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JBL Flip 5 Review – Portable Waterproof Speaker

The hot summer weather, except staying in an air-conditioned room, calling friends to the poolside water park or even the beach, is a great pleasure. If I had some more music, it would be a full score operation.
To let music ignite the enthusiasm on the journey, in recent years, more and more manufacturers have launched Bluetooth speakers for these scenarios. What are the characteristics of these speakers suitable for outdoor use? We use JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker to discuss with you in-depth.

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker Appearance

JBL Flip 5 package

The design of Flip 5 is the style used by JBL in recent years. On the front of the packaging with white as the primary color, we can see the Flip 5 product photos. We can also get some information on the front of the package. For example, Flip 5 is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and has a battery life of up to 12 hours. After opening the package, we can see Flip 5. The cylindrical box design means that this is a Bluetooth speaker capable of 360-degree sound, ensuring that you can hear the perfect music from every angle when listening outdoors.

A Rainbow of Colors and Convenient Button Designs

jbl flip 5 finishes colors

JBL Flip 5 offers up to 11 unique color options. JBL chooses highly saturated colors. It is entirely consistent with the aesthetics of young people, and it can show personality on any occasion. Both ends of the speaker have silicone material in a circle, which ensures that the vibration caused by the sound of the speaker will not affect the sound quality and even cause the speaker to fall.

The button area of Flip 5 divides into two parts, distributed on the side of the fuselage. Play pause, volume up and down, and PARTYBOOST pairing buttons are all rubber buttons. This setting facilitates users to perform blind operations. The power switch, Bluetooth pairing button, indicator light, and charging port are placed on the plastic strip on the side of the fuselage.

jbl flip 5 button

In particular, the PARTYBOOST’s function is a highlight here. Although JBL builds Flip 5 with more than 70 years of experience in audio product manufacturing, the sound quality of the product is guaranteed. But if we are in a larger venue, we still hope to hear the music to be more dynamic and vivid. The PARTYBOOST function came into being. Press this button, Flip5 can pair with other JBL speakers compatible with PARTYBOOST. When multiple speakers are connected, we can arrange their position according to the venue to create a stereo effect, presenting a realistic effect.

IPX7 Waterproof Design

The charging interface of Flip5 is Type-C. When more and more mobile phones adopt the Type-C interface, Flip5 configuration keeps up with the trend. Flip5 has an IPX7 protection level and is suitable for most outdoor entertainment activities. Whether it’s a party by the pool, a carnival by the beach, or a sudden storm while traveling, there is no need to worry about Filp5 being damaged by the liquid. Enjoy the music fun brought by Flip5 anytime, anywhere in the outdoors.

Sounds Better Than Ever

Flip 5 uses Bluetooth 4.2, which is already a mature transmission protocol, with no problem in transmission stability and transmission distance. We tried to test its connection stability in the office. Even if we were 10 meters away from the speaker and there were many colleagues’ mobile phones and computers interfering in the middle, listening to Flip5 in the room still felt that the sound transmission was quite smooth.

The stability of the connection is guaranteed, then we can have an excellent Flip5 sound performance. JBL equips the Flip 5 with a new generation of the racetrack-shaped driver. Compared with the old speakers – the JBL Flip 4, the output power increases by 25%, which can output a more vigorous sound volume. At the same time, JBL increases the tapered area on the box. By changing the design of the cabinet, while improving the bass performance, it can effectively ensure the authenticity of the sound.

Flip5’s power is quite sufficient. In a room of 20 square meters, only need to turn on the volume of 1/3, it is enough for people outside the door to hear its sound. With such a performance, we can safely take Flip5 outdoors and enjoy the music uploaded from it under the blue sky.

JBL Flip 5 portable bluetooth speaker

Although the sound style of JBL Flip 5 focuses on the performance of low and medium frequencies and not too many people, listen to various orchestral music in the outdoor environment. Still, JBL has not ignored the high frequency of Flip5. The high frequency of Flip5 is smooth and delicate. Although the brightness is insufficient due to the distribution of the sound, it also makes some high-frequency music elements not missing.
What is the endurance performance of Flip5? JBL said that Flip5 could play continuously for a maximum of 12 hours, meaning that in terms of endurance, Flip5 has handed out satisfactory answers.


From this JBL Flip 5 review, JBL Flip5 is a Bluetooth speaker for outdoor usage. The design of the IPX7 fully considers the environment when using outdoors. In terms of sound performance, the new racetrack-shaped driver brings more considerable sound energy, ensuring outdoor performance. With up to 12 hours of battery life, the JBL Flip 5 can continue to output music while traveling, making the atmosphere more intense.

JBL FLIP 5 Specifications

  • Bluetooth® version: 4.2
  • Support: A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.6
  • Transducer: 44mm x 80mm
  • Rated power: 20W RMS
  • Frequency response: 65Hz–20kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >80dB
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion Polymer
  • 17.28Wh (Equivalent to 3.6V 4800mAh)
  • Battery charge time: 2.5 hours (5V/3A)
  • Music playtime: up to 12 hours (varies
  • by volume level and audio content)
  • Bluetooth® transmitter power: 0-11dBm
  • Bluetooth® transmitter frequency range:
  • 2.402 – 2.480GHz
  • Bluetooth® transmitter modulation:
  • GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
  • Dimension (W x D x H):
  • 181 x 69 x 74mm
  • Weight: 540g