The BenjiLock by Hampton Padlock: Here’s Our Review
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If you’re unfamiliar with the BenjiLock brand, the story behind the company is pretty amazing. I had the chance to interview Robbie Cabral, CEO and Founder of BenjiLock LLC, and learn more about the product line.
The idea behind the first padlock actually came when Cabral noticed that someone had left a key in their lock while at the gym, so he came up with a way to solve this problem — a biometrically operated, fingerprint padlock. Later, Cabral appeared on Shark Tank and made a deal with Kevin O’Leary for his product.
Here are some high-level tech specs of this fingerprint padlock.
BenjiLock by Hampton Fingerprint Padlock Tech Specs:
Can be used by multiple people (ie. child, parent, sibling, etc.)
Stores up to five fingerprints
Can be used for securing a suitcase, bookbag, locker, and more
With Hampton Products International, Cabral has released several safety and security-related devices, including a TSA padlock and a fingerprint bike lock. You can find these locks online and in stores across the U.S., including Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Walmart, and others.
I took a closer look at the BenjiLock Padlock to see how it works and how it can be used to help you secure your valuables.
The packaging for the padlock is very nice and grabs your attention. One of the first things you’ll probably notice is the airplane indicating that it can be used for flying. On the front, you’ll also find the Shark Tank logo and Travel Sentry logo letting you know this lock is TSA approved.
On the back of the packaging is Cabral’s photo, example use cases, and the website.
Inside, you’ll find the lock, two keys, a USB charging cord, and instructions.
The lock itself has some weight while holding it. It’s made of die-cast zinc and has a steel shackle. Let’s dive in to setting this up!
The master user fingerprint is the main biometric reading that will be stored. You can add more fingerprints if, for instance, you’ll be sharing your lock or if you just want to add more than one fingerprint (which could be convenient if you’re ever in a rush and need to quickly unlock the lock without having to remember to use your right thumb).
To set up the master fingerprint, you’ll need to wake the padlock by tapping on the screen, and then insert one of the keys and turn it counterclockwise until the blue LED light appears. From here, you’ll need to touch the screen again and press the button at the bottom of the lock one time. Then, with the main finger you want to use for unlocking, tap it on the screen five times, holding your finger there until the blue light turns off.
You should see a blue light flash at the top of the lock, and that will let you know the master user fingerprint has been stored. Now, remove the key, and you’re all set! You can now use the fingerprint you’ve set to unlock the padlock.
If you want to see a visual of how to set up the master user print, here’s a look at stepping through the process:
If you decide that you no longer want to use an additional fingerprint, or you no longer need to share the lock with someone else, you can delete the fingerprint.
To do this, once you’ve inserted the key and turned it counterclockwise, you’ll need to touch the screen with the master fingerprint and press the button on the bottom the number of times of the stored fingerprint you want to delete (i.e. press the button twice for the second fingerprint/user, three times for the third fingerprint, etc.).
Once this is done, you should see a red light flash at the top four times, and that will let you know the fingerprint has been deleted. Remove the key once the flashing has stopped.
One nifty thing about this padlock is that it can be reset and restored like new if you ever want to pass it on — say to another child who’s progressed to another grade and now has a locker.
To reset the padlock, you’ll need to use the master user fingerprint again, but this time, you need to hold down the bottom button for at least 10 seconds and wait until you see a red light at the top.
Now, press the bottom button once more and the light will flash red and turn solid. Go ahead and remove the key and you’ve reset your light.
Ultimately, I think the lock is worth it, especially if you don’t like having to remember a combination code or are prone to misplacing keys. Plus, all you need to unlock the lock is your fingerprint, which means less time fiddling with a combination code.
The padlock makes it easy to secure and access your belongings, which I like. No app is required for the setup process, and you can reset the lock if you ever want or need to. So, if you have a child in school with a locker or if you need to secure your things at work, I’d say give the BenjiLock Padlock a go.