When you first look at the range of padlocks on the market choosing the best one can seem like an impossible task but it really shouldn’t be, you just need to identify the job it will be used for. To do that ask yourself these simple questions:
- What is it you need to secure? – Some padlocks are bigger than others
- Will you use it indoors or outdoors? – Some padlocks are designed to withstand extreme elements while others are made for indoor use only.
- How many people will need to access the padlock? – Some padlocks are more convenient for multi-person use than others.
- Will you need to reset the padlock’s code overnight or after a certain period of time? – Some combination padlocks will not allow this and others will.
Once you know what the padlock needs to secure, where it will be located, how many people need access, if the access codes ever need to be changed you can then review the types of padlocks available.
Types of Padlocks
There are a number of names for different types of padlocks so let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular ones to help clear the fog of jargon.
Everything is getting smart at the moment and padlocks are too. You can now get bluetooth activated padlocks that are opened via an application on your smartphone. They can often be opened by more than one person, so a full workforce has access to the padlock without needing to have a key each, or every employee needing to remember a code.
They can even provide temporary access which can be great if an employee is on trial or on a contract for a number of weeks. Once they no longer need access to the padlock their permissions can be revoked. You can be made aware of any attempts to damage or break the padlock via an email notification. You can get Bluetooth smart padlocks to be used indoors and smart padlocks to be used outdoors, and they both look as cool and modern as they sound.
Disability Discrimination Act Padlocks
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Padlocks are sometimes referred to as “equality padlocks”. They are the result of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 that stated companies had to be mindful of those living with disabilities when designing products, and were urged to make innovative products to cater for their needs.
As a result, you can now find padlocks that make operating a padlock much easier for disabled people. These predominantly target people that have weaknesses in their hands or difficulty gripping the padlock with sufficient force. These types of padlocks could also be useful to people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel or have recently had hand or wrist surgery. They have been designed so users do not need to grip them tightly, twist parts, or exhibit much force when opening or closing them.
You can get DDA Padlocks that can be opened by rubbing and you can get DDA padlocks where you push the key inside rather than twisting the key.
Some Other Popular Types
There are plenty of other types of popular padlocks that come in useful. To give you a crash course of them and their common purposes, here is a list of some of them:
- Combination locks – A combination lock removes the stress of having to look after a key and is often used for lockers, luggage, gates and sheds. You can find these padlocks with a re-settable capability which can enhance security in certain scenarios.
- Locker locks – These are perfect for people who often forget their padlock’s code as a lot of them come with an administrative key which overrides the forgotten combination.
- Special purpose locks – These are great to lock a trailer or bike. They are also adopted by restaurant owners as a way to lock together their outdoor furniture at the end of an evening. Locking them together can save time and wage expenditure compared to bringing them indoors each evening and putting them back outside each morning.
- Excell padlocks – These padlocks are made from materials that make them tougher to damage and withstand physical attacks. They’re perfect at guarding your more valuable possessions.
- Pro-series padlocks – If you need a padlock that will remain outdoors and you want one to last an extended amount of time, then you should consider a pro series padlock. These are very resistant to extreme weather.
All of those different types of padlocks are great, I hear you say, but what you really need is a standard durable padlock but you don’t know what material it should be made of? Brass? Steel? Zinc?! Well let’s have a look at the different materials and what that means for you.
- Solid Bass – Brass padlocks are strong, durable, and affordable. They are a great all rounder.
- Laminated Steel – Laminated steel padlocks are designed to withstand heavy physical abuse and are a good deterrent against theft.
- Stainless Steel – This construction method is optimised for weather resistance. If you need a padlock to perform while being exposed to the full force of the weather than this is a good choice.
- Chrome Plated Zinc – Chrome plated zinc gives you great weather resistant abilities and are extremely strong. These are the best choice for situations where outside security is a top priority.
- Aluminium – Aluminium padlocks perform well outside for more lightweight duties such as garden gates, cupboards, or storage lockers. While not as heavy duty as zinc or stainless steel they are more affordable.
Where to Buy Them?
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