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Yale digital_door_lock

There are many options, but what are the best keyless entry door locks? Here we look at the options for a range of prices.

Electronic Keyless Locks

Yale Digital Door Lock with Touch Pad Display

Electronic keyless locks have many advantages, you don’t have to use keys, or worry where you have left them anymore – a single code can be used. They often work with existing door lock fittings (however this should be checked), a code can be temporaily given to a visitor and landlords can change codes easily when tenants leave. There are a number on the market, here we look at three very different models.

Digital Door Locks for about £100

Lets start with those locks currently priced at about £100 at the time of writing this article. This is the lower end of the cost range for a digital door lock.

Yale KeyFree Digital Door Lock with Touch Pad Display

The Yale Keyless Digital door lock can be retro fitted to most 60mm backset nightlaches.

Set your pin code. Forget about needing keys again, simply enter your code and turn the handle.

Advantages.

This lock looks great with it’s chrome finish and stylish blue backlit display.

Great support to aid fitting yourself is available with the instructions and the video above.

Just enter your pin and turn the handle, no need to try and find your key when it is raining!

You can choose a 4 to 12 digit code to use, this is very simple to programme.

The illumination and backlighting is ideal for night time use.

If you have guests then are temporay code can be set for their use.

3 minute lock out feature if code is entered incorrectly 5 times.

Low battery warning with emergency battery connection.

Insurance approved if it is fitted with a Maximum Security BS3621 Mortice Lock.

Simple to install yourself.

Yale digital door lock, convenient, simple and intelligent.

Disadvantages

They are more expensive than a traditional key operated door lock, but for that price you get a modern, convenient, great looking door lock.

Read customer reviews of the Yale Digital Door Lock with Touch Pad Display product  here from Amazon.

Keyless Door Entry

The second option is the SAMSUNG DIGITAL SECURITY LOCK .

Positives

This is a mid-range price bracket unit, although it is considerably more expensive than the Yale option.

As you can if you click on the Amazon picture link below, or watch one of the two videos this is a very sleek looking product – winning design awards.

Some models include a Intrusion alarm function, this may be a benefit.

In addition some models have the ability to sound the alarm and open the door if fire is detected within your home!

The lock can be operated by a smart card, the smartcard can be carried in a wallet purse and the door can still be opened.

Negatives

This is quite a bit more expensive than some of the other options on the market, a negative for some.

There is not a strong set of independent customer reviews and testing for this product.

Product detail.

The product weighs 1.8kg

With dimensions of 27 x 21 x 8cm

The power source is 4 x AA batteries

 

High End Models

There are a number of more expensive models such as this from Samsung below, however they are considerably more expensive than the other two models featured in this short article. We have included a product link to one of the higher end models below, at the time of writing the SAMSUNG DIGITAL SECURITY LOCK  does not have any independent customer reviews recorded.

If you are thinking about purchasing a digital door lock watch the videos highlighted in this article and read the independent reviews on the Amazon website, they can be viewed here digital door lock reviews.

We’ve also included some other articles you may be interested in.

Fingerprint door locks.   Three Push Button Door Locks to Consider   Anti Snap Door Locks

 

biometric door_lock

 

There are a number of futuristic options if you are thinking of buying a fingerprint door lock, we have a look at some of them here. In this article we have a look at the pros and cons of a couple of models, have a look and compare them to push button and digital door locks that are also available.

The Samsung Biometric Door Lock

Here are some of the features of this product.

4 way authentication method – Pin / Fingerprint / Mechanical Key / Remote Control (option)

4 – 12 digit pin

100 register able fingerprints

Touch screen number pad

Great looking design

Anti panic mechanism

Automatic Lock Mode

Fire alarm system

Emergency system

External emergency battery terminal

Low battery and replace battery alarm 

 

Product dimensions and overview

 

Power supply. 1.5v AA Alkaline Batteries x 4

 

Made from fibreglass and reinforced plastic

 

Coulour – Black

 

Front body dimensions WxHxL = 81.3mm x 318mm x 75mm handle included

 

Main body dimensions WxHxL = 79 x 290 x 80 handle included

Digital Door Lock

If you like what you see you can buy by clicking on the Amazon product link below, although be warned this is not a low cost unit and we have not seen a great deal of customers reviews of this product – these always help to provide a flavour of how the product actually performs.

