Best Padlocks for Security
Padlocks come in many different varieties and the one you choose should be based on where and how it is being used, your needed security level, and whether or not it will be used indoors or outdoors.
Tip: Weatherproofing is a necessity for any lock that will be used outdoors.
Safety: Always change locks if a key is lost or stolen or security is compromised in any way.
Different padlocks feature distinctive internal mechanics and methods of access, including dials, push-buttons, fingerprint readers and more.
|Combination - Padlocks||PUSH-BUTTON||Doesn’t require a key Code can easily be changed Locks that require more digits for access are more secure Has pegs that must be pushed in to gain entry.|
|Combination - Padlock - Master Lock - Padlocks||DIAL||Features a series of discs that must be rotated to the proper position to allow access. Doesn’t require a key Stainless-steel cases resist weather better than other types Steel shackles are difficult to cut|
|Electronic - Padlocks||Biometric||Operates on fingerprint recognition. Keyless & buttonless entry Requires batteries Electronic key can be used for access in emergencies|
|Keyed - Padlocks||Keyed||Most feature a steel body that houses either a locking bolt or a series of pins. If you are using a series of locks for professional applications, consider a set with a master key that opens all locks in their specific set. Interchangeable core locks allow you to change keys without having to replace the body. Locks that can be re-keyed allow you to restore security economically.|
|Cable - Padlocks||Cable||Designed for use in medium to low-risk situations. Typically, protective vinyl coating covers flexible steel cable. Easy storage Ideal for bikes, automotive items and towing.|
Pick from features such as protective rubber covers, non-removable keys, and waterproof keys to ensure that you’re getting the best security possible.
- The shackle is the metal fastening bar that opens and closes when the key is inserted or the proper combination is entered. Use a padlock with a long shackle in situations where a normal lock is too small to fit or in other unusual circumstances.
- Padlocks with solid brass or thermoplastic bodies resist rusting and weathering. Aluminum bodies are lightweight and rust-resistant.
- Die-cast zinc and solid-steel bodies and boron-steel shackles provide additional cut and pry resistance.
- Hardened-steel shackle minimizes the chances of someone being able to cut through it.
- Protective rubber covers and fitted plastic casings cover the lock and the surface of whatever it’s attached to protect from dents, scratches and the elements.
- Padlocks with non-removable key features prevent you from walking away without securing the lock by not allowing you to remove the key if the lock is still open.
- Waterproof keys prevent rusting and helps prolong the life of the lock by keeping the internal mechanisms working smoothly.
- For car security, there are certain specially-designed locks that go over steering wheels and lock them onto place.