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Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watches

Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch – just launched

The Garmin Instinct Solar GPS watch is the latest upgrade on the Garmin Instinct range of GPS watches.

The key differences are –

1. Solar charging
2. Updated heart rate sensors
3. Increased battery life
4. Power management
5. New profiles including expedition mode
6. New colours

Solar Charging

Garmin has added solar panels to the gorilla glass display on the Garmin Instinct Solar GPS watch.

Heart Rate Sensor

The heart rate sensor has been updated to the latest version which also includes the pulse ox into it, this measures your blood oxygen levels. This is similar to the one you find on the Garmin Fenix 6 range of GPS watches.

Increased Battery Life

On the Garmin Instinct solar, you now get with the GPS off –

– 24 days of battery life when in the smartwatch mode, not using with the GPS on (14 days on the original Instinct GPS watch).
– If you expose the watch to 3 hours of sunshine per day this increases the battery life to 54 days, which is impressive.

And with the GPS on –

– 30 hours. This was 16 hours on the previous version (i.e. non-solar version)
– If you again add some direct sunlight this can be extended to 38 hours on the Garmin Instinct solar.

Power Management

The Power management technology that you find on the Fenix 6 range of GPS watches is now found on the Garmin Instinct solar range.

It enables you to conserve battery life enabling or disabling features you may or may not want to use.

In battery save mode the battery life is extended to 56 days and if you have access to sunlight it can make the battery life indefinite.

If you want to extend the battery life with the GPS on there are a couple of modes already built-in.

The ultra trac mode (Garmin forum discussing its accuracy) increases the battery life up to 60 hours, in this mode the trac is measured less frequently.


The Garmin Instinct Solar has three addition activity profiles –

– Hunt
– Fish
– Expedition profile. Using this profile it records many things, but a little less frequent (i.e track points every hour), but it has a battery life of up to 28 days with no sunlight in this profile and up to 68 days in ideal solar conditions.

New Colours

The Garmin Instinct Solar is now available in 7 colours – Graphite Camo, Lichen Camo, Orchid, Tidal Blue, Flame Red, Graphite, Sun Burst.

More information can be found here.

What Is The Best Outdoor GPS Watch?

What is The Best Outdoor GPS Watch?

As we approach the end of the year it’s time to look at the best outdoor GPS watch for outdoor activities, for walkers, runners, cyclists and the many other activities GPS watches are made for.

What is the best GPS watch on a budget?– Under £400.00

So in this category, we have only got a couple of watches –

  1. Garmin Instinct (available in four colours)
  2. Casio ProTrek WSD-30 (works with Viewranger app)

The Garmin Instinct is a great black and white screen GPS watch where the Casio ProTrek works alongside the Viewranger app.

The Garmin Instinct has a stunning battery life but it does lack because it does not show any maps, therefore as a walker who wanted to navigate using a GPS Watch we think the best budget GPS Watch is the Casio ProTrek WSD-30, it also comes in some great colours.

– Best budget GPS Watch – The Casio ProTrek WSD-30


Best top end GPS Watch (unlimited budget)

In this category we have the following GPS Watches –

  1. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
  2. Garmin Fenix 6s Pro
  3. Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire
  4. Garmin Fenix 6s Sapphire
  5. Garmin Fenix 6x Sapphire
  6. Garmin Fenix 6x Solar Edition

So let’s help you understand the differenced between each of these Garmin GPS Watches –

  1. Pro v Sapphire – This is the screen type
  • Pro is a gorilla glass screen
  • Sapphire is chemically hardened creating a strong anti scratch screen

  1. S version v non S version

S Garmin GPS watches are smaller, so meant more for those with a smaller wrist perfect for ladies. You will notice all the GPS watches in the lady’s colours are produces in s versions – Garmin Fenix 6s Pro and the Garmin Fenix 6s Sapphire.

The trade off though, of the small watch body is the reduced battery life (6 hours of battery life in GPS mode compared to 10 hours with the normal version).

  1. X version

The Garmin Fenix 6x versions have larger body, this therefore holds a larger battery so you get better battery life (15 hours of GPS usage compared to 10 hours of GPS usage that you get with the normal version).

  1. Solar Edition – With this version of the Garmin Fenix GPS Watch you will get an additional 3 days when solar charging, and 15 hours in GPS mode with an additional hour when solar charging (All-day wear, three hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions).

– What is the best top end GPS Watch – The Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire

Further Reading and Useful Information;

We have teamed up with GPS Training to put together a online training resource for the Garmin GPS Watches. They take you through all the steps from turning on the Garmin GPS Watch and getting it paired to the Garmin Connect App too putting routes on your Garmin Watch to use for your chosen activity.

You can achieve access to this through the GPS Training Website – https://gpsonlinecourse.co.uk/