Garmin, a popular manufacturer of rugged smartwatches, has added their solar charging functionality to 4 smartwatches, namely the Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S, and tactix Delta adventure smartwatches. The feature, which first appeared in their fēnix 6X – Pro Solar smartwatch, will further extend the already long battery offered by these 4 smartwatches.
The Instinct Solar edition can provide essentially unlimited battery life when used in Battery Saver mode and over two months when used in Expedition mode. When used indoors, the Instinct Solar series can last for up to 24 days, which can then be extended to 50 days with sufficient solar exposure.
The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to 10.5 days with sufficient solar exposure while the fēnix 6 Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is up to 16 days with sufficient solar exposure. Finally, the tactix Delta – Solar Edition can provide up to 24 days with sufficient solar exposure in Power Manager mode.
The Instinct Solar will be start at a price of Rs. $399.99 (Approx. Rs. 30,017), fēnix 6 Series – Solar Editions will start at $849.99 (Approx. Rs. 63,787) and tactix Delta – Solar Edition will be priced at $1,099 (Approx. Rs. 82,453).
Commenting on the addition of solar charging, Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales said:
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.