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JBL Charge 2+: A mini Bluetooth speaker with maximum performanceNow that JBL has resolved the sound issues that held back the Charge 2 at launch, the Charge 2+ is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker.
[MUSIC] For 2015, JBL has been doing something interesting with its portable bluetooth speakers. Instead of completely redoing its line, it's upgrading certain models with a water-resistant design and simply adding a plus to their product names. In this case, we're taking a look at the Charge 2+, which except for the color of its logo, looks identical to last year's Charge 2. Which also costs you $150, but has since come down in price. Like its predecessors, you can lay this speaker down horizontally, or stand it up vertically. It charges via micro USB, and has a built in 6000 milli amp battery for 12 hours of playback. And a USB port for charging your smartphone or music player. There's a built in speaker phone, it works well so long that you stay within about 5 to 10 feet of the microphone, and social sharing mode that allows multiple users to connect to the speaker with their devices and alternate playing tracks. The speaker is powered by two 7.5 watt drivers which gives you a total of 15 watts of power that's pretty decent for a speaker this size, and the charge two plus plays surprisingly loud, and unlike the original charge two I reviewed it's tuned better and delivers a clear sound with a tight bass. My only gripe is that it's ports aren't sealed off. It will be a problem. And I don't think I'd fully trust using it in the shower. Will get full water proofing in the Charge 3 but for now this isn't much of an upgrade over the Charge 2, but at least this speaker doesn't have the distortion issues that kept me from giving the Charge 2 a more positive review when it first launched. I'm David Cardoy that's the JBL charge 2 plus. Thanks for watching.