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High-end GPS cycling computers typically have claimed battery lives somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 hours — more than enough for most everyday users. But if you’re an ultra-distance rider that needs way, way more than that, Garmin ’s new Edge 1040 Solar is claimed to run for up to 100 hours, thanks to built-in solar panels that help feed power to the onboard rechargeable battery while you ride.
There are some caveats to that claim, however. Garmin says the Edge 1040 Solar has to be operating in Battery Saver mode, and that figure assumes a certain level of sunlight intensity. Nevertheless, even if Garmin’s claims are wildly inaccurate, there should still be more than enough run time for something like the 350-mile course of Unbound Gravel XL, or even a brevet like Paris-Brest-Paris, without needing to hook the unit up to external power.
Don’t need that much run time? Garmin is offering an identical unit without the solar charging technology called the Edge 1040.
Both of the new Edge 1040 models also incorporate Garmin’s latest “multi-band GNSS technology” for more accurate positioning and coverage, which might prove particularly useful when there’s poor line-of-sight to orbiting satellites, such as in dense urban areas, mountains, or heavy tree cover. There are also more cycling-specific features, such as a built-in coaching function that offers […]