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All new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount will charge while you ride

Fresh off the release of the all-new Edge 1040, Garmin unveils the Edge Explore 2 and the Edge Power Mount. Looking to pounce on the ebike and adventure market, Garmin is knocking down the prices of their entry-level units and making the user interface more palatable. The new Edge Power Mount allows ebike riders to charge their head unit while riding, while the new Edge Explore 2 helps to navigate and display the vitals.

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What is it — Garmin Edge Explore 2

Though Garmin claims the primary audience for the Edge Explore 2 series is the recreational/leisure cyclist, this unit has lots of the capabilities of a higher-end unit; touch screen, turn-by-turn directions, and downloadable workouts from online sources but minus the longer battery life of the Edge 1040. The new unit boasts easy-to-use GPS and navigational features, with 16 hours of battery life (24 hours in battery saver mode).

Garmin Edge Explore 2 unit on

For eBike riders (using a compatible eBike), the Edge Explore 2 has dedicated eBike status screens, showing battery life and popular metrics. For those that like to go the distance, the new Edge Explore 2 will communicate navigational guidance and alerts based on battery status, assist level, and the preplanned course.

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Like the Edge 1040 and other Garmin head units, the new Edge Explore 2 comes preloaded with general ride profiles, including road, off-road, and indoor — ready to use out of the box.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 on the bike

The Edge Explore 2 has safety and tracking features, including GroupTrack, incident detection, and Varia compatibility, which help give riders extra peace of mind while exploring.

Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, explains, “Whether you’re a casual bike rider, eBike rider, or anything in between, the Edge Explore 2 series is ready for wherever the journey takes you. Simple to set up and ready to use right out of the box, these GPS cycling navigators boast high-contrast maps and new eBike features, making them the perfect companion for your next escape.”

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What is it—Garmin Edge Power Mount

Listen up if you’re bumming about your battery life and have an ebike (a compatible one, that is.) The new Garmin Edge Power Mount (included with the Edge Explore 2 Power Mount Bundle or sold separately) allows you to charge your Edge computer eBike while you ride.  The new Power Mount is compatible with most Edge devices, including; Edge Explore 2 series, Edge 1040 series, Edge 1030, Edge 830 (+), and Edge 530.

What about external power sources like Dynamo hubs and external solar panels? The signs point to yes. You can charge a Garmin head unit (maybe a light), but I wouldn’t get your hopes up for a cable that links directly from the hub. Something like the Sinewave Revolution would be great to harvest power and plug it right into the computer for charging. The connector style for the BOSCH and Shimano is Micro-D, but there is also a USB-A option.  On the Garmin site, you can find different cables for BOSCH, Shimano, and USB-A connectivity.

Garmin Edge Power Mount Varia style

The additional cable (sold separately at $50) connects the Edge Power Mount to compatible Shimano and BOSCH systems. For Cannondale SmartSense riders, the device plugs directly into the headlight’s peripheral port. Stay tuned for more information as our review samples arrive.

Garmin Edge Power Mount Cable Tyler USB-A Garmin Edge Power Mount accessory cable USB-A type Photo: Garmin

Garmin Power Mount specifics

  • Handlebar compatibility: 25.4, 26.0, 31.8 and 35.0 mm
  • Mount type: Lever lock
  • Length (from handlebar center): 10.5 cm
  • Weight: 68g (2.4 oz)
  • Cable length: 18 cm
  • Cable Price: $50.00
  • Connector type: Higo Micro-D
  • Power input: 4-14V, 1A max
  • Power output: 5V, 775mA max

Garmin Edge Explore 2 on

Key Features — Garmin Edge Explore 2

  • Turn by turn navigation with high traffic road caution features.
  • Ebike friendly with dedicated eBike status screens, showing battery life and popular metrics.
  • Updated Type-C charging port
  • Simple setup: Custom ride profiles prepopulate based on previous Edge data, ride types, and sensors. Cycling activity profiles can be managed directly on your compatible smartphone from the Garmin Connect intelligent device app.
  • Weight: 105g (actual)

Garmin Edge Explore 2 in the box

What’s in the box?

