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Add Extra Power to Your Rig with a Sunflare Solar Panel

Lightweight and Easy to Install, These Solar Panels are a Must-Have for Overlanders and Boondockers

Image Caption: Image Courtesy of Sunflare Solar

Recent advances in technology have made solar panels lighter, thinner, more efficient, and more affordable than ever before. As a result, an increasing number of RVers and overlanders have added panels to their rigs to generate power while traveling off the grid. Usually, those installations can be time-consuming and pricy while often requiring mounting brackets to be drilled into the vehicle’s roof. But a company called Sunflare promises to take the hassle out of the installation process by eliminating the need for drilling altogether.

Sunflare’s XPLOR line of solar panels is designed specifically for use on vehicles, without the need for brackets to hold them in place. By adding a strong adhesive to the back of the panel, installation becomes a quick and painless affair. RV owners simply clean the roof of their vehicle thoroughly, then gently place the solar panel onto the surface. Over the next 48 hours, the adhesive forms a permanent bond that keeps the panel in place even when traveling at highway speeds.

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Image Courtesy of Sunflare Solar

The solar panels offer several other advantages over traditional models as well. For instance, the XPLOR line is only 1.7 millimeters thick and weighs 6.5 – 11 pounds, depending on which version is installed. That is significantly lighter and thinner than most competing products. Sunflare’s panels are also made from durable aluminum and flexible plastics rather than glass and silicon. This makes them more resilient than other panels, which can be prone to developing small cracks that can impact efficiency.

Sunflare has also added bypass nodes to every solar cell on its panels, which improves efficiency, particularly when parked in the shade. Most solar panels will shut down multiple cells in an array when trees or other obstructions block sunlight. But because each of the cells on the XPLOR panels functions independently, they can continue to generate power even in less than optimal conditions.

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Image Courtesy of Sunflare Solar

The XPLOR line is available in three sizes: the 105-watt Weekend, 126-watt Adventure, and the 180-watt Expedition. Each model is modular, which allows them to interconnect with one another to efficiently use the space available. Sunflare even backs each of the panels with a 25-year warranty, ensuring that once installed, they’ll offer on-the-go power for years to come.

The Weekend panel sells for $450, while the Adventure and Expedition are priced at $550 and $750, respectively. For more information, visit the Sunflare website.

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