Total Beach Bum!

I have a confession; I’m a total lost cause when it comes to recharging my phone, iPod and camera. Three gadgets I can’t leave my home without and somehow, I always leave it till the last moment for recharging! Needless to say, I manage just some amount of power on them and carry their wires with me, and plug them in the next available socket. Dandy, but what do I and others like me do, when we hit the beaches? Carry the Solar Tree of course!

Awesome thought of having a personalized solar-powered pole with sufficient sockets to plug in multiple devices. Hail the Solar Tree!

Designers: Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim


Solar Tree Recharging Device by Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim





  • Barry Kelly says:

    With all these solar ideas, I’m getting a really strong impression that people don’t actually know how little power you get off these things. You’d be hard-pressed to do much better than keep a gadget at power-usage neutral in standby with a solar panel this small.

  • Lamah says:

    And there is absolutely, positively not enough power available to want to waste it on something as stupid as a 12V to 230V inverter whose output is immediately converted back to low-voltage with your device’s plugpack. Those things aren’t designed for efficiency.

  • Armin says:

    The sockets could use a cover. And they should be closer together.

  • joao says:

    let’s not forget also that batterie life is getting better and better so in the case that you need to recharge your apliences while your’re at the beach is pretty remote

  • kemeny_x says:

    Yea, i could really use one. XD

  • Soda says:

    Good idea, but at least 10x too small solar panel to really power something. 10x10cm would get u 10W with nearly 100% efficiency. Current solar panels, cheap ones, would give u just 1W of power in 10x10cm size.

    Go power radio with that. Good luck…

  • me says:

    why not an umbrela?????????

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  • looseroots says:

    Not that practical….agreed on the point that MP3 players, phones, etc. have much better battery lives. Why not just charge at home before you leave for the beach and reduce the amount of stuff you have to bring with you?? Good concept, yet it feels forced, as if its only to buy your product rather than solve a problem.

  • Bah says:

    Who writes the copy for this stuff?

    “Solar-Tree looks like a cane so that it is easy to stick in sand or soil.”

    Are canes the only things that stick in the ground??

  • Charly says:

    if you expand this idea into maybe a sun shade umbrella or tent house with much more surface you could reuse existing spaces for the same means.

  • Confucius says:

    1992 Called, they want their tape player back.

  • 220-240V is too dangerous and not working in wet/outdoor conditions without the risk to insure or kill someone. Therefore no use. No authority or insurance will allow to sell these products.
    Better off with low voltage adapter for each device.
    I aggree with “me” that an Umbrella would give more use by providing shade. I heard of flexible solar cells. Maybe the right way to get them on anything.
    But then we could get the solar cells on the radio or mobile itself? and don’t need to recharge?

  • MsUnreliable says:

    It’s like Archigram’s Rockplug and LogPlug for the 21st century, though sadly just as unfeasible.

  • Chris says:

    from experience any electronics + sand or salt water = dead electronics. no one takes their phone or let alone a cd player to the beach; if i was at the beach and some git was playing music i would shoot him

  • amn says:

    Do any solar charges exist that work well for a laptop and not cost a fortune? Laptops dying on the road is a real problem…

  • confucius says:

    lol @ How solor wokrs? I don’t know about you guys, but I have a camera, cellphone and ipod that all last more than 10 minutes.

  • joe says:

    Bad ideea. Is that why you’re going to the beach?

  • designcomps says:

    its a great design. It tells any thief where your stuff is.

  • Saltynay says:

    Apart from the design issues the others have brought up. The final image has a spelling error unless you like to “ten your skin at the beach”.

    +1 for umbrella idea perhaps instead of having it mobile it could be used in 5 star hotel sun beds that way the structure could be properly anchored, provide a lot of shade and have a larger surface area. Also its one of those gimmicky things that push a hotel from 4 to 5 stars.

  • Hsien says:

    totally love the umbrella idea, those 5 star hotels could really make use of them, as well as those outdoor stands, if they can afford them! we’d b wasting less energy soon!

  • Fellipe Mascarenhas says:

    I loved this revolution, mto is creative, intelligent and beyond all practical and portable. Would love to have one of these.
    Intelligence in vein!

  • Rudi says:

    This is absolute a cool idea.

    Sometimes my cellphone always flat at the beach… sigh… Would like to charge it right there at the beach.

  • Solar products rocks!! It's a very nice idea. Hope I got one 🙂

  • Solar products rocks!! It's a very nice idea. Hope I got one 🙂

  • rodessawurtz says:

    This is the 1st time I saw a solar tree and I think this is a good tool for powering up gadgets like iPod and mobile phones.

  • Thomas says:

    Did you fine where to buy it?

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    It‘s very interesting. How can I get the product?

  • Sabrina says:

    Got a giggle out of pic #2 with the superimposed Solar Trees by the people on the beach! This must be from a country other than the US, the copy is full of mistakes.

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