Garmin thinks solar charging is more than a sports watch gimmick

Camping is back on, unlimited outdoor exercise is permitted and Garmin has decided now is as good a time as any to launch three new solar charging sports watches: the Instinct Solar, Fenix 6 Pro Solar and Fenix 6S Pro Solar.

Garmin doesn’t particularly want you to care about solar itself, more what it means for how long you can go between charges. Since the launch of the Fenix 6X Solar last year, though, its outdoor teams have turned what was an experiment into a serious investment. Now we’ve got a much better idea of how useful it could be:

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Ditch the plastic in your life with some ingenious pill power

Despite the country’s household eco-sensibilities improving markedly over the last decade, there is no getting away from the fact that the UK still uses 13 billion plastic bottles every year. Of these, only 7.5 billion are recycled. The remaining 5.5 billion are landfilled, littered or incinerated. You can do more, though. Here we have selected pilled products that free you from relying on buying cleaning potions in plastic containers, as well as a reusable water bottle for popping your own pills.


Many have tried, but few brands have found a successful formula for concentrated household cleaning products. But with

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Farewell terrible Apple EarPods, you won’t be missed

We’re now halfway through 2020, and it’s fair to say it’s been a rough year so far; there’s a deadly pandemic sweeping the globe, the job market is broken, the economy is in the bin, and, somehow, Apple EarPods continue to exist.

Things are looking up, though! Sure, we’re heading for a second wave and the economic situation isn’t looking great, but there’s talk that this could finally be the year that Apple EarPods cease to exist (if you discount the 19 pairs you have hidden away in drawers around your home, each one tangled into an impossibly tight

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Going on a post-lockdown camping holiday? Read this first

With campsites re-opening, scores of hardy outdoor types will be stuffing car boots and roof boxes for a long overdue change of scenery. But what if you’ve never been camping, and the closest you’ve got to sleeping alfresco is dozing off on a sun longer? Where do you start when you don’t know your Trangia from a tent peg?

With the help of the Scouts Association’s Simon Carter, and Caroline Thomas, operations officer, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we’ve compiled the ultimate first-timer’s list, debunking myths and explaining how to choose the finest camping gear guaranteed to keep you warm,

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