The Gamin Edge Explore 2 has everything you need to start riding, except a heart rate strap.

  • Garmin Edge Explore 2 unit
  • Lanard strap
  • Type-C charging cable
  • Classic mount with bands

Garmin Edge Explore 2 navigation

Garmin Edge Explore 2 — First Impressions:

I was surprised to see a new cycling unit released from Garmin so quickly after announcing their new Edge 1040, but after some time on the Edge Explore 2, I can see why. Though the new unit looks very similar to the Edge 1040, it has a different mission, one focused on general ease of use.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 vs 1040

The shell and presentation of the unit are very similar to the 1040 and show off Garmins new design aesthetic for the future. The unit is slightly smaller than the Edge 1040 but has all the same buttons and touch screen capabilities. Notably missing from the unit is the updated alloy mount; the Edge Explore 2 goes with the Garmin standard nylon mount.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 vs Edge 1040

Also missing from the packaging is the Garmin out front style mount, but you have to keep in mind this is considered an entry-level computer, and omitting those from the overall unit probably helps keep the price at a solid $299.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 side view

As I dug deeper into the operation and offerings, I noticed some of the premium power features (Lap NP, TSS, % of TH) were missing from the data screen setup. The offerings are leaner, but the nuts and bolts are still there. The interface is not lacking. It operates like the new Edge and has nearly the same features. Plus, if you want to know your normalized power for the ride, you can always check the file, but if you use that metric while training, this could be a reason to look at a more race-focused unit.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 real weight

I had nice rides with the Edge Explore 2 on the road, gravel, and mountain bike, the data screens though not precisely everything I would like, it was absolutely fine for training and riding. The turn-by-turn navigation is just as good as the Edge 1040, and the updated road caution features are a nice update. When approaching unfamiliar (or known roads), the unit alerted me if it was problematic and if there was high traffic. Speaking on safety, the Edge Explore 2 paired nicely with the new Gramin Varia, with friendly loud beeps as expected.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 front

I had trouble getting the unit to pair with my Wahoo Kickr trainer, but I was still on the beta version of the software, and usually, after the release, these things get ironed out.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 port

Stay tuned for a full review on the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and more ebike integration.

Garmin Edge Explore 2 on the bike

Price and availability

The new Garmin Edge Explore 2 is available for purchase now for $299, including everything mentioned above. It is also available in a bundle with the Edge Power Mount for $399.99; the Power Mount is also available for purchase separately for $199. All are available for purchase now at Garmin.com and Garmin global retail partners.

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  1. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount sound like game-changers! Can’t wait to charge my devices while riding. #cyclingrevolution

  2. Yeah, it’s convenient until you realize you have to constantly monitor the battery level instead of enjoying your ride. Plus, what happens if it stops charging midway? I’ll stick to good old power banks, thanks.

  3. I don’t get the hype. So what, you can charge your bike while riding? Big deal. Why not just stop and charge it normally? Seems like unnecessary technology and a waste of money.

    • I have to disagree. I’ve had nothing but trouble with the Garmin Edge Explore 2. The battery life is still abysmal, and the Power Mount is overpriced. Maybe I just got a lemon, but it definitely hasn’t been a game-changer for me.

    • Wow, about time! Now we can all be productive while polluting the environment. Let’s celebrate the triumph of convenience over sustainability. #Priorities

    • About time! I’ve been using a competitor’s mount for ages. Garmin should have done this years ago. Better late than never, I guess. Happy cycling with your fully charged device now!

    • Actually, it’s not that impressive. Many devices have had this feature for years. It’s just basic technology catching up. But hey, if it excites you, go for it. Personal energy sources are always cool, I guess. #eachtotheirown

    • Are you serious? Charging devices while riding is nothing new. I’ve been doing it with my phone and other gadgets for years. Guess some people just get excited over the simplest things. #notimpressed

    • I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Garmin Edge Explore 2. Some say it’s a game-changer, others claim it’s just another overpriced gadget. Guess it depends on your perspective.

