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The best smart padlocks for 2021

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While traditional padlocks still depend on dial or rotary locks, the new wave of smart models use more advanced features like fingerprint sensors. This makes unlocking these padlock easier, and it allows you to keep a list of specific people who are allowed access — all while still providing tough and mobile protection.

If it is time to upgrade your padlocks, we’ve rounded up some of the best options, beginning with the very reliable WGCC padlock with fingerprint protection. Take a look at our guide, check out the smart features, and see what’s right for you. You can also check out our list of the top smart locks.

WGCC Fingerprint Padlock

Our first model is an affordable padlock with a basic fingerprint sensor in the middle. You can see exactly how this WGCC lock works: Put your thumb on the scanner, and it opens. However, the features for this aluminum lock go much deeper. You use the app to upload fingerprints, and you can program 15 different groups of fingerprints to allow for different access, which is nice for small businesses or areas that are accessed by family members.

The lock is waterproof and charges via a Micro USB cable. One charge on standby can last for up to a month. If something goes wrong, you can unlock via the app, by scanning a QR code, or by inputting an emergency PIN on the lock itself.

However, it’s worth noting that the waterproofing on the WGCC Fingerprint Padlock is mild. It’s not meant to survive outside in the pouring rain, for example. Use it accordingly.

Igloohome Smart Padlock

If you’re not a big fan of Bluetooth sensors, the Igloohome Smart Padlock substitutes a number pad that can work with or without a connection. The mobile app is no slouch, though: It allows you to immediately unlock the padlock, set PINs and send them to friends, and track when the lock has been used in the past. You can also do a timed remote unlock for letting special cases have access. It’s an ideal hybrid lock that works indoors or outdoors, and even has a customized fit for hooking over larger obstacles. The app also helps you keep track of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you know when it needs to be recharged.

eGeeTouch Outdoor Smart Padlock

This lock is rugged enough to perform in unpleasant outdoor conditions without corroding. The app takes care of almost everything here, allowing you to unlock remotely or use the included NFC tag, so all you have to do is get close for the padlock to open. You can also grant others permanent or timed access from the app. The battery is also particularly impressive, lasting for around 7,000 lock/unlock cycles — working out to be about two years. However, the eGeeTouch Outdoor Smart Padlockis a bit pricier than some of our other options.

BoxLock Package Delivery Lock

The BoxLock is specifically designed for protecting porch boxes and containers designed to hold shipments. It allows you to share access codes with friends and family, but its real talent is tracking packages received by shippers like UPS, USPS, and FedEx. You can get notifications on your phone when a package is delivered, and rest assured that it’s safe from porch pirates and other thieves. The lock is weather-resistant, and comes with a battery that you will need to recharge every 45 to 90 days, depending on how much you use the lock.

SL Elite Fingerprint Bike Lock

Some buyers looking for a smart padlock have a very specific need: They want a good padlock for their bike. This SL Elite model is specifically designed for bikes (and other transport, etc.) with its 40 steel cable and waterproof capabilities. The fingerprint settings can hold up to 20 different fingerprints (which also makes it suitable for more commercial duties, like protecting a commercial trash bin). While the SL Elite Fingerprint Bike Lock can unlock around 3,000 times without needing to recharge, recharging is quite easy with a USB port protected behind a sealed compartment. There’s no Bluetooth connection here, which helps support the long battery life.

Tapplock Lite

If you need a smart lock for gym bags, luggage protection, and other portable belongings, Tapplock’s small smart lock is ideal. Its three unlocking settings include fingerprint reading, unlocking with the use of Morse code for emergencies, and BlueTooth use via a smartphone app. The battery is rechargeable, taking only two hours to charge, and lasts for a whopping eight months. If you need a lock for smaller, less tedious tasks, the Tapplock Lite is an excellent option.

Master Lock 4401DLH Padlock

Master Lock’s reputation for sturdy, impenetrable locks doesn’t falter when it comes to their Bluetooth padlock. The device is made with anti-shim and boron carbide and can withstand any weather elements, making it an excellent choice for both indoors and outdoors. There is a keypad security feature; however, you can also share temporary Bluetooth codes with other people through a smartphone app. 

The Master Lock 4401DLJ Padlock can keep fences, sheds, and more safely locked. You won’t need a Wi-Fi connection to secure this lock because it’s operated via Bluetooth. So if your Wi-Fi range doesn’t extend to your shed outside, it won’t be an issue. Do keep in mind that your battery is not rechargeable; you must replace it. Your app will notify you when the battery is low.

Seamount Fingerprint Padlock

This lock’s build rivals the Tapplock but with additional zinc alloy coating and waterproof material. Those additions to the design make this lock more durable and weatherproof. You can use it while fishing, camping, on your gym bag at the gym, on your suitcase while traveling, and more. Beyond being versatile, the Seamount Fingerprint Padlock has a  rechargeable battery that can last up to 3,000 uses on just one single charge. It can also read and store ten unique fingerprints.

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This srticle was first published on Digital Trends

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