BenjiLock by Hampton Fingerprint Travel Lock Tech Specs:
Stores up to 10 fingerprints
Can be used by multiple people (ie. child, parent, sibling, etc.)
Can be used for securing a suitcase, bookbag, locker, and more
This travel lock is TSA-approved so you’re all set for flying. Additional products under the line include a fingerprint padlock and bike lock. You can find these products 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 Travel Lock to walk through how it works and you can use it to secure your luggage.
The packaging is similar to the standard fingerprint padlock. The Shark Tank logo is on the front, in addition to several use case scenarios.
The back of the packaging has Cabral’s photo, use cases, the number of fingerprints that can be stored, and the brand’s website.
Inside is the lock, a USB charging cord, and instructions. This lock feels lighter than the padlock, and has some noticeable differences: It doesn’t come with keys but can be accessed by TSA agents if needed. It also features numbers on the back so you can create a passcode that will allow you to open the lock by code.
Getting Started — Charge Your Fingerprint Travel Lock
The instructions recommend charging the travel lock using the USB cable that comes with it. I used a compatible USB charger for this part. It takes one and half hours to fully charge whenever the battery is depleted. A red light will appear on the back of the lock, letting you know it’s charging. Once the charging is complete, the light will turn off. Now, you can set up the master user fingerprint.
The master user fingerprint is the main one that you’ll use. You can add more fingerprints or users for the lock as well. Before you begin the setup process, decide on which finger you’ll want to use as this will help while you’re programming the lock. Consider which finger you’re most used to using for similar tasks, likely your thumb or index finger on your writing hand.
To set up the master fingerprint, tap on the front sensor to wake the lock, and then turn over to the back and press the “1” button four times. This will make the shackle open and you’ll see lights flash on the front.
Very quickly, within four seconds, take the finger you’ve chosen and press it onto the sensor until you see one of the LED lights stay on. Lift this finger and press it back down again until another LED light comes on. Repeat this process four more times, lifting and replacing your finger until all of the blue LED lights show in a circle.
Once all lights in the circle flash, close the shackle and you’ve just finished setting up the master user fingerprint. Now you can test it by tapping your finger to re-open the shackle.
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:
I added one more fingerprint to the lock just for convenience. If you want to store another fingerprint or share your travel lock with a family member or friend, here’s how you can set this up.
First, go ahead and decide on which additional finger you want to add or have the other person choose which finger they want to program with the lock. Then, using the finger you chose for creating the master user print, press and hold it on the sensor. The shackle will open but do not remove your finger until the blue lights on the front begin to rotate.
Once the lights begin rotating, quickly place the finger that you want for the second print onto the sensor and hold it there until one blue light shows. Lift your finger and press it on the sensor again until a second blue light shows. You’ll repeat this three more times until all of the lights on the sensor are showing and the circle flashes. Now, close the shackle and your second fingerprint has been added.
You can also open the lock by passcode using the numbers on the back. This is a nifty feature if you’d like to have an additional way to open the lock without having to add another fingerprint, or if you’d like to give someone else access without them having to add their fingerprint.
Before getting started, decide on the code you want to use, making sure it’s something you can easily remember and not something others can easily guess. Your passcode must be between 3 and 8 numbers.
Using your master user print, press down on the sensor, and the shackle will open, but keep your finger on the sensor.
When the lights begin to rotate, remove your finger, and on the back of the lock, punch in the code you want to use.
If you’ve programmed the lock correctly, a blue light will appear above the numbers on the back, and you can close the shackle. If you see a red light, then you’ll need to close the shackle and start over.
When you’re ready for a fresh start, you can always reset the lock.
With your master user fingerprint, press down on the sensor, wait for the shackle to open and the lights on the front to rotate. Once the lights are rotating, then you can lift your finger.
Press on the sensor again with the master user print, and hold for at least five seconds until the lights on the front are solid red. Now, you can close the shackle, and the lock will reset. Please note that the passcode will default, so if you want to use a different one, you’ll need to set this up.
I think this lock is worth it if you tend to do a lot of traveling and you want to secure your luggage. The fact that the lock is TSA-approved is a plus in the event that an agent needs to check the contents of your suitcase (you won’t have to be concerned about having your lock cut).
In addition to using your fingerprint for unlocking, I like the passcode feature that you can also use as a back-up or for another person. I’d say the fingerprint travel lock is a worthwhile investment for protecting your items while traveling.