  4. “Wow, with the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount, I can finally charge my phone while cycling and never miss a TikTok video again! #Priorities”

    • Seriously? You’re worried about TikTok videos while cycling? How about focusing on your safety and the road ahead instead? #PrioritizeResponsibly

  5. I don’t get the hype. Who needs to charge while riding? Just take a break and charge your devices like a normal person. Plus, I’d rather spend my money on something more essential than a fancy mount. But hey, to each their own.

    • I beg to differ. While the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount may be convenient, relying solely on gadgets for long rides takes away the charm of cycling. Embrace the challenge and disconnect from technology. #backtothebasics

    • Seriously? Do you realize there are already plenty of chargers out there that charge while you ride? Garmin is just playing catch-up. I guess better late than never, but let’s not act like they invented the wheel here.

    • I’m not convinced. There are plenty of other GPS devices out there that offer long battery life. Garmin Edge Explore 2 might be good, but it’s definitely not the only option for cyclists.

  6. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 sounds like a game-changer! No more dead batteries mid-ride? Count me in! #ChargeWhileYouRide

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is hardly a game-changer. It’s just another attempt to keep up with the competition. Don’t get too excited about the #ChargeWhileYouRide feature, it’s not as revolutionary as it sounds.

  7. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount are game-changers! Now I can charge my device while I ride and never run out of battery. #cyclingwin

    • Seriously? Who needs a device that charges while riding? Just enjoy the ride and disconnect for once. We’re already too dependent on technology. Embrace the freedom of being unplugged and live in the moment.

    • Reply: “Oh, please! Charging a Garmin with the power of your mind? Talk about delusions of grandeur. Maybe you should focus on actually getting fit rather than fantasizing about magical charging methods.”

  8. Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo is a game-changer! Can’t wait to charge my devices while cycling. #innovation

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but charging your Garmin while cycling has been a thing for a while now. It’s not exactly groundbreaking. Maybe you should catch up on the latest cycling tech before getting too excited.

  9. “Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! No more dead batteries during long rides!”

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but Garmin Edge Explore 2 is not the first cycling device to charge while you ride. There are already plenty of other options available in the market that offer this feature. It’s great that you’re excited, but let’s not overlook the competition.

    • Seriously? You’re surprised by a GPS that charges while you pedal? It’s not exactly groundbreaking. Efficiency is when it actually takes you to your destination without any detours. Step up your game, buddy. #NotImpressed

  10. Wow, the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount are game-changers! Finally, no more dead batteries during rides! #chargingontheride

    • I don’t get what the big deal is. Just plan your rides better or carry a portable charger. No need to spend extra on fancy gadgets. #oldfashionedriding

  11. I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is nothing special. Charging while riding? Big deal. There are plenty of other bike computers out there that offer similar features. Don’t believe the hype.

  12. This new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo is a game-changer for cyclists! No more dead batteries during long rides. #winning

    • I’m sorry, but I have to disagree. While the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo may be convenient, relying too heavily on technology during rides takes away from the essence of cycling. The thrill lies in the challenge, not in avoiding dead batteries. #oldfashioned

  13. Comment: Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 is a game-changer! Finally, a way to charge my devices while I ride my bike. No more dead batteries! #BikingLife

    • I beg to differ. The Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount might be a step forward, but they’re hardly game-changers. There are already plenty of solutions out there to prevent dead batteries during long rides. Let’s not get carried away with the hype.

  14. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 is a game-changer! Finally, I can charge my device while I conquer the roads. #RideAndCharge

    • I don’t get what the hype is all about. I mean, charging your device while riding is cool and all, but is that really a game-changer? There are other devices out there that can do the same. Just saying. #NotImpressed

    • I couldn’t disagree more. The Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount may be convenient, but relying on technology during rides takes away from the essence of cycling. Embrace the challenge of unplugged adventures, my friend.

