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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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What is the best high security padlock I can use by the sea?

When looking for a high-security padlock for use by the sea, then the latest addition to the Abus Granit range is definitely one to consider. The marine grade Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. The use of stainless steel […]

What is the best weatherproof padlock for a beach hut?

As beach huts are placed right on the coast you would need to use a fully marine grade padlock making the Abus 24IB/60 an ideal choice. This weatherproof padlock is secure but not too obvious so will help deter thieves from breaking into the beach hut. The Abus 24IB/60 Diskus padlock is ideal by the […]

What is the best combination padlock to use by the sea?

An ideal combination padlock for use by the sea is the Squire CP40S. A medium security combination padlock that has been designed especially for salty marine environments. The solid plastic body and stainless steel shackle offers great protection against the common problem of rust. It has four decent size dials so it can be easier […]

Can non-marine padlocks perform near the coast or on boats?

The short answer is usually no! A non-marine grade padlock would rust and seize up very quickly around saltwater. However, top-end manufacturers, like Abus and Abloy, often make their non-marine padlocks to such a high standard that they can be used on boats and salty environments with great effect. We often have to explain the […]

What is the best replacement padlock? Mine has been cut off!

A padlock can need replacing for a number of reasons. Sometimes they are cut off because an attempted break-in has occurred or a poor quality padlock has seized up. We were recently contacted by a customer whose padlock on the communal gates has been cut off whilst someone was trying to break into the property. […]

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 […]

Practical Boat Owner – Weatherproof Padlocks Tested

We recently supplied a batch of padlocks to a well know magazine called Practical Boat Owner to test. Each lock was regarded as “weatherproof” and available in various chandlaries and hardware shops in the UK. You could be fooled into thinking that they would all be suitable for use on a boat. It is an […]

Saltwater / weather testing of padlocks

We have been asked a few times how a manufacturer can claim that its padlocks will work after 10 years outdoors for example. Some larger brands of padlock who have had the same model in the market for over 10 years and can actually see their locks have coped or failed. However, most will use […]

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 […]

Stainless VS. Hardened Padlocks

What is the difference between a padlock that uses a steel shackle and one that uses a stainless steel shackle. You sell normal brass padlocks and a marine grade brass padlocks. They look the same but what is the difference? Yes in many of our locks we sell the standard and marine versions. As you […]