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Panamax MD2

Space-saving surge protector with two outlets

47 Reviews | 4 questions - 8 answers


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.

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

What's in the Box:

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

Peyton was very helpful when I placed my order. The item arrived on time, well packed and is exactly as advertised. It is a quality surge protector and allows plug - ins in a very tight space. Perfect!

Jan, Washington Dt, CT


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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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Works reliably and needed another for more electronics. [ J  Nov 16, 2018 ]
Marshall recommended it and I liked the space saving design. [ TROY A  Nov 12, 2018 ]
I chose this to protect my RSL Speedwoofer 10 subwoofer and another to screw into the ceiling in my garage to protect my LiftMaster 8550W garage door opener. [ Bruce  Nov 06, 2018 ]
I lost 2 subwoofers to surges [ Herbert  Oct 18, 2018 ]
I trust the Panamax brand and it fits my needs - I'd rather have my subwoofer plugged into this than directly into the wall [ JUSTIN  Aug 21, 2018 ]
I have one on my washing machine and wanted to get one for my refrigerator. Panamax warranty and performance is also tops. [ Walter  Jul 30, 2018 ]
Picked this item up for my new theater system install. Read plenty of positive reviews on this product and decided this would be the surge protector to get. Crutchfield had the best price for an authorized dealer. Always buy items like this that protects your equipment from an authorized dealer. Those who do not, will find out the hard way; warranties will not be honored if there is an accident. Thanks Crutchfield. [ ALEXANDER  Jul 29, 2018 ]
Hopefully it will fit behind a wall-mounted TV [ Michael  Jul 17, 2018 ]
I have other PANAMAX products that have served me well over the years. Its very important for me to have a reliable surge protector between my gear and my electrical outlets. [ Joseph  Jun 02, 2018 ]
I am going to use it for my brand new laptop. It's a great company and product. [ Tsgt2007  Apr 22, 2018 ]
dolly advised [ Ira  Mar 13, 2018 ]
Just trying to protect my investment. [ Thomas  Jan 10, 2018 ]
I had a long discussion with WES [ JD  Jan 09, 2018 ]
Protect my investment [ T  Jan 07, 2018 ]
Your customer service person recommended them. [ John  Nov 06, 2017 ]
I wanted a high quality, slim profile surge protector for a wall mounted TV. I've used Panamax slim profile surge protectors in the past and I've been very pleased with the surge protector. [ Douglas  Oct 24, 2017 ]
Seemed like a good option for a powered Sub. [ Gary  Oct 23, 2017 ]
good reviews [ CASEY  Oct 19, 2017 ]
I picked this item to protect my laptop and printer from power surges and to clean up the power to them. [ Jeffrey  Oct 10, 2017 ]
Panamax's reputation + needed a compact surge protector [ Dean  Aug 09, 2017 ]
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 ]

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