Fancy Fake Bonsai Recharges Your Portables Via Solar

We cover plenty of solar chargers around here, but the Photon Sythese Solar Tree by French designer Vivien Mueller (which comes to us by way of Solar Lighting Guide) is so much more than just a way to recharge your mobile devices without resorting to grid power–it’s also a decorative conversation-piece sure to inspire eco-envy, as well as an attractive (and lower maintenance) alternative to a bonsai tree (though green lovers might want one of the real ones as well).

Set the Solar Tree on your desk or in a sunny window at home. Fifty four tiny PV panels charge up the batteries within the Solar Tree, which can then charge your portables via a veritable root system of cables and connectors, cleverly concealed under the electronic bonsai tray. Solar Tree’s “branches” are modular, which means you can have fun arranging the tree to take best advantage of the local angle of sun, or simply fiddle with the thing when you need to avoid doing something more productive.


image via Solar Lighting Guide

While not everyone has the space to accommodate even such a functional art object at home or in the office, we think the Solar Tree has real potential. First because it’s designed to get the job done by adjusting to local sun conditions, and second because it’s the kind of off-grid charger that’s bound to get people talking (and thinking) about green-power alternatives to plugging in.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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