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Panamax MD2

Space-saving surge protector with two outlets

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Our take on the Panamax MD2

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.

This is an excellent product. The previous model saved an expensive Treadmill from a large power surge. I have several where a single device needs protection.

Joe, Jenkintown, PA

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

  • 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
  • warranty: lifetime on MD2
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • lifetime $100,000 connected equipment warranty

Panamax MD2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(29 Reviews)

Power protection to ease your mind.

David from Madison, AL on 3/28/2017

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I absolutely love this surge protector! I have it mounted to the ceiling feeding an Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5040UB and it does so with ease. It comes with a mounting screw and all you have to do is remove the face plate to your required outlet, plug it in and screw it down. It's that simple. I have used Panamax surge protectors for over 8 years now and they are a must in my area due to multiple brown outs and power surges. The face plate of this protector is paintable to match you decor and is easily removed. If you are in the market for a miniature surge protector then this is your best choice.

Pros: Excellent warranty coverage Simple installation Piece of mind coverage

Cons: Surge protector dimensions are a little larger than the competition but you get what you pay for

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Kasey from Seattle, WA on 3/19/2017

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I bought this to protect the two rear Sonos PLAY:1 speakers I hooked up to my Sonos surround sound system. I needed this to fit in a tight space behind the couch, so the outlets being on the side actually works out perfectly. I also needed it to not block the other outlet in order to plug in a lamp, so it's nice that this turns on plug in into two without blocking.



Great Protection for Electronic Components

Joe from Jenkintown, PA on 2/13/2017

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This is an excellent product. The previous model saved an expensive Treadmill from a large power surge. I have several where a single device needs protection.

Pros: Works well. Saves expense in the event of a power surge.

Cons: none

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Anonymous from Driftwood, TX on 2/12/2017

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Great product. I use it to protect a recently purchased and wall mounted Sony 75" XBR in order to maintain a hidden "wire free" look utilizing an elevated outlet located behind the TV.



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Anthony from Gaithersburg, MD on 1/29/2017

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Quite simply put, works as advertised.




Mr T from Grass Valley, California on 1/23/2017

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Great protector!

Pros: Can be painted/allows for hiding of led

Cons: none as of date - using it to plug in two espresso machines

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Sergey from Harrisongburg, VA on 12/26/2016

Helps me on my situation very much



love the 90-degree in low clearance spaces

Scot from Lexington, KY on 10/31/2016

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I purchased this when we bought a new refrigerator to protect the integrated circuits inside the appliance from power surges. Since the appliance plugs into the side of the surge protector, there are no clearance issues. The product is well designed, comes with a terrific warranty (completely valid when purchased from Crutchfield, an authorized internet dealer), and provides piece of mind for a very fair price.

Pros: excellent build quality; warranty; fits in tight spaces

Cons: none

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Noah from Highland, NY on 10/29/2016

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Save your equipment from harm with this inexpensive surge protector ! highly recommended ....

Pros: Convenient

Cons: None


KB from Chicago, IL on 10/10/2016

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Offers quality surge protection behind my wall mounted TV. I would have liked a lower profile, but that is not a deal breaker. This is a solid choice.

Pros: Side power access.

Cons: Bulky.

A Must Have

Vinny from Massapequa, NY on 8/26/2016

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Bought this after a lightening strike burnt out my polk 600 powered subwoofer, yes a big loss. Thanks to this device I learned the outlet I used was faulty. Now I have my new subwoofer attached to this, with piece of mind.

Pros: Simple to use

Cons: plugs are on it's side which may limit where you could use it, i.e. horizontally on an outlet close to the floor.

Like Travel Insurance-hopefully not needed, but good to have

Happycamper from North Carolina on 8/7/2016

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I bought it to add an extra layer of protection to a Bose system. Something good to have if something happened, but hopefully it will never be needed. Take it out of the box, plug it into an outlet (tells you if the outlet is properly grounded), plug in the one or two devices you want to protect, and you are done

Pros: Inexpensive protection. Easy to use. Great Crutchfield service behind it

Cons: None that come to mind

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Dan from Winter Garden, FL on 7/19/2016

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Here in Florida where we have a lighting storms nearly every night during the summer a surge protector is a great ideas. The Panamax I believe is one of the best.

