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Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

This is our dedicated help, advice and testing results section for padlocks. Every time we get a good question from a customer, or asked to test a product, then we post the answer or results here. Use the list of Categories or the Search Box below to find the answer you're looking for. Don't worry you can get back to your basket our products by clicking our logo above.

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A guide to the LPS 1654 standard for padlocks

LPS 1654 is a standard that was produced by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB). The LPCB is not a board ‘per-se’ but a brand name of the BRE Group which produces testing standards. The standard itself focuses on the time taken to compromise a padlock and gain access to the object / property it […]

A guide to Sold Secure Padlocks

Sold Secure is one of a number of testing standards for locks and padlocks. You will see the name or logo on many bike locks and very occasionally on padlocks. Sometimes your insurance company might specifically ask you for a padlock with a Sold Secure rating of Bronze, Silver or Gold. The standard was originally […]

What is the best padlock for a boat locker?

Answer: ABUS 24ib/50 The ABUS 24 is a range of discus padlocks which are marine grade stainless. They act as a closed shackle design to stop people from using a hack saw to quickly cut off normal stainless padlocks. ABUS are the only manufacturer with the technical ability to make a disc lock so small […]

What is the best way to prevent losing the padlock shackle?

Many good quality high-security padlocks come with a removable shackle. It is important to prevent the shackle from being lost when the padlock is in operation. There are a number of ways to prevent this loss and the method will depend on whether you have an open or closed shackle padlock. How can I retain […]

What is the best lubricant for a padlock?

This is a very common question and often the mostly commonly used type, WD40, is the wrong choice. I’d be rich by now if I had £1 for every time a customer had told me their lock was still sticky only after a month of using WD40. The problem is that it simply drains out […]

How do you choose a padlock for lockers with Cam Latches?

Is your locker fitting causing you issues? Choosing a padlock for your locker should be easy. Surely if it goes onto the fitting on your locker and you can close it, then job done! Well, it may not be that straightforward. Lockers are fitted with either Cam Latches or hasp and staple, which are then […]

How to prevent and remove superglue from a padlock?

Putting super glue into padlock is a common problem and 99% of the time it is local children causing mischief without appreciating the problems it can cause. Here are some tips on how to prevent it and how to deal with it if it does happen. Prevention 1. Soak in Diesel: The number one way […]

How Do I Prevent My Padlock Freezing?

Every year we get a number of enquiries asking for advice on dealing with this so here are a few hints and tips. Padlocks and the cold don’t go terribly well together. All padlocks, especially combination locks, use complex mechanisms with springs, pins and bars. These all expand and contract with a change in temperature and […]

How many different keys does one set of padlocks have?

A good question and one that varies hugely between different sizes and different manufacturers.Padlocks have what are known as ‘differs’, or the amount of unique padlocks within a batch. This means that after a certain number of locks are produced off the production line, they will begin to repeat. This is inevitable due to the […]

Is there a list of useful resources and links for padlocks?

There are various bodies surrounding the padlock market including locksmith associations, manufacturers and testing institutes. We’ve produced this page in an attempt to have them all on one place. The UK Locksmiths Association UK Locksmiths Association provide intensive two day and three day Locksmithing courses including benefits for its members including industry news and advice. […]