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I Put My Small JBL FLIP 5 Through Its Paces!

It was tested, and it came through with flying colors!

A front view of the JBL Flip 5 waterproof, and wireless speaker.
JBL FLIP 5 (media by JC)

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I have owned several wireless Bluetooth speakers over the last couple of years, but I haven’t been able to find anything better than JBL. Having been first introduced to the Charge line of JBL products, I have been more than satisfied with their sound quality. After my recent trip to the beaches of Florida, I can give a solid review on the Flip 5.

So why did I opt to add Flip 5 to my collection? This is a straightforward answer, and it revolves entirely around the unit's overall size. Let me be more specific! The Flip 5 is the same diameter as a soda can, meaning this unit will fit in just about any cup holder. We are talking about drink holders in water tubes, folding beach chair holders, cup holders in golf carts, and the list. Here are a few examples:

A sideview of a backpack drink holder containing the Flip 5 speaker.
Backpack Drink Holder (media by JC)

The Flip 5 speaker can be easily tucked away in a mountain bike drink holder.
Mountain Bike Drink Holder (media by JC)

All right already, we get it, Jeff….you like the size of the Flip 5! How about one more picture:

A visual showcasing the size of the FLIP 5 along with a can of soda.
A Can of Soda on the Flip 5 (media by JC)

Now that we have established the size of the Flip 5 is a strong selling point, how about the sound? It is more than adequate, with plenty of highs and lows (treble and bass) for a speaker in this price range. I have always been pleased with the amount of sound being pumped out of a speaker this size and price. I stream from Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music, and the quality is very good with the less than stellar streaming quality. You won’t complain about volume as this speaker will remain clear at the higher volumes. If anything, you will have to limit your volume regarding every passerby and fellow beachgoer. Let’s face it, not everyone in your vicinity likes the same music you do!

Not to be forgotten is the IPX7 waterproof rating, as this is the main reason I jumped at buying some of the earlier JBL Charge models. This speaker has been tested in 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes and will continue to work as intended. When this feature was first offered, I jumped at the chance of being able to take music out on the open water. Let me tell you, some of the first speakers to offer this was resistant at best. I have had instances with these JBL models “accidentally” falling into the drink. They have not skipped a beat!

Welcome Features:

The newer JBL speakers have incorporated USB-C charging, and I am thrilled with this decision.

The Flip 5 has an advertised 12 hours of playtime. I would guess this to be at low listening levels if you were ever to achieve this. I averaged a lot closer to 10 hours when using.

I love the inclusion of the hard case. I threw my Flip into the hard case and then into the bottom of my carry-on backpack. The speaker looked pristine at my arrival destination each time.

Speaking of the hard case, it has an ample-sized compartment for additional cables. Trust me, I have no shortage of wires, and extra room is needed.

The Flip 5 has party boost mode, letting you pair up other party boost JBL speakers. This is a good feature if you have multiple JBL speakers, but I rarely use it.

The Flip 5 has Bluetooth 4.2, which has an excellent range and decent energy efficiency. (If you are looking to upgrade to the new Bluetooth 5.1, JBL has released the Flip 6)

An open view of the hard case showing compactness and roominess for extra cables.
Hard Case Included (media by JC)

Conclusion: Don’t expect to host a raging party with the Flip 5. You will be satisfied with the sound for typical excursions, but you are buying this speaker for its portability and size. This is truly a device for bringing your music with you without losing sound quality. Those looking for booming music for entertaining large groups of people look into the larger JBL offerings like the Extreme 3 or Boombox 2. Expect to pay more for these more prominent speakers with a larger sound.

If you are looking for a reliable, reasonably priced, good-sounding speaker with waterproof properties, the Flip 5 is the speaker for you!

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