Featured Garmin Adds Solar Charging to Its Tactical Smartwatches Steven Kuo July 8, 2020 Join the Conversation Garmin today announced upgraded versions of its Instinct and tactix tactical GPS smartwatches with solar charging capability — the Instinct Solar Tactical Edition, tactix Delta Solar Edition, and tactix Delta Solar Edition with Ballistics. Garmin says that the integrated solar charging technology significantly increases the effective battery life of the watches; they also added additional features, such as more fitness monitoring functionality, battery-usage customization, and a built-in ballistic solver. Tactical Smartwatches What makes Garmin's Instinct and tactix watches tactical? In addition to what you'd typically expect from a smartwatch, they also boast features designed for tactical operations. They're compatible with night vision and have a Jumpmaster mode for airborne operations, including HAHO, HALO, and static jumps. While in dual-positioning mode, you can view GPS coordinates in two different formats, such as latitude/longitude and MGRS, at the same time. You can also activate stealth mode, so that GPS positions can't be shared or stored and wireless communications with the watch. are disabled. For particularly sensitive operations or unnecessarily nosy spouses, the tactix Delta Solar watches even have a “kill switch” so that you can immediately wipe the watch clean, returning it to its blank, factory default settings. The watches are all also very rugged and built to MIL-STD-810 standards. Instinct Solar – Tactical Edition smartwatch With its power-sipping monochrome display, the Instinct Solar Tactical Edition can last up to 24 days in smartwatch mode on batteries alone or up to 54 days with enough exposure to sunlight. In GPS mode, the Instinct can last up to 30 hours on batteries or 38 hours with enough sunlight. You can customize your power-usage profiles as desired. Garmin also added a pulse oximeter to read your oxygen saturation level. Moreover, by assessing your heart rate history, activities, sleep, and stress, the new Instinct calculates a “Body Battery” metric to give you a sense of your energy reserves. MSRP will be $450. tactix Delta – Solar Editions The tactix Delta is Garmin's premier tactical watch, a fenix 6 that went through Selection. And now, the tactix Delta Solar Edition has a solar charging lens. In smartwatch mode, it can last up to 21 days indoors, stretching out to 24 days with enough sunlight. It has a 1.4-inch, always-on color display like the fenix 6X, with a rugged sapphire lens, DLC-coated steel bezel, and PVD-coated steel rear cover. Bucking the silicone strap smartwatch trend, Garmin fitted the watch with a reinforced, tactical nylon band. And even though it's ready to go to war, the tactix Delta Solar still has all the hipster-yet-convenient smartwatch features that you'd find in the fenix 6 series, from health and fitness to mapping and music. For shooters, the new tactix Delta – Solar Edition with Ballistics adds Applied Ballistics Elite software to calculate firing solutions. It can also connect with certain SIG SAUER BDX and Terrapin X laser rangefinders. MSRP will be $1,100 for the solar model and $1,400 with Applied Ballistics. Explore RECOILweb:Federal Court Strikes Down Challenge to California's Assault Weapons BanThe Sidewinder SE Kit Now Includes EX Performance StockIWI's Newest Negev: the NG7 in 7.62mmBastion Field Covers NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.