BenjiLock 7.87" Fingerprint U-Type Bike Lock
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- Smart lock uses your unique fingerprint to keep your bike secure
- Supports up to 10 fingerprints for multiple users
- Lithium-ion battery can last up to 6 months and is easily recharged via the included USB cable
- Simple to program and install on most bikes
- Hardened steel shackle and U-shaped bar lock stays secure on your bike
- USB Charging Cable
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- Potentially industry changing, but not quite ready- April 7, 2021
After having superglue put in the keyhole of my bike lock a couple times in downtown Minneapolis (whether pure vandalism or to come back in the middle of the night to cut off and take the bike), I looked at getting an electronic lock. I went with a fingerprint lock as the ones opened by apps have been thus far reviewed as unreliable, with the apps not connecting or not opening the lock. I had issues with all three Benjilock bike locks I ultimately tried, although support was very good at sending replacements for the first and second. The first lock's end cap, which covers the fingerprint pad, fell off within minutes of taking the lock out of the box. You have to turn it aside to press your fingerprint to the elctronic pad 11 times to set the lock, and in turning the endcap back after the lock settting it fell off. I requested a new end cap to try pressing onto the lock, and was sent an entire new lock within a few days. The second lock had mechanical issues right away. Not long after setting my fingerprint, it stopped recognizing it. I couldn't get the fingerprint pad nor the key to unlock it from a locked state (with the U bar uninserted). Within days I was sent a third lock. This one, like the first, had the end cap fall off immediately on turning it back after the lock set. I sent the second lock back as requested, and am currhently just using the first without the end cap as mechanically it has been the most reliable of the three. It has opened on it's own a couple of times when I've gone over a bump and had it locked over my bike crossbars. On the key side, the mechanism is finicky and not completely reliable, as it isn't as dead simple as a purely mechanical lock. I've found what the key does or doesn't do when turned clockwise or counterclockwise depends on whether the lock is in a locked or unlocked state, how it was locked (electronically or by the key), whether or not the U bar is inserted, and isn't consistent with the lock state. Aside from these issues, the Benjilock bike lock has a very modern and clean look, much less clunkly than the current bike lock industry leader. The locking bar has a nice baked textured metal finish. This lock is a bit smaller than a full size lock, 3 1/4" x 8" on the inside, so can take some maneuvering to get it around both the frame and back wheel. I use security nuts on my wheels, but still like having them externally locked for theft discouragement. I expect the next generation of the Benjilock Fingerprint bike lock will change the industry, but currently it's not quite ready.