JBL Go 2 Bluetooth Speaker Review – Full-Sounding Waterproof Speaker

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Current testing methodology is v1.2

Release Date
May 9, 2018
Price not available
6.2 oZ
3.8 x 1.45 x 4.21 in

I already have a JBL Go 3, which I’ll try writing a review about soon, and it has been a great companion for around two years. I use it for gaming, casual music listening, and binge-watching sessions. However, there’s something inside me that whispers I should get the Go 2.

I don’t know whether buying a Bluetooth Speaker released almost four years ago was a good idea but here I am, writing a review for the JBL Go 2. Let’s see if its performance is worth the purchase.

Best Value

JBL Go 2

A decent budget-friendly option, though released four years ago

Price Range: $
Brand: JBL
JBL Go 2 Speaker - retail Box


The JBL Go 2 was released back in July 2019 and it continues to serve its listeners with its trademark sound. While JBL Speakers are known to have a powerful and deep bass, the Go 2 somehow falls short in that category.

Despite that little issue, the JBL Go 2 has much to offer – one of which is its portability, which still makes it a decent option even a few years after its release.

The Specs

  • Speaker Type:  Bluetooth Speaker
  • Connection:  Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Profiles:  A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.5 HFP V1.5, HSP V1.2
  • Frequency Response:  180Hz – 20000 Hz
  • Distance:  About 10m (Barrier Free Open Environment)
  • Waterproof:  IPX7 Waterproof
  • Charging Port:  Micro USB
  • Battery Capacity:  730mAh
  • Charging Time:  About 2.5 hours
  • Working Time:  Up to 5 hours (varies by volume setting and audio content)

What’s in the Box?

  • JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker
  • Micro USB cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety sheet
  • Warranty card

Stuff I like

  • Portability
  • Comes in a lot of color choices
  • Waterproof
  • Has an AUX port
  • Surprisingly has a microphone

Stuff I like less

  • Poor battery life
  • Bass lacks power
  • Gets distorted at higher volumes

Comparable products to consider

JBL Go 3
JBL Go 3

A more recent release, the JBL Go 3 is a compact and portable Bluetooth speaker that offers impressive sound quality and durability for its size, making it an excellent choice for on-the-go music enthusiasts.

Review Metrics

Sound Quality: 7
Bass: 6
Mids: 8
Treble: 8
Build Quality: 9
Value for Money: 8
Accessories: 6
Review Metrics Average: 7.43 / 10

First Impressions

I was impressed with how JBL’s designs for their audio products improved throughout the years, and the JBL Go 2 is a sentiment with how simple their speakers were before. It comes in a wide variety of twelve color variants. I won’t list them all, but because of my thoughtfulness, you can check the available colors for the Go 2 in this link.

The Go 2 comes in see-through PVC packaging that shows the product inside. The bottom part of the packaging features the iconic JBL logo resting on a water background, which hints at the waterproof feature of this speaker.

Meanwhile, the back of the box shows the features of the speaker, which include a 5-hour battery life, IPX7 waterproof capability, and a microphone. Yes, a microphone.

JBL Go 2 Speaker - Bottom
Sporting a rubberized housing that feels durable | Make Life Click

I bought the “Moss Green” variant and, to be honest, it looks like a soap bar, specifically an Irish Spring soap. Inside the packaging, you’ll find the other inclusions such as the micro USB cable for charging, a quick start guide, and some paperwork.

Build Quality and Features

The overall appearance of the JBL Go 2 kind of passed the vibe check, but I can’t deny that it looks like an Irish Spring Soap bar.

Regarding build quality, the Go 2 strays away from the usual cloth exterior of most waterproof Bluetooth speakers. It has a rubberized housing that feels smooth because of its almost corner-free edges. At the bottom, there are four dot-like rubber supports that keep the speaker from tilting or sliding too much because of its powerful sound output.

The front of the speaker is all grille and is painted with the JBL Logo while the rear side shows an engraved logo of; Wait for it… yes, JBL. I think it’s a real statement these days to own a product from them.

The top panel of the speaker shows the different buttons which are for power, Bluetooth pairing, volume control, and playback. Pressing the playback button twice will advance to the next track, and long-pressing it activates the phone’s voice assistant.

Meanwhile, you’ll find the charging and AUX port on the right side. It’s protected by a rubber flap, so don’t worry about water getting inside your speaker’s electronics.

Battery Life

The battery life is where the JBL Go 2 starts to show its downsides. Charging it for about 2.5 hours with a playing time of 5 hours doesn’t sound good to me.

JBL Go 2 Speaker - Waterproof
IPX7 rating that can be fully submersed | Make Life Click

It’s too inconvenient, especially for scenarios when I want to use the speaker for long periods, such as picnics and beach trips. This defeats the JBL Go 2’s outdoor portable speaker personality but if we consider its size and price, I’d say that the 5-hour battery fits the JBL Go 2.

Bluetooth Connectivity

I don’t have problems connecting my laptop or phone to the JBL Go 2. As soon as I turn it on, it automatically connects within 3 seconds. 

I’d also like to add that there’s not much of a delay when it comes to gaming or watching movies. Everything totally looks and sounds in sync. Mind that the Go 2 uses a very old Bluetooth 4.1 for its connectivity, yet it doesn’t suffer much with latency and delay problems.

Sound Quality

My experience with JBL Go 2’s sound quality didn’t make an impact as other Bluetooth Speakers at lower price points sound better. The overall sound is too thin for a speaker. It’s like the bass is just a speck of dust within the galaxy. However, the smoothness within the mids and treble region is definitely remarkable.

It produces a very narrow sound but yes, it’s a mono speaker. However, other mono speakers deliver a more realistic sound than the JBL Go 2.

JBL Go 2 Speaker - Ports
The audio input and USB port have a gasket rubber cover | Make Life Click

In terms of volume output, the Go 2 sounds the best at 75%. Going beyond that gradually distorts the sound and can be too fatiguing to listen to. I also tested it with movies and they’re okay. The sound effects were produced so nicely that it sets the movie’s emotion very well.

Despite all of these issues, the JBL Go 2 is a full-sounding speaker.


The JBL Go 2 is a decent portable speaker for its price regardless of its shortcomings. I’d recommend it if you’re an outdoorsy type of person.

JBL GO2 - Waterproof Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gray
JBL Go 2

It produces a full sound but be careful as it loses details within the sound quality the moment it gets loud. It may not be loud like other portable speakers in the current market but it does its job nicely. In addition, the build quality and waterproof feature are also excellent, contributing greatly to its durable profile.

So be sure to bring a power bank if you plan to use it extensively as its battery can only last up to 5 hours. You don’t want to waste your precious time waiting for this speaker to get fully charged.

JBL Go 2 Speaker - Accessories
JBL Go 2
Sound Quality
Build Quality
Value for money
Battery life

Shaik, a college student, part-time musician, and proud fur parent. Currently pursuing his degree in architecture.

As a part-time musician, Shaik enjoys expressing his self creatively through music. Whether it's writing original songs or performing covers, music is a significant part of Shaik's life

This post was last updated on 2024-06-16 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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