Experiment JBL Flip 6 Mobile Speaker – Battery life and power

If you’re looking for a loud but easy-to-travel speaker, the JBL Flip 6 offers just that. We tried out the new speaker in use, and we were particularly pleased with its excellent battery life.

JBL’s Bluetooth-enabled mobile speakers have been on sale for years, and have also been a selling favorite. We took the latest version of the manufacturer ‘s collection to try Flip 6 model. The speaker, which went on sale in November, costs 139 euros, so it is not exactly one of the cheapest models of mobile or mobile speakers.

The Flip collection has thus reached its sixth generation, as the first model saw the light of day almost ten years ago in 2012. It already managed to attract positive attention with its voice. Since then, it could be said that there have been plenty of competitors.

Currently, the toughest competitors can still come from the manufacturer’s own camp in the direction of the Flip 5 and Charge 5 models, but also the Marshall Emberton or Sony SRS-XB43 models, for example. In the corresponding size range, but a few dozen more expensive, there is also, for example, Sonos Roam, which has also been tried by Muropaketet.

In addition to the speaker, the sales package includes a USB-A to USB-C cable and Quick Start Guide.

The new Flip 6 speaker still closely resembles its predecessors. However, the speaker has been redesigned both inside and out. The clearest innovations are reflected in the device logo and its color range. There are now attractively named Dusty Pink, Gray Stone, River Teal, Fiesta Red, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Forest Green ( dark green) or Squad (terrain textured). So there is plenty of choice, even though not all of the colors were available at the time of writing.

The first time you use it, the speaker automatically goes into Bluetooth pairing mode, so it’s easy to connect. No separate application is required to install, but the device comes from JBL Portable. It also handles software updates, so installing it is recommended.

The application also provides access to a coarse tone control and the ability to turn off beeps. No wonder the JBL Portable offers, but is easy to use and even the slightest features are a better solution than nothing.

The JBL Flip 6 is quite close to a half-liter can (17.8 x 6.8 x 7.2 cm) – no big bucket. The speaker is clearly designed to go along. This is evident at the latest in the sturdy, albeit short-sleeved, wrist strap that allows the device to be snugly tightened to the wrist. It weighs half a pound, so the whole can be described as supportive.

The outer surface is made of a fabric-like material that provides good grip. In the middle of it is now the manufacturer’s logo big and well displayed. When the speaker is horizontal, a short but firm rubber foot is left underneath.

Next to the wrist strap attachment point are the power and Bluetooth buttons, as well as an LED light that roughly shows the battery status. The USB-C charging connector completes the lineup.

The control buttons are located on the back of the device: The play button also stops playback and double-clicking changes tracks. However, no button can jump to the beginning of the song or the previous song. The volume has two buttons and a separate one for the separate PartyBoost function. The feel of the keys is what it is, but determined enough presses will find their way.

This time, the speaker has applied for IP67 rating, so it is protected from both dust and water. The speaker can withstand even a quick immersion in shallow water.

The bass element, which is responsible for the low sounds of the speaker, is shaped like an racetrack, or oval, according to the manufacturer’s definition. Its reproduction is also enhanced by a structure based on a dual passive element, in which both ends of the speaker act as radiators. A separate treble element is responsible for treble. Amplifier power is 20 watts for the lower sound element and 10 watts for the upper sounds.

When you get your speaker for the first time, you can tell right away what the sound of the JBL Flip 6 is all about: It’s big and too sophisticated.

Even if low sounds are emitted from the speaker, it also has problems with them. In particular, the harsh and fast undertones cause the speaker to crackle a little – as the volume increases, the phenomenon intensifies. And if there are a lot of elements in the song being played, the separation can’t be considered any too good. Here, therefore, the purpose of the speaker and the Price Range are revealed. However, these are not given much attention if the speaker is used at a party or is played outdoors, for example – other interfering sounds are much more eye-catching. Despite the criticism, considering the price and size range, the speaker fulfills its function quite comfortably.

Another small inconvenience in the device is that it cannot be played very quietly. If you only want subtle background music for a quiet mode, the lowest volume setting is too loud. On the other hand, the loudest sound pressures are already too much, at least in small interiors, so there is a lot of sound.

And as the name of the device suggests, you can listen to the speaker both horizontally and vertically. However, the position in the Flip 6 especially affects the reproduction of low tones, which work either rounder or more polarly depending on the position. The supplier of the speaker should try what pleases himself the most.

One of JBL’s own specialties is the PartyBoost feature, which allows you to chain multiple (up to a hundred) speakers to play the same music over a Bluetooth connection. This is nothing new and wonderful, as the feature was already in use in the previous Flip 5 model. Unfortunately, there were no other devices that support this feature, so this was not tested this time. For previous models, this feature has proven to work, so there is no reason to doubt that this is still the case. If you have two Flip 6 speakers, you can pair them.

The battery life is stated by the manufacturer as 12 hours. Based on the experiment, you can already play the speaker quite loudly for that reading. Namely, in test mode, the speaker was played at about one-third volume on a single charge for a whopping 25 hours! The material wasn’t the most low-pitched possible in a long play, so with material like EDM, you could run out of time for more hours, but in any case, the battery lasts a really long time.

When the battery is empty, it can be charged via the USB-C connection. Charging from scratch to full took exactly two and a half hours.

The JBL Flip 6 speaker is clearly not aimed at the actual audiophiles, but is specifically designed to keep you going. JBL Flip 6 fills this plot with throwing. At its best, the speaker is for outdoor use, supported by both an IP67 rating and a sufficient kick of the speaker. In mobile use, the battery life, which has proven to be exceptionally good, is particularly pleasing.

In its price range, the speaker sound is also perfectly valid, although the focus is on rich reproduction of low sounds. Those who want more sophisticated sound can turn to the slightly more expensive Sonos Roam, for example, but for park parties, the JBL Flip 6 is a very good choice. Affordable and universal are the things that make this speaker easy to adopt anyway.

Good

  • Battery life
  • Excessive volume is released when needed
  • Sturdy and confidence-building structure

Bad

  • Not suitable for quiet playback
  • Scarce application features

Key technical data JBL Flip 6

  • Price: 139 €
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1
  • Reported frequency response: 63 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Amplifier power: 20 + 10 W
  • Akku: 17.28 Wh (Litiumpolymer)
  • Battery life (indicated): up to 12 hours
  • Dimensions, weight: 17.8 x 6.8 x 7.2 cm, 550 g
  • Other: PartyBoost function, IP67 water resistance

Source: Muropaketti.com by muropaketti.com.

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