solar charger

6sqft gift guide, Technology

Aren’t we all a little sick of receiving holiday gifts that are completely useless and end up collecting dust in the junk drawer? Well, here’s a gift idea that’s extremely useful, but still an exciting product to unwrap, thanks to its sleek design and fun, bulbous shape.

Nokero‘s solar lights are perfect for camping, traveling, or everyday use in a poorly-lit apartment. The Huron N222 (pictured above) can charge a cell phone while it illuminates an entire room, while the Start N182 is compact enough to fit in your pocket (hello, stocking stuffer) but strong enough to light up a small space.

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Design, Green Design, Technology

Solar Charger Electree Mini by Vivien Muller

The design of this compact solar charging lantern, called Electree Mini, was influenced by bonsai trees and fractal patterns found in nature. Created by French designer Vivien Muller, it “provides solar-derived power to environments typically void of renewable energy.”

On the movable branches are small solar panels which capture sunlight — a play on photosynthesis. The solar energy is then stored in small batteries that can directly power up your gadgets. Electree Mini has the capability to charge AA and AAA batteries and comes with a USB port that will charge smartphones. At dusk, the tree automatically lights up, and when rotated the LED light sensors change colors.

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