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I bought this combination padlock earlier on this year to use to lock my small trolley suitcase when I went away for the weekend. I am quite security conscious and like to take extra precautions however having said that if someone wants to break into your case they will find a way. I bought this one from Amazon and paid £6.99 which isn't that cheap but a friend of mine has got one and I could see how sturdy it was. Another reason for me choosing this was because it was a combination lock as my previous padlocks had been key padlocks and I had a few scares when I couldn't remember where I had put the key.
There are the words Squire written downwards and the words CTL 30 written at the bottom. It is black and silver and made of steel and it has three dials with the numbers 0 through to 9 which gives you a massive 1000 different combinations to choose from. The numbers click round easily and are spaced enough for quite large fingers to click one at a time. The code can be set and reset easily by putting in the existing code and then pressing a paper clip or something similar into the reset hole while you reset the numbers to a different sequence.
This padlock is quite small measuring 5cm in total which includes the 2cm silver closing arm but it does feel sturdy and tough. It gives a good strong click when you press the arm down which gives you the feeling that whatever you are using it for will be secure and safe. I have used this several times now for my small case and find that the arm goes through the zip comfortably however it may be a bit too thick to go through a very small zip. I have also used it for one of the rare occasions when I have gone to the leisure centre to take part in one of the classes and have used it to secure the locker in the changing room.
I think that this small padlock is suitable for a wide range of uses including suitcases, bags, gym or work lockers and even laptop cases. It is small but sturdy and just gives you that extra little bit of protection and peace of mind. If I needed any further padlocks I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these.
The gym that I go to has lockers but you have to provide your own lock. When I started to go to the gym I purchased this lock for a few reasons. It looked secure, had great reviews and was cheap. I am also able to use these locks on my luggage for when I am travelling.
There are three dials on this lock with numbers ranging from 0 - 9. This will give you 1000 possible combinations if my maths is right.
They are only small but are perfect for suitcases, laptop bags and even a gym locker.
I use my combination lock for the locker and the gym and also for my suitcase when on holiday. Having a lock that you don't need a key is a massive bonus as I would hate the thought of losing the key.
Another benefit of this lock is the fact that you can reset the code. Many combination locks don't give this functionality. To reset the lock, put your code in and use a paper clip in the "reset hole". When this has been done, you can reset the combination as many times as you need too.
There are full instructions included in the packaging so you don't need to worry about remembering how to reset the lock.
I paid £12 for three of these padlocks. I have one in my car all the time for at the gym, one on my suitcase and one on my laptop bag at work.
You won't find a cheaper combination lock of this quality.
I wouldn't have a problem with using this lock on a suitcase when travelling, but I would say if you are travelling to the USA, you will get the lock ripped off your case.
I have to say that I personally don't feel that they are needed on your backage when you are travelling through the airport but are a must when your cases are left in a hotel room. Having a lock may deter a possible thief from looking in an open case. If they have to work to gain access to your case then they probably won't bother.
Perfect for travelling and at a good price. I would recommend speaking to a friend or relative and selling the spare one or two to make some of your money back from the original purchase.
I do use this lock for my locker at the gym and don't hesitate trusting this lock to protect my valuables.
My husband often flies for work purposes and takes a zip-up medium sized suitcase which has to go in the carrier if he is going for more than a couple of days. He ordered a package of three of these locks, mainly because one of the zips kept opening slightly, so the lock was a way of holding it together, but also in today's climate I think it a good idea not only for the safety of belongings inside to lock a suitcase but also as a protection to stop anything from being added to your suitcase.
They came in a pack of three identical locks. These are Henry Squire Recodable Padlocks specifically designed for luggage use - for suitcases, laptop bags and brief cases whilst travelling. Each lock is coded rather than using keys, which I think is better for our purposes, well as long as you don't lose the code! Unusually they are three number codes, most others I have seen are four, but still this would give 1000 different possible combinations (0-9 numbers of the dial x 3 dials ie. 10x10x10 =1000).
The locks black and silver in colour and made from die cast steel, which, if I remember correctly is a mixture of metal alloys with are hard wearing and corrosion resistant. They look and feel very durable dispute being fairly small, 5cm in total length, with a body of about 3cm - the shackle part is quite long which makes it easy to clip around zip fasteners. So far we have had no problems getting the lock's shackle to go through any zip holes, however I suspect the shackle may be too thick for some smaller zips so you may want to check before buying. They are also quite light in weight just over 100grams each so they won't added much to your luggage allowance. These padlocks are also quite aesthetically pleasing, looking much more professional than the usual brass padlock so would be suitable to use on brief cases in an office environment.
As they came in a pack of three my husband kept two for himself, one for the main section of his suitcase and one for the front pocket, and gave the third to me. He has used his padlocks perhaps 10 times each so far and the only problem is he forget the code to one of the locks one time and had to phone me to find it out from a hotel in Hong Kong. We do have a notebook for keeping codes and things, so luckily I could tell him what the code was. So far I have only used my lock once, when I went to a conference in Bristol I locked my pull-along bag with this padlock as I felt it would be safer locked up when I put it in the racks on the train. The lock worked perfectly and it just gave me a bit of piece of mind that no one could get into my bag, even if I was still a little worried that someone could nick the whole thing!
~Re/Setting the Code~
My husband set the initial codes for all 3 locks - different codes for each one, but I have since changed my code to one of my choice that I find easier to remember. It's easy to do, just set the number to your current code and then slide the "reset" cover over to reveal a hole which they suggest you use the end of a paper clip to stick in to reset, I used my iPhone reset "key" which I keep in my keychain. Keep the wire in and close the shackle whilst you reset the numbers to your new password, then pull the wire out and the numbers are reset. Lastly push the "reset" cover back over the hole.
The dials themselves, with numbers 0-9 on each, are easy to turn and there is enough distance between each one of the dials to turn it without catching more than one dial at once.
My husband bought a pack of three from Amazon for about £12 including postage and packaging, so £4 each, which I think was quite good value. For holding a suitcase zip together and giving that bit more protection for your belongings these Squire padlocks work very nicely, although obviously with a few tools they could be easily opened. The three locks come in plastic moulded packaging front with a card back and we packaged in a cardboard box from Amazon.
This are great for travel and for a low level of back age security and protection. Realistically there is little you could do to stop someone getting into your luggage if they really wanted to but for a little extra baggage security when on the move these are great. A good priced lock - 5/5 from me (and hubby)!
Padlocks Type: Combination Padlocks / 30mm die cast zinc body. Recodable with 1000 combinations. Features: No Keys to be Lost or Stolen / Ideal for Luggage & Briefcases. Specifications: Body W x H x Th: 30 x 71.2 x 16mm. Max. shackle W x H: 12.7 x 26.4mm. Weight: 0.09kg.