There are lots of padlocks on the market but which ones are right for your lockers?
We look at the different types available and the benefits and pitfalls with each type. The first thing to be aware of is that size really does matter when it comes to padlocks.
If the body and shackle are too large then it won't fit in the door lock or it can act as a lever to break into the locker.
Too small and it probably won't work at all. Typically we recommend a body size between 32mm and 40mm and a shackle dimension between 6 and 7mm. D
Don't be too worried about paying more for a high security rating, if someone really wants to get in your locker then they will be able to with the right tools.
Like anything, quality does speak volumes but there are some budget gems out there too. Below we look at some of these.
If you are buying a lot of padlocks that take keys make sure you check how many are in the series before you get a duplicate otherwise you could end up with lots of padlocks that open with the same key.
Iron padlocks really are as cheap as it gets with prices starting from only £1.39 each. The don't look too bad either, the dark grey slate colour looks quite smart and because they are Iron they are pretty robust. The internal mechanisms vary depending on what Chinese factory they are made in but on the whole they perform pretty well, especially at this price.
The main downside is that Iron has a reputation for being cheap and as such puts many people off. They can also only be used indoors as outside they will dissolve within weeks. They are also rather heavy.
Brass padlocks are the mainstay of padlocks worldwide. Almost everywhere you go you'll find a trusty brass padlock keeping guard of someone's prized belongings. The main reason for their popularity is simple, they are strong and cheap. Whilst not quite as cheap as iron, brass padlocks are great value and will perform perfectly in most locker areas.
The main downside with brass is the variation in quality from manufacturer to manufacturer . We were once able to open a sample sent to us with a spoon.
By far our best buy in this range is the excellent Yale 40mm brass padlock with three keys. These are brilliant quality padlock and great value.
This type of combination padlock is very popular in the UK with schools, gyms and industry. What you may not know is this style of lock hides a dark secret. Some bright spark decided to advertise to the world how to bring up the code in seconds. This revelation has affected the vast majority of locks on the market and despite the security issues very little has been done to address this. Even before this issue combination locks had a tendency to jam up and fail. Depending on the brand these padlocks can be very expensive and still suffer with the same flaws
Luckily most people are blissfully aware of these issues and as such users are still pretty safe, but it only takes one as they say.
Fans of films like Oceans eleven will love this lock as it works in the same way as a safe lock, everyone else however will hate them, they are fiddly to operate and it's very easy to select the wrong code. Children seem to get on with this lock better than adults which is ironic since they have been around for decades are as retro as a prawn cocktail.
On the plus side thieves will struggle as much as you to get into the lock.