  15. Wow, I can finally charge my Garmin while riding? That’s a game-changer for my long cycling adventures! #NoMoreLowBatteryPanics

    • That’s great for you, but personally, I never had an issue with low battery on my Garmin. Maybe you should consider getting a power bank instead of relying on charging while riding. Just a thought. #DifferentStrokesForDifferentFolks

  16. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount sound like game-changers! Finally, no more dead batteries during rides. #cyclistproblems

  17. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount are game-changers! No more dead batteries during long rides, hallelujah!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but there are plenty of other bike accessories out there that solve the battery issue. Garmin isn’t the only player in the game. Keep exploring, my friend!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but plenty of bike computers already charge while you ride. It’s not exactly groundbreaking. Maybe you should do some research before getting so excited.

    • I mean, it’s cool and all, but let’s not act like it’s the second coming of sliced bread. Charging while riding has been around for ages with other bike computers. Garmin is just catching up. But hey, better late than never, right?

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but Garmin Edge Explore 2 is far from being a superhero. Charging while riding is nothing new, my friend. It’s a nifty feature, sure, but let’s not go overboard with the mind-blowing claims.

  18. “Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo is like a match made in cycling heaven! No more battery anxiety during long rides!”

    • I’m sorry, but I have to disagree. The Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo might be convenient, but relying on technology for long rides can be risky. It’s always good to have a backup plan when it comes to batteries. Safety first!

    • I tried the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and honestly, it didn’t live up to the hype. The features were lackluster and the user experience was subpar. Maybe it works for some, but I wouldn’t waste my money on it.

  19. “Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount are game-changers! No more worrying about running out of battery on long rides!”

  20. “Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 sounds like a game-changer for all the adventurous cyclists out there! Can’t wait to try it out and never worry about a dead battery again!”

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is far from a game-changer. There are plenty of other cycling gadgets out there that offer similar features, minus the hefty price tag. Don’t believe the hype.

    • I don’t get the hype. There are plenty of other bike GPS devices out there with long battery life. Why would anyone waste their money on this Garmin Edge Explore 2?

    • I hate to rain on your parade, but have you ever heard of a power bank? It’s a real lifesaver for those “dead battery” situations. Don’t get me wrong, the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is cool, but let’s not act like it’s the savior of all cyclists.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but charging while riding is not exactly groundbreaking. Many other cycling computers have had this feature for years. Nice try, Garmin. #NotSoRevolutionaryTech

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but Garmin isn’t the only one with bike charging capabilities. There are plenty of other options out there that offer the same convenience. So let’s not get too carried away with the #GameChanger hype, shall we?

  21. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! Finally, no more dead batteries during long rides.

    • I’m glad you’re excited about the Garmin Edge Explore 2, but let’s not get carried away. It may solve the battery issue, but I wouldn’t call it a game-changer. There are plenty of other features and factors to consider before declaring it a revolutionary device.

    • “Sure, it sounds cool, but don’t forget the joy of unplugging and embracing the serenity of nature on a cycling trip. Constant charging while riding may disrupt that experience. Just something to consider. Happy cycling!”

    • Are you serious? This technology has been around for ages! It’s not exactly groundbreaking. Maybe you should catch up on the latest tech news before making such wild claims.

  22. Wow, this is a game-changer! No more dead batteries on long rides with the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount. #CyclingRevolution

  23. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! Can’t wait to try it out and never worry about running out of battery again.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is far from a game-changer. It’s just another overpriced gadget that will eventually become obsolete. Don’t get your hopes up too high, my friend.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is far from a game changer. Battery issues are the least of your worries when it comes to this overhyped gadget. Don’t fall for the marketing gimmicks.

  24. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo is a game-changer! No more dead batteries on long rides! #cyclinginnovation

    • I couldn’t disagree more. The Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo might be convenient, but relying on technology for every aspect of cycling takes away from the true essence of the sport. Nothing beats the thrill of conquering a long ride without relying on battery-powered gadgets. #oldfashionedcyclist

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it might solve your battery problems, but it’s riddled with glitches and overpriced. Don’t believe the hype, my friend.

  25. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount charging while you ride is a game-changer! No more dead batteries during long rides!

