I’ll compare and contrast these two portable speakers (JBL Charge 4 vs. UE Boom 3) while evaluating five categories: sound, design, durability, power, and software.
As its name suggests, these popular JBL speakers making them a solid choice for road trips and parties. The splash-proof coating means the speakers stay powered up even in the rain (just avoid dunking it in water completely) while the rugged shell holds up to any accidental bumps or drops.
Performance-wise, the speakers feature a 2 x 20W audio amplifier, and dual external passive radiators that give you full, booming bass. You can connect up to three phones to the speaker at the same time, to take turns playing DJ. The built-in rechargeable battery gets you up to 15 hours of playtime, making this a great portable speaker to take to events, tailgating and the beach. Use the JBL Connect app (get it here) to wirelessly link multiple JBL speakers for an easy DIY “surround sound” experience. Purchase: $149.95 on JBL.com.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Portable Speaker
One of the best-reviewed speakers on the market, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 delivers immersive, well-balanced sound with rich trebles, and deep, accurate bass. The rechargeable battery gets you up to 15 hours of cord-free listening, and reviewers say the speakers deliver super robust, 360° sound without the distortion and muddiness that comes from other similarly-priced devices. Ultimate Ears says the BOOM 3 is virtually indestructible, using the same materials found in motorcycle jackets and firefighting equipment. The speakers are also completely waterproof, and will float if accidentally dropped or dragged into the pool.