Garmin expands solar charging technology to multisport smartwatches

Garmin today announced the expansion of its solar charging technology to its Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S and tactix Delta adventure and multisport smartwatches. Building on the success of Garmin’s the first solar charging multisport watch, the fēnix 6X - Pro Solar, these new solar editions allow customers to “Do What They Love Longer” through significantly increased battery life and new purpose-built functionality including surf, mountain biking and climbing activities.

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“Garmin’s multisport GPS watches are the choice for athletes and adventurers willing to push themselves through the next mile or over the next mountain. Using our solar capabilities, the new Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S, and tactix Delta solar watches provide extraordinary battery life and give customers the ability to follow their passion to the sunset and further,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “In addition to the solar charging capabilities, these editions are full of updated and unique features. From new camouflage design patterns to surfing activity profiles, there is something for everyone.”

 

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Do what you love, longer with Instinct™ Solar. This is the watch, with its bold design, helps you to unleash your active outdoor lifestyle. With astonishing battery life, that empowers you to experience more, while it keeps you connected and fit with smart features and wellness tracking. Wherever you are on your own or with your friends.

 

Representing a milestone for Garmin, Instinct Solar can provide unlimited battery life with sufficient solar exposure in Battery Saver mode. Using Expedition Mode with sufficient solar exposure, Instinct Solar provides increased GPS functionality while still delivering over two months of battery life. The Instinct Solar series also boasts up to 24 days in smartwatch mode indoors and more than 50 days with sufficient solar exposure. Users can make these battery-extending changes on the fly through Instinct Solar’s incorporation of Power Manager.

 

Instinct Solar – Surf Edition is purpose-built with specialized surf features such as tide data and a dedicated surfing activity to help surfers make the most of every wave. Water rated to 100 meters, the Instinct Solar - Surf Edition is also a multisport water-recreation watch. Instinct Solar – Tactical Edition, popular on the mission is equipped with tactical-specific features such as night-vision goggle compatibility and Stealth mode.

 

In addition to Instinct’s already robust outdoor activity and health tracking, Instinct Solar now also includes Pulse Ox to gauge how well an individual’s body is absorbing oxygen and Body Battery to optimize body energy reserves through health monitoring metrics.

 

fēnix 6 Series - Solar Editions


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The fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar are the newest members of the Garmin flagship multisport GPS smartwatch line. Featuring Garmin Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customizable Power Manager mode, fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions harness the power of the sun to stay on and remain performance-ready for weeks, so users will have more on-wrist time to enjoy their activities, training features, onboard mapping, music streaming and much more. Expanding the robust activity profiles included in the fēnix series, the fēnix 6 and 6S Solar editions come surf, mountain bike and indoor climb-ready.

  • Surf: Using a Surf Activity profile, also found on Instinct Solar – Surf Edition, fēnix surfers can track total waves, surf time, total time, max speed and their longest wave. When surfing in front of a Surfline® camera, users wearing fēnix or Instinct surf-compatible watches can upload their surf to their Surfline account and later view video of that surfing activity through Surfline Sessions™.
  • Mountain Bike: Using the new “Grit and Flow” activity, individuals can track the details of every ride with mountain biking metrics, plus specialized grit and flow measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly users descend, giving a unique score to beat next time.
  • Indoor Climb: The indoor climb activity profile allows climbers to track their sessions at indoor facilities. Metrics include the number of routes, vertical distance climbed, climbing time, difficultly of each route and more.
The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to nine days indoors and up to 10.5 days with sufficient solar exposure, while battery performance for the fēnix 6 Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is up to 14 days indoors and up to 16 days with sufficient solar exposure.

 

The fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions also includes Advanced Sleep Monitoring, which provides a detailed breakdown of user’s light, deep and REM sleep stages as well as Pulse Ox and respiration data. This can be viewed on a dedicated widget that includes your stress score and sleep insights. Out of the box, the fēnix 6 series includes TopoActive Europe maps for outdoor adventures, ski maps for over 2,000 ski resorts worldwide and over 41,000 golf courses. The fēnix 6 series features Garmin Pay™ and on-device music storage of up to 2,000 songs, allowing users to sync playlists from several of the most popular music services (subscription may be required), no phone required.

 

tactix Delta – Solar Edition


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The tactix Delta – Solar Edition is the fourth generation of the tactix family, which is developed on the fēnix series platform. Built to military standards (MIL-STD-810), the tactix Delta - Solar Edition uses solar charging to extend battery life and Power Manager mode to provide up to 21 days indoors and up to 24 days with sufficient solar exposure.

