop. A workaround is to choose a different speaker in the taskbar and then switching back to the JBL Flip 5. We certainly hope that JBL Flip 6 can improve on the reliability of switching between devices.

Battery

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6JBL Charge 5
Maximum Playing Time12h12h<20h
Battery Type4800mAh (3.6V)
17.28Wh
TBC7500mAh (3.6V)
27 WH
Battery TypeLithium PolymerLithium PolymerLithium Polymer
Charging Port USB-C (In only)USB-C (In only)USB-C (In/Out)
USB Input Power5V/3A (15W)Expect 5V/3A (15W)5V/3A (15W)
Charging Time2.5hTBC4h
USB Output PowerNoExpect: No5V/2A (10W)
Charging Port USB-CUSB-CUSB-C

The JBL Charge 5 is expected to have a significantly larger battery than JBL Flip 6, and the ability to serve as a power bank to charge external devices. The JBL Flip 6 is likely to be the same as Flip 5, and will not have the power bank capability. Due to the changes in internal structure to house a separate tweeter, there might be changes to the Flip 6 battery capacity when compared to the Flip 5.

Price and Final Comments

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6JBL Charge 5
Special FeaturesParty BoostParty Boost
New logo design
Party Boost
Price$119.95$129.95$179.95

When we compared the above 3 speakers together, we find that the JBL Flip 6 is being upgraded to match the JBL Charge 5 in several ways including the IP67 rating, BlueTooth upgrade, and new separate tweeter. However, it has a much smaller form factor by design and serves a different group of users who value size and weight over power.

JBL Flip 6 - Red
JBL Flip 6 – Red
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