See more information about the SAMSUNG BIOMETRIC DOOR LOCK by clicking here.

 

Keyless Entry Remote

Adel Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock

Now this option is a lot less than the Samsung product and it is very different in looks. We have summarised the advantages and disadvantages of this Fingerprint Door Lock below.

Positives

No external wiring is required

LCD Operation for easy use

120 fingerprints can be stored.

Quick access times. It takes approximately 1 second to register and match a fingerprint

Long battery life

Reversible handle, fit any left or right handed door

Negatives

The product may not be suitable for outdoor use, it is highly recommended for indoor use.

We can’t see great deal of independent testing as this is a new product.

WARNING

We have seen some reports that when batteries are changed then all fingerprint records are lost, please be aware of this.

Biometric door locks have may become more popular, there are a number of positives to these door lock types (no need to carry keys etc.) However there is not a large amount of independent testing and / or accreditation for these products currently available. They are also very expensive.

If you are interested in purchasing a sophisticated non-traditional door lock then be aware of these issues. There are also some other options available. These include Digital door locks and push button door locks. Neither of these options use fingerprint technology, however they do have a number of pros and cons when compared to biometric technology.

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What is the Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock?

The Universal Security Hasp & Padlock is a multi purpose high security hasp that is suitable for either right or left hand opening doors.

This product has been awarded Sold Secure and Secured By Design status.

Who needs a Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock?

The product is ideal to secure sheds, allotment buildings, gates, wooden doors, rear and side van doors, containers, stable and tack room doors etc.

What security ratings has the Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock got?

The Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock has achieved Sold Secure Bronze award status and Secured By Design approval.

Sold Secure are an organisation who test security products. Manufacturers can apply to have their products tested by Sold Secure, with those approved gaining the Sold Secure Quality Mark.

Secured By Design is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).  Products approved by Secured By Design are awarded 'Police Preferred Specification' status.

What do I get if I buy the Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock?

1 x security hasp
1 x Sold Secure Master Excell M50D padlock
4 x keys
6 x 10mm x 80mm coach bolts / washers / nuts

Technical information about the Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock

The Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock is

  • A precision lasercut product
  • Hasp manufactured in the UK
  • Made from heavy duty 5mm steel
  • Has a zinc plated finish
  • 12mm patented octagonal “boron-corbide” shackle
  • This shackle is 50% harder than hardened steel
  • Key retaining safeguard insures padlock is not left unlocked
  • Features an anti-drill plate
  • Suitable for either right or left hand opening doors
  • Has a double padlocking feature, so another padlock could be added
  • 80mm round close shackle padlock

How do I buy the Universal Security Hasp & Master Excell M50D padlock?

Could your crime prevention be improved by using this low cost, simple to install product?  Read more about the Universal Security Hasp & Padlock at Amazon.

squire 50cs_padlock

This article looks at two of the best padlocks for sheds, garages or anything!  They are both from Squire and are a real form of protection.  We have added details of both products as size and cost may be an issue, please consider them both before purchasing a padlock.

As an alternative, this Padlocks for sheds link will let you read a range of consumer reviews for padlocks at the Amazon site.  Reading user reviews is a great way to help the decision making process.

What is the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

The Squire SS50 padlock is a lighter version of the Squire SS65CS padlock and it has Sold Secure approval and a 10 year guarantee.  The SS50CS is more suitable for mobile security and shed / garage security.  

