One of the concepts that people had to wrap their heads around when it came to smartwatches was battery life. This is because traditional watches use batteries that can last for a couple of years before needing to be recharged, and some models even had movements that convert your arm swings into energy that keeps the watch perpetually powered.
These days, smartwatch battery life has improved somewhat, but ultimately they still need to be recharged a lot more frequently compared to traditional timepieces. If you’re not a fan of having to recharge your smartwatch every few days or every couple of weeks, then you might want to check out Garmin’s new Instinct 2 smartwatches.
One of the selling points of the Garmin Instinct 2 Solar is that it can be recharged using solar energy. This means that in theory, if you spend enough time outdoors in the sun, you may never need to recharge it. Garmin says that in order to get unlimited battery, users will need to be in a place with 50,000 lux of sunlight for an average of 3 hours a day.
This is actually not Garmin’s first foray into solar smartwatches. The company previously launched the Instinct Solar but that model could only support unlimited battery while in battery saver mode. The Instinct Solar 2 is capable of achieving that while in smartwatch mode.
As for its features, the Instinct 2 lineup will feature watches that come with scratch-resistant glass, a high-res, easy-to-read display, and is rated to survive underwater up to 100m, and built to MIL-STD810 for both thermal and shock resistance. It comes with a host of software features like sleep tracking, VO2 max, HIIT workouts, and more. The Garmin Instinct 2 will be priced starting at $350.