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Tech4o Broadens Accelerator Watch Line for 2011

Johnson Outdoors’ Tech4o® brand introduces its new Accelerator Pro watches for men and women combining time and distance measurement with heart rate monitoring capabilities for additional feedback on personal training goals.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (August 2010) –Johnson Outdoors’ Tech4o® brand introduces its new Accelerator Pro watches for men and women combining time and distance measurement with heart rate monitoring capabilities for additional feedback on personal training goals. Tech4o has also redesigned its Men’s Accelerator watches for 2011 introducing three new styles with an easy-to-use built-in start up menu. Tech4o’s new Pocket PowerPack enables consumers to stay “plugged in” when they are outdoors and quickly recharge almost any electronic handheld device. These new products are on display at booth #22027 and will be distributed through specialty outdoor retailers and at

“Our newest Accelerator watches offer something for everyone – whether consumers are interested in counting calories, miles, or monitoring their heart rate, watches provide the personal feedback they are looking for,” said Linda Grebe, product manager, Tech4o. “As we expand our offerings and add products such as the portable charger, we will continue to keep our focus on superior quality at an affordable price. Our Pocket PowerPack is a compact new device that fulfills the need for outdoor lovers on the go who want to stay ‘plugged in’ to the world around them.”

The Accelerator Pro series for men and women was designed for the consumer who trains hard and wants to monitor and measure their heart rate regularly during workouts. It includes all of the functionality that the Accelerator watches are known for: date/day/time, countdown timer, 50-lap timer, calories burned, steps, etc., but also includes heart rate measurement functionality such as: current heart rate, HR zone alert, average/minimum/maximum HR, in-zone timer, save/view session and the ability to store 10 daily records. In addition, the Accelerator Pro Plus model adds a PC uplink for tracking and viewing one’s personal progress. Retail: Accelerator Pro, $99.99; Accelerator Pro Plus, $129.99.

The Men’s Accelerator watches for 2011 are available in three new styles and feature an easy set up mode. Its accelerometer technology accurately provides personal feedback, measuring speed, distance, calories burned and duration of workout. The Men’s Accelerator has an easy to read dot matrix display, is water resistant up to 100M and includes a step counter with a 7-day/10 week memory, daily step counter schedule, dual time zones, alarm, stopwatch and a countdown timer. The Accelerator is now available in three additional colors: raven, seal and gold. Retail: $74.99.

Designed for the on-the-go adventurer, Tech4o’s Pocket PowerPack enables consumers to quickly and easily recharge electronic devices such as cell phones, smart phones, DS games, etc. The ‘playing-card’ sized Pocket PowerPack includes a solar panel, battery charging boxes for AA and AAA batteries, as well as multiple charging tips: female, mini and macro USBs and Apple 3G electronic devices. The PowerPack can fully charge via USB in under two hours and can charge in the sun in eight hours. It runs on a lithium-ion battery and weighs 2.8 oz. and comes with a zippered organizer case. Retail: $99.99.

Tech4o also introduces its Data Center II for 2011, providing outdoor consumers with a handheld multi-function outdoor instrument. This device contains an altimeter, barometer with history recall, graphic chart, compass with bearing lock, backward bearing and declination setting; thermometer; weather forecast; 100 lap chronograph; countdown timer; pacer; time mode; and two daily alarms. Retail: $99.99.

Tech4o is known for innovative instruments that provide feedback on one’s personal performance and environment including handheld and watch-style digital computers with functions such as speed, distance, heart rate, altitude, barometric pressure, compass and time, for a number of activities. Tech4o,, is part of the Johnson Outdoors’ family of innovative, market-leading brands. The company turns ideas into adventure with a portfolio of award-winning, innovative brands that span the globe, including among others, Old Town® canoes and kayaks, Ocean Kayakâ„¢, Necky® kayaks, Minn Kota® motors, Humminbird® fishfinders, Scubapro® and UWATEC® dive equipment, Silva compasses and Tech4o ® digital instruments. For more information, visit