Keypad VS Dial Combinations
Why an electronic keypad?
Convience is the main reason for selecting a LaGard electronic keypad.
If you are opening the safe several times a day, this is well worth
the money. I have found that if someone doesnt like the process
of dialing the combination then they will quit putting things inside
the safe. Thus defeating the purpose of having a safe.
Many people ask Which is a better lock, a dial or an electronic
keypad? Good Question. I have found through experience in
safe cracking that both are VERY difficult. Electronic keypads
have a 4 consecutive invalid code lockdown. This makes
the keypad inoperable for 5 minutes. After the end of 5 minutes
you get two more tries or it goes back into lockdown for another
5 minutes. Thus virtually eliminating random entry of the code.
What if the battery goes dead? There is a battery
door compartment on the outside of the keypad. Just open the door
and change the 9volt battery. The computer chip maintains the
combo at all times and will not default because of no battery.
Here is something else that many dont consider, changing
the code on the keypad. Its easy and can be done when ever
the current code has been compromised. Your safe will come with
instructions on how to do this but I have included some general
- Easy to change the combo
- Fast to enter the combo
- You pick the numbers so the combo should be easier to remember
- If an incorrect combo is entered 5 times it goes into lockdown
mode and another attempt cannot be made for 5 minutes.
- Great strength and security.
- You have to change the batteries average is around once a
year. (it will remember the combo even if batteries go dead.
- Initial cost is more than a dial.
- If it goes into lockdown mode because you forgot your combo,
you have to wait 5 minutes until you can try again.
- Electronic locks have only been around for 20 years or so.
- Can keep the same combo and it will not show wear
- Dials last a long time with the proper care
- Initial cost of a dial is less than an electronic keypad
- Been around for over 150 years.
- You need to call a locksmith to change the combo
- It takes time to unlock and open
- Difficult for people with shaky hands or arthritis to open.
- No lockdown mode.
- Not convient. Its like an old rotary phone dial verses push
If you have any questions about which lock to choose please call
|For those of you that have
forgotten or lost you code change instructions, please find below
the instructions for changing a LaGard LGBasic. Please look at the
front of your lock and find an LG stamped just below the keypad.
If you do not find the LG this may not work.
Changing The Code On Your Electronic Lock
on Your Fireproof or Burglary Safe.
ALWAYS PERFORM THIS OPERATION WITH THE DOOR
*Valid Code Entry- you will hear a double signal after valid six
(6) digit code is entered.
- Enter zero six times
- Enter your existing six (6) digit code one time.
- Enter your NEW six (6) digit code two times.
- If a mistake is made wait thirty (30) seconds and repeat steps
- Test lock operation several times before closing the door.
*Invalid Code Entry- Triple signal and old code is still valid.
Opening The Lock
- Enter valid six (6) digit code (Factory is set to 1-2-3-4-5-6)
- The lock will signal a valid code entry with a double beep
- Within four (4) seconds, turn handle to the open position.
- Pull the door open.
Wrong Try Penalty
Battery Low Warning
- Entry of four (4) consecutive invalid codes starts a 5
minute delay period. (this is for anti-theft)
- LED flashed red at five second intervals
- At the end of the delay period, tow more consecutive invalid
codes will restart an additional five minute period.
Repeated beeping during an opening indicates that the battery is
low and needs immediate replacement.
* Uses one (1) 9-volt Alkaline battery. Any high quality alkaline
battery will do fine.
* Change your battery at least once a year.
Not only on your safe but also on all smoke detectors you may have
around your home or office. (My wife says Halloween is the National
Change Batteries Day and if its not
it darn well should be!)
If your battery is depleted and will not allow lock to open,
simply follow instructions below. Note: A sign that the battery
is low is when you put in the code and it accepts it but doesnt
pull back the bolt. You have a weak battery.
Changing Your Battery
- Remove black plastic battery compartment cover (located at
the bottom of the keypad) by gently pulling downward on its handle.
Note that sometimes there is a screw securing the battery door
which must be removed first.
- Allow the battery and its attached leads to drop down and out
of the battery compartment. If it does not drop, gently pull on
the battery until it does.
- The connector is easily removed by unsnapping it form the
tow terminals on the top of the battery. NEVER
PULL ON BATTERY LEADS.
- Connect a new 9-volt alkaline battery to the battery clip.
- Push the battery and the leads completely up into the battery
- Install the battery cover by placing one side of the cover
in position and then pressing the other side into position with
If you still have problems regarding your drop safe, depository
safe, fireproof safe, gun safe, floor safe, wall safe, security
safe, or any other safe that you have purchased from us please
call us at 877-629-6214 or contact your local locksmith.
the above instructions for a lost or forgotten code.
24123 Peachland Blvd. Suite C-4
Port Charlotte, Florida 33954
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