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Garmin Edge 840 (Solar) vs. Edge 1040 (Solar): Which One to Buy?

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Image credit : Road.cc The display size is the primary distinction between the Garmin Edge 840 and 1040. The Edge 1040's display is larger, at 3.5 inches. Additionally, 1040 Solar offers more storage space and longer-lasting batteries. The 1040 Solar can charge itself more efficiently than the 840 Solar because of the bigger solar panel. The majority of the other features, including the UI, Power Guide, ClimbPro, etc., are the same.


The displays of the Edge 840 and 1040 are different sizes. The 1040 (Solar) features a 3.5-inch display, while the Edge 840 has a 2.6-inch one. The Edge 1040 is too big for casual riding, but it works well for looking up directions and browsing maps. Larger fonts make it easier to read, making it better for people with weaker vision.

Control & User Friendliness

The user interface that was first introduced on the Edge 1040 and later incorporated in Explore 2 was carried over to the Edge 840 (Solar) platform. It's a lot easier to use than the previous one, in my opinion. Your gadget can also be configured via a smartphone app. The Wahoo ELEMNT app is more user-friendly than the Garmin Connect app, though.

Battery Life

[caption id="attachment_182424" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Garmin Edge 540/840 Image credit : Pulsmetry.cz[/caption] The Edge 1040 claims a battery life of 35 hours, compared to the Edge 840's 26 hours. The Edge 1040 Solar, on the other hand, goes a step further, boasting a solar panel that can add up to 42 minutes of riding time every hour and a battery life of up to 45 hours under optimum conditions. The tiny solar panel on the Edge 840 Solar, in contrast, only extends battery life by 25 minutes for every hour of riding. It's also important to note that the battery life improvement from the Edge 830 to the 840 was only 30%, whereas the improvement from the Edge 1030 Plus to the 1040 was roughly 45%. [caption id="attachment_182425" align="aligncenter" width="2560"]2023-garmin-edge-540-solar-bike Image credit : Road.cc[/caption]

Maps & Navigation

The same navigational capabilities, including turn-by-turn directions, route recalculation, courses, popularity heatmaps, and more, are available on both the Edge 840 and 1040. With the exception of the 1040 Solar, all head units contain 32 GB of storage, allowing you to download two regions. It's disappointing that there isn't a WiFi over-the-air update option, so you must connect to a PC or Mac in order to download or update maps. With 64 GB of internal storage, the 1040 Solar makes it considerably simpler to manage numerous map regions. Also read : Here’s How to Use Google My Maps for Trip Planning Finally, it's important to note that the multi-band GNSS technology present in all four head units helps the Edge 840 have superior GPS accuracy than the Edge 830. This offers the maximum level of GPS precision.

By Awanish Kumar

I keep abreast of the latest technological developments to bring you unfiltered information about gadgets.


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