I’ve got this gift on LOCK. Master Lock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock #Review and #Giveaway

We’ve got a pile of old combination locks kicking around the house.  It isn’t that we need so many locks, nor is it that we feel we need many combination locks.  Rather, it’s that although they come with the combination stamped to the back of them, we remove those stamps for security purposes, thereby making the locks very effective and keeping people out….even the people who own the locks!  Shamefully, a couple of the gravestones in our combo-lock graveyard came about as a result of too much elapsed time between visits to the gym, allowing for the combinations to be forgotten and beyond retrieval.

Then, just in time as we chose to sign up for an incredibly expensive health club which we’ve vowed to make use of as our default family entertainment….comes the MasterLock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock.

First and most notably, this is not an all-purpose lock, as they are designed for indoor use only.  You’ll have to find another product to secure the spray paint in the toolshed from the neighborhood kids.  It’s ideal for gym locker security, so that’s where we tried it out.

The first thing we noticed about the lock was that it lives up to its name, “dialSpeed”.  You know that eternity between when your towel falls off while you struggle to spin up the combination to your lock until you finally get the thing open?  Well say goodbye to drafty backsides, because with the right code you can get into this lock quicker than it takes for the towel to hit the floor.  Just grab the lock with one hand and press one of four options (up, down, left, right) in the combination that you specify, and your dignity is preserved.

In addition to numeric combinations, the face of the lock makes it easy for you to use words or number/word combinations.  The face of the lock is set up like a compass with four directions.  “Up” represents “ABCDEF or 123”, right represents “GHIJKLM or 45”, down, “NOPQRST or 678” and left “UVWXYZ or 90”.  So if your password was “BLUSH2”, you would simply grab the lock and press “↑→←↓→↑”.  Get the combination right and the dial pad turns green and you hear a click.  Get it wrong and the pad will turn red and reset so that you can try again.

You can always use the lock with the pre-programmed primary code that it comes with right out of the package.  You can also very easily change the primary code to something that you already know.  There is a center button on the lock that allows all functions to be initiated, such as setting the primary code, adding a guest code, changing a code, or deleting a code.

The battery lasts up to 5 years, and can easily be changed (but only when the lock is open…..sneaky!).  Even if the battery is dead, you can still unlock the lock by a special battery jump slot that allows you to enter the combination.

Accessing the Master Code for the lock (each device has a unique factory code that you can retrieve online if you have the original documentation) wasn’t particularly difficult.  It merely required registering an account on the Master Lock Vault site and adding the Vault Product Code from page 2 of the manual.  You can save the combination that you’ve programmed, and can also access that factory default code that can never be deleted or reprogrammed.

Included with the lock is a USB drive that can be used to securely store files and information in conjunction with Master Lock’s “Vault” subscription based service.

The lock weighs more or less the same as a standard combination lock, is of similar size, and currently comes in either black or white.  It is roughly $20 more than a standard Master Lock combination lock.  That extra $20 ensures that you don’t need to run out and buy another lock when you forget your combination, that your locker looks cooler than the locker next to yours, and also ensures that your naughty bits don’t catch a chill on your way back from the shower.

Buy it!

The MasterLock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock retails for $39.68, but you can purchase it here for $24.99 +FREE shipping!

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One lucky Freckleberry Finds reader will win a Master Lock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock! Ends 12/14. Open to US and Canada.
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Review by Dan Madore


  1. i hate that drafty backside feeling, so my solution was just to never go to the gym. (the original option was simply never to shower after going to the gym, but that was vetoed by pretty much everyone else at the gym.) but with THIS, i no longer have an excuse!!!

  2. This review somehow sold me on a $25 lock instead of piling my coat and diaper bag behind my machine.

  3. I would use it on a locker door to keep all my valuables safe!

  4. at work

  5. Carrie Phelps says:

    I would use this on the bikes I keep on my front porch.

  6. I would give it to my son to use on the foot locker in his dorm room at college.

  7. I would use it on my locker at work!

  8. This would come in handy at work for our lockers there that we use!

  9. Ashley turicik says:

    I would use it for my locker at the YMCA

  10. I would use it on our front gate when we put animals on the driveway to graze. It would stop the UPS man from opening the gate to drive in and letting my animals loose on the road!

  11. I would use it on my work locker since after working all night I can barely remember my name sometimes.

  12. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    I would use in the shed outside

  13. use it for a lockbox with our important papers

  14. Megan Parsons says:

    I’d give this to my husband to use on his locker at work!

  15. Would use it on the locker @the gym. Or around the house or almost anywhere…this thing is GREAT!

  16. kimberly holgate says:

    probly on my fishing gear at home my husband keeps taking it all and never replacing

  17. Jennifer Rote says:

    We would use this on our lock box.

  18. Play centers where I’m always leaving my stuff unsecured!

  19. Theresa J says:

    This would be great on my storage

  20. I just joined a new gym because I’m training for a half marathon, so this would be perfect!

  21. Ang Alford says:

    for my kid

  22. I would use it to lock storage.

  23. email subscriber with email
    nclaudia 25 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. I would use this lock on my shed my hubby would love it

  25. I would give it to my daughter to use at school. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  26. I would use this on our shed

  27. Paul T/Pauline T says:

    i would use to lock up my bike on campus —– Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com