Hi, Dye the Safe Guy here, manager of Safe & Vault Store.com. Today we're going to talk about the Lagard Basic II Digital Electronic Lock. Many of our safe manufacturers use this very popular lock, manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky. It's one of the staples of the digital electronic lock business. The Lagard Basic is a single user lock. It has a 6 digit combination that you can program at any time that you want. It also features a lock out feature where if you have a wrong entry 4 times, it will lock someone out for 5 minutes.
This is a great feature in case somebody is trying to defeat the lock, figure out your combination. After the 4th time of putting in the wrong combination, the lock goes into a pattern where it will not allow anybody to enter any numbers on the lock for an additional 5 minutes. The Lagard Basic II Digital Electronic Lock is powered by a 9V battery that is stored handily right behind the keypad on the exterior. You can also add a second battery if you wish for a longer life. One question I get all the time is, what happens if the battery goes dead?
Let's say I'm gone for a year. No problem. All your modern-day digital electronic locks, including the Lagard Basic II have a nonvolatile memory chip that's behind the steel in the door inside the lock body. Those nonvolatile memory chips will for up to 3 years without any power whatsoever. So if you're gone for a year you just come back, put a brand new battery in it and your original combination that only you know is working perfectly fine.
So when you get your new safe, whether it's a gun safe like this Second Amendment or a burglar fire safe, or any other kind of safe and it has a Lagard Basic on it, the factory code is 1-2-3-4-5-6. And then you turn the handle and you open your safe. The factory code is programmed in all Lagard locks so that you gain easy access when you first get your lock and safe. So let's go into how do I program this lock, put my own personal combination in.
- So first, we put in the factory combination and we open the door to the safe. It doesn't matter if it's a gun safe, or burglar fire safe or any safe. Open the door.
- Then, place the bolts as you're simulating the door being closed. Remember, while you're programming this lock, you want this door open at all times.
- So here we go. The factory combination is 1-2-3-4-5-6.
- I'm going to have my combination will be 6-5-4-3-2-1.
- So here's what you do. You press 0 six times (0-0-0-0-0-0) to put it in programming mode. Two beeps, that tells you you're there.
- Now we put the old combination 1-2-3-4-5-6. You hear the two beeps.
- You put that in once and now we do the new combination twice. 6-5-4-3-2-1
- Two beeps, now we go again. 6-5-4-3-2-1. Two beeps.
- Now, we know that that's been programmed successfully, but, you want to test it two or three times before you actually shut the door.
- So let's do that. I'm going to test it. 6-5-4-3-2-1 and you open the bolts. Now the door is in the open position.
- Now we want to test it at least once more so let's close it again. Close it again.
- One more time with the new combination that only you know. 6-5-4-3-2-1 Open the bolts, it worked!
- Close it again, one last time. 6-5-4-3-2-1
- Open it, now you can close the door because you have successfully tested that combination 3 times, and you're 99.9% sure that it's going to work.
- Finally, we test our new combination. 6-5-4-3-2-1 Two beeps again. Door opens. Mission accomplished.