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Panamax 1000+ I have a panamax 1000+. It recently "clicked" and now when I plug it in all that happens is that there is a little quick buzz, like a relay, and the red overvoltage light on the front lights up.  I am wondering if there is a manual reset or a fuse that needs replacement or what. Please advise. Thanks in advance. Charlie pharquarx@sbcglobal.net

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  • mousetrap46 Apr 22, 2009

    When fist plugged in one relay clicks in briefly and then shuts off with only the overvoltage light on.

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Can you please advise what is the panamax 1000 the only panamax I now is for headaches!

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I had the same problem with the overvoltage light coming on in error right after powering up my Panamax 1000+. In fact I have two Panamax 1000+ that developed this problem so it seems to be a common problem with the Panamax 1000+. However I was playing around with one of them turning power on and off and it started working and I've been leaving it on all of the time and it's been working fine now for quite awhile now. This got me to thinking that the problem was probably a bad electrolytic capacitor which can deteriorate due to the aging or long periods of non use. Electrolytic capacitors are usually the first components to fail in older electronic equipent. I looked inside and found there were only four electrolytic capacitors so I decided to change all four in the one that wasn't working and showing a continous overvoltage light right after power up. After changing all four electrolytic caps, I powered it up and it is now working normal again with no overvoltage light anymore when powering up. I bought the four electrolytic caps for about about $7 at Fry's Electronics. You will need two 4.7uf 50V, one 220uf 35V, and one 22uf 25V. Make sure the caps you buy have both leads on the same side and one lead is marked negative. If you have soldering skills you can change these yourself being careful to make sure the polarity is correct as the negative side will be marked "--" or have a black bar on the negative side. Otherwise you could take it to a repair shop and have them change the caps for you.

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    Vincent Poy Oct 05, 2014

    Thanks for the pointer, do you know what brand and product line the replacement caps were? Also, how do you get the circuit board out as I noticed to open the thing, you basically take the 4 screws at where the rubber feet is.

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Im having the same problem with mine...trying to figure this out..

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The problem is due to a poorly engineered power supply. The power supply puts excessive ripple on filter cap C8 - a 220uf 35V cap - and runs it warm enough so it has a limited life. Replacing C8 will fix the problem for a few years. There's also a dropping resistor, 100 ohm, that runs quite warm with 9 volts of AV across it. But it seems to stand up to the abuse, even though it looks like a 1/2 watt resistor.

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    Vincent Poy Oct 05, 2014

    Seems like the original cap is rated 85C, would replacing it with a higher voltage 105C cap work better or should the capacitance be increased as well? Since electricity is 120VAC, what is the 35V actually used for?

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    Would replacing C8 with a 220uf 50V capacitor help it to last longer?

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    William Grady Jun 05, 2017

    I have three of these Panamax 1000+. I had replaced the caps in two of them and they are still working fine but today my third one stopped working; only light that is on is the red over voltage light. I found some Panasonic 220uf 63V 105C capacitors for sale on Ebay paid $6 for six. I'm hoping the higher voltage rating of 63V and higher 105C will make them last longer. Just do a search for 220uf 63V and you will find them. Per Alan Peterman's suggestion I'm just going to change C8 first. Before I had changed the 4.7uf, 22uf, and 220uf as I wasn't sure which one was causing the problem.

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    William Grady Jun 05, 2017

    Vincent, you probably have gotten your Panamax 1000+ fixed by now but I had another one of mine go bad today; only have red over voltage light showing on the front panel. I found some Panasonic 220uf 63V 105C caps for sale on Ebay for about $6 for six. If you are still using your Panamax 1000+ you might want to order some of these just in case you need to replace C8 in the future. I think the higher 63V voltage rating and higher 105C temperature rating should help to make it last longer. Just do a search for 220uf 63V at Ebay and you will find them.

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