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Garmin Releases Solar Powered Smartwatch: Forerunner 955 Solar

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  • Garmin releases a new solar-powered watch called the Forerunner 955 Solar.
  • The Forerunner 955 comes in solar and non-solar options.
  • The Forerunner 955 is capable of lasting 49 hours with GPS and 20 days on standard watch mode.

Imagine a watch that is powered by the sun. Garmin is releasing a solar-powered watch called the Forerunner 955 Solar which is a running watch that runs on sunlight as a source of energy.

It’s been a while since solar-powered technology has seen massive innovations. While there was always talk of the possibility of a smartwatch that could be powered by the sun, Garmin is taking it to the masses with its new smartwatch.

To clarify, this is not the first time a solar-powered watch has ever been created. It is actually the first time that solar power is used on a dedicated running watch.

There is a huge difference between just smartwatches and dedicated running watches in the sense that they serve two very different purposes. Although both of them are designed to provide users with smart functionalities, the dedicated running watch is designed to handle a more strenuous activity, running.

The Initiative Towards Renewable Energy

Fitness tech usually has to be modified for the sport or activity they are supporting and this is exactly what Garmin did to its running watch. The Forerunner 955 Solar does not lack in anything when it comes to smart features, instead, it adds a feature that allows users to not only save in terms of energy but also power their watch by simply wearing it under the sun.

While the world is growing more environmentally conscious, Sydney is urging its citizens to opt for renewable energy sources. To take the initiative further, citizens could also look for solar-powered smart tech in order to reduce the amount of energy they need from plug-in charging.

It’s important to note that there are two separate Forerunner 955 devices. One of them is powered by solar technology while the other one isn’t.

The Forerunner 955 Solar’s Capabilities and Battery Life

For buyers that feel like they want a running watch but don’t care too much about its source of power, the original Forerunner 955 could be a good choice. Others that want a running watch that doesn’t use too much energy, however, can choose the Forerunner 955 Solar as a great way to both minimize electricity costs and have a cool way to power their device.

The Forerunner 955 Solar is built with a power glass that enables solar charging support. As long as it is used during the day under sunlight, the smartwatch will charge itself even while users are on a run.

When fully charged, the Forerunner 955 solar is capable of 49 hours in typical GPS tracking and other features or 20 days for the standard watch mode. As long as it is used under direct sunlight, however, the watch can still automatically charge whenever it gets the chance.


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