Who hasn’t forgotten to charge their smartwatches least once in their lives and hoping the 10% battery life remaining would be enough to last a workout?
We all love smartwatches, don’t we? But I think we can all agree on the fact that having to charge it on the daily (depending on how much you use it), can be a pain in the rear. Garmin once again set the standard when it comes to smartwatches by re-upping its solar-powered capability to power up the world’s first solar-powered multisport GPS smartwatch series.
Garmin made shockwaves when it initially announced its solar charging feature in the fēnix 6X Pro Solar. Now, it’s solar technology has extended into its two flagship outdoor smartwatch series – the Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S Solar.
Unlike other solar-powered watches that converts the solar energy into electrical energy for single functions such
as time, Garmin’s solar charging technology is the only watch the converted electrical energy to support various
sports activity modes and health monitoring features such as heart rate, GPS, various sensors and data
This solar charging technology not only brings about an overall improved power performance, but it also reduces
carbon emissions by up to 59 percent compared to other smartwatches due to the reduced power charging
frequency. With the enhanced battery life, added sports activities and comprehensive health data monitoring,
Garmin hopes to motivate and inspire users to continue their outdoor adventures and explore infinite possibilities
Garmin, as it seems, is going all out on it’s solar power technology, and honestly we can’t wait for it to trickle down into its other models like the EDGE bike computers. So how does it work?
*The fēnix 6S Pro Solar battery performance in smartwatch mode is up to 9 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. Depending on the frequency and level of use, you can basically say goodbye to charging every day.
One-of-a-kind Power Glass™ solar charging panel engineered by Garmin
Garmin has designed an ultrathin layer of tiny conductive elements on top of a glass panel, creating a multilayer
structure that measures a mere 0.5mm thick. This sophisticated structure is able to efficiently convert light source
into electrical energy while maintaining high permeability so that when it is paired with a Memory-in-Pixel (MIP)
display, it retains clear and full color visibility under bright sunlight.
Over 30 patents filed for revolutionary solar charging technology
The breakthrough solar charging technology is achieved by using the best conductive materials to generate a
peak power output (Pmax) of the solar cell is rated five times higher than the standard in the industry. With this
technology incorporated in the design of Instinct Solar, it is able to achieve unlimited battery life when set to the
Battery Saver mode.
Unlike traditional solar watches which only supports time mode or a single function, Garmin solar charging
technology leads with a solar conversion rate up to five times higher than the industry standard, making Garmin
the first in the world to launch solar-powered multisport GPS smartwatches.
Continuous solar charging even in partially covered conditions
When any part of a traditional solar panel no longer exposed to light, solar charging will instantly be deactivated.
In the event of limited sun exposure where the watch is partially shaded, Garmin’s innovative solar panel
technology has rearranged the panel’s conducting cells in a new design so that even when part of the screen is
covered by clothing or covered in mud during mountain biking, the smartwatch continues uninterrupted solar
charging. This groundbreaking design allows users to enjoy their outdoor activities for longer periods of time,
without having to worry that their activity will not be recorded when battery runs out.
Power Manager feature to allow customizable feature management
The Power Manager feature allows the user to easily toggle the watch functions according to their usage needs
for the day, deactivating unused or lesser used functions on low activity level days. This feature allows the user
to adapt the device to their lifestyle needs and getting the most out of each power charge.
Instinct Solar for the rugged, outdoor enthusiast
Garmin has incorporated the solar lens technology into its Instinct range of GPS smartwatches to cater to the
urban sports enthusiast. With the Power Manager feature, users can toggle to the Battery Saver mode to enjoy
unlimited battery life on the Instinct Solar and Instinct Solar – Camo Edition, up to 24 days in smartwatch mode
indoors and over 54 days with sufficient solar exposure 1.
