Smart phones and other devices are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra large 4.000mAh rechargeable lithium battery and three mini solar panels, the charger stores enough juice to charge two phones. And it's fairly fast too.
Modeled after the Japanese Gingko Tree, the solar-powered charger is small enough to keep on your desktop near a sunny window. It has an aluminum base and a trunk made of bamboo, a fast-growing grass largely thought to be among the world’s most sustainable materials, along with some plastic components. The USB outlet is located at the back of the charger, and the wires wind nicely around the base to keep your desk nice and tidy.
The battery stores enough juice to charge two phones, and it’s snappy too: it takes two hours to reach a full charge. A couple of other features include a green light which indicates the gadget is charging, and a series of small blue lights that illustrate the battery’s charge status. And while the phone or tablet is charging, it fits into the base nicely–again, reducing the amount of space required to include this stylish gadget in your solar-powered repertoire.