The most popular series is the JBL Flip series in the row of the Bluetooth speakers for some reasons. All the speakers of the Flip serious could have less than $100. JBL Flip 4 is an old product but we can not say that it is an outdated product. So how this product holds up against the recent competition right now? In simple words: pretty damn well.
Editor’s note: This review of the product JBL Flip 4 updated on December 16, 2020, to update product availability information.
What is inside the box?
Users will get the speaker, charging cable, instruction, and warranty information. The price of this product is affordable and you can not find such kind of speaker as it has.
How’s the build and design of the JBL Flip 4?
The design of the JBL Flip 4 has minor differences from the previous Flip 3 like the phone button has a more fitting triangle for pause and play in Play 4. The shape of the Flip4 is the iconic cylindrical shape. It has exposed passive bass radiators on either end to match the rest JBL line-up. There is 1 key difference due to which it is worthy to upgrade to the previous model that is waterproofing.
The fabric around the speaker is similar to the previous product of JBL, but now it is completely waterproof. It is sealed due to which dust, dirt, and sand can not damage this speaker also. You can take this with you to the beach because it is resistant to the water.
If Flip 4 accidentally drops in the pool or river it will not damage. But besides that rest of the speakers damage badly and you can not play music on other speakers. This speaker has 5 indicators of light which shows the battery life. It has a small flap that prevents the water to enter the water in the micro USB charging input and has a 3.5mm input hidden underneath. It has the string with the help of which you can hang this speaker from a hook.
What about the connection strength?
Let’s circle back to that JBL Connect+ button for a second because this is my complaint with this product. The Flip 3 also had a JBL Connect button, but it has Connect+ and that extra + sign makes a big difference. Previous speakers only connect 2 JBL speakers together, Connect+ button in this product can connect up to 100 JBL speakers. Users can not connect to any previous speaker that has not Connect+. If you have another speaker and want to connect with Flip 4 you will be failed to connect.
There is no issue with the connection aspect of this speaker. signal stayed strong at 50 feet distance in the home. When you take this product with you outdoor just like the beach then the signal strength increase and you can connect it with a greater distance the 50 feet. Also the playback controls of this speaker work well. The buttons of this product are clicky and nice.
By the plus and minus buttons, users can control the volume. With the play button, you can pause/play music. By double click the triangular play button, users can skip to the next song. All the functions of this product work well and have no complaints.
How’s the battery life of the JBL Flip 4?
The battery timing of this product is 12 hrs according to the claim of JBL but according to our initial testing, it has 4 hrs exactly battery life on full volume. Mostly, people use it for travelling and play with maximum volume that’s why we check it on maximum volume.
If we decrease the volume between 50 to 75% then battery life is 12 hrs easily. Keep in mind, if you are going for a 1-day trip then play it on low volume. You have no problem playing it on high volume for a few hours.
If you want a huge improvement in sound quality in flip 4 as compare to others then I m sorry to disappoint. Because the sound quality of the Flip 4 is similar to the previous model. There is a minor difference between Flip 3 and 4 just like height. At the time, when the speaker was maxed out, it has distortion in the Flip 3 but in Flip 4, you will not have such type of distortion.
One more minor change is in the low end, with a slightly beefier bass when we compare this product to the previous model. Still, it is not going to replicate the “sub-bass” of the favourite songs of the users but it does a good job at replicating it at a slightly higher frequency.