Perhaps as unique as the company name is (Noke = ‘No Key’), the Fuz designs Noke padlock alleviates the necessity of carrying around yet another key, or remembering yet another lock combination in our daily activity. The Noke padlock is a Smart BT 4.0 padlock that pairs with your smartphone and unlocks with a quick press of the shackle after confirming access with your phone as you draw near.
Constructed of a boron alloy, Fuz design spared no expense on ensuring that this lock would be very difficult to cut with a simple set of bolt cutters. The exterior is brushed and stainless and Noke has made the lock water resistant with an IP66 standards rating for water and dust resistance.
The Noke padlock has its name etched in the face with an LED light to assist right above the letter ‘E’. The blue LED is designated as a short press of the shackle, green being a long press and unlock confirmation, as well as red being a lock confirmation. The Noke is powered by a CR 2032 battery and, should you find the battery completely dead without waiting, the bottom can be removed to expose two contacts.
Touching a new battery to these contacts will enable you to ‘Jump-start’ the Noke, remove the rear cover and replace the battery. Noke states that the battery lasts about a year and you will be advised well in advanced of it going dead by the App itself.
Getting started with the Noke padlock is remarkably simple and requires the downloading of the Noke App for Android or Iphone, at which time the App walks you through everything. It will allow you to set the distance the phone connects with the lock, and it also asks you to set a manual ‘morse code style’ combination so one can open the lock simply through a combination of short and long pause presses of the top of the padlock.
So… there are three ways that we can unlock the Noke; a simple press of the top when your smartphone is in Bluetooth range, unlock through your App and through a pre-set combination of short and long presses of the top of the lock.
The App is the key to the Noke and makes this product so much more than we first expected. Through the App, any number of persons can be allowed full, one time or custom access to this lock’s security. All the while, Noke retains the history of each time the padlock was opened or closed, by whom, and even displays the locks location when the accessing person has location based tracking enabled on their phone. In addition, the App can control several locks, each of which can be given their own name designation.
We have been using this lock for several months now without any trouble whatsoever. It is available right now on Amazon for $69.99, or from the Noke website, which also provides for better pricing with multiple lock purchases. It is also available in a bicycle U-Lock version for $109.99.
Noke was the first to introduce the bluetooth padlock through their very successful Kickstarter campaign, although Masterlock has just followed suit with their own version, the App paling in comparison. We believe Noke is deserving of our Innovation Award for this product!