Though the Vaultek LifePod is not intended for long-term storage of a firearm, its light-weight plastic construction makes it inappropriate for securing a firearm for any duration. And yet, the company's advertising suggests the device is intended for those traveling with a defensive piece.
In my opinion, a gun-storage container made of plastic is no more rational than a handgun safe that allows for remote access by phone or key fob.
This safe was examined on January 4, 2020.
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 on February 14, 2019.
(or Pro vti)
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.
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, it is an electronic handgun safe and therefore I am reluctant to recommend it for anything but the most temporary gun storage.
This safe was examined on February 13, 2019.
(original 2016 release)
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. However, the safe is vulnerable to simple mechanical bypass by the side of the lid.
This safe was examined on October 18, 2016.
(original 2016 release)
The VT20i is the biometric version of Vaultek’s VT20. Like the VT20, the biometric version has a proximity sensor in the keypad, “hot-key” functions, and a Bluetooth app. 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 on November 29, 2016.
(UPDATEd 2016 & 2017 releases)
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.
(Updated 2021 release)
After I compromised the bypass lock installed on Vaultek products in 2019, Vaultek replaced the bypass with a disc-detainer lock. The new lock is considerably better, though subsequent testing on the VT20i revealed that it had gained vulnerabilities it did not previously have. The safe was now vulnerable to being opened by dropping.
This safe was examined on April 6, 2021.