Wouldn’t it be great if you thought of a fantastic idea for a product and that other people were so excited about the product that they gave you money in order to build it?
Well that is exactly what happened with Ultraloq’s first smart lock, the UL3 which was launched in November 2015.
The Ultraloq UL3 BT was first launched in August 2016 and it is an upgraded version of the UL3 because it can be opened by your smartphone.
1. Basic Specifications
2. Methods of Entry
This smart lock can store 95 different codes. These codes can be anywhere from 4- 8 digits long.
The keypad offers “anti-peep” technology that allows you to enter random numbers before and after a code as long as the code itself is entered all together.
This is in case there is someone who is close by and watching you!
This lock can be opened using your Android phone or iPhone.
It has a “knock to open” facility which allows you to tap your phone with your hand to open the lock- allowing your phone to stay in your pocket.
In the next section, I tell you more about the software that is needed.
3. Software & Apps
The Ultraloq app will run on any Apple device that is running iOS 8 or later. It will run on iPads, iPhones and iTouch models.
The Ultraloq app will run on a limited number of phones. I am unable to find a complete list of compatible phones.
But if you visit the Google Play Store and search for “Ultraloq” and if your device is compatible it will let you know.
4. Home Automation
There are many different home automation systems and at this time, the UL3 BT is not compatible with any of them. However, the company have plans to make this device compatible with Z Wave some time soon, which is one of the biggest home automation systems.
5. Security & Lock
The privacy function of the “anti peep” technology was explained in the first section “methods of opening” and involves the use of entering random digits as part of your code if someone is watching you.
This smart lock has an “auto lock” or “auto relock” function.
The App also allows you to set the lock to remain unlocked for a period of time, so that the door can just be opened by pressing down on the handle.
The app also allows you to lock the door (a “lockout” function) so that the only way that someone can gain entry is by using a mechanical key.
6. Design & Warranty
This smart lock is available in two colors; Satin Nickel and Aged Bronze.
This smart lock has an IP rating of 65 which tells us that it is completely dustproof and waterproof. A large part of the reason why it is so resistant is that the outer and inner bodies are made from one piece of Zinc Alloy.
The Ultraloq UL3 BT comes with a Phillips screwdriver. And so if the door has a circular hole for a deadbolt, you will only need to use the screwdriver.
Another added bonus is that there are no wires to attach.
However, if you are installing the UL3 BT on a door that hasn’t any holes, this smart lock comes with a template to help you drill the hole correctly.
This smart lock comes with its own deadbolt and so you should use that.
This device is powered by x3 AA batteries which are supplied. These batteries will last for at least a year or 8000
8. The Installation Process
There are 6 steps to install this smart lock
Step 1: Prepare the door
Step 2: Installing the latch and the strike
Step 3: Install exterior assembly and the interior mounting plate
Step 4: Install interior assembly
Step 5: Install the batteries
Step 6: Install the handles
Congratulations, you have now installed the Ultraloq UL3 BT.
9. What Comes in the Box?
When you buy an Ultraloq UL3 BT, you will get all of the following items in your package
In the box there is an exterior assembly, an interior mounting plate, an interior assembly, two handles, spindle, screwdriver, x3 AA batteries, 5 different types of screws, a strike, latch, x3 backup keys and a spring.
10. Other Helpful Resources for the Ultraloq UL3 BT
Please find some helpful resources for the Ultraloq below.
Some of these are PDF files and others are videos.
12. Alternative smart locks
If after reading this review, you would like to look at some alternatives.
If your biggest concern is how easy the lock will be to install, consider the August Smart lock. Installation doesn’t get any easier.
If you like the idea of a smart lock that can be opened using your fingerprint but you would like to spend a bit less money then you might want to consider, the highly thought of Ardwolf A20.
If you would prefer a smart lock with a recognised security rating you might try the Kwikset Kevo.
13. My Final Opinion
I like the “story” surrounding this smart lock and the fact that it has been designed and built by a young start up.
To include 5 different “methods of opening” is just incredible and it makes this smart lock one of the most feature packed smart locks on the market today.
However, although this lock has many, many fans I think that for most buyers it just doesn’t work as consistently as they had hoped.