There are a lot of waterproof speakers available in the market. However, the JBL Charge 3 and the UE Boom 2 clearly stand out. Both of these fantastic pieces of technology are priced reasonably, the JBL Charge 3 is priced at $120 whereas the UE Boom 2 is priced at $115. This is one of the reasons why these two portable speakers compete because the price has almost no difference. Talking of portable, the JBL Charge 3 is 87 mm high, 213 mm wide and weighs 800 grams. On the other hand, the UE Boom 2 is 180 mm tall, 67 mm wide and weighs 548 grams. Although it is not much different clearly the UE Boom 2 is lighter compared to the Charge 3. Both speakers are equipped with an onboard control panel so you can easily access the volume and other control buttons.
The sound quality is excellent in both of the speakers; however, there is a slight difference this is where the JBL Charge 3 takes the win. The reason JBL Charge 3 has a richer and more enhanced sound quality is that it is equipped with stereo speakers where the UE Boom 2 is only equipped with a single speaker. Another significant difference is the battery life, and the JBL Charge 3 retakes the win. JBL Charge 3 provides up to 20 hours of usage on the other side the UE Boom 2 only offers 15 hours of usage. The pairing process is more straightforward on the UE Boom 2 compared to the JBL Charge 3 because the Boom 2 is equipped with NFC.
There is no doubt that both of these speakers are excellent. However, I prefer the JBL Charge 3 mainly because of the better and richer sound quality one other reason of the better sound quality is that the JBL Charge 3 is equipped with a microphone to filter out background noise where this feature is nowhere to be seen on the UE Boom 2.
Another reason I prefer the Charge 3 is that there is a whopping 5 hours of battery life difference in between the two speakers, other than these feature differences, the majority of the things are same. Both the speakers have an IP-Rating of IPX7 which for an average consumer means that these speakers can be submerged into water for up to 30 minutes, but be careful the speakers are not designed to go under 1 meter deep. While testing them underwater, I discovered that the JBL Charge 3 floats to the top and does not sink and while in water the speakers work perfectly with no problems.