Overview of JBL PowerUp - Wireless Induction Charger

    We already talked about wireless charging and announced the portable speaker JBL PlayUp . Today it's time to talk about another device that combines the elements of the two previous ones - JBL PowerUp .

    Contents of delivery:

    The kit includes the speaker itself, an audio cable for connecting devices that do not have Bluetooth, a network adapter and instructions.

    Everything is packed very tightly, it does not hang in the box, the network adapter, instructions and audio cable are packed in a separate small box made of cardboard, the speaker is wrapped in a protective film. The box with the periphery and the column are already in the box of corrugated cardboard. The whole set is placed in the final packaging, colorfully designed and bearing the logos of JBL and Nokia.

    We had a device without packaging on the test, the unpacking video is here .

    The cable does not include a speaker cable to the computer for updating the software, but the standard micro-USB cable - USB, for example, included with your Lumia 920 can handle this.

    Scope of delivery - speaker, SZU, audio .

    Appearance, materials:

    The column itself has a rounded design, made of matte plastic, color options - blue, black and white.

    The front panel is almost completely covered by a protective grid, in the center of which is located only the Bluetooth activation button and its LED indicator.

    Photo of the front panel in the off and on state.

    On the rear panel are located: the power key of the device, a connector for connecting a network adapter, a micro-USB connector and a linear input for connecting any audio devices using an audio cable. Even on the rear panel we see two bass reflexes providing deep low-frequency sound.

    Photo of connectors on the rear panel

    The most interesting thing is on the top panel of the device (and below it).

    On the front edge of the upper panel are the main controls of our column, they are assembled in a single panel with touch keys that are illuminated by LEDs. In the middle of the control panel is the NFC logo with the corresponding chip underneath. In the center of the upper part there is a circle with the Nokia logo inscribed in it, the circle itself is made of rubberized plastic and protrudes slightly above the surface of the panel. This circle allows the phone to sit reliably on the speaker without slipping.

    Photo of the entire column from above, control panel, platform with charging panel.

    The weight of the column is a little over 1.5 kg. The device is equipped with rubberized feet to prevent slipping.

    Speaker and charging operation, internal device

    So, we came to the most interesting thing - the use of JBL PowerUp.
    Among other things, it is equipped with a Qi standard wireless charger. It is located in the center of the top panel, under the Nokia logo.

    Working with the column is as simple and comfortable as possible. To pair the phone with the speaker, just bring the phone to the middle of the control panel and touch the NFC logo. A pop-up notification will appear on your phone about connecting to JBL PowerUp and activating Bluetooth to broadcast audio. It is enough for the user to simply accept the invitation, the phone will automatically turn on Bluetooth and connect to the speaker. There is no need to enter pin codes and turn on Bluetooth yourself, as was previously required. Now you just need to turn on the music on your phone - and it will start playing in the column. The whole procedure takes exactly 5 seconds.

    When you put the phone on the speaker, the LED frame on it lights up, the backlight flashes for a while after charging is activated. It looks rather unusual, sort of landing lights for the space shuttle.
    In addition, the touch control panel has a built-in proximity sensor, which allows it to activate the LED backlight when approaching your hand. Thanks to this, you can easily control the column even in the dark.

    You can adjust the volume with both the hardware keys of the phone and the touch keys on the speaker itself. Wireless audio is transmitted using the apt-X codec. The sound is deep, clear bass, the volume is enough for a room of 40-50 square meters. m. Range - from 65 Hz to 20 kHz with a maximum volume of 94 dB. The maximum range of the Bluetooth module for this model is declared 10 m, however, the signal passes through walls and ceiling without problems.

    In all likelihood, the column is more suitable for playing dance music, it is quite capable of filling your apartment with sound enough to arrange a disco for friends. She also copes well with the rock repertoire, which is famous for its abundance of low frequencies. Just do not overdo it with the volume and watch the time, otherwise the neighbors may get angry with you. :)

    The devices are paired, music plays, and you can freely move around the room, office, garage, and so on. But it’s not a secret to anyone that wireless communication is quite energy-consuming. And we come to another "trick" of this device - the wireless charging function. Simply put the phone on the top panel of the speaker - and it will begin to charge. The range of the charging panel is 15 mm. Thus, when playing music through JBL PowerUp, there is no need to additionally connect the phone to the charger or choose between music and battery life.

    The phone is charging.

    To use all the functions of the speaker with the Lumia 820, it will be necessary to buy an additional replaceable case with support for induction charging; the Lumia 920 can be charged from the speaker “out of the box”.
    Moreover, since JBL PowerUp is built on the industry standard Qi, it will be able to charge all devices supporting it.

    Video operation of the device

    The Bluetooth module supports the Audio and Video Equipment Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, which allows you to control the operation of the speaker directly from a compatible device. And thanks to the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, the device can work with a wide range of phones and smartphones, not just Lumia.

    To summarize:

    The speaker looks nice, pleases the eye and goes well with Lumia phones. Easily connects to NFC-enabled phones. The speaker not only plays music wirelessly, but also charges phones with support for induction charging according to the industry standard Qi. At the same time, it is able to work both with devices simply via Bluetooth, and with the help of an audio cable.

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