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Garmin launches the eTrex Solar handheld GPS for super-long hikes up to 75 days on battery with infinite runtime on solar

Garmin eTrex Solar with infinite runtime and IPX7 waterproofing. (Source: Garmin)
Garmin eTrex Solar with infinite runtime and IPX7 waterproofing. (Source: Garmin)
Garmin has launched the eTrex Solar handheld GPS unit with built-in solar panel. The internal battery can power the GPS for up to 75 days, while recharging during bright days can extend runtimes indefinitely for those tackling the Appalachian Trail.

Garmin has released their latest solar-powered GPS unit, the eTrex Solar. This handheld ditches the color screen of their Edge Solar series for a black and white screen. When coupled with solar charging, the eTrex Solar can run indefinitely for hikers tackling the 2,190+ mile, six month Appalachian Trail journey in sturdy hiking boots (such as these on Amazon).

The eTrex Solar combines a 2.2 inch monochromatic screen with an integrated solar panel. Charging occurs when daylight is brighter than 75,000 lux, which is typically 4+ hours each day. Without charging, the device can run approximately 8 days when set to fast GPS updates or 75 days on slow. The unit can receive multi-band GPS signals for the best coverage and accuracy while a digital compass enables easy navigation when using paper maps or landmarks.

Smartphone connectivity adds weather updates, trip planning and mapping, as well as a geocaching feature to find shared points of interest. The IPX7-rated device is protected from rain and temporary immersion in water for outdoor use.

The Garmin eTrex Solar is available now at Amazon.

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 5:50 am CST

Never run out of power with the all-new eTrex Solar from Garmin

Garmin’s first solar-charging handheld GPS can provide infinite battery life, wireless connectivity and more to let you explore longer

OLATHE, Kan./November 16, 2023/PR Newswire – Garmin (NYSE: GRMN) today announced the eTrex® Solar, an easy-to-use GPS handheld that utilizes solar power to go the extra mile. The latest iteration in the tried-and-true eTrex series offers solar charging that can provide infinite battery life for hikers, geocachers and off-the-grid adventurers. Enjoy the outdoors longer and take the road less traveled with the eTrex Solar in hand; users can view waypoints, track their location and find their way back to favorite spots on the 2.2-inch high-contrast display that’s easy to read, even in bright sunlight.

“For over two decades, our iconic eTrex series has been known for its revolutionary features and capabilities, making it wildly popular among our customers. Adding infinite battery life through our solar-charging technology is just the latest example of the innovation we strive to provide in each of our outdoor products. From a short hike to living off the grid, the eTrex Solar is the perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales

Infinite battery life

Utilizing Garmin’s solar technology, eTrex Solar can offer unlimited battery life so users can stay on the trail longer without recharging their device. Those adventurers won’t need to plan a stop to refresh their battery on a day-long expedition; the sun can do the work for them. The solar capabilities can not only keep a battery fully charged, it can also help rejuvenate a low-charged battery.

Even without the embedded solar charging the eTrex Solar can run for up to 1,800 hours in Expedition mode, allowing users to do what they love longer.

Stay up-to-date with the Garmin Explore™

When paired with a compatible smartphone, eTrex Solar users can access the Garmin Explore app to stay connected and informed, even when traversing off grid areas.

  • Cloud backup: Use unlimited cloud storage to make all mapping and trip data easy to review, save and share.
  • Plan ahead: Devise the next day’s travel plan by creating routes on the app and then sync them to the handheld.
  • Smart notifications: Remain connected when exploring remote areas with smart notifications for text messages, phone calls and more when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Geocaching Live: Receive automatic cache updates, including descriptions, logs and hints. Each Find will instantly upload to a saved profile when connected to the app.
  • Weather forecasts: Stay aware of impending weather with real-time forecast information when paired with a compatible smartphone.

Find the right path

Thanks to multi-band GPS, the eTrex Solar has superior positional accuracy to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. The multi-band support can provide hikers and other adventurers with location accuracy and positioning in relation to their waypoints. Like previous models in the series, the eTrex Solar also features a digital compass, which can provide an accurate heading even when standing still – another tool to help explorers find their way. And with an IPX7 rating, it’s ruggedly designed and purpose-built to withstand harsh environments.

Available now, the eTrex Solar handheld has a suggested retail price of $249.99. To learn more, visit

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, off-road explorers, road warriors and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences, enrich lives and help provide peace of mind, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. Visit the Garmin Newsroom, email our media team, connect with @garminoutdoor on social, or follow our blog.

1Unlimited battery life when used in sunny conditions (75,000 lux)

2A Garmin account is required for storing data in the cloud

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2023 12 > Garmin launches the eTrex Solar handheld GPS for super-long hikes up to 75 days on battery with infinite runtime on solar
David Chien, 2023-12- 4 (Update: 2023-12- 4)