There are more than a billion mobile devices worldwide that needs to be charged every day and this number is growing. The total power needed to charge these devices is enough to supply power to a city of 450,000 homes. What if there was a way to charge your Android device without plugging the charger to a power outlet? This is where Ginkgo Solar Tree comes in.
Ginkgo Solar Tree is a solar powered phone and tablet charger that uses the energy of the sun to charge any device connected to it. It is an environmental friendly source of power that can charge an Android smartphone or an iPhone in two hours
Right now the XD Design team based in the United Kingdom has a Kickstarter project to raise £20,000 to help fund the Ginkgo Solar Tree project. As of this writing there are already 97 backers who have pledged £7,903 with 25 days left to go.
One of the main challenges in designing a solar powered charger is that it takes hours for it to charge a device. If a shorter time is needed then bigger solar panels are needed to absorb the sun’s energy. This is however not feasible in a desktop environment.
The XD Design team has come up with a way to harness the maximum amount of solar energy without resulting to a bulky product. They did this by taking inspiration from the Gingko Leaf, which is where the name of the project was taken from. The design based on the Gingko leaf is not only visually friendly but it also very efficient in absorbing the sun’s power.
Gingko Solar Tree Features
- Dimensions: 19.5 x 19.5 x 22 cm
- Capacity: 4000 mAh, 1.5A
- Charging time: 2 hours for an iPhone
The production sample has already been made and is actually already working. More funding however is needed to make the first production run.
A pledge of £65 will get you a Ginkgo Solar Tree with an expected delivery date of March 2014. This is actually a lot cheaper than the retail price of £95 once it is released.