JBL Flip Essential Refurbished
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JBL Flip Essential Wireless Bluetooth Streaming - Image

Wireless Bluetooth Streaming

Wirelessly stream high-quality, room-filling sound from your smartphone or tablet.

JBL Flip Essential Up to 10 Hours of Playtime - Image

Up to 10 Hours of Playtime

Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 10 hours of playtime.

JBL Flip Essential IPX7 waterproof - Image

IPX7 waterproof

Take the Flip Essential to the beach or the pool without worrying about spills or even submersion in water.


JBL Flip Essential Durable fabric material - Image

Durable fabric material

The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all of your adventures.

JBL Flip Essential JBL Bass Radiator - Image

JBL Bass Radiator

Dual external passive radiators deliver powerful, ear catching JBL sound that resonates loud and clear, allowing you to hear the bass, feel the bass, and see the bass.

Specs & Downloads



All purpose, all weather companion.

Enjoy surprisingly powerful, room-filling stereo sound with the JBL Flip Essential ultra-compact portable Bluetooth speaker. Powered by a rechargeable 3000mAh Li-ion battery, it delivers up to 10 hours of non-stop, high-quality playtime. The exterior is IPX7 rated, featuring a waterproof design with durable fabric. From tabletop to poolside, from sunny mornings to rainy nights, the Flip Essential is your ultimate all-purpose, all-weather companion.

General Specifications

Output power (W)
2 x 8


Dimensions (in)
2.5 x 6.7 x 2.5
Dimensions (cm)
6.4 x 16.9 x 6.4
Weight (kgs)
Weight (lbs)

Control and Connection Specifications

Bluetooth version


Maximum music playing time (hrs)
Charging time (hrs)
Battery capacity (mAh)


Charging cable

What's in The Box?

  • 1 x JBL Flip Essential
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Quick-Start Guide
  • 1 x Safety Sheet
  • 1 x Warranty Card
What's in The Box?

Documents & Downloads

Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing sound! Suggestion to make it even better! I have this device and it works great. Easy pairing. Except that I have multiple "playing devices" (e.i. FireTV, iPhone, Android, etc.) at home I use this with, sometimes it becomes a bit tedious to have to switch the pairing with each device. I suggest either design a Bluetooth controller box, to where all "playing devices" connect to this controller box, then the controller box only allows 1 "playing device" to play through the JBL Flip sound box. Additionally, it would be nice to have a small remote designed (similar to the one you folks designed for the BoostTV) to control the volumen, turn on/off the JBL Flip sound box and controller. Believe me this 2 new inventions would rock the world! ;) thanks
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible experience I was shocked when I heard the sound of this medium sized bluetooth speaker, the sound is incredible and I am sure you can compre it to a big sized speaker 100% I would recommend this allot
Date published: 2020-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable value. Unmatched bang for buck! I know there are better sounding or more powerful BT speakers out there but you wont find such a great unit for this price. It sounds incredible. Surprisingly loud, and nice adequate punchy bass from the passive end membranes and pairing could not be easier. Seriously easiest pairing process i have ever seen. Press B once, light changes to flashing blue and echoing tone clearly tells user the device is discoverable. Hangs on to connection from last time and automatically connects SUPER FAST Battery life is EPIC I have never run mine out of battery - this includes stints of use of more than 5 hours solid. Not even close to flat Charges super fast. Ticks all the boxes - the only limitation would be a large group or party - this is not going to light up a large space with full sound - but then again it wasnt designed to. That said it will probably surprise you as at full power it is LOUD!
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing, good quality, battery life is great , fast delivery
Date published: 2020-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible sound I don't know how JBL managed to make a small speaker like this with such great sound quality, crisp sound with great bass! I use it every day and I'm using it as I'm writing this review. Feels like a very high quality product and will resist rain better than some coats do, very happy.
Date published: 2020-11-05
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Product Q&A

Made in China or India?

Asked by: pratheesh
Mine says Vietnam
Answered by: MazdaMetalDriver
Date published: 2022-12-13

What's the difference between this one and the flip 4 ?

Asked by: gabrielx
flip 4 has 20 w, essential 16 w flip 4 has mic, essential not flip 4 has smartphone app support, essential seems not
Answered by: jcmolero71
Date published: 2023-02-10

Is the JBL Flip essential Portable Bluetooth Speaker compatible with the JBL connect app as it's not finding my product

Asked by: bravo
It is not compatible with Jbl connect
Answered by: Sonicboom
Date published: 2022-06-10

What wat is this

Asked by: Mrsizzler
16 watt
Answered by: Saksham
Date published: 2022-11-30

Can I charge flip essential by connecting it to normal mobile adapter ? Or else which adapter I should use to charge the flip essential ?

Asked by: Normienoob
You can charge the essential with any of the adapters but the cable should be type C
Answered by: Sonicboom
Date published: 2021-06-06

can I connect this JBL TO an adapter whose output is 5V/2A for charging ? And during charge, can it play music at the same time ? Is it safe to to that ?

Asked by: ANXX
A USB charger (5V) with 1A or higher is recommended to be used for charging our JBL Flip Essential. All our portable speakers can be used while plugged in. There's no harm in using the unit while it is connected to a power source. Our products have PCM circuits that manage the charging of the battery.
Answered by: Paul at Customer Support
Date published: 2021-06-06

I’m looking to buy a speaker for work I work in a warehouse with pound machines will this speaker be a good choice to be able to hear my music 

Asked by: Anonymous
I cannot say for certain about the JBL essential but I work around aircraft and I use the JBL flip 5 all day and can hear it fine even while pounding rivets
Answered by: JoeW
Date published: 2021-06-06

Can you listen to calls through the speaker? I have been trying to get calls to play through but it won’t work

Asked by: Taylahjack
Our JBL Flip Essential does not have a speakerphone function.
Answered by: Paul at Customer Support
Date published: 2021-06-06
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