Previously, I have discussed these types of locks. Unfortunately, there are websites that put these locks on a “best deadbolt” or “best front door locks” list. This is not correct. The TurboLock digital door lock is not made to be the only lock on your front door. But it is perfect for an interior door such as storage, office, humidor, wine cellar or some other room you want to keep secure.
This is not a smart lock just a basic latch lock with a keypad. The TurboLock doesn’t work with BlueTooth or WiFi. And there is no smartphone app to grant access or codes or entry log.
This means there aren’t too many features on it. Which is fine for me, I don’t like paying a lot for an electronic device for a bunch of features that I don’t end up using.
To Start Off With A Big Red Flag
This lock is inexpensive and that’s a good thing. Because this lock has a one year limited warranty. That’s a big red flag to me. Most other interior locks have a one year warranty on electronics, which is standard, but have a 25 year or lifetime warranty on mechanical. This lock’s warranty is only for one year.
This keypad lock is a little different than most other keypad locks that have the keypad on a panel or screen. The TurboLock digital door lock has the keypad on the knob. There are other manufacturers that are doing this as well like MaxFree and SoHoMill.
But this design will not allow you to have a lever option because there will be no where to put the keypad. If you are installing this in a public space then you should check local codes and ADA requirements. You might not be able to install this where the public might need to use it.
The lock is made of stainless steel that is IP65 rated for water resistance. The water resistance applies to the exterior knob because it is fully closed however the interior knob does not have a gasket to keep water out. I would not recommend using this in an exterior setting like a gate where the non-keypad knob is exposed to the elements.
Installing the TurboLock Digital Door Lock
The TurboLock installs like most standard door knobs. The keypad goes in the front and the knob with the battery compartment goes on the interior side of the door.
The instructions say that the hole through the door should be 2″ in diameter. Most doors in North America are bored at 2 1/8″. This shouldn’t be a problem. This extra 1/8″ should be fine, the rose is big enough to cover the bigger hole.
The outside knob goes on with the spindle and power cable through the hole in the latch.
Then, to put the inside knob on, run the cable all the way through the inside knob until it comes out the other side. After that, attach the inside knob with the mounting screws.
Next, put the 4 AAA (not included) batteries in the battery box, connect the cable to it and slip it into the inside knob. Make sure to line up the holes in the battery box with the holes on the inside handle.
Finish the installation by lining up the holes with the inside knob cover to the holes in the battery box and attaching with the screws.
Automatic lock feature will automatically lock 3 seconds after entering a successful code. This seems pretty quick to me. But the lock is a latch, not a deadbolt, so the door is still able to be shut even if locked by pushing it shut.
Codes can be up to 15 digits long and there can be a total of 10 different codes. However, two of the codes are for administration purposes – the passage code and the master code. This leaves a total of 8 user codes.
This lock has a feature to disguise the code from onlookers. When you go to enter your code, you input the first digit of the code, then enter some random digits. After that, then you can enter the rest of the code correctly and it will unlock.
It has a passage mode. This mode will allow the lock to opened by pressing any digit until you turn off this mode.
It comes with a battery backup that plugs into the bottom of the outside knob. It’s for an emergency in case the batteries don’t get replaced before they are drained. But because it is to be used in an emergency as a backup to allow you to gain access this should be kept outside the room this lock is used on.
Overall Impression of the TurboLock Digital Door Lock
This might be a good lock for you if you don’t want to mess with all the BlueTooth, WiFi or phone app stuff just to lock your door.
Many customers have complained of it just stopping working such as the lock not accepting the codes or batteries becoming depleted well before they should be.
However, many people have it installed and have had no problem with it. Some have even bought one and liked so much that they bought a few more.
This lock is inexpensive which is a plus. But customer service is hard to get a hold of. And when you do they are not helpful, even within the one year warranty period.
Even though it does cost about 2 1/2 times as much as the TurboLock, I would recommend the Schlage FE595. It has a 3 year electronic and a lifetime mechanical warranty.
TurboLock Keyless Keypad Door Lock
- Easy installation
- Audible low battery warning
- Comes with an emergency battery backup
- Has a passage mode
- Keypad lights up at push of a button
- Beeps when entering codes can be muted
- No BlueTooth
- Not remote accessible
- Warranty is only for one year
- Lock does not have a BHMA grade