Overview: The Panamax MB1500 is an
all-in-one, programmable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), Automatic Voltage
Regulator, Surge Protector, and Power Conditioner that features Panamax's Automatic Voltage
Monitoring (AVM) circuitry and Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT).
- Uninterruptible Power Supply: A UPS (Uninterruptible
Power Supply) maintains power temporarily to ride out short black-outs or
brown-outs preventing lengthy restart sequences. It allows safe shut down
for extended black-outs. DVR's can continue to record. Unique IR control
(Patent Pending) allows projectors to cool their lamps properly to prevent
damage from excessive heat before shutting down.
- Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR): Voltage regulation
(keeping voltage within specific operating ranges) prevents equipment
lock-ups due to power sags and keeps equipment from heating up (power
supplies require more current when voltage is low). There are two AVR
settings; Sensitive AVR supplies 120 volts AC +/- 5 volts with an input of
98-135 volts, Standard AVR supplies 120 volts AC +/- 10 volts with an input
of 93-145 volts, AVR can also be turned off.
- AVM Automatic Voltage Monitoring: Panamax's power monitoring
circuitry constantly monitors the AC line voltage for unsafe voltage
conditions such as momentary spikes or prolonged over-voltages and
under-voltages (brownouts). These unsafe conditions pose a very dangerous
threat to all electronic equipment within the home. If the MB1500 senses an
unsafe power condition, it will automatically disconnect your equipment from
the power to protect equipment from damage. When MB1500 disconnects from the
power, the Battery Backup Outlets are switched to battery power. When
subjected to a 6,000V (open circuit voltage) / 3,000A (short circuit
current) surge, the MB1500 limits its voltage output to less than 330V peak,
UL's lowest rating. The MB1500 will withstand, without damage, 10,000A
surges, far exceeding the UL requirement of only 3000 Ampere surges.
- Protect/Disconnect Surge Protection: If the magnitude of
the surge is greater than the capacity of the surge protection components,
the MB1500's Protect or Disconnect Circuitry will disconnect your equipment
in order to protect it. The MB1500 will need to be repaired or replaced by
Panamax if this occurs within the 3 year product warranty.
- LiFT Linear Filtering Technology Noise Filtration: Unfortunately,
traditional AC power conditioners have been designed for unrealistic
laboratory conditions. Prior technologies, whether multiple-pole or
conventional series-mode filters, could actually harm audio and video
performance more than they help, due to the resonant peaking of their
antiquated, non-linear designs. Under certain conditions, these designs can
actually add more than 10 dB of noise to the incoming AC line. Worse still,
lost digital data, the need to reboot digital presets, or destruction of
sensitive digital converters are frequently caused by excessive voltage
spikes and AC noise contaminating the equipment ground. Panamax's LiFT takes
a different approach, ensuring optimal performance through linear AC noise
filtering with no ground contamination.
Critical Load Function: The MB1500's Critical Load Function
sets the battery capacity level where the non-critical load outlets are turned
off and all remaining battery power is reserved for equipment plugged into the
four critical load outlets. The non-critical outlets can be set to turn off
immediately when power is lost. This value is stored internally by the UPS and
is not dependent on having the software running on a computer.
Learning IR Control: The learning IR function lets you
program the UPS to send standby or shut-down commands to components such as a
projector. If the power fails, the projector's lamp is turned off while the UPS
continues providing battery power to the projector's cooling fan. Proper
shutdown is ensured and expensive lamps are protected from damage. The UPS can
learn two IR commands. The learned commands will be transmitted on both output
jacks so you have ability to control two different pieces of equipment or use a
two-step macro for one component.
Power Control Software (Version 2.2): The Power Control
software is designed for use with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
It works in conjunction with the UPS to provide full protection of home theater
equipment including digital video recorders, home theater PCs, and video
projectors/lamps. This program may be used temporarily during the initial system
setup or used to manage your home theater computer.
- UPS Initial Setup: An installer can use a notebook
computer to set the variables within the Home Cinema Power Control software.
Once the setup is completed, the notebook computer can be disconnected and
all the settings are stored in the UPS.
- UPS Manager: The UPS can provide continued power to the
computer to maintain recording capabilities when it is used as a digital
video recorder. It is also capable of saving open documents and shutting
down the computer during extended power failures. This requires a permanent
RS232 or USB connection and having the Power Control software running in the
- UPS Schedule: There is also a Scheduled feature that
can automatically save and close open files and then shutdown the computer
and UPS at a user specified date and time as well a re-start the computer at
a user specified date and time. Use of this feature is optional and is not
required for the power failure shutdown to occur.
Note: The UPS will provide surge suppression, automatic
voltage regulation, and battery backup without this software. Automatic
shutdown of a computer requires the used of this software.
Front Panel Display: The MB1500 features front-panel LEDs
and a LCD display to indicate the following:
- Bank 1: LED illuminates blue when the two Bank 1
(critical) outlets are on
- Bank 2: LED illuminates blue when the two Bank 2 (critical)
outlets are on
- Bank 3: LED illuminates blue when the two Bank 3
(non-critical) outlets are on
- Bank 4: LED illuminates blue when the two Bank 4 (non-critical)
outlets are on
- Line Fault Indicator: LED illuminates red to warn the
user that a wiring problem such as a bad/missing ground or reversed wiring
exists within the AC receptacle.
- Status Display: Blue backlit LCD indicates current
status, menu items, or settings.
Rear Panel Connections: All of the MB1500's connections are
found on the unit's rear-panel:
- Non-Critical Load Outlets: Four battery powered, AVM
protected outlets for connected equipment ensures temporary uninterrupted
operation of connected equipment during a power failure. These outlets will
shut off when the batteries drain to a designated level to reserve remaining
battery charge for the critical load outlets
- Critical Load Outlets: Four battery powered, AVM
protected outlets for critical-load equipment ensures temporary
uninterrupted operation of connected equipment during a power failure.
- Circuit Breakers: Two resettable circuit breakers
provide optimal overload protection.
- RS232 Serial Communication Port: The serial port allows
connection and communication between the UPS and a home automation system or
computer; this allows the installer to program a number of variables,
including the Critical Load Battery Threshold; a 70" DB 9-pin serial cable
- IR Output Jacks: Two standard 3.5mm mono mini-jack
ports for connection to IR flashers (sold separately).
- USB Port: The MB1500 can also be connected to a
computer using the USB (type-B) port.
MB1500 UPS uses a sealed, maintenance-free, lead-acid battery which requires 4
hours charging time (6-8 hour charge recommended before initial use). Consumer
replacement not recommended, contact Panamax customer service at
800-472-5555 for battery replacement information.
BlueBOLT Compatible: The
Panamax MB1500 is BlueBOLT compatible (with BlueBOLT-CV1 interface card, sold
separately), which provides remote access to reboot components, power equipment
on/off, and monitor power quality from anywhere in the world.
Rack Mountable: The MB1500 comes supplied with two mounting
brackets and hardware which allow you to rack mount the unit.
- 3 Year Product Warranty: Panamax warrants to the purchaser of
this Panamax audio/video component style uninterruptible power supply, for a
period of three (3) years from the date of purchase, that the unit shall be
free of defects in design, material, or workmanship, and Panamax will repair
or replace any defective unit.
- 2 Year Battery Warranty: Panamax warrants to the purchaser of
this uninterruptible power supply, for a period of two (2) years from the
date of purchase, that the batteries shall be free of defects in design,
material, or workmanship, and Panamax will replace any defective battery.
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