Pros: Like the blue light on which lets me know the surge protector is working .

Cons: None

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kareem from Columbia sc on 7/13/2016

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I like this surge protecor its work great

Pros: It was easy to connect my tv and ps4 to it

Cons: Nothing

Excellent choice

Rkg from Irving, TX on 7/11/2016

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Referred by my contractor as well as another retailer, it looks stylish also while performing finest job :), hope it last longer and protect my projector..



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Anonymous from North Kingstown, RI on 7/5/2016

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Solid product. Compact design

Pros: Hides behind the TV

Cons: none

Not rocket science...perfect for what you want to protect.

Brian from Lynn,mass on 6/13/2016

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These are perfect for protecting your audio and video components. Very discreet looking and the blue lights are pretty cool to boot. I purchased 3 of these to hook up my Klipsch reference premier wireless system. I'm sure they're are cheaper protectors out there but I'm fine with the price.

Pros: Discreet .... Blue light is cool in the room.

Cons: Price is a bit high but you get what you pay for.

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Dominick from Pennsylvania on 1/11/2016

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I haven't used it yet.

Pros: Not applicable at this time

Cons: none

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Mark T from Colorado on 9/27/2015

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Does a great job of filtering noise from stereo equipment !

Pros: Does as advertised !

Cons: Blue light bright in a dark room for movie watching

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CS from NC on 7/21/2015

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After a costly lightening strike destroyed farm equipment not plugged into Panamax surge protectors, the replacements are.



Nice product

Danny E. from Moscow, TN on 1/5/2015

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Good product! Serves the intended purpose.



Simple Solution!

KW from Austin, TX on 9/9/2014

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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.

Pros: Perfect Size

Cons: None

Perfect fit!

josh from Fredericksburg, VA on 5/26/2014

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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.

Pros: Great size, nice green running light.

Cons: None so far.

Quick Easy Peotection

t from Indianapolis, IN on 3/31/2014

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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

Pros: Small, side plugs and bang for the buck!

Cons: None

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RobN from Orlando, Fl. on 1/31/2014

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Works great for my application. limited room. Fit behind console and able to slide console tight to the wall

Pros: Size



Jason from Fort Worth, TX on 7/20/2013

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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)

Pros: Works as advertized.

Cons: Wish it came in black. (without having to paint)

Works as advertised

PR from Hummelstown, PA on 10/8/2012

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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.

Pros: Good sleek profile fits along walls well and behind furniture.

Cons: Only two outlets, price.


Ron from Jacksonville, NC on 2/18/2011

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Super surge protector, compact, two outlet, does it's job in a stellar manner! Must Have!



Panamax is a MUST to protect your equipment

BecsFL from Florida on 10/28/2010

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




Hands-on research

Product Research



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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

