Chloride Desk Power 500 review
As the smallest UPS on test, the Chloride is easier to hide away. It can be wall mounted, placed under a monitor or a desk. A single screw holds the battery cover in place, making it relatively simple to replace.
Despite the small dimensions, the Desk Power 500 can handle 300W loads, but it only powered our test rig for 13mins 26secs. At full load, runtime will drop to around three minutes.
While there are USB and serial connections on the rear, no software is bundled. You have to register on Chloride’s website and wait for the download details to be sent to you in an email. MopUPS Express is fairly well featured, though, allowing you to shut down your computer safely following a power cut. Next to the power button on the front is an alarm mute button, but this doesn’t work if the battery is nearing expiry – in our case, ten of the 13 minutes.
On the rear are just two IEC battery-powered outputs, with the third surge protected. No loop-through power cables are included in the box – you only get USB, serial and a standard IEC power cable. Still, it’s good to see RJ-45 in/out sockets on the rear. In our tests, the Desk Power 500 broke down during our 6kV surges, but coped fine with 2kV and 4kV pulses.
However, at £99, the Chloride Desk Power is far too expensive compared with others here, especially considering the lack of sockets, the 300W load limit and the absence of software in the box.