THE BEST Locks

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

Building a Giant Pin Tumbler Lock

A pin tumbler is one of the simpler lock designs out there. But it definitely takes some skill to build one from scratch. Watch as FarmCraft101 puts his carpentry and engineering skills to the test with a working 10x scale lock made from wood, complete with a giant key to lock and unlock it. It’s way too easy to pick though.

Litelok Flexi-U Silver Bike Lock

Litelok Flexi-U Silver Bike Lock

This flexible bike lock is not only easier to wrap around posts than traditional U-locks, it’s far more durable. It can withstand a tremendous amount of torsion – which can destroy other locks, and has a pick and drill-resistant lock cylinder. It’s also insurance-rated, with optional bike theft coverage available.

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Bolt Into Combo Lock

Bolt Into Combo Lock

We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

Magician and puzzle fanatic Chris Ramsay shows off an incredibly complicated “Level 10” puzzle by designer Rainer Popp. The beautifully-crafted T11 Popplock weighs in at about 5 pounds, and requires a sequence of 13 tricky steps to unlock it. The only clue provided is to use the key in the keyhole – but there is no keyhole.

Lock Picking with Electricity

Lock Picking with Electricity

There are lots of videos out there which show you how to pick basic padlocks, but most of them don’t involve running 900 amps of current through them. This is that video, courtesy of LockPickingLawyer, who connected an ordinary Master lock between the electrodes of a powerful transformer. That sound is terrifying.

Safego Portable Safe

The Safego is a portable mini-safe that lets you store your phone, wallet, and other valuables inside a locked chamber. It secures to rails, benches, or other fixtures so you can keep it nearby. Its lockbox can be opened using a combination or key. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Mindy Padlock

Mindy Padlock

Looking for a lock with a security advantage? This unique padlock features a special key that’s extremely difficult to copy with precision, and a mechanism that’s much less likely to be picked by the average YouTube-watching thief.

Igloohome Smart Padlock

Igloohome Smart Padlock

Igloohome’s digital padlock combines the convenience of PIN locks with the versatility of Bluetooth locks. It lets you send PIN codes to users via SMS and other text messaging apps. You can set the duration or timing that the codes will work and monitor access.

DIY Cardboard Lock

DIY Cardboard Lock

Watch as maker of things The Q crafts a fully-functional giant padlock from cardboard, plastic, hot glue, and syringes. While this oversize lock would easily be defeated with a cigarette lighter, it’s still a pretty nifty build.

Grip-Lock Handlebar Lock

Grip-Lock Handlebar Lock

This smartly-designed lock attaches to the throttle and brake control of most motorcycles and mopeds, adding a layer of security that goes beyond cables and ignition locks. Its internal mechanism is made using hardened steel, making it extremely difficult to defeat.

The 250-Step Lock

The 250-Step Lock

Most locks unlock with either a few turns of a dial, or inserting a key. But the Schloss 250 is a lock puzzle that requires 250+ moves in order to open its hasp. The solution is relatively simple once you get it, but quite time consuming. The Generation Lock is even more challenging.

Robot Safe Cracker

Robot Safe Cracker

Sparkfun founder Nate Seidle loves to create robots and is a genius with electronics. So for the fun of it, his wife gifted him a small safe that was locked, and provided no combination to open it. It was then up to Nathan to build a robot that could open it.

Marble Operated Door Knob

Marble Operated Door Knob

Paul Myers designed this replacement interior door knob which can only be opened by dropping a marble into its top. It’s made from 3D printed PLA, Airsoft and skate bearings. You can pick one up in his Etsy shop, Beta Things. We dig his business card embosser too.

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Monkey Intercom Smart Lock

Monkey Intercom Smart Lock

Unlike most smart locks, Monkey works with intercom systems instead of door locks. Just plug it inside your intercom handset and near a Wi-Fi connection to activate it. It can also control smart locks installed in doors.

Ola Fingerprint Lock

Ola Fingerprint Lock

Like other smart locks, Ola lets you open your door with your phone via Bluetooth as well as grant temporary access to other people. But it also has a fingerprint sensor, so you can open it even if you don’t have your phone with you.

Seatylock

Seatylock

The Seatylock combines a bicycle saddle with a hardened steel folding lock, protecting both your bike and seat from theft, and removing the need to carry a separate U-bolt lock. Available in two saddle styles and numerous colors.

The Unstealable Bike

The Unstealable Bike

The Yerka Project aims to create a bicycle where the frame and seatpost work together to form a giant lock, making it virtually impossible to walk off with it, and eliminating the need to carry a U-Lock, chain or cable.

August Smart Door Lock

August Smart Door Lock

Like Lockitron, August is a Bluetooth-enabled door lock. It attaches to your existing deadbolt and will allow you to open the door without using your keys. It also lets you bestow access to other people without giving them actual keys.

Quirky Covert Magnetic Lock

Quirky Covert Magnetic Lock

The Covert is a discreet lock that you can attach to the inside of practically any storage with a door or drawer. It comes with a magnetic “key” that moves the Covert’s latch to lock or unlock it.

Air Vent Safe

Air Vent Safe

Perhaps inspired by Walter White, here’s another compartment that’s hiding in plain sight. Turn the fastener hidden in the fake vent’s louvers to reveal the removable shelves.

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Lockitron 2.0

Lockitron 2.0

Lockitron has been relaunched with more features, including a sensor that can detect if someone knocks at your door and a Bluetooth sensor that automatically unlocks the door when you’re near.

Master Lock dialSpeed

Master Lock dialSpeed

The 1500eDBX electronic combination lock uses a simple but still secure directional code interface. It has a built-in battery that lasts up to 5 years.  More here. Now Master, about your naming scheme…

Pedal Lock

Pedal Lock

Designers Feng Cheng-Tsung and Cheng Yu-Ting have come up with an innovative way to deter bike thieves, with a pedal that transforms into a wheel lock. Break the lock, and you can’t ride the bike.

Water Bottle Bike Lock

Water Bottle Bike Lock

Kuat Racks’ Bottle Lock has a 5-foot-long braided steel cable coiled within itself and a small lockable compartment on the bottom; it fits into most standard holders on a bike. Available 11/1/2011.

Hidden Wall Outlet Safe

Hidden Wall Outlet Safe

A small safe that resembles an electrical outlet. Comes with a cutout saw and a template to facilitate installation. Easily replace the outlet cover with one that matches the ones in your house.

Lockitron

Lockitron

Lockitron is an Internet-enabled door lock system that lets you lock or unlock your door from your phone. It also lets you share virtual keys to other people via text message, and is NFC-compatible.

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