LOOK: THESE SOLAR-POWERED SMARTWATCHES BOAST OF 500 PERCENT HIGHER SOLAR CONVERSION RATE
Garmin, in a recent advisory, announced the extension of this technology into two of its flagship outdoor smartwatch series, the Instinct and fēnix series, now with the Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S Solar.
Marked by the success of the debut of its patented solar charging technology in fēnix 6X Pro Solar, Garmin, in a special advisory, announced the extension of this technology into two of its flagship outdoor smartwatch series, the Instinct and fēnix series, now with 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 along with essential health monitoring features such as heart rate, GPS, various sensors and data calculation.
Through this revolutionary solar charging technology, what is promised is overall improved power performance, with reduced carbon emissions by up to 59 percent compared to other smartwatches present in the market today. This is made possible by the reduced power charging frequency. With the enhanced battery life, added sports activities and comprehensive health data monitoring, Garmin seeks to gain foothold in the industry and its respective market to motivate and inspire users to continue their outdoor adventures and explore infinite possibilities together.
“In 2019, Garmin pioneered a breakthrough in solar charging technology, introducing the Power Glass™ to launch the world’s first solar-powered multisport GPS smartwatch, fēnix 6X Pro Solar. This year, we extend this proprietary technology into our well-loved Instinct and the complete fēnix 6 series, catering to the needs of outdoor adventurers and athletes, accompanying them to truly do what they love, longer,” noted Scoppen Lin, Director, Garmin Asia.
Revolutionizing solar charging technology
Garmin has designed an ultra thin layer of tiny conductive elements on top of a glass panel, creating a multi-layer structure of 0.5mm thick. This enables the efficient conversion of 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.
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.
When any part of a traditional solar panel is 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 for users to enjoy outdoor activities for longer periods of time, without having to worry that their activity will not be recorded when battery runs out.
The Power Manager feature then 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 also incorporated the solar lens technology into its Instinct range of GPS smartwatches in order 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.
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 an early onset of symptoms.
For more information, visit Garmin.com.ph/minisite/instinct/instinct-solar/
fēnix 6 Solar Series – The Ultimate Solar Powered Smartwatch
The fēnix 6 Pro Solar and fēnix 6S Pro Solar are the newest members of the Garmin flagship outdoor GPS smartwatch line. Featuring Garmin Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customizable Power Manager mode, fēnix 6 Solar Series 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 Series come surf, mountain bike and indoor climb-ready.
- Surf: Using a Surf Activity profile, 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 6 Solar Series can upload their surf data to their Surfline account and later view video of that surfing activity through Surfline Sessions™.
- Mountain Bike: Track the details of every ride with mountain biking metrics plus specialized grit and flow measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly a user descends, giving a 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 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.
For more information, visit Garmin.com.ph/minisite/fenix/
With the launch of these latest offerings, GARMIN’s active ambassadors swore by how the smartwatches, with its revolutionary innovations, best complimented their multi-faceted lifestyles in their respective fields.
A known entertainment news anchor, Fulido is constantly on the go with her constant news coverage. She is also into triathlon training as her sport of choice.
Fulido 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 smart watch. For a triathlete like me, often times our sport shirt would cover the watch and the solar charging just stops which is not the case with Garmin.”
The entertainment authority particularly want to emphasize on Garmin pulse oximeter function during this time of 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.”
Huelgas has given pride to our country by bagging 2 back to back SEA Games Gold medals and a 3-time National Triathlon Champion. He is currently the Chairman of Philippine Olympic Committee- Athlete’s Commission.
He notes, “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.”