    • I don’t get the hype, honestly. I’ve been on plenty of long rides without needing fancy gadgets to charge my phone. Seems like a solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but charging while riding isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Plenty of other bike computers have had that feature for years. Maybe do some research before jumping on the hype train. #justsaying

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but charging while riding isn’t exactly a new concept. There are already plenty of bike accessories out there that can do that. So, while the Garmin Edge Explore 2 might be cool, it’s not exactly groundbreaking. Just keeping it real.

  26. Seriously? This is hardly a game changer. There are already plenty of devices out there that charge while we ride. Don’t get too excited, it’s just another overpriced gadget with a fancy brand name.

  27. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount are game-changers! Finally, no more dead batteries during rides. #CyclingRevolution

    • I’m not convinced. Technology is great, but relying on gadgets to solve all our problems on a ride takes away from the true essence of cycling. Embrace the challenge, push your limits, and forget about the battery anxiety. That’s what a true #CyclingRevolution is about.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is just another overpriced gadget for tech-obsessed cyclists. Real riders don’t need fancy gizmos to enjoy a good ride. Save your money and focus on the simple pleasures of cycling instead.

  28. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer! No more dead batteries on long rides. Count me in!

  29. “Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo is a game-changer for long rides! No more worrying about battery life. Love it!”

    • I’m glad you found the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo useful for your long rides. However, I personally prefer to disconnect from technology and enjoy the ride without worrying about battery life. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

    • Actually, it’s not an endless supply of battery juice. The charging while riding feature is limited and won’t keep the battery fully charged. It’s a good addition, but let’s not get carried away with the hyperbole. #RealisticExpectations

  30. Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount sound like game-changers! Finally, no more dead batteries during my long rides. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but let’s not exaggerate here. It’s just another fancy gadget to drain your wallet. Don’t let the marketing hype fool you, buddy.

    • Actually, I find it hard to believe that the Garmin Edge Explore 2 will solve all battery issues. Let’s not forget that technology is far from perfect. But hey, if it works for you, good on ya!

    • Are you serious? Charging a device while riding is a recipe for disaster! Focus on the road instead of finding ways to multitask. Safety should always come first, my friend.

  31. “Wow, this new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount are a game-changer for cyclists! No more battery anxiety during long rides, love it!”

    • I don’t get the hype. I mean, isn’t part of the thrill of cycling the challenge of managing your resources? What’s next, a self-pedaling bike?

    • I hate to rain on your parade, but charging while you ride isn’t exactly groundbreaking. There are plenty of other GPS devices out there that offer the same feature. Don’t get too carried away with the hype.

  32. “Wow, the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! No more dead batteries during long rides, hallelujah!”

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but charging while you ride isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Many other bike computers have been doing that for years. Don’t get too caught up in the hype, my friend. #justsaying

  33. Comment: “Wow, the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount are like superheroes for cyclists! Charging while you ride? That’s pure genius!”

    • Reader: “I don’t get the hype. Charging while riding sounds like a recipe for distraction. Cyclists should focus on the road, not on gimmicky gadgets. Safety first!”

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Garmin Edge Explore 2 is hardly a game-changer. There are plenty of other cycling devices out there that offer longer battery life. Don’t get too caught up in the hype.

    • I beg to differ. While the charging while riding feature may seem impressive, it’s not exactly groundbreaking. There are already other cycling GPS devices on the market that offer this functionality. It’s always great to see advancements, but let’s not get carried away with the hype. #keepingitreal

  34. Wow, the Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer! Can’t wait to never worry about battery life during rides again.

  35. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Edge Power Mount sound like game-changers! No more dead batteries during long rides? Count me in!

  36. Wow, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! No more battery anxiety during long rides, how cool is that?!

  37. Wow, this Garmin Edge Explore 2 and Power Mount combo sounds like a game-changer for cyclists! No more dead batteries during long rides. #NeedItNow

    • I dont get what the hype is all about. Just charge your phone before you ride, problem solved. Spending extra money on another gadget seems unnecessary. #NotConvinced

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