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Electree Solar Bonsai Trims Down Your Electricity Bill

by Lambert Varias

Real bonsai can be very beautiful and relaxing, but they also require much skill, care and effort. Vivien Muller’s plastic bonsai on the other hand is easy to use and actually takes care of you. Or at least your gadgets. As you’ll see in the picture below, the Electree Solar Bonsai has small solar panels in place of leaves, and instead of roots it has a fairly large battery hidden in its base.

electree solar bonsai charger by vivien muller

The 27 solar panels can be individually adjusted, so you can tweak them for optimal exposure to sunlight or for aesthetic purposes. The Electree’s battery has a maximum charge of 13,500 mAh and takes about 36 hours to be fully charged via sunlight. You can then charge your gadgets using Electree’s built-in USB connection. Muller and the Electree are featured in the video below. It’s in French though so I can’t tell you what they’re talking about. They make nice silky sounds with their mouths, that’s as far as I can tell you.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkyxe3

You can pre-order the Electree from Ulule for €299 (~ $409 USD).

[via Inhabitat]

 




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Comments (3):

  1. Lars says:

    So more than the tech specifications, he explain that the idea of the electree was born when he was looking at real trees, thinking that the nature used million years to create a perfect way of harvesting solar energy trough tree’s leaf.
    And as a tree will be too big to put at home, he shrink it to the size of a bonsai.

    He also created it to educate people about the fact that solar energy is not that hard to harvest.

    That’s all :)

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