UNBOXED: Reviewing the Tapplock One Smart Padlock
Who doesn’t love a solid disruptive piece of technology? That’s especially true when we’re talking about a product category that you didn’t even know needed disrupting. That’s exactly the case with the Tapplock one, a smart padlock that combines Bluetooth, fingerprint technology, and a little Morse code to help you up your padlock game.
The $99 padlock has the same basic design that you’d expect out of this category—there’s a normal-sized metal loop at the top that’s connected to a hefty body. But missing from the Tapplock one is the traditional number dial that you might find on a high school kid’s locker lock, as well as those pesky keys that you end up losing anyway. It's available in Sterling Silver (which we reviewed), Gun Metal, and Midnight Black. All three are incredibly sleek looking.
Instead of having to remember a ridiculous number combination or keep track of a tiny key, this padlock opens one of three ways: through the Tapplock app via Bluetooth connection, with a fingerprint, or by entering a Morse code combination. The first two methods are very 21st-century-esque ways of opening a padlock. Anyone with a smartphone, which is basically everyone today, would find interacting with the Tapplock very similar to how they unlock their smartphone.
Once you place your finger on the Tapplock touch sensor, it takes less than a second (about 0.8, according to Tapplock) for the product to scan your finger and unlock itself. That method is a little quicker than the app-based method of unlocking the product, which requires a double tap of the power button to put it into Bluetooth mode and then opening the app and tapping the unlock button. And the Morse code mode serves as a sort of last-ditch effort to unlock the device incase you don’t have your phone with you or if you want to share the “combination” with someone.
And speaking of sharing, the Tapplock app can be used to allow anyone other than yourself to open the lock either on a limited-time basis or as often as you’d like. The lock can store up to 500 different fingerprints, you can grant access to different users remotely, and you can keep track of the lock’s status and access history all through the app. There, you’ll also get information about battery life, firmware updates, padlock settings, and more.
As far as where the lock can be used, it’s an IP66 rated product, which means it’s water and rust proof. It can also withstand temperatures between 14 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to 60 degrees Celsius).
Additionally, the Tapplock one has a stated one-year battery life on a single two-hour charge. That’s incredible because you’ll likely never have to truly worry about the thing dying on you and locking your textbooks away forever. But that does carry the weight of having to keep track of the proprietary magnetic charging cable for an entire year in between charges. Not the biggest problem in the world, but if you lose it, you’re stuck having to find a replacement cable before you can recharge the product.
All in all, the Tapplock one is an incredibly intuitive product that truly disrupts a category that we didn’t realize needed disrupting until Tapplock disrupted it.