Panamax MD2

Space-saving surge protector with two outlets

  • Panamax MD2


  • Panamax MD2

    Cover is removable and paintable

  • Panamax MD2

    Plugged into wall socket

  • Panamax MD2



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by Steve Kindig

Don't let a lack of space keep you from protecting your gear with a quality surge suppressor. The compact MD2 plugs right into a standard AC wall outlet, and has two AC outlets placed on the sides to allow space-saving connections. You can plug in a TV and Blu-ray player and keep your furniture close to the wall, or protect a couple small appliances on your kitchen counter. The MD2 is also a smart choice to use with chargers for your cell phone or portable player. Panamax's dependable noise filtering ensures that your equipment gets only clean power.

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  • 2 side-mounted AC power outlets (always on)
  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry safeguards equipment against all surges (disconnects AC power in the event of a lightning strike or other "catastrophic" surge)
  • EMI/RFI noise filtering provides clean power
  • maximum current rating: 15A
  • removable, paintable cover
  • 3-3/8"W x 5-3/8"H x1-5/8"D
  • lifetime $100,000 connected equipment warranty
  • lifetime product warranty

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Features and Specs
Type On-wall
Total AC Outlets 2
High-Current Outlets None
USB Connections None
RF-EMI Filtering Yes
Joule Rating 1350
Powerline Network Compatible No
Connected Equipment Guarantee $100,000
Width (inches) 3-3/8
Height (inches) 5-3/8
Depth (inches) 2-7/16
Weight (pounds) 0.65
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime
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What's in the box?

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  • Two AC outlet surge protector
  • Removable/paintable front-panel (installed)
  • Machine screw
  • Installation Instructions

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Protect or Disconnect Circuitry: The Panamax MD2 Surge Protector's exclusive "Protect or Disconnect" circuitry safeguards your equipment against all surges. In the event of a catastrophic surge such as lightning, the MD2 completely disconnects AC power to your connected equipment.

Two AC Outlets: The two 3-prong AC outlets are turned 90-degress from one another to accommodate different style plugs or transformers. One plug is located on the left-side, while the other plug is located on the right-side.

Right-Angle AC Plug: The Panamax MD2 Surge Protector features an integrated right-angle 3-prong AC plug which plugs directly into an AC wall outlet.

Noise Filtration Circuit: The Panamax MD2 Surge Protector utilizes a Noise Filtration Circuit (EMI/RFI) to remove noise and provide clean power.

Two Diagnostic Lights: Two Panamax MD2 is equipped with two Diagnostic Lights (LED) - Power On/Protection OK and Line Fault.

  • Power On/Protection OK: This LED (blue) indicates the power is on, surge protector is functioning properly, and all connected equipment is protected.
  • Line Fault: If this LED is lit (red), it indicates an improperly wired outlet.

Paintable Cover: The MD2's removable front-cover is paintable to ensure a seamless fit with almost any décor.


AC Power:

  • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
  • UL 1449 Rating: 330V
  • Voltage Protection Rating: L-N 400V, L-G 500V, N-G 400V
  • Single Pulse Energy Dissipation: 1350 Joules
  • Response Time: <1 ns
  • Peak Impulse Current: 60,000 A
  • Nominal Discharge Current: 3,000 A
  • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800 W)
  • Line Voltage: 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • Initial Clamping: 200V
  • EMI/RFI Noise Filtration: 50 dB (100kHz - 1MHz)


$100,000 Limited Connected Equipment Protection Warranty: Panamax will replace or repair equipment that is damaged by an AC line surge while connected to a properly installed Panamax surge protector (up to $100,000).

Lifetime Product Warranty: The surge protector shall be free of any defects in design, materials, or workmanship; and Panamax will repair or replace any defective unit.

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5 out of 5

Simple Solution!

Written By KW, Austin, TX on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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I only needed 1-2 oulets for under my desk, and this is the perfect fit. I've owned Panamax products for many years and have experienced many lightning storms and power fluctuations, and never had a single issue with anything (so I guess they are working as they should). Didn't even look at any other brands - I trust Panamax.
Perfect Size
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5 out of 5

Perfect fit!

Written By josh, Fredericksburg, VA on Monday, May 26, 2014
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This item fits perfectly between the supports of my Sanus LT25-B1 wall mount and behind my 70" Vizio. Initially, I wanted to use a Panamax In-wall surge protector but my house wiring made it difficult, so I settled on this product. I was relieved when it fit perfectly behind the tv. Green function light is a nice touch.
Great size, nice green running light.
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Quick Easy Peotection

Written By t, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, March 31, 2014
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Quick Easy Power protection. Purchased this to protect my Receiver and components in the Garage. Next day we had a power surge and all was well! Great Item
Small, side plugs and bang for the buck!
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4 out of 5

Panamax MD2

Written By RobN, Orlando, Fl. on Friday, January 31, 2014
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Works great for my application. limited room. Fit behind console and able to slide console tight to the wall
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4 out of 5


Written By Jason, Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Works as advertised. It's a nice low profile unit that holds itself into the outlet. You can remove and paint the outside over - which is a nice feature - but it would be really nice if they offered it in black. (like most theater room ceilings are painted)
Works as advertized.
Wish it came in black. (without having to paint)
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4 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By PR, Hummelstown, PA on Monday, October 08, 2012
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The weight of the surge protector makes it at least seem as if you are paying for some protective circuitry. Slim profile fits well against the wall behind a book case with side mounted outlets allowing cords to come out through the sides. Having never had issues with surges in the past, I can't say if the pricey cost of this for only two protected outlets is justified. It would be nice if the unit had 4 outlets, which it looks like there's space for.
Good sleek profile fits along walls well and behind furniture.
Only two outlets, price.
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5 out of 5


Written By Ron, Jacksonville, NC on Friday, February 18, 2011
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Super surge protector, compact, two outlet, does it's job in a stellar manner! Must Have!
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5 out of 5

Panamax is a MUST to protect your equipment

Written By BecsFL, Florida on Thursday, October 28, 2010
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I purchased quite a few of these individual outlet surge suppressors for equipment. I am
very happy with the Panamax brand and can feel safe and comfortable knowing that
these suppressors will do their job in protecting my equipment. I learned the hard way
by losing over $5,000 worth of equipment due to severe lightning strikes. The equipment
I lost was all the equipment I never had surge suppressors on, so take my loss as a
lesson, and get protected, ESPECIALLY if you life in Florida... the lightning capital of the

I am also very happy with the service I received from Crutchfield.

HIGHLY recommended.
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