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Compare Garmin Instinct Solar to Garmin Instinct

With the Garmin Instinct Solar, Garmin launches a sports watch that you can use for weeks in a row. Contrary to its predecessor, the Solar version runs on solar power. On top of that, the Instinct Solar is available in 3 versions: Instinct, Instinct Tactical, and Instinct Surf. We're happy to tell you more about the solar technique and other differences between the Garmin Instinct Solar and the Garmin Instinct.

Garmin Instinct Solar Black

45mm wide | Displays smartphone notifications | Route registration & navigation via GPS
399,-
in stock
  • The watch charges itself using solar power and lasts up to 24 days.
  • It displays heart rate zones during exercise, so you can focus your training on endurance or burning fat, for example.
  • Thanks to GPS and GLONASS, the watch determines your location, speed, and route more accurately than similar watches.
  • You can't use this watch for contactless payment, like you can with other Garmin watches.
  • It's not possible to reply to incoming WhatsApp messages via the smartwatch.

Garmin Instinct Black

Measures steps, heart rate, sleep, distance, and more | Integrated GPS | Shows smartphone notifications
554,-
in stock
  • You can view heart rate zones during exercise, so you can focus your training on endurance or burning fat, for example.
  • Thanks to GPS and GLONASS, the watch determines your location, speed, and route more accurately than similar watches.
  • In addition to registering your route, the watch also navigates you in the right direction.
  • You can't use this watch for contactless payment, like you can with other Garmin watches.
  • It's not possible to reply to incoming WhatsApp messages via the smartwatch.

Comparison Garmin Instinct Solar and Garmin Instinct

Garmin Instinct Solar Garmin Instinct
Screen 2.51-inch OLED Power Glass 2.51-inch OLED
Battery Solar (solar power) Battery
Battery life 24 days 14 days
Waterproof Yes Yes
Integrated GPS Yes Yes
Send messages No No
Weight 53 grams 52 grams

Screen and glass

Garmin Instinct Solar screen and glass

Garmin Instinct Solar: OLED Power Glass

The Always On OLED screen of the Garmin Instinct Solar is covered by a Power Glass lens. This lens ensures sunlight can reach the solar thermal collectors in the screen through the glass. Other glass types, such as mineral glass or sapphire glass, are less suitable for this. Power Glass is about equally as strong as tempered glass or Gorilla Glass and is scratch resistant.

Garmin Instinct screen and glass

Garmin Instinct: OLED tempered glass

The Always On OLED screen of the Garmin Instinct shows you the time and your most important data throughout the day. The screen is covered by tempered glass. Because the glass is strong and scratch resistant, you don't have to worry about scratches on your screen.

Battery life

Garmin Instinct Solar battery life

Garmin Instinct Solar: up to 24 days

Because the Garmin Instinct Solar charges itself using solar power, the battery lasts a lot longer. The solar technique ensures the watch lasts up to 24 days on a single charge. And thanks to useful functions such as the expedition mode and Power Manager, you can further extend the battery life. In Expedition Mode, the battery even lasts longer than 2 months if the solar thermal collectors absorb enough sunlight. This means you barely have to charge the Garmin Instinct Solar manually.

Garmin Instinct battery life

Garmin Instinct: up to 14 days

The Garmin Instinct doesn't have solar thermal collectors and doesn't charge itself during use. The battery of the watch will run out after 14 days. This watch also lasts longer in expedition mode. The watch does use GPS in this mode, but uses less energy. The Power Manager function allows you to see how your settings use energy. You can adjust your settings yourself so your battery lasts longer.

Versions

Garmin Instinct Solar

Garmin Instinct Solar: versatile sports watch

The Instinct Solar watch is a sports watch for versatile athletes. The watch measures your heart rate and the number of steps you take and tracks your sleep. It also has different sports profiles that keep track of all your workouts. The screen shows your heart rate while you're running and the number of calories burned. The watch is waterproof, so you can also take it swimming.

Garmin Instinct Solar Tactical

Garmin Instinct Solar Tactical: for soldiers and adventurers

The Garmin Instinct Solar Tactical is made for soldiers and adventurers. The watch has a Night Vision mode, so you can also read the screen with night vision glasses on. The Jumpmaster mode helps you navigate after a parachute jump and guides you to the right landing spot. By using Stealth Mode, you turn off all connections on your watch. This allows you to sneak up on your target. The Instinct Tactical Solar meets US military standards and is temperature, shock, and water resistant. There is also a Tactical version of the Garmin Instinct.

Garmin Instinct Solar Surf

Garmin Instinct Solar Surf: for surfers

As the name suggests, the Garmin Instinct Solar Surf is made for surfing enthusiasts. The watch displays tide data and keeps track of your surfing sessions. After a surfing session, you can see exactly how many waves you surfed, what your maximum speed was, and how many kilometers you covered on and in the water.

Conclusion

With the Garmin Instinct Solar series, the sports watch has become even more versatile. The battery of the Instinct Solar lasts much longer than that of the Instinct. You can use the watch for up to 24 days if you charge it with solar energy during use. The Instinct Solar is available in 3 different versions. There is one for sports enthusiasts, one for soldiers and adventurers, and one for surfing enthusiasts.



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