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JBL Free X will not turn on or charge

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The main right earbud will not turn on or charge. No lights turn on or anything but the left one does work
Question by Jeff 2:51am, 28th April 2019

There are 22 responses to this question including 2 solutions

Chris (Admin) responded : 1:55pm, 30th April 2019 (2 years ago)
Has it been like this since you started using it or has this suddenly happened ? Cleaning the contacts for charging in the charging case with a dry cloth doesn't help at all ?

Gregory L Brant responded : 5:44pm, 7th September 2019 (1 year ago)
I have the same issue, but with the left earbud. It won't turn on or charge.

John (Admin) responded : 9:32pm, 10th September 2019 (1 year ago)
Gregory, how long did you have it working for ? Anything unusual happened at the point at which it stopped turning on ?

Chris responded : 9:51pm, 3rd October 2019 (1 year ago)
Hey john my left one did the same thing. And no nothing irregular happened before it stopped turning on. Only my right one works.

Andy (Admin) responded : 11:05pm, 3rd October 2019 (1 year ago)
Hi Chris, we may have a fix for this. Try following these steps and let us know how it goes.

1) completely turn off the Bluetooth on your phone
2) turn off both earbuds (press and hold button for 8 seconds on both)
3) start on the left, press the btn for around 5 seconds to turn it on.
4) now press the button 3 times fast. You should have a blue/white flashing pattern on the left bud now
5) now follow steps 3 and 4 on the right bud.
6) having completed step 5 they should find each other and then pair to each other
7) now turn Bluetooth back on inside your phone and pair them again

Chris responded : 1:01am, 4th October 2019 (1 year ago)
Andy I can't actually do that because my left one won't turn off. When I put in the case it lights up but when I take it out it wont respond to anything.

Gregory L Brant responded : 1:42am, 4th October 2019 (1 year ago)
I had them for almost a year. Nothing happened, just went for a run one day, and the left one turned on and synced up. It played music for about 30 seconds and stopped. Have not had the opportunity to try the suggested solution.

Chris (Admin) responded : 2:37pm, 4th October 2019 (1 year ago)
Hi Chris, in that case it would sound like it has a bad internal battery or related electrical fault and I would exchange.

Mike responded : 7:18am, 19th October 2019 (1 year ago)
I have the same issue, only had the JBL FREE X for 2 days, was listening to music, left ear bud cut out, it will not charge or turn on, when i place it in the charger it lights up second you take it out you have zero power.. Looks like ill be taking them back to the store.

Andy (Admin) responded : 7:51am, 19th October 2019 (1 year ago)
Mike let us know what happens if you return it please!

Jeff responded : 8:40am, 19th October 2019 (1 year ago)
It has a 1 year warranty so theyll just refund it

Kevin G responded : 1:25am, 20th December 2019 (1 year ago)
I've had these for half an hour. Literally have never used them. The left one will light up for about 10 seconds when I put it in the charger then it goes out. Wont turn on or do anything when I take it out. Right one works fine.

Peter responded : 1:23pm, 28th December 2019 (1 year ago)
My right earbud can turn off and on but in won't charge does someone know what's wrong?

Adam responded : 10:11pm, 8th January 2020 (1 year ago)
I have the same issue the left ear bud wont charge or turn on.when i pull it out of the case it wont turn on but when i do put it in the case it lights up

Pia responded : 2:24am, 15th January 2020 (1 year ago)
I have the same problem. Used the earbuds twice upon opening, on the third time left earbud is dead. It will light up for a few seconds when put in the case and then die. When you take it out, it wont turn on. Anyone have a solution? Unfortunately, im already out of the US and theres no international warranty for JBL and the earbuds cannot be repaired. Appreciate the input.

Gustavo Borello responded : 5:04pm, 21st February 2020 (11 months ago)
JBL Free earbuds are full of problems. The best advice is not buying it. I am having problems with the rigth earbud and nobody at JBL could provide any solution except to press the earbuds. Not a good product.

Maria Sumaran responded : 9:47am, 26th March 2020 (10 months ago)
Nothing happened with the left ear,It does not turn on, it does not blink. they are new!

Richard Covey responded : 10:49pm, 28th April 2020 (9 months ago)
Left earbud will not turn on or charge totally dead.

MARC ST-AMAND responded : 1:48pm, 4th January 2021 (2 weeks ago)
Hi There I had the same problem with the left earbud it would not turn on or recharge and when you put it back in the case it would light up momentarily then the light would turn off... I've look all over and finally found a guy on YouTube that opened his for a magnet problem. I then opened mine and found that a tiny o-ring was stuck to the case and was keeping the earbud from making full contact. I put the earring back in its place like all the others. And "voil" lighting and charging again... here is the link: Good Luck

Brian Yak responded : 5:47am, 9th January 2021 (2 weeks ago)
It might just be the rubber piece that goes around the ear bud for comfort fitting. I took mine off and it started to charge again. Guess you cant have it on while it charges yet the right one is not affected by it lol...

MARC ST-AMAND responded : 1:33pm, 9th January 2021 (2 weeks ago)
@ Bryan Yak.. No it wasn't because I had taken mine off and it still wasn't charging, until I opened the charging Pod and fixed the minuscule black o-ring. Because now it is charging with the ear protector.

Itay responded : 2:16pm, 18th January 2021 (2 days ago)
I still cant fix my provlem that os like every1 else here with your solutions

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