@sammydog01 you use one of the 23 battery packs you bought at meh.com and plug it into the usb port that is at the bottom, just sitting there behind a little flap of plastic, for anyone to access. and charge it back up!
@mydrivec perhaps you would like one of the many portable usb chargers meh offers? perhaps you would like to listen to some hot chart toppers with a portable bluetooth light bulb while it charges?? It’s all about the meta-game when you’re selling bulk!
Isn’t anyone paying attention? “Zinc alloy body” That is junk. They use call that pot metal. It’s brittle and soft. You don’t need a bolt cutter to break it, just hit it with a rock. A shoestring tied in a really good knot would be harder to open.
I love the bad amazon reviews that complain you have to go to the lock to unlock it. Ok. What would you do after unlocking it without having to push the button? You would still have to go take it off the latch it’s on!!
Concern of the security of the BT version it uses seems valid though.
So, I was looking at that price like damn that’s high. Then I noticed its Amazon price, apparently straight from the manufacturer no less- $70. Double fuck that. I also looked over their description 'n whatnot, looking for some answers to some questions I had and… what is it with little, or even big, companies who seem incapable of throwing a couple bucks towards a proofreader to make sure they don’t come off like a joke in the shit they present to the public?
i can see it now… i’m out & about, i go to open this lock at the gym. i forgot to charge my phone, it’s down to 1%, phone keeps shutting down, have to get battery pack from car. after finally finding battery pack accidently leave car keys & phone in car. wouldn’t you know it, the battery pack needs charging too. now, my keys & dead phone are in the car, my spare car key is locked in gym locker & all i have in hand is a dead battery pack… but… all’s not lost, hacker dojo is just around the corner… phew, now there are some nice people… took them less than a minute to open it up. so glad i have a bluetooth lock.
You should send me one or two of these just for free for the fact that I don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t need a key to UNLIKE his bike or his gym locker either. I am the grammer control police. I hereby repudiate this here unlike comment hitherto for mentioned.
Then I realized I didn’t need it… the only place I use a padlock is on my shed, and I have one of those directional combo locks on it (up down left right) that I can do the combination one handed in about 2 seconds without even looking at it. So it would be way more inconvenient to pull out my phone, launch an app, etc.
Perused the Amazon reviews. I found the following facts.
Batteries should last a long time - 2 years or 3000 unlocks.
To unlock it, you need to push a button on the lock, then use an app on your phone. This is the deal breaker for me. I wanted to be able to walk up to the lock at the gym, and have it unlocked. (And, unless the company publishes the protocol they use, you are dependent on the company to maintain the app.)
It is easily shimmed (see above as well).
Someone claims the security baked into the bluetooth protocol they use is flawed, and you really want a lock that uses the subsequent version of bluetooth. (I think shimming, brute force, or a pair of bolt cutters are a lot more likely method of opening this lock.)
Kewl is the 1w speaker 2fer 6 bucks , i have very little use for padlocks period like someone saying try this ice cream its 30 dollars a pint but its a new flavor…like everything else when they drop to ten bucks i’ll buy one , Like a previous poster said “Just to have one” But i must say ty Meh for the new product introduced duly noted !!
@rustyh3 There are some bike locks where you just walk up the the lock with your phone in your pocket and it unlocks (you push a button on the lock to actually unlatch it). That would be pretty convenient. Launching an app, etc… not so much.
Did anyone else ever go to one of those lock and key parties. The girls would get a lock. The guys qould get a random key. The idea was to go around and meet people and see if you could open the lock with your key. It was supposed to facilitate meeting and flirting.
@CaptAmehrican A while ago I read something about an organic vegetable farm having “weeding parties”, where random single people got paired up to weed rows of plants. It sounded kind of interesting; quiet, good opportunity for conversation, and supposedly you could learn something about people’s personalities and approach to life by how thoroughly they pulled their weeds.
I want to want this. . I really want to buy something… I’m in a shopping mood… And yet… I could have sworn when I first looked at this it said $18 - now $30? How about take 18 from 30…$12… Or 3 goes into both… So 6 or 10…subtract the smaller from the larger… 4… Which goes into 12 3 times… 3 shows up twice… 2 times 2 is 6… Where was I going. Maybe I should buy a calculator instead. Or sleep. Sleep is cheaper and more useful than either a padlock or a calculator. Plus I have a calculator on my phone. Why is MEH selling calculators? Back to bed!
There are applications for good Bluetooth locks, and even a few situations where this lock would be adequate. All of the applications involve the lock owner sending temporary keys to someone far away.
You could use good Bluetooth locks (not these) on remote gates for those organizations with lots of gates and lots of workers, particularly outside contractors. For example a company that manages cell phone towers out in the country. Surprise issues come up. For example, if vermin move in, the management company will have to allow the exterminator in to get rid of the rodents or marmots, then carpenters will need to fix structural damage, and landscapers will have to fill in the holes.
There will be no need to send out someone to meet each of the workers.
These locks aren’t reliable enough for that, particularly for outdoor applications. So for those sorts of things the companies will spend a lot more than $70 each installing hardwired remote control locks.
These locks make sense in a widespread corporate setting where janitorial supplies disappear when not locked up, (a sign that management mistreats employees), but sometimes there are cleaning emergencies so bad that management authorizes access to the sacred cleaning supplies. In those situations, management can just send a temporary key to the employee working at that location. When the lock fails, then the employee can use the emergency bolt cutters and install another $70 lock.
I have heard of paranoid managers that spend a lot more money keeping their employees from doing things, that well treated employees would never do. Even if I knew of a mean spirited paranoid manager that would want these, I wouldn’t tell them about this “deal”.
@hamjudo It could be useful for people that do vacation rentals. When I rent vacation houses (half the price of hotels) I have variously had people mail me keys, have someone meet me with keys, have keys in a coded lockbox and email me the code.
Looks like rubber crap. I bought a keyhole-less all-hardened-steel mag-lock in Japan. It uses a special magnetic key, a series of tiny magnets welded together seamlessly, that you hold against a groove in the side of the lock. Sturdy as hell, and cannot be picked, ever. That was in 1970, and it still works fine. So, no thanks on the rubbery Blue-doofus thingy.
This one is great Meh! I can use the bluetooth lock to lock-up the shed so that when an intruder comes into my house he can get in! So that means that I will not need the cameras I decided not to buy the other day don’t give me the opportunity to see somebody break in to my house, steal my stuff, make a sandwich, take a dump on my Trump Gold plated toilet, make some microwavable popcorn, take s nap, eat my kids porridge, sit on my recliner, mess up my beds, make some quesadillas, smoke my Cuban cigars, take my chihuahua for a walk, watch the fake news about that crazy president that was elected on CNN, take a shower, have some Makers Mark on ice, give them self an enema, go crap all over the Trump toilet again, back up the toilet, play mine craft on my Xbox, do the laundry, mop the kitchen, pick up my dogs shit, fold the laundry, make phone call calls to Eastern Europe, order pizza, order a mail order bride from Russia, take selfies imitating Trumps “Your Fired” line, cook dinner, eat the 20 cases of Girl Scouts cookies my daughter has to sell, clean out my garage, and do the dishes. Seriously considered getting this lock, Meh!
I’d rather have an NFC padlock. I don’t want to have to take out my phone, open an app, and activate it in order to lock/unlock. However, if I could just hold my phone up to the side to unlock it, that would be more useful to me.