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Solar Panel Sizing Guide

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Getting away on week-long trips or weekend adventures should be free of power backup troubles. Who wants to worry about powering phones and laptops or running the systems in your overlanding rig when you’re in the wilderness having fun?! 

Solar panels offer the best solution to all these worries, and with advancing technology, they are adapting to the needs of our adventurers as well. However, solar panel sizing requires some forethought. 

Sunflare is a household name in solar panels that offer the most viable and reliable solution to outdoor power backup requirements.

Sunflare Solar Panel on rooftop tent

The XPLOR series by Sunflare has three different sizes and capacities of flexible solar panels that can be carried along on any type of trip, whether it’s the weekend Overlanding or a long journey up the mountains. The choice of three solar panel series gives you a long haul of power and a dependable backup, no matter where you are and how long you plan to stay. 

Solar panel sizing is important because it helps you calculate your usage on the go and assist in choosing the right battery pack and solar module that you should carry. 

Let’s have an in-depth look at the solar panel sizing done by Sunflare for its XPLOR series, what they offer, and which one is the best for you!

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Sunflare XPLOR – Your Ultimate Solar Panel Sizing Guide

XPLOR solar panel options

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All three solar panels in the XPLOR series have different dimensions, power ratings, and intended purposes.

Designed using the highest quality raw materials and the latest manufacturing techniques, these flexible solar panels offer the ultimate outdoor experience and power backup confidence, irrespective of your coordinates and time of day or year. 

XPLOR Weekend

Building Your Solar Power for Camping System

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Rated at 105W power and weighing just 6.5 lbs, the XPLOR weekend is a handy member of the family.

Smallest in size, and easily adaptable to most surfaces, the Weekend series is a wonderful option for small power needs. It adequately charges smartphones, power banks, and laptops. Given its size, it can be used effortlessly in many Overlanding applications. 


  • Length: 47.3”
  • Width: 32.6”
  • Thickness: 1.7 mm

Power Figures

  • Wattage/Power: 105W
  • Peak Voltage: 21V
  • Daily Power Generation: 368Wh

Which Gadgets Can I Run With the XPLOR Weekend Solar Panel?

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To give you some idea, this smart solar panel can power a 100W Laptop for 3.5 hrs, 10 CFL lights for 3.5 hrs, and a 43” Smart TV for 1.5 hrs. It may be tiny as far as solar panel sizing goes, but it packs a punch. 

The Weekend solar panel is a top choice if you like to trek on the weekends, want to make most of the free space on your vehicle rooftop, and make the most out of your short trips with friends.

Easily adaptable and equipped with individual bypass diodes, this small-but-mighty solar panel gives you the power you need for short trips.

XPLOR Adventure

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The middle member of the family hits the sweet spot between portability and utility, thanks to its handy size, and svelte weight of only 8 lbs.

The Adventure solar panel can be placed on rooftop tents and other camping gear that allows easy placement. It has more than adequate power (126W) to help run an array of electrical components for many hours. 

It uses the same configuration with bypass diodes to offer unparalleled power harnessing capability. If you’re planning to stay a long weekend away in the woods, the XPLOR Adventure is a great choice. 


  • Length: 47.2”
  • Width: 38.6”
  • Thickness: 1.7 mm

Power Figures

  • Wattage/Power: 126W
  • Peak Voltage: 25.2V
  • Daily Power Generation: 441Wh

Which Gadgets Can I Run With the XPLOR Adventure Solar Panel?

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This capable solar module can power a 100W Laptop for 4.5 hrs, 10 CFL lights for 4.5 hrs, and a 50” Smart TV for 1.5 hrs. It will definitely be enough for a weekend of power.

When mated with a respectable-sized battery pack, the Adventure module can supply power for hours of enjoyment while Overlanding.

The Adventure module from the XPLOR series is the most suitable option for Overlanders with intermediate power needs that frequently spend three or more days off-grid. 

XPLOR Expedition

Challenging Terrain Needs Tough Equipment

The flagship solar module from the Sunflare XPLOR series is designed to help you enjoy long-haul trips.

The largest of the flexible solar panel family is the most capable as well, with a maximum power generation of 180W and a very manageable weight of 11 lbs. Like the Weekend and Adventure options, this panel is easy to install. This is the best option to have an extended Overlanding trip with friends and family. 


  • Length: 65.4”
  • Width: 38.9”
  • Thickness: 1.7 mm

Power Figures

  • Wattage/Power: 180W
  • Peak Voltage: 36V
  • Daily Power Generation: 630Wh

Which Gadgets Can I Run With the XPLOR Expedition Solar Panel?

Sunflare Solar Panel overhead

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The Expedition solar panel can power a 100W Laptop for 6.5 hrs, 10 CFL lights for 6.5 hrs, and a 65” Smart TV for 1.5 hrs.

This is the perfect solar panel for long off-grid trips. It’s a heavy-duty solar panel that provides all the power you need – and then some. That’s why I chose the XPLOR Expedition for my Overlanding rig! It gives me plenty of power without significantly increasing the weight my 2020 Jeep Gladiator has to pull.

As you can see below, my Expedition series panel fits perfectly on the roof of my SMRT Summit Suite rooftop tent.

I can attest to the impeccable design and build quality of the Expedition solar panel. And since the Weekend and Adventure solar panels are cut from the same cloth, you can rest easy knowing that no matter which panel you choose, you’ll get an easy-to-install, reliable, and rugged solar panel for your adventures, no matter how long or short they might be.

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