Vaultek Safe

Vaultek Safe VE10

The VE10 is part of Vaultek’s Essentials Series. I consider the products in this line of handgun safes to be generally appropriate for firearm storage, mainly because the Essential Series does not allow for remote access. Though I have reservations about the reliability of electronic handgun safes, the Essential Series is among the best electronic handgun safes available.

My hope is that Vaultek Safe will replace the bypass cylinder compromised in this demonstration; the lock is used on the majority of their handgun safes. This safe was examined February 14, 2019.

Vaultek VTi

California DOJ Approved

This is one of Vaultek Safe’s top-of-the-line handgun safes. Since I tested this safe’s final stages of development for Vaultek, I can state that it offers more resistance to forced entry than most handgun safes on the market. 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 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 paired with the safe. 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.

Testing was performed between April and June of 2017. This demonstration was recorded February 10, 2019.

Vaultek Safe, VT10i

California DOJ Approved

This device is a smaller version of the VT20i. The VT10i is a more compact, portable device, and it has all the features that appeal to people who want an electronic handgun safe. Although the VT10i is quite resistant to forced entry for a compact device, it is an electronic handgun safe and therefore I am reluctant to recommend it. I’m unconvinced that electronic handgun safes featuring biometrics are reliable. This safe was examined February 13, 2019.

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.