In addition to Instinct’s list of outdoor activity and health tracking features, Instinct Solar series now also includes
the Body Battery feature which analyzes heart rate variability, stress level, sleep quality, and activity data to
determine overall energy levels. Another newly added feature is the Pulse Ox (SpO2) 2, a technology which
measures blood oxygen saturation – a useful health indicator to monitor during this time of pandemic as the
COVID-19 virus can lead to pneumonia infection in which the lung's air sacs are filled with fluid, leading to a drop in blood oxygen level. A sudden drop in SpO2 levels can indicate early onset of symptoms.
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NEWEST BRAND AMBASSADORS
GARMIN’s newest and most active ambassadors who bring pride in their respective fields were also introduced in the launch.
With David’s active urban lifestyle, Garmin Instinct Solar is the obvious choice for him. “As a content creator I
have so many gadgets with me all the time, my Garmin solar-powered watch allows me to save time and energy.
I also love that I can pair the watch with my phone for fun, seamless usage!” Garmin Instinct solar compliments David constant wardrobe changes with its rugged and reliable look. “I don’t have to worry about its toughness in any kind of sports activities. Plus, it has this smart notification that makes it convenient for me to get messages anytime. I’ll definitely recommend Instinct Solar to all my friends” adds David.
A known showbiz news anchor, Gretchen is constantly on the go with her news coverage. She is also into
triathlon training as her sport of choice. Gretchen finds Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar the best smartwatch for her active lifestyle. “This watch puts the solar energy that we originally imagined with a relatively large area into a smart surface. The power of solar energy can also support such complex functions in the smartwatch. For a triathlete like me, oftentimes our sport shirt would cover the watch and the solar charging just stops which is not the case with Garmin.”
Gretchen particularly wants to emphasize on Garmin pulse oximeter function during this time of the pandemic, she would often check her oxygen saturation to monitor her health. “Garmin does help me with this. Even the sleep tracker and the steps tracker features help me stay active and aligned with my goals” Gretchen shares.
Nikko has given pride to our country by bagging 2 back to back SEA Games Gold medals and a 3 times National
Triathlon Champion. He is currently the Chairman of Philippine Olympic Committee- Athlete’s Commission.
“Staying active during the pandemic is my utmost priority. With Garmin’s faster processor plus its innovative GPS, I can keep up with a more efficient training. No doubt that this watch is durable and ruggedly stylish which fits my go-getter lifestyle.
Nikko recognizes the benefit of GARMIN solar technology on his training, as this will lessen his downtime in
training. “I love the extra battery life especially on how valuable time is nowadays coz of the fast paced life. This
watch is lightweight that compliments in getting a better race performance”
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Instinct Solar is available in Graphite and Flame Red and the Instinct Solar – Camo Edition is available in Graphite Camo.
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar is available in Black with Slate Gray Band and Mineral Blue with Whitestone Band and the
fēnix 6S Pro Solar is available in Light Gold with Shale Gray Band and Amethyst Steel with Shale Gray Band.
The Instinct Solar and fēnix 6 Solar series represent the continued innovation of the Garmin solar technology initiative and are available from today at Kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, Garmin Brand Stores, and all authorized retailers.
The complete line of Garmin solar charging smartwatches also includes the fēnix 6X Pro Solar. Suggested retail
prices are Php24,995 for Instinct Solar and Php27,995 for Instinct Solar Camo Edition; Php52,995 for fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar.
Garmin official brand stores where you can find the Solar Series are as follows:
GARMIN GLORIETTA 5
GARMIN SM MEGAMALL
GARMIN SM MOA
GARMIN UPTOWN BONIFACIO
GARMIN ALABANG TOWN CENTER
GARMIN SM AURA
GARMIN SM NORTH EDSA
GARMIN THE PODIUM
GARMIN AYALA MALLS VERTIS NORTH
GARMIN SM CITY PAMPANGA
GARMIN SHANGRI-LA PLAZA
GARMIN SM CITY BAGUIO
GARMIN SM CITY CEBU
GARMIN SM LANANG PREMIERE
GARMIN FESTIVE WALK
GARMIN SM BACOLOD