recommended by specialist [ JOSEPH  May 02, 2017 ]
This is my second Panamax MD2 from Crutchfield. The first gave its life saving our expensive electric piano from a power surge. Highly recommend. [ Chris  Apr 21, 2017 ]
A little extra security for stormy days [ David  Apr 14, 2017 ]
Because i have got some other things from here and the service is great [ Kareem  Apr 02, 2017 ]
A very affordable and trustworthy way to protect my two SVS PC-13 Ultra subwoofers. [ Steven  Mar 16, 2017 ]
I already own one of these and I believe this module from Panamax will protect my expensive audio/video equipment from damaging surges and lightning strikes. [ SURENDRA  Mar 08, 2017 ]
Reliabilty brand. [ William  Mar 06, 2017 ]
I bought to protect my subwoofer because it stands alone and far from my power conditioner. I currently have a dedicated surge protector for it but the surge protector is bulky and take too much room. This "plug into outlet surge protector" seems like a good idea for protecting just one or two items. [ menatwork  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Needed to put a surge protector behind my mounted TV [ Tom  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Have one already and needed a second, plus I've been using Panamax products for over 15years now. [ ken  Dec 24, 2016 ]
Panamax reputation for premium power conditioning AS WELL AS excellent service and support from Crutchfield, what more can you ask for? [ Walter  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Electronic protection for Bose speaker bought. [ M  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Panamax is nothing but the best with awesome technical support. If you ever have a problem they are right on it... [ Tsgt2007  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Compact size, price. [ E  Oct 18, 2016 ]
Small enough to fit behind a wall mounted TV. [ Michael  Oct 03, 2016 ]
low profile and fits behind furniture [ Kristen  Sep 18, 2016 ]
Excellent solution for area outlets where only one or two devices need surge protection. These types of products are not easy to find, especially in local stores [ Steffen  Jul 15, 2016 ]
To protect my new Epson projwctor [ RAM KUMAR  Jun 27, 2016 ]
I like Crutchfield because it is a local company and sells quality products. Also my wife, is a retired employee. [ Martin  Jun 02, 2016 ]
Bought the Klipsch wireless system with each individually piece plugging into an outlet.....don't want the wire traffic so these are perfect [ Brian  May 31, 2016 ]
My manager had ordered a few before for the lab I am in and I needed one more for a select instrument. [ DANIEL SLOAN C/  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Looking for protection and interference protection for my new tv. [ Dominick  Dec 29, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

The MD2 is designed to plug into an outlet which is flush to the wall. If you were able to mount the MD2 into a recessed box, you would have difficulty plugging devices into the MD2 as the outlets are on the edge and not the front face. You may have to move your tv out from the wall a little bit. You could almost place the tv against the front of the MD2 as the outlets are on the side. Another possibility is to move your tv a couple of inches left or right if that would provide clearance to play your tv closer to the wall. If you plug your tv into the outlet directly behind the tv, the plug itself will require you space tv away from the wall an inch or more. The thickness of the MD2 might not require you to move the tv that much further out since the outlets on the MD2 are on the side. If you have a duplex outlet on the wall, use the outlet where the MD2 doesn't cover up the other one, so you can still use both wall outlets. [ LAWRENCE G  Dec 29, 2016 ]
No. But you can buy an ground fault interrupter. It serves the same purpose. It replaces the existing outlet. [ theodore  Dec 27, 2016 ]
I use this specifically for my Epson pro 6020 projector. It has been in place for two years and 2 power outages. Can I see an improved picture, hard to say over my monster cable that was previously installed. I use this in all my theater installs. [ Robert  Mar 04, 2016 ]
I have been very happy with it. I have my iMac plugged into it. I have a bunch of the Panamax big distribution boxes on each on my tv/receivers which I am also very happy with. The audio company that installed our surround sound said that Panamax is one of the best on the market. [ Michael  Mar 04, 2016 ]
I have had mine feed my receiver and it has been happily noise free. I have to assume it would work as well in a home theater application. Brian [ BRIAN  Jan 20, 2015 ]
Not sure if it will help with interference. I use mine behind my wall mounted television. [ PHILIP  Jan 20, 2015 ]
I don't see why it wouldn't, as long as your fridge pulls 15A or less. You should probably ask Panamax your question directly, because they're the only ones that will be able to speak definitively about what this is rated for. Also, I'd read the both the manual for your refrigerator and the one for the surge protector carefully before relying on it. Your fridge's manual may say something about being plugged directly into a receptacle, and I don't think this would count (if the event you were challenged during a warranty claim). If you're that worried about surge protection for your fridge, you should probably install a receptacle or a surge breaker for the circuit your fridge is connected to. [ Todd  Nov 14, 2014 ]
It will act as a surge protector for any electronic device. However this item is more or less intended to be used in sensitive electronics such as a/v equipment where interference can diminish your experience. [ KYLE J  Nov 14, 2014 ]