The Igloohome Smart Padlock ($109) is an all-weather Bluetooth lock that lets you provide scheduled access to friends, family, and workers quickly and easily just by texting them a PIN code. You can also open the lock using the mobile app and monitor activity logs that tell you when it has been opened and by whom, what kind of PIN codes have been generated and when, and when the lock was last synced with the app. The lock is well built and can be fitted with a longer shackle for specific gate and door applications, but it’s missing a few common smart features including push and email alerts, voice control, and support for IFTTT applets that allow it to interact with other smart devices.
Design and Features
The Smart Padlock is made of stainless steel, zinc alloy, and synthetic rubber. It has a matte black finish and comes with a standard 1.2-inch hardened steel shackle, also black. For an extra $15 you can purchase a 3.2-inch shackle that is useful for locking things like bicycles and shed doors.
The lock body is oval, weighs a little less than a pound (15.8 ounces), measures 2.7 by 2.1 by 1.2 inches (HWD), and has an IP66 weatherproof rating. Inside is a Bluetooth 4.1 radio that lets you control the lock with your phone, but you have to be within Bluetooth range (about 30 feet) to do so. Also inside is a CR2 lithium battery that will last up to one year before it has to be replaced. To access the battery compartment, use the included Torx security tool to remove the back cover. This is also where you’ll find the lynch pin that needs to be removed to swap out the shackle.
The face of the padlock has a 12-button keypad with 0-9 keys, a return/clear key, and an unlock key. Press any button to illuminate the keypad. An LED indicator at the top of the lock momentarily blinks blue when the lock is unlocked, turns green when it is locked, and turns red when the battery level gets below 20 percent. A series of beeps lets you know the lock is in unlock mode and that the shackle can be pulled up, and a single beep tells you that the shackle has been closed. A beep accompanies each button press when entering a PIN code. At the bottom of the lock, behind a rubber gasket, are two battery terminals. In the event of a drained battery you can supply power to the lock by touching the posts of a 9-volt battery to the terminals. We’ve seen this feature in many smart locks including the Master 4401DLH Outdoor Bluetooth Padlock.
The Smart Padlock uses the same mobile app (for Android and iOS) as the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S that we reviewed last year. Upon launching the app you’re taken to a home screen that lists all properties and their location. Tap your home to see a list of all installed Igloohome locks, then tap the name of the lock that you want to control. This opens a Basic Unlock screen with a large round button with a lock icon that shows the lock’s status (locked, unlocked). Tapping the button unlocks the padlock (you still have to physically pull the shackle open) and causes the phone to vibrate and the app button to briefly flash green. If you have the Auto-Relock feature enabled, the padlock’s unlocked status will change to locked after 25 seconds or so, or you can just close the shackle to secure the padlock. To do this with Auto-Relock disabled you have to hold the lock button on the keypad for several seconds until the LED turns green and the lock beeps.
At the bottom of the screen are Basic, Access, Logs, and Settings buttons. The Basic button takes you back to the Basic Unlock screen and the Access button takes you to a screen where you can add users and view all current, pending, and inactive users. Tap the Access button to assign three different types of PINs that allow users to open the lock using the keypad: The Permanent PIN works 24/7 and has no expiration, the Duration PIN has a start date and start time as well as an end date and end time, and the One-Time PIN works only once. Once the PIN is created, tap it in the list to see the code number and to send it to the recipient via text or email. You can also create and send Bluetooth keys that allow users to unlock the lock using the mobile app.
The Logs button takes you to a screen where you can see a list of lock events with time stamps. Here you’ll see when PINs have been created, when the lock was unlocked and by whom, when an invalid PIN has been used, and when certain features have been enabled or disabled. Use the Settings button to edit the lock name and associated properties, view a list of Bluetooth and PIN codes that have been generated, enable/disable Auto-Relock, and configure the Security Lockout feature which will disable the keypad after a specified number of incorrect PIN code attempts.
Unlike some smart door locks such as the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect and the Schlage Sense, the Smart Padlock does not work with other smart devices. For example, you can’t control it using Amazon Alexa or Google Home voice commands, and it doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit platform or IFTTT applets. And, as is the case with the Igloohome Deadbolt 2S, you don’t get push or email notifications when the lock has been opened, closed, or tampered with.
Installation and Performance
Setting up the Smart Padlock took less than five minutes in testing. I downloaded the mobile app, created an account, and tapped Add Lock in the Configuration menu. I selected my property (you can add a new address if you have multiple properties or are using the lock off-site) and chose the Padlock from the list of devices. Following the on-screen instructions, I pressed any number on the lock’s keypad to activate the device, tapped Next, and the lock was immediately recognized. I pressed Pair and the lock was paired to the app within seconds. I gave it a name and setup was complete.
The Smart Padlock worked flawlessly in our tests. It responded instantly when the app unlock button was pressed and the physical buttons were also responsive when used to enter a PIN code. The Auto-Relock feature worked as advertised, as did the keypad Security Lockout feature. One-time PIN codes expired after each use, and duration codes followed my schedules without issue. Additionally, the activity log kept perfect track of all events.
You’ll pay significantly more money for the Igloohome Smart Padlock than you will for a traditional keyed or combination padlock, but that’s the case with just about every smart device out there. However, if you need to create PIN codes on the fly and want to keep track of openings, closings, and attempted access, it’s money well spent. You’ll need to stay within Bluetooth range to open this padlock using your mobile app, and it lacks support for voice commands and IFTTT applets to make it work with other smart devices such as security cameras and sirens, but if you’re a landlord or need to grant temporary access to your property to landscapers, repairmen, or anyone else, it will fit the bill.