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What is the best colour combination padlock for my luggage?

The Abus 145 series are high quality yet lightweight combination padlocks that will not add unnecessary weight to your luggage and are ideal for use on rucksacks, overnight bags and larger cases. They are available in a large selection of nine great colours in three different sizes. The solid aluminium body with anodised coating gives […]

How to make sure your bike is securely locked.

How do I make sure that my bike is secure? I am often out on my bike so need something I can lock it up with when I stop but I also want to make sure it is safe at home. Do you have any suggestions? Whether you have a top racing bike or the […]

How to keep your keys safe when stored outside your home or car.

There are times when you need to leave a spare key to allow visitor access. Gone are the days where you can simply pop a spare key under the flowerpot or doormat. Instead you could install the Masterlock key safe which is available in both small and large sizes. This simple box can easily be […]

What is the best hasp and staple fitting for my padlock?

It can be hard to work out which hasp and staple fitting is best to use with your padlock. There are a couple of things to think about when selecting the fittings and this will largely depend on the padlocks you intend to use and where they will be located. Here are some handy tips […]

Is there an outdoor combination padlock I can use by the sea?

We have some wooden storage bins that site visitors can use to dispose of their rubbish. The inner bins need to be accessed to be emptied but we need to be able to secure them at other times. As we have a number of staff that might need access we would need prefer to have […]

What is the best combination padlock for a gym locker?

Many gyms need you to take your own padlock to secure your locker. A combination padlock means you can secure your locker without the worry of what to do with the key whilst you have a workout, swim or sauna. The Shield 155 series combination padlock is an ideal option from our great selection of […]

Which outdoor combination padlock is best for boat storage?

The best outdoor combination padlock for securing boat storage is the Shield MC40. This marine grade padlock can be used on narrowboats or sea going vessels. With a shackle of 34mm inner height and a diameter of 6.5mm it would fit many storage boxes, making it ideal for securing everyday items, especially when away from […]

Do you have an outdoor combination padlock with an override key?

Do you have a heavy duty outdoor combination padlock that I can override with a key? I have a lot of people who need to have access for a set period of time but then the group changes. I do not want them to be able to change the code whilst they are using the […]

How can I padlock a gate barrier with offset fittings?

Offset gate barrier fittings can be hard to secure but there is a way to get around this. When the holes on the gate fitting do not line up with the holes in the plate on the gatepost it can be hard to secure the gate, especially if the holes are too small to use […]

Combination Padlock Independent Testing

The team at, respected magazine, Practical Boat Owner (PBO), have done some independent testing on combination padlocks that feature in their August 2017 edition. They put eight different combination padlocks in a salt water corrosion tank which sprays a fine mist of warm salty water over the padlocks every hour for a month. This would […]