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TRIXES 4 DIAL TSA COMBINATION LOCK
I am sure I must have more padlocks around home without the keys, as I always mislay keys, after trying a combination padlock, (just cheap one - for a weekend away in UK), I liked the styling of the lock but wanted a stronger one so I looked on Amazon and found this combination lock, it was priced at around £4 so I brought one for myself (I had the purple one) I was impressed with the lock that I ordered a 2nd one for my daughter, she has a pink one.
The lock is a nice handy size, it measures about 7cm in length, 3cm in width and just over 1cm in depth. The TSA regulation symbol is displayed on the side, to lock the padlock there is a silver ring at the top of the padlock this slides through the zip on the this then slots into the hole on the top of the padlock, which acts as your locking device.
On the side is a set of 4 dials that you move with your fingers and this is the combination. When you purchase the padlock it has the factory settings of 0000, but there are full instructions on how to change this. These instructions are on the back of the packaging, so you do need to take care when opening up.
I found this a bit of a pain to do the lock as I always seem to be all fingers and thumbs, but you have to pull the locking part, turn this around, pop it back into the hole, hold this down, turn another 90 degrees, then put in your new code. I would say get some-one to read the instructions to while you do the lock or vice versa, as it seems complicated making sure you have twisted the right way around. Once you have put your new number in, you then hold it down again and re-twist.
Doing the second padlock did take about half the time, but as they say practice makes perfect!
I will add you can change your number at anytime, just follow the set up process, although for me, I'm useless at remembering numbers, so once set it stay that number.
The TSA accepted symbol.
The main advantage to this padlock is the TSA accepted symbol. This means that should you be travelling and for some reason your suitcase has been picked out for a random check, then the Transportation Security Administration can open the padlock, as there is a special code on the bottom of the padlock, this means that the bag can be unlocked, checked, relocked up and the padlock then keeping your suitcase safe.
I find this method that the padlock can be opened, without damaging the lock a good idea, not that I want anyone going through my luggage, but peace of mind that if it did happen, my suitcase would be safe for the rest of the journey.
Ease of Use
I found the padlock easy to use, I liked the fact that it is available in many different colours, so like you me you can choose your favourite colour, or if you want to colour coordinate with your luggage.
I plan to buy another two of these padlocks as my next holiday is a long haul, and I know it may sound daft but knowing that I am liable to be having 40 winks on the plane that my hand luggage will have extra security of a padlock, so passport, money etc will be safe.
I have had my padlocks about a year, they've been used a couple of times for holiday and I was happy with them, they are really great value, and I like the fact they are practical enough to use in everyday circumstances, such as for gym lockers.
Value for Money
I feel these locks are excellent value for money, and I would certainly have paid up to £10 for a lock like this.