Review of the Master Lock dialSpeed 1500eDBX Electronic Combination Lock
Forget dumb, old, boring locks of the last century. Master Lock’s dialSpeed 1500eDBX would not be out of place if it were seen in the movie Total Recall or Star Wars 3D. It sports an ergonomic directional interface with LED lights. It uses a CR2032 battery that powers the electronic padlock designed for indoor use. It comes with advanced features such as permanent backup for the master code atmasterlockvault.com, a changeable primary code, and three guest codes.
Design and features
The dialSpeed 1500eDBX padlock comes in a box that contains the padlock itself and the user manual. The dialSpeed 1500eDBX looks and feels solidly built. The shackle features a superior cut-resistant material, hardened boron alloy. The shackle is large enough to fit most lockers. The dialSpeed 1500eDBX also features anti-shim technology for better security.
This new Master Lock comes locked, and you must use the user manual to unlock it. The user manual contains the primary code and the vault product code. To open the lock for the first time, you need to use the primary code found at the top left corner on page 2 of the manual. When the center button light turns green, pull the shackle to unlock it. If you do not unlock it within five seconds of entering the primary code, it will relock on its own.
Changing or creating different codes for the dialSpeed 1500eDBX requires a few simple steps. For example, to change the primary code, you need to open the lock and then press and hold the center button for two seconds. The center button will turn white, indicating that the lock is in program mode. The up arrow will turn blue to indicate that the primary code is already stored. To make your lock ready for a change of primary code, press the up arrow and then the center button. The up arrow will blink twice indicating that the primary code is ready to be changed. You then need to enter a sequence of arrows, letters, or characters (4 to 12 positions long). The user manual and video tutorials found at MasterLock.com may come in handy when you are changing the codes for the first time.
Changing the codes might seem complicated, but this will be a one-time process for most users. Do it once, and you will have it down. For added convenience, you can store your codes at masterlockvault.com. That way, if you forget your primary or guest codes, you can easily retrieve them. You need the vault product code found on page 2 of the user manual to retrieve your backup master code, so be sure to keep your manual in a safe place.
The dialSpeed 1500eDBX features a low battery indicator that flashes yellow when it is time to change the battery. If the battery dies while the dialSpeed 1500eDBX is locked, you can open the lock with the battery jump slot. However, you will hardly need to worry about changing the battery, because it has an estimated battery life of five years. One nitpick about this product is that the battery drawer is not as well built as the lock. However, the important parts of the lock are suitably sturdy.
The dialSpeed 1500eDBX is an innovative digital padlock. It is so easy to operate that you can open it with one hand without looking. Changing or creating primary and guest codes is a simple enough process. The Master Lock 1500eDBX features an anti-shim shackle with superior cut-resistance and can fit most lockers. The retrievable backup master code at masterlockvault.com eliminates the worries of forgetting your code.
The HomeGear Lab gives it a 4-Lights-On rating.
* Electronic directional interface
* Vault enabled
* Resettable Primary Code & option for 3 additional Guest Codes
* Ready to use – includes installed, replaceable CR2032 battery for 5 years of life
* 2-1/16" (51mm) wide metal body
* Shackle Dimensions: 1/4inch x 1 inch x 13/16 inch
* Anti-shim technology
* Boron carbide shackle