Product Info from Easter’s Lock & Security
There are just a couple of scenarios in which padlocks are commonly used, but every conventional padlock suffers from the same shortcomings: Access is granted to whomever holds the key or the combination, and it’s almost impossible to know who’s gained access and when. And if you lose the key or forget the combination, the lock becomes worse than useless; in fact, you might have to physically cut it off to gain access to whatever it was protecting. What’s that? You don’t carry bolt-cutters with you?
Dog & Bone’s LockSmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock and Fortune Brand’s Master Lock Bluetooth Smart 4400 Padlock look very much like standard padlocks. Curved shackles extend from their solid bodies, and you slide the shackle through a hasp, chain, or whatever device you’ll be using to secure your property. But these padlocks don’t have keys or keyholes, and they lack combinations and numbered dials. You squeeze them shut like a conventional padlock, but you unlock them with an app on your smartphone.
While you might find it inconvenient to pull out your phone and open an app just to unlock your locker or storage case on a daily basis, these locks’ strength is in their ability to provide shared access when you need it, and then withdraw that access later without having to make and hand out duplicate keys or spread around a combination.
To test them for review, I assumed that both were functional locks. They’re both solid, heavy hunks or metal, and I didn’t shoot bullets at the body or take a hacksaw to the shackle to see if I could force entry. Rather, I tried to model the kinds of scenarios described above and see how well they worked. I shared access to the locks with my son and assessed both the maintenance guy and the co-worker situations. In other words, I concentrated on the locks’ flexibility, not their sturdiness. Android and iOS Apps are available for both locks, but we each used an iPhone 5c for this review…