- Garmin’s Instinct, Fenix 6 and 6S and Tactix Delta watches now come with solar charging.
- The Instinct Solar series can run indefinitely in low-power mode.
- Other models have got battery life with days.
Many of Garmin’s fitness watches are built for use in sunny outdoors, and the company wants to take advantage of it to keep your watch running longer. It introduces solar versions of its Instinct, Fenix 6, Fenix 6S and Tactix Delta adventure watches, all of which use solar-based charging to keep the bracelet clothing longer. There are other upgrades as well.
The centerpieces are the Instinct Solar models in Surf and Tactical editions. The robust designs last for up to 24 days on a charge indoors, but will run for 50 days with enough sunlight – they even provide “unlimited” battery life if you use the battery saving mode. Of course, these are in ideal conditions, but there is a real possibility that you will never need to engage in a week-long vacation.
The Instinct models also feature enhanced GPS, a pulse oximeter feature to measure your oxygen uptake, and Garmin’s Body Battery to optimize your energy. The Surf Edition is water-sized to 328 feet deep and offers surf-specific activity features, while the Tactical Edition caters to the military and enthusiasts with a stealth mode (data and wireless off) and night-vision glasses support.
Fenix 6 Pro Solar and Fenix 6S Pro Solar are focused on activities such as mountain biking, indoor climbing and surfing and do not revolve around absolute lifespan. They last 14 days and nine days indoors, but these figures jump to 16 days and 10.5 days with enough solar charge. You can expect a variety of general features, including sleep monitoring, pulse oximeter functions and Garmin Pay.
Meanwhile, the solar output of the Tactix Delta upgrades the “mission-ready” robust watch with up to 24 days of use with sunlight and 21 days indoors. It is built with dust, water and shock resistance at the military level and a 1.4-inch sapphire coated screen that will withstand scratches. You can expect that a stealth mode and even a “kill switch” will wipe the memory if you are caught.
All of these watches are available now, but you pay a premium for some of them. The Instinct Solar line starts at $ 400, the Fenix 6 range starts at $ 850, and the Tactix Delta will cost you $ 1,099. These are for dedicated users who want to quantify every last bit of their activity – you may want to watch an everyday smartwatch about convenience and cost is more important.
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