In this AirBolt Smart Lock review, we talk you through the features, benefits, and cost of this travel smart lock. There are so many things to remember when travelling that it can actually be a little stressful at times! The very last thing we want to be thinking about it lost luggage or stolen items. Well, this is where the AirBolt smart lock comes in handy. So, is this a smart device just for the sakes of marketing, or is their real value in purchasing a smart lock?
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Who Is The AirBolt Smart Lock For?
The AirBolt is primarily marketed towards travellers who want to keep their suitcase valuables secure while flying. With this in mind, AirBolt has included a number of features that secure, track and allow airport security to access your belongings without tearing your suitcase open. All in all, very useful stuff for a frequent flyer.
But many of these features are useful in different situations. Such as, being able to unlock the smart lock without a key or combination code is perfect for those with poor memories and may save you from a sticky situation one day.
The tracking system is very useful in the case of a misplaced or stolen bag. If you are planning on backpacking for a while, it might be a good idea to secure your backpack with the AirBolt smart lock to lock the main compartment. In addition, tracing the location in the event it is stolen or lost will also come handy.
How Does The AirBolt Smart Lock Work?
The AirBolt Smart lock is a Bluetooth device that connects to your phone and is controlled via an app. It is currently available for both Android and iOS. Since this a Bluetooth device, there is a quick and simple set-up process which is essentially the same as any other Bluetooth set-up. However, there is the odd occasion, as with all Bluetooth devices, where connecting can be a little frustrating.
Once you have paired the device to your phone, you choose from a few of unlocking options, including password, tap an unlock button or auto-unlock once the lock recognises a trusted device. There is also the option to set an unlock pattern, which is entered on the device itself.
There is an option to have the smart lock notify your phone if you stray too far from the device, which is an excellent feature for the absent-minded, or if someone has managed to take off with your bag. Through the app, you are able to control the distance at which you should be notified, which will prevent annoying notifications if you’re only walking to the bar while your friend looks after your bag.
If somebody is able to make off with your possessions, there is a built-in, and genuinely quite noisy alarm, which will alert you and everybody within earshot that they’re up to no goo!
With this being a smart device, there is, of course, the need to charge it, which could be frustrating. However, according to AirBolt, approximately one charge a year is sufficient for normal usage. We would suggest checking the power each time before you fly, just in case!
For a simple device, there are a fair few features that we should run through.
|Secure Encryption:||Google have demonstrated quantum supremacy, but thankfully not many people have access to their machine. For us mere mortals operating with binary-based computers, the AES 128 bit encryption is essentially uncrackable. This standard is used by financial institutions solely because it is unbelievably secure.|
|Proximity Detection:||If the device is beyond a pre-programmed distance the device will alert you either through a phone notification, or an alarm on the device itself.|
|One App:||If you need multiple AirBolt Smart Locks they can all be controlled from one AirBolt app. Perfect for couples taking a holiday together.|
|Keyless Entry:||There’s nothing worse than being locked out of your own suitcase. This will never happen again with the AirBolt smart lock, as you can just unlock with your phone, or through the programmed pattern, you chose, which can be entered on the device itself. If you didn’t set a pattern and your phones out of battery, just download the app on your friend’s phone and you’re good to go. Alternatively, if you carry a portable USB battery, just give it an hour and you’ll be set for the foreseeable future.|
|Shared Access:||The shared access feature is incredibly useful for friends or partners who are travelling together. Instead of both people having to pull their phones out, both locks can be managed from one device. Another benefit is being able to access the lock from two separate phones, meaning if one is out of battery you can use the other phone.|
|Rechargeable Battery:||A standard USB charging cable will keep this device powered for around 1 year with normal usage.|
|Log Of Events:||Every time your device is unlocked a log of this event will be stored in the app for your viewing.|
|TSA Approved:||The AirBolt Smart Lock is TCA approved which will prevent any damage to your case in the event the TSA want to search your suitcase. More on this below.|
Fully Compliant With The TSA
For the frequent flyer who wants to keep their suitcase in one piece, there is a special code only privy to TSA agents. Thus allowing airport security to check your suitcase without tearing it open. The device keeps a record of when it was opened and where allowing you to see if your bag was checked and in which country. As a result, if anything goes missing at least you have information which could help with insurance claims.
There is an option to revoke TSA access when travelling through airports that are not under guided by TSA policy. Therefore providing another layer of added security in case a nefarious individual somehow has the TSA Master Key.
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 0.8 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|Manufacturer||AirBolt: The Truly Smart Travel Lock|
|Battery||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
AirBolt Smart Lock Design
The AirBolt has a somewhat futuristic look to it, which suits a ‘smart lock’. It is quite a small device at just 55mm wide and 16mm thick, and also surprisingly lightweight at 4.8 ounces. The device feels great in the hand but more importantly doesn’t weigh down a backpack.
The body of the device is made from die-cast Zinc and uses a stainless steel rope as the locking mechanism. Stainless steel rope is very strong and more than sufficient for the purpose it is designed for. However, don’t use this to secure anything left out in public as wire cutter will snip it quite easily.
It comes in a range of colours comprising of Code Grey, Persian Pink, Champagne, Bondi Blue, Amazon Green, and Monza Red. Because of this large range, you’ll be sure to find the one that suits your backpack or suitcase!
AirBolt Smart Lock Review Summary
The AirBolt is a solid choice of smart lock for the frequent flyer. It is a well-thought-out solution to problems a lot of people have. It is reliable, sturdy, and fairly priced at around $89.00 AUD. Traditional locks can help solve some of these issues. However, the AirBolt does a better job and at an affordable cost. Therefore, if you like your tech as much as we do, the AirBolt is seriously worth considering. Though, if you just want a little extra peace of mind and security, perhaps pick up a traditional TSA approved lock. So, if you are in the market for a smart lock I hope our AirBolt Smart Lock review helped you make an informed purchasing decision.
AirBolt Smart Lock Review
All in all, this is a good product that solves a number of common problems experienced by travellers. It is relatively affordable, but you must consider if the features are worth the added cost above a traditional lock.
- Durable Stainless Steel Cable
- Well-designed App
- TSA Approved
- Proximity Sensing
- Long Battery Life
- Cost Adds Up For Multiple Devices
- Sometimes Slow To Connect