Master Lock 1500EDBX Padlock Review: For When Numbers Are Too Complicated

Master Lock 1500EDBX Padlock Review: For When Numbers Are Too Complicated

Was the last number 23 or 32? Wait, is this even my lock? If you’ve ever been late for class or stuck at the gym because of a frozen analogue combo lock, you’re in luck. With this digital directional lock, it doesn’t matter if you can’t memorise a string of numbers — you just have to know left from right.

What Is It?

The 1500EDBX is a combination lock that trades the traditional dial for a D-Pad.

Who’s it For?

Students, gym rats, security-conscious gamers.


Sleek and sturdy. The lock face is more responsive than the D-Pad on an XB360, and its hardened steel case has a shim-proof boron alloy shackle.

Using It

Program your own directional code and key it in one-handed, without looking. It’s way easier than dialling in a traditional combination lock.

The Best Part

Using the Konami code to open a gym locker.

Tragic Flaw

The electronic Dial Speed can’t get wet or live outdoors. Forget about it for sheds and fences.

This Is Weird…

With the lock on a gym bag, at least two strangers stopped on the street to ask: “Is that a lock?” And: “What happens when it runs out of batteries?”

Test Notes

  • Up to four separate unlock codes (one master, three guest) can be set. Handy, but doesn’t that quadruple the odds of someone breaking in?
  • Includes 1GB USB drive for secure data storage and access to a super-secret backup master code in the event that the primary code is lost.
  • Runs up to five years on a single CR2032 battery
  • A “jump slot” allows the lock to be opened even if the installed battery is dead.
  • Includes three-month subscription to Master Lock Vault online storage system.

Should You Buy It?

Decent analogue combo locks can be had for under $10, while the 1500EDBX retails for about $US40. It works beautifully, but the price is tough to swallow. If you’ve got the money, numeric combinations aren’t your thing, and you’re looking for a lock that doubles as a conversation piece, consider getting yourself this futuristic digital lock.

Master Lock Dial Speed Specs

• Size: 52mm wide body, 25mm tall shackle
• Battery type: CR2032
• Weight: 198g
• Price: $US40 RRP (distributed by Mayo Hardware in Australia) at Master Lock