by Robert Fox
If you are looking for a lock for your exterior door which will allow you to enter without keys, and yet doesn't require electricity of any kind to operate, this Lockey USA pushbutton lock might be the right lock for you.
This particular model, the Lockey USA 2835SN, is quickly gaining traction as one of the trusted few mechanical locks that you can count on to install for either your residential or commercial needs.
So what is it about the Lockey 2835SN that has gotten it so many satisfied buyers thus far?
For starters, take a look at this unit. The design is simple, and it doesn't rely on flashiness in any way to sell the lock. If you are looking for something with a little more pizazz, you might want to look at something from home security experts Schlage, such as one of their electronic Camelot models, but of course these are electronic locks. If you want something rather, shall we say stoic, then this Lockey 2835SN lock really fits the bill.
With this Lockey 2835SN, you're getting form following function, or, in other words, a more utilitarian lock where the most extravagant thing about it is the word "DIGITAL" carved into the metal itself.
Actually, you do get a wide choice of colours for this lock, including Antique Brass, Bright Chrome, Jet Black, Satin Chrome, Bright Brass, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Marine Grade, and White. This in itself makes this lock less of a plain choice, and allows you to match it better with your home's design. Some buyers have actually praised the lock for its no frills appearance, and, indeed, some of the colour choices with this lock do look quite sharp.
By "digital", we're not talking about digital electronics here. This lock is battery free and totally mechanical, however, it does technically have digits in the form of a numeric keypad where you can input your four to seven digit personalized access code, at which point you turn the handle, and you gain access to your home or business. Even the numbers are engraved into the stainless steel exterior here, so you don't have to worry about them getting rubbed off. They will look the same 5 or 10 years from now as they do on the day you install the lock.
That's another thing which is great about this lock. Its all metal, and its built to last. Once you install it, and the installation part is really quite simple, then this home security device is from here on out a simple and safe way to access your home. If you're having second thoughts about throwing away your keys, maybe this is not the deadbolt for you, as its totally keyless with no backup keyhole as you can see. On the other hand, throwing away your house keys might just be a very good decision, allowing you to simply keep track of a single code for the next decade, rather than rely on house keys ever again.
One thing that having no keys means is that this lock is totally bump-proof. What's that all about, you ask? Well, if you didn't know, there is something going on out there called lock bumping which involves basically any lock that has a keyhole, and its gotten national media attention so you can either YouTube it, or you can read our detailed article about it here.
In any case, it is bad news for homeowners everywhere, and now some home owners are looking for alternatives to deadbolts which can be "bumped", and that would include this Lockey 2835SN here, which isn't something thieves can mess with. Still, we always recommend that all homeowners look closely at the weak points around their door, since usually its not even the fault of the deadbolt when someone tries to kick in your door.
While this lock can't claim to be "smart" like some other locks these days, where your mobile device is now your remote control for everything in your home including deadbolts, the Lockey 2835SN here makes up for its lack of "intelligence" in a few other ways.
One thing to consider is that although this is not a remote controlled deadbolt with an illuminated touch screen (like this one here), it has a nice large handle which you simply grab and turn once you've inputted your code. Some people would prefer this nice, easy to grab handle over the thumbturn that comes with many deadbolts.
Also, the keypad has nice-sized digits that you can punch your code into. They are very tactile and give you the benefit of having actual buttons to press instead of lit-up numbers on a screen. For instance, if it were really dark, you could always feel your way around the keypad, which can be reassuring to some people. In other cases, some people simply do not like touch screens and prefer buttons.
In order to change the code of this deadbolt, do the following: take apart the lock (2 screws), remove the code panel (4 screws), then hold down the C button.
At this point, you can see what the current code is because its in red, while the rest is in blue. Once you set your code, simply put everything back and then re-install.
The Lockey 2835SN is also weather resistant to the max. With no electronics to get all screwy in extreme weather, this deadbolt will do its job in all sorts of weather conditions, and no super cold or super hot days are going to phase it.
This lock has two modes: stay locked all the time, and stay unlocked all the time. These modes are very easy to set, although we recommend being very cautious with setting it to this "unlocked all the time" mode, because of the obvious home security risk of having it in such a mode. Still, there are advantages to be found in having these two modes.
There is an option you will find on the Amazon product page for the Lockey USA 2835SN to purchase a two-sided version of this lock, which is fairly uncommon to find these days.
A two-sided version gives you combination access from either side of the door, and some folks like it because it can increase their home's security by not allowing anyone to reach around and unlock their door from the inside. We feel it does have a bit of a risk factor to it here, if anyone had to leave quickly in an emergency, but in that case, you could also make the code a little easier for the inside part of the deadbolt.
Not a combo lock, so once you've selected your code, you can enter it in any order and the lock will open. This might be a dealbreaker for some, as it will lessen the security of this lock as compared to smart locks or even other mechanical locks.
Another con of the Lockey USA 2835SN is that while other locks allow you to have literally dozens of personalized codes, this one has just one.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker, who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. His hobbies include cribbage, golf, locksmithing, and cooking.