 

Mission-ready features on the tactix Delta – Solar Edition include stealth mode, which disables location sharing and wireless connectivity, and a kill switch to wipe all user memory. The rugged, sophisticated design features an always-on 1.4” display, scratch-resistant sapphire lens, black DLC-coated steel bezel, black PVD-coated steel rear cover and all-new military-inspired black tactical nylon QuickFit® band with reinforced stitching and exposed black metal hardware.

 

With specialized tactical features as well as mapping, music, advanced training and the same smart features from the fēnix 6 family, the tactix Delta – Solar Edition is built for demanding field use and everyday wear.

 

The Instinct Solar, fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions and tactix Delta - Solar Edition represent the continued innovation of Garmin solar technology initiative and are available now. The complete line of Garmin solar charging smartwatches also includes the fēnix 6X - Pro Solar and quatix® 6X Solar.

 

All battery life numbers assume 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions.
This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.




14 Comments

JFOXK69, Jul 10 2020 09:50

So, when can we expect to see them in SA?

BikeisLife, Jul 11 2020 06:01

So, when can we expect to see them in SA?


Been told as early as next week.

JFOXK69, Jul 11 2020 11:26

Thanks, hope prices are reasonable. 🤦‍♂️

BikeisLife, Jul 11 2020 11:39

Thanks, hope prices are reasonable. 🤦‍♂️


Local prices are on the local Garmin website. Stayed seated when viewing...

Simon123, Jul 11 2020 12:23

LOL. R20k for a Garmin watch.

 

Suppose the Garmin fanbois are going to go bef0k for these.  And it's winter, you can rock your K-Way puffer with it too.  :clap:  "it's a look. it's a lifestyle."

corrie.kuilder, Jul 11 2020 01:02

Underachiever, Jul 11 2020 03:01

Lovely pricing....

 

I'll sommer buy two.  Can then mix & match with my outfits..

TBoss1988, Jul 11 2020 03:10

I know the rand took a dive and that messed up the pricing on everything. But I just cant see how they expect to move these items at this price. 

 

Its mental to spend that on a digital sports watch, seriously. Pretty soon you will have the option to finanace these devices too......I cant see how else they plan to move them.

 

Before I spend 20k on a garmin watch, I will rather save another 5 and buy a Tag Carrera, that I will still hand down to my grandchildren one day.....

 

PS; I love garmin products, and own a few, but wont be upgrading anytime soon

Underachiever, Jul 11 2020 06:53

I know the rand took a dive and that messed up the pricing on everything. But I just cant see how they expect to move these items at this price. 

 

Its mental to spend that on a digital sports watch, seriously. Pretty soon you will have the option to finanace these devices too......I cant see how else they plan to move them.

 

Before I spend 20k on a garmin watch, I will rather save another 5 and buy a Tag Carrera, that I will still hand down to my grandchildren one day.....

 

PS; I love garmin products, and own a few, but wont be upgrading anytime soon

Let me know if you can find a Carrera for R25k... Cheapest 2nd hand in a good condition is probably R45k+

 

 

But I agree with your principle!!!

Jaws677, Jul 11 2020 08:05

I know the rand took a dive and that messed up the pricing on everything. But I just cant see how they expect to move these items at this price.

Its mental to spend that on a digital sports watch, seriously. Pretty soon you will have the option to finanace these devices too......I cant see how else they plan to move them.

Before I spend 20k on a garmin watch, I will rather save another 5 and buy a Tag Carrera, that I will still hand down to my grandchildren one day.....

PS; I love garmin products, and own a few, but wont be upgrading anytime soon

Tell a non cyclist that a top of the range MTB cost R150k and he will also think you joking.
So R20k for the top of the range sports watch is probably OK for some.

Not for me, R20k for any watch is nutters in my world.

The sad part it they will sell at that price

IceCreamMan, Jul 11 2020 08:45

The extra battery life made possible by the solar option is probably not worth the coin however it’s great to see Garmin expanding that tech. It will become cheaper and better.

hansolo, Jul 18 2020 01:26

I’m looking at these upgrades and I’m wondering what would make me consider upgrading my Fenix 3 HR. Mobile payments is already available and could be very handy but I’ll seriously consider upgrading once they include InReach (or possibly cellular capabilities). That would make it really good in case of emergencies.

CAAD4, Jul 18 2020 07:32

I bought my Instinct literally a week before these were launched. I was irritated at first, but now that I've seen the pricing, I'm relieved.