JBL has revamped its popular Charge speaker with a sequel, the Charge 2, which improves on its predecessor in almost every way. The updated speaker includes larger dual drivers powered by 7.5 watts per side — an extra 5 watts overall from the original Charge. It also adds twin passive bass radiators that offer a healthier punch of bass than the original, dipping down to a claimed 75Hz at the low end.
Features have been enhanced as well. The Charge 2 now offers a speakerphone, typically standard for these types of small Bluetooth speakers, as well as a Social Mode that lets three people with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones or tablets take turns beaming their playlists to the same speaker. And most impressively, the speaker still sports a 12-hour battery runtime.
Sleeker and more powerful, with better features and the same $150 price, the Charge 2 is a very worthy replacement for its predecessor.