Garmin Instinct 2X Solar: Meet the Smartwatch With Unlimited Battery Life

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar

Needless to say, Garmin is known for making smartwatches with great battery life. For years, the brand has offered many good-looking fitness trackers with smartwatch features. And most of them lasted for weeks without the need for a charger. No wonder why they are an easy choice for a list of the best smartwatches. But the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar takes things to the next level.

If you have kept up with Garmin’s previous releases, the design of the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar may not excite you. After all, it looks a lot like Instinct 2, which was released last year. But the Instinct 2X Solar is more feature-rich, more durable, and, most importantly, offers unlimited battery life!

Unlimited Battery Life?

As you might have guessed by seeing the name, the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar comes with a solar panel. This panel provides additional power when you are out in the sun and on the go. Yes, this feature is nothing new in the smartwatch world. Previous Garmin watches had the same feature.

However, the previous watches could only offer a little extra boost of energy throughout the day. On the other hand, the Instinct 2X Solar, according to Garmin, can provide unlimited battery life when you put the device in smartwatch mode. And that is a pretty impressive feature.

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The solar panel is not the only highlight of the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar. This smartwatch also comes with a monochrome MIP display. The panel has a resolution of 176 x 176 pixels, which states that you can view what’s on the screen even in bright situations.

Nonetheless, the main highlight is that the display is not that power-hungry, which is another plus point. So, even if the watch fails to take solar energy for days, you will not need to worry about it dying on you.

Other Features of Garmin Instinct 2X Solar

Although the Instinct 2X Solar has a simple look, the health and wellness features are anything but simple. It is fully packed to offer you excellent data points bout your body. For example, you have wrist-based heart rate monitoring, Pulse Ox, sleep tracking, and many more.

You can even make the watch track various sports activities throughout the day. That includes running, swimming, strength training, walking, biking, and others. Do you often venture out into the wilderness? The Garmin Instinct 2X Solar will even come in handy in such environments, thanks to the support for Multi-Band GNSS.

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Features

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Of course, the Instinct 2X Solar offers regular smartwatch features too. That includes viewing notifications from a connected device, making contactless payments with Garmin Pay, and many others.

Moreover, you have safety and tracking features in the watch. If you feel unsafe or the Instinct 2X Solar senses an incident has occurred, it can send an emergency message. The watch will send a message containing your location to all emergency contacts through the assistance and incident detection feature.

Garmin Connect App

There’s a calendar view app that lets you see all your plans for the day. That will let you go through all the things you have planned for the day at a glance. In addition, the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar can sync with the Garmin Connect App. After connecting it to your smartphone, you will be able to see all your fitness and health information in one place.

Built-in Flashlight and Instinct 2X Solar Special Tactical Edition

So, the multi-LED flashlight is the biggest addition to the hardware of the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar. It is quite similar to the one found in the Enduro 2, which can light both red light and white light on the regular model. On the other hand, the Tactical version can offer a green light, which helps you to avoid overly bright light from messing up your vision at night.

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Flashlight

Other than that, the Tactical Edition offers some more unique features. For example, you have dual-position GPS formatting, projected waypoints, jumpmaster, and preloaded tactical activities.

Moreover, Garmin will add a stealth mode to the Instinct 2X Solar. That will prevent the GPS position system of the watch from being stored. It will also disable all wireless communication from the smartwatch.

Durability and Price

Garmin engineered the Instinct 2X for endurance. The watch boasts a rugged 50mm polymer case that is water-rated to 100 meters. Garmin also made the watch go through U.S. military 810 standards to test out the thermal, shock, and water resistance. So, in short, the watch is built like a tank.

Garmin Instinct 2X durability

Both the Garmin Instinct 2X versions are currently available for sale. For the Tactical Edition, you will need to shell out $499.99, while the Instinct 2X Solar (regular version) goes for $449.99. Here, to avoid confusion, just know that the Tactical Edition also comes with a solar panel on the display.

That said, you will have multiple color options no matter which version you pick. So, you can easily make the Garmin Instinct 2X Solar match your overall style.

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