Smartphone Replaces Key In New Padlock

An electronic padlock that requires no key or numerical combination is now on the market.

Smartphone Replaces Key In New Padlock Photo (cc) by A. Strakey

Perhaps it’s one of those products you didn’t know you needed until you saw it, but it’s here: the QuickLock.

It’s a padlock that can be locked and unlocked with the help of a smartphone rather than a key or dial, CBS News reported today. It operates on a lithium battery that can last up to two years.

Tech writer Dave Johnson offers his impressions:

“I reviewed a pre-production version of the QuickLock and found it impressively polished and effective. It never failed to unlock promptly, and the mechanics are smooth and secure. It’s an example of a product that is designed to do one thing, and it does that one thing simply, easily and effectively.”

Of course, Johnson also admits that “what you’re buying with QuickLock isn’t greater security” because this padlock has a shackle. Like any other padlock’s shackle, it can be cut open with bolt cutters.

So what are you getting for the QuickLock’s $79 price tag?

Johnson says convenience. There’s no key to carry or lose and no combination to forget or lose, and the QuickLock opens within seconds.

According to the QuickLock website, the lock opens using Bluetooth capabilities within your smartphone and an app. It can also be opened with a waterproof wireless NFC key card and comes with one. Alternatively, wireless NFC FOBs ($15) and rings ($79) are available.

Would you buy a QuickLock? (It’s for sale on the website.) What would you use it for? Leave a comment below or on Facebook.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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