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Panamax MX5102 UPS Review

by October 06, 2009
Panamax MX5102 UPS

Panamax MX5102 UPS

  • Product Name: MX5102 UPS
  • Manufacturer: Panamax
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 06, 2009 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 649.95
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Weight : 27 lbs.

Product Warranty : 3 Years

Dimensions : 17”W x 13”D x 4”H

AC Power

Undervoltage Shutoff : 90 ± 5V

Total Current Capacity : 12 A

Thermal Fusing : Yes

Overvoltage Shutoff, slow rise : 132 ± 5V

Overvoltage Shutoff, fast rise : 150 ± 5V

Line Voltage : 120V, 60Hz

Energy Dissipation : 1800 Joules

Catastrophic Surge Circuit : Yes

EMI/RFI Noise Filtration

Bank 4 EMI Filtration : 66dB Max, 100kHz-2Mz

Bank 3 High Current Outlet : 40dB Max, 100kHz-2Mz

Bank 2 EMI Filtration : 66dB Max, 100kHz-2Mz

Bank 1 EMI Filtration : 66dB Max, 100kHz-2Mz

UPS Output

Voltage : 120 ± 5% Simulated Sine Wave

UPS Transfer Time : < 10ms

UPS Output Capacity : 600VA 360W @ 0.6 pf

UPS Backup Time : 3 minutes at full load

Frequency : 60 Hz ± 1%


DC Trigger Input

Voltage and Polarity : 3 - 18V DC, bidirectional

Jacks : 3.5mm (1/8”) mono mini-plug

Current Requirement : 4.6 mA @ 3V, 58 mA @ 24V

LAN Circuits

Wires Protected : 8-Wires

Jacks : RJ-45

Clamping Level : 50V

Telephone Circuit

Wires Protected : 2-Wires, Pins 4 & 5

Suppression Modes : Metallic & Longitudinal

Jacks : RJ-11

Fuseless/Auto-Resetting : Yes

Clamping Level : 270V

Cable and Satellite Circuits

Shielded : Yes

Insertion Loss : < 0.5 dB

HD 1080 i/p Ready : Yes

Frequency Range : 0MHz - 2.2 GHz

Connections : Female ”F”, Gold Plated

Clamping Level : 75V

Bidirectional : Yes



  • IR Control
  • Battery backup works flawlessly
  • Fantastic aesthetics
  • Easy to read display


  • No detachable power cord
  • Only two outlets are backed up by the battery


The Panamax MX5102 delivers exactly what it claims - battery backup and voltage monitoring. While there are other choices out there, the Panamax has its own feature set that may make it perfect for your application. On looks alone the Panamax MX5102 is a winner. The black brushed aluminum case just begs to be shown off. The Panamax MX5102 would make a great addition to any home theater.
ZIPPO posts on November 07, 2010 14:16
Were there any noise problems with the Panamax MX5102( audible hum or fan noise )?
jkelly3493 posts on March 29, 2010 00:46
Voltage Regulation?

Not being familiar with the terminology, I'm looking for a unit that will keep the voltage within a certain tolerance for our home theater system. I'm actually more concerned about day-to-day high voltage, but not surges, although I want to protect for surges too. I see the UPS protects for surges, but from what I can tell, voltage regulation is a separate unit or feature? Can you help me? What terminology should I be looking for? Thanks so much!
gliz posts on October 09, 2009 11:24
see, I knew you guys would enlighten me, thanks! I love this place !
Rickster71 posts on October 09, 2009 10:57
You will need one if you have a projector; just to keep the cooling fan going after it's powered down.
JerryLove posts on October 09, 2009 09:51
gliz, post: 632971
Maybe you guys can explain this to me, why in the world do you need a UPS for an AV system? I have all my servers at work on them so that there will not be any data loss due to power failure and I can shut them down safely. but if my power goes out and my HT shuts down no big deal. Now I DO understand the surge suppression side of these units (I have one) but the battery backup seems superfluous. Maybe if you have an HTPC?
Need? I'm not sure that's a fair word.

Though I believe electric motors can be subject to damage from undervoltage: by and large I don't see a need for a UPS, unless you have one of the many systems that have data storage (say writing to HDDs like a HTPC or good TiVO). I also find my UPS means that my cable doesn't go out for 10min every time the electricity flickers.

I've found a great number of ease-of-use advantages, and find my familiarity with the product, and the relatively low price because of the computer market compared to even a decent power-conditioner in the AV world make it worthwhile to me.

But you don't need it. Put in a good surge suppressor and (assuming a properly wired house) I'd think your equipment as safe as it's gonna get.
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