High-end GPS cycling computers typically have a battery life of somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 hours – more than enough for most everyday users. But if you’re an ultra-distance rider who needs much, much 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 power the built-in rechargeable battery. while you drive.
However, there are some caveats to that claim. Garmin says the Edge 1040 Solar should run 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 runtime for something like Unbound Gravel XL’s 350-mile course, or even a certification like Paris-Brest-Paris, without you knowing it. device need to connect to external power.
Don’t need that much time? Garmin offers an identical device without the solar charging technology, the Edge 1040.
Both new Edge 1040 models also feature Garmin’s latest “multi-band GNSS technology” for more accurate positioning and coverage, which can be especially useful when there is poor line of sight to orbiting satellites, such as in densely populated urban areas. mountains, or heavy tree cover. There are also more bike-specific features, such as a built-in coaching feature that offers suggestions based on entered strengths and weaknesses, and recommended power output targets.
As with other high-end Garmin devices that came before, riders can also get a variety of performance-oriented prompts on the screen, such as VO2 Max, reminders to eat and drink, recovery time suggestions and estimates of how good you are. readjust to heat and/or altitude. And when you’re following a course, ClimbPro provides visual data on the screen about the remaining climb distance and incline.
As Garmin’s largest cycling GPS model, the Edge 1040 relies heavily on its navigation capabilities, with popularity-based routing (based on the company’s native Garmin Connect data, not Strava or any other third-party provider) and integration with Trailforks for mountain bike use.
And of course Garmin’s new Edge 1040 models are compatible with existing Varia accessories (like the new Varia RCT715 radar and camera unit) and offer on-screen notifications for things like calls, text messages and weather alerts.
Perhaps the most interesting thing though – finally! — the ability to transfer settings from another Edge device so you don’t have to reconfigure all of your screens, sensors, and ride types. Have you set up your older Edge exactly the way you want it? Do not worry; now the companion app will copy those settings to your new Edge as well.
We don’t have any of the new Edge 1040 models on hand for testing yet, but we could have one right now. In the meantime, they are now for sale. Retail price on the Edge 1040 Solar is $750, while the non-solar Edge 1040 is $600 (prices for other regions to be confirmed).
More information can be found at www.garmin.com.