New solar powered wearables set industry standard

    Nikko Huelgas, SEA Games Gold medals winner and National Triathlon Champion. (Handout photo)

    Proprietary technology results in 500% higher solar power conversion rate

    GARMIN recently released its latest outdoor smartwatch series, the Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S Solar in a virtual meet up with top known athletes, urban lifestyle and fitness personalities Nikko Huelgas, Gretchen Fullido and David Guison.

    Building on the success of the fēnix 6X Pro Solar these new flagship smartwatches are differentiated from the competition because its solar charging technology converts electrical energy to support various sports activity modes and health monitoring features such as heart rate, GPS, various sensors and data calculation, unlike other solar-powered watches that converts the solar energy into electrical energy for single functions such as time.

    This solar charging technology not only brings about an overall improved power performance, 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 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,” Scoppen Lin, Director, Garmin Asia explained.

    Solar panels are usually seen as flimsy and breakable. In the Garmin series the Power Glass technology not offers efficient photoelectric conversion, it is also robust and secured in the watch design.


    “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,” David Guison says complimenting its design as being able to cope up with his constant wardrobe changes with its rugged and reliable look.

    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 a fun, seamless usage!”

    Revolutionizing solar charging technology.  For increased battery optimization, Garmin 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.

    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. In the restricted movement of the pandemic, Chairman of Philippine Olympic Committee for Athletes Commissioner Nikko Huelgas worked out mostly from inside his home. The 2-time back to back SEA Games Gold medals and a three-peater National Triathlon Champion has given pride to the Philippines and the pandemic was not about to slow him down.

    “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.

    Garmin’s solar technology works well even when there is limited exposure to the sun, whereas a traditional solar panel when no longer exposed to light deactivates. This innovative 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, or working indoors, the smartwatch continues uninterrupted solar charging. This groundbreaking design allows users to enjoy their indoor activities for longer periods of time, without having to worry that their activity will not be recorded when battery runs out.

    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”


    For the rugged, outdoor enthusiast. A known showbiz news anchor, Gretchen Fullido is constantly on the go with her news coverage. She is also into triathlon training as her sport of choice.

    “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.”

    Garmin has incorporated the solar lens technology into its Instinct range of GPS smartwatches to cater to the urban sport enthusiast. 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.

    Gretchen 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. 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.

    “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. For more information, visit

    fēnix 6 Solar Series. 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. It is also 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. For more information, visit

    Colors and pricing. 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 Garmin solar technology initiative and are available from at, 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 P24,995 for Instinct Solar and P27,995 for Instinct Solar Camo Edition; P52,995 for fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar. For more information, visit


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