The Squire SS50CS is still a great padlock - compare it against your current padlock

Who needs the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

If you need mobile security or security for your shed then the Squire SS50CS is for you.  The padlock has a 10 year guarantee and has been highly rated by two separate organisations.

What should the Squire SS50CS Padlock be used with?

The Squire SS50cs lock is not suitable some 16mm or larger chains. 

How secure is the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

  • Sold secure Gold 
  • CEN 4 rated
  • 10 year guarantee from Squire


CEN is the main European lock standardisation and approvals body.  A higher CEN rating indicates a higher security lock.  CEN 1 is the lowest on the scale and CEN 6 is the highest rating. 

Sold Secure Gold is the highest rating available from Sold Secure.  Sold Secure is an independent British security testing and approvals organisation that awards Gold, silver and bronze for most products. 

What do I get if I order the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

1 x Squire SS50CS padlock
2 x Keys 

How do I buy the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

Click on the Squire SS50 Amazon link / picture just below this line, you will be transferred to the exact page on Amazon where you can purchase these products.  You can also read independent reviews at Amazon to help make your decision.

 

Technical information for the Squire SS50CS Padlock

Shackle Type                                          Closed
Body Width  50mm
Body Thickness   26mm
Shackle Diameter  10mm
Vertical Shackle Clearance  16mm
Horizontal Shackle Clearance   16mm
Shackle Material  Boron alloy steel
Body Material  Hardened steel
Hardened Shackle  Yes
Mechanism  6 pin tumbler
Anti bump  Yes
Anti drill  Yes
CEN Rating  4
Sold Secure rating  Gold
Weight  0.6kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Squire SS65CS padlock?

The Squire SS65 padlock is the ultimate high security padlock, the big brother of the SS50CS.  This padlock has been given Sold Secure Gold rating, a 10 year guarantee from Squire and the highest rating from CEN - not bad !

Who needs a Squire SS65CS padlock?

Squire SS65 padlocks offer the ultimate in shed padlock protection.  If you have a shed then you should compare the Squire SSG6CS against your current padlock.  

What should the Squire SS65CS padlock be used with?

The Squire SS65CS padlock is a 1kg lock, it is not easy to carry around, but does provide great security,

How secure is the Squire SS65CS padlock?

  • The Squire SS65CS padlock has been given Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold rating
  • A 10 year guarantee from Squire
  • CEN 6 rated (the highest security rating)

CEN is the main European lock standardisation and approvals body.  A higher CEN rating indicates a higher security lock.  CEN 1 is the lowest on the scale and CEN 6 is the highest rating.  

What do I get if I order a Squire SS65CS padlock?

1 x Squire SS65CS padlock
2 x key

Technical information for the Squire SS65CS padlock

Shackle Type                                    Closed
Body width 65mm
Body Thickness 31.8mm
Shackle Diameter 12.7mm
Vertical Shackle Clearance 19mm
Horizontal Shackle Clearance 19mm
Shackle Material Boron alloy steel
Body Material Hardened Steel
Hardened Shackle Yes
Mechanism 6 pin tumbler
Anti bump Yes
Anti drill Yes
CEN Rating 6
Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold
Weight 1 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are still undecided, click on this link Padlocks for sheds to see a range of padlocks on offer so you can compare to the items mentioned in this article.

Read more about the Squire SS50 

Read more about the Squire SS65

squire 50cs_padlock

This article looks at two of the best padlocks for garages or anything!  They are both from Squire and are a real form of protection.  We have added details of both products as size and cost may be an issue, please consider them both before purchasing a padlock.

As mentioned both of these locks are good, but quite expensive, you can follow this link to Alternative Padlocks for garages to see if anything fits your specific needs and price bracket better.  This is a link to Amazon, where you can read customers reviews of these padlocks.

What is the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

The Squire SS50 padlock is a lighter version of the Squire SS66CS padlock and it has Sold Secure approval and a 10 year guarantee.  The SS50CS is more suitable for mobile security and shed / garage security.  . 

