This is Vaultek Safe’s top-of-the-line handgun safe. Since I tested this safe for Vaultek during its final stages of development before going into production, I can state that it offers more resistance to forced and covert entry than most handgun safes. Aside from its greater resistance to unauthorized access, the other main difference between this and Vaultek’s smaller models is the keypad design.
The VTi model also allows for key-fob access, though I don’t consider this a desirable innovation. Key-fob access requires the owner to have a plan for managing the key fob if it’s going to be paired with the safe. Likewise, Vaultek’s Bluetooth app adds a another level of responsibility and should only be installed on a phone that requires an access code or fingerprint. In general terms, I don’t think devices intended for securing firearms should allow for remote access, either with a Bluetooth app or a key fob. However, this safe will serve most people's needs without the use of its remote access capabilities.
Testing was performed between April and June of 2017. This demonstration was recorded September 15, 2017.
Vaultek Safe, VT20 (Original product)
Vaultek’s two main products, the VT20 and VT20i, are designed in the U.S. and made in China. The VT20 offers keypad access and has several useful features worked into it: A proximity sensor that lights up the keypad, “hot-key” functions, and a rechargeable battery. The safe also comes with a Bluetooth app that allows one to monitor battery charge and to track every time the safe is accessed or its access code is changed.
However, the safe is vulnerable to simple mechanical bypass by the side of the lid. This safe was examined October 18, 2016.
Vaultek Safe, VT20i (Original product)
The VT20i is the biometric version of Vaultek’s VT20. Aside from its fingerprint reader this device is identical to the VT20 and shares with it the same security vulnerabilities. A plastic zip-tie—even a coffee stirrer—inserted through the side of the lid can push the release, while the Bluetooth app will not recognize that the safe has been opened. This safe was examined November 29, 2016.
Vaultek Safe, VT20i:
Design updates 1 and 2
California DOJ Approved
Handgun Safe Research received an updated model of the VT20i on 12/07/2016, and recorded an examination on 12/19/2016. Though the safe had been improved, it was still vulnerable to unauthorized access, as can be seen in the first part of this video.
In February of 2017, Vaultek Safe sent another update of the device, examined 02/06/2017. The current device now has additional shielding around the bypass cylinder and is less vulnerable to unauthorized access.