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Panamax M8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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by Ralph Graves
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The Panamax M8-AV provides protection for your audio/video components, including cable or digital satellite TV systems. This power conditioner shields against harmful spikes and fluctuations in your home's AC power, and filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic interference that can degrade your system's performance.

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Power protection for all your gear

The M8-AV features eight fully protected AC outlets, conveniently spaced to allow for bulky transformers. You get two sets of protected coaxial input/output jacks for cable, antenna, or digital satellite TV connections. The M8-AV also has one set of in/out jacks to protect your telephone connections.

Quick response prevents damage

The M8-AV reacts to a voltage spike in less than a nanosecond, breaking the connection to protect your equipment. The six-foot power cord has a right-angle plug that hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind a chair or sofa. You can also mount this conditioner on your wall for out-of-the-way placement.

Highlights:

  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • 8 AC outlets
  • 2 sets of coaxial input/output jacks (for cable, antenna, or satellite TV)
  • 1 set of input/output jacks for telephone connections
  • 8-foot power cord with right-angle plug
  • 1650-joule surge protection
  • UL 1449 Rating: 500V
  • response time: less than 1 nanosecond
  • wall-mountable (brackets and hardware included)
  • 12"W X 1-3/16"H x 5"D
  • weight: 3.5 lbs.
  • lifetime $5,000,000 connected equipment warranty (covers equipment damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to properly installed Panamax surge protector); valid only in the United States and Canada
  • lifetime product warranty
 

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Features and Specs
Type
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Strip
Total AC Outlets
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8
High-Current Outlets
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None
USB Connections
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None
RF-EMI Filtering
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Yes
Joule Rating
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1650
Powerline Network Compatible
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No
Connected Equipment Guarantee
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$5,000,000
Width (inches)
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12-1/8
Height (inches)
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1-7/8
Depth (inches)
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4-15/16
Weight (pounds)
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3.5
Parts Warranty
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Lifetime
Labor Warranty
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Lifetime
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What's in the box?

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  • Surge protector with attached 8' power cord (terminated by 3-prong AC plug)
  • 41" Coax (RG-59) cable (terminated by screw-on F-type connectors)
  • 3 Mounting screws
  • 3 Drywall anchors
  • 3 Spacer eyelets
  • Installation Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Features
Connections, Controls, and Indicators
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Panamax M8-AV Surge Protector features 8 AC outlets controlled by the unit's power switch. The M8-AV also provides protection for coaxial and telephone connections. In addition, this surge protector is equipped with 3 diagnostic LEDs.

AVM Automatic Voltage Monitoring: The Panamax M8-AV utilizes an AVM (Automatic Voltage Monitoring) system to protect your connected equipment against prolonged over/under voltages by disconnecting the power and reconnecting it when safe power returns. The Panamax M8-AV will protect your AV system from catastrophic surges. 

Lifetime $5,000,000 Connected Equipment Warranty: Panamax will replace or repair equipment that is damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to a properly installed Panamax surge protector (up to $5,000,000).

8 AC Outlets: The 8 AC outlets provide power protection with transformer spacing between outlets.

Power Cord: The surge protector features an attached 8 ft power cord with a right-angle, 45-degree offset three-prong plug.

Mounting: The Panamax M8-AV Surge Protector can be placed on the floor, on a shelf, or inside a cabinet. The M8-AV can also be wall-mounted using the integrated wall-mount brackets, key-hole slots, and supplied hardware.

Connections, Controls, and Indicators

AC Outlets:

  • Bank 1: The four AC outlets along the top (numbered 1 to 4).
  • Bank 2: The four AC outlets along the side (numbered 5 to 8).

Input/Output:

  • SAT/CATV: 2 Coaxial line inputs and 2 coaxial line outputs (gold-plated, threaded, female F-Connectors).
  • Telephone: One telephone line input and two telephone outputs (RJ-11 connection).

Controls:

  • On/Off Switch: Turns all the outlets On and Off.

Indicators:

  • Power On/Protection OK: Green LED, indicates the surge protector is functioning properly and all equipment is protected.
  • Ground OK: Green LED, indicates the wall outlet is properly wired and grounded.
  • Unsafe Voltage: Red LED, indicates that incoming voltages are unsafe and the surge protector has disconnected the power to your connected equipment.

Specifications

  • AC Specification:
    • Overvoltage Shutoff: 144V +/-8V
    • Undervoltage Shutoff: 90V +/-6V
    • Line Voltage: 120VAC, 50/60Hz
    • Initial Clamping Level: 200V Peak, 141V RMS,
    • Voltage Protection Rating (UL1449 3rd Edition, 3000A): 500V
    • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
    • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800W)
    • EMI/RFI Noise Filtration: 50dB (100kHz-1MHz)
    • Response Time: <1ns
    • Single Pulse Energy: 1650 Joules
    • Peak Impulse Current: 52,000 A
  • Telco Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 260V
    • Capacitance: 30 pf (approximate)
    • Suppression Mode: Metallic and Longitudinal
    • Wire Protected: 2-wire, 1-pair (3,4)
    • Connectors: RJ-11
  • Universal Cable/Satellite Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 75V
    • Frequency Range: 0MHz-2.2GHz
    • Insertion Loss: <0.5dB
    • Connections: Female "F"-type, gold-plated
 
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5 out of 5

Great Surge Suppressor

Written By Brian E, Queensbury, NY on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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A great product at a fair price, overall a really great value.
Pros:
Easy to use, can hang on wall to save precious floor space.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Panamax M8-AV Works Great for Embroidery Machine

Written By Anne, Rhinelander, WI on Friday, August 23, 2013
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My new embroidery machine required a surge protector with a step up/step down transformer. This unit will protect against line surges and low voltage. Crutchfield Representative was very helpful, and the price was good. Many sewing/embroidery machines are now computerized and the cost can be substantial. The Panamax was the only protector that fit my needs. I also checked with APC and they do not have a unit like this available.
Pros:
Protection against line surges and low voltage. Easy installation. Relatively small footprint, fits on top of my sewing table. Easy access to connections.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Panamax M8-AV

Written By Mike, Jacksonville, Fl on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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This unit works and has protected equipment in my house for some time. I have two units and so far none of my equipment has been hit by lightening
Pros:
Easy to set up and the unit has plenty of outlets
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

better reception

Written By jeff, mass. on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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Got my old stereo plugged in to this and i get better radio reception. It's magic!
Pros:
price, piece of mind, and radio reception
Cons:
not a one
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4 out of 5

Nice Panamax Product

Written By Dan, Sterling Heights, MI on Thursday, August 23, 2012
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So far so good. I have owned several Panamax products over the years and not been disappointed. So far, this product is no exception.
Pros:
Size and functionality. Appealing looks.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

Good item

Written By Wally, Southampton, NJ on Monday, August 13, 2012
 
Everything works as advertised. It hasn't had a serious "test" yet . Thats why 4 stars.
Pros:
Well made, as far as I can see.
Cons:
None yet
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1 out of 5

First one defective

Written By Susan, Taos, NM on Friday, July 06, 2012
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Worked for a day, and then none of the unit's outlets would power anything despite the green indicator lights showing that supposedly all was fine. Must be a defective unit. I am going to try a replacement as the features on this unit are great (if it works).
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