The Squire SS50CS is still a great padlock - compare it against your current padlock

Who needs the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

If you need mobile security or security for your shed then the Squire SS50CS is for you.  The padlock has a 10 year guarantee and has been highly rated by two separate organisations.

What should the Squire SS50CS Padlock be used with?

The Squire SS50cs lock is not suitable some 16mm or larger chains. 

How secure is the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

  • Sold secure Gold 
  • CEN 4 rated
  • 10 year guarantee from Squire


CEN is the main European lock standardisation and approvals body.  A higher CEN rating indicates a higher security lock.  CEN 1 is the lowest on the scale and CEN 6 is the highest rating. 

Sold Secure Gold is the highest rating available from Sold Secure.  Sold Secure is an independent British security testing and approvals organisation that awards Gold, silver and bronze for most products. 

What do I get if I order the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

1 x Squire SS50CS padlock
2 x Keys 

How do I buy the Squire SS50CS Padlock?

Click on the link in this text, you will be transferred to the exact page on Amazon where you can purchase the Squire SS50.  You can also read independent reviews at Amazon to help make your decision.

 

Technical information for the Squire SS50CS Padlock

Shackle Type                                          Closed
Body Width  50mm
Body Thickness   26mm
Shackle Diameter  10mm
Vertical Shackle Clearance  16mm
Horizontal Shackle Clearance   16mm
Shackle Material  Boron alloy steel
Body Material  Hardened steel
Hardened Shackle  Yes
Mechanism  6 pin tumbler
Anti bump  Yes
Anti drill  Yes
CEN Rating  4
Sold Secure rating  Gold
Weight  0.6kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Squire SS65CS padlock?

The Squire SS65 padlock is the ultimate high security padlock, the big brother of the SS50CS.  This padlock has been given Sold Secure Gold rating, a 10 year guarantee from Squire and the highest rating from CEN - not bad !

Who needs a Squire SS65CS padlock?

Squire SS65CS padlocks offer the ultimate in motorcycle padlock protection.  If you have a motorcycle then you should compare the Squire SSG6CS against your current padlock.  Don't just consider your motorcycle security when it is away from your home, consider it when it is stored overnight. 

What should the Squire SS65CS padlock be used with?

The Squire SS65CS padlock is a 1kg lock, it is not easy to carry around, but does provide great security,

How secure is the Squire SS65CS padlock?

  • The Squire SS65CS padlock has been given Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold rating
  • A 10 year guarantee from Squire
  • CEN 6 rated (the highest security rating)

CEN is the main European lock standardisation and approvals body.  A higher CEN rating indicates a higher security lock.  CEN 1 is the lowest on the scale and CEN 6 is the highest rating. 

Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold is the highest rating available from Sold Secure.  Sold Secure is an independent British security testing and approvals organisation that awards Gold, silver and bronze for most products. 

What do I get if I order a Squire SS65CS padlock?

1 x Squire SS65CS padlock
2 x keys

How do I buy my Squire SS65CS padlock?

Simply click on this link Squire SS65 and you will be taken to the product page on Amazon where you can review independent product reviews and order the product if you wish.

Technical information for the Squire SS65CS padlock

Shackle Type                                    Closed
Body width 65mm
Body Thickness 31.8mm
Shackle Diameter 12.7mm
Vertical Shackle Clearance 19mm
Horizontal Shackle Clearance 19mm
Shackle Material Boron alloy steel
Body Material Hardened Steel
Hardened Shackle Yes
Mechanism 6 pin tumbler
Anti bump Yes
Anti drill Yes
CEN Rating 6
Sold Secure Motorcycle Gold
Weight 1 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article has focussed on two very highly rated padlocks, there are a number of padlocks that may be better suited to your needs or budget.  Read customer reviews of Alternative Padlocks for garages.

Read more about the Squire SS50  

Find out more about the Squire SS65 

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