Carabineers are very useful I’ve found, not just for climbing, but for plenty of other uses. I’ve used one for years with my keys, I like to keep my house and car keys and other things separate on my key ring, I just find it makes life easier. I’ve found that a regular carabineer though can pop open if it’s in your pocket and when you pull your keys out not everything will come out as it should together. I get plenty of stuff for review and most of it’s tech, but some of it isn’t and I recently saw a chance to review locking carabineers from Deal Extreme or DX.com and I jumped on the chance as I’ve always wanted to get one but it just wasn’t a priority for me and I never really think of it when I’m shopping. So today for review I’ve got an inexpensive set of five locking carabineers and I thought you might be interested in checking them out…
Product Name and Info:
Color: Red + Silver
Material: Aluminum alloy
Features: Durable and practical to use; Convenient to carry
Dimensions: 3.07 in x 1.73 in x 0.43 in (7.8 cm x 4.4 cm x 1.1 cm)
Weight: 4.02 oz (114 g)
The product just comes in a plastic bag, no special packaging which isn’t a big deal for me.
For the price of these at $7.10 you actually get five of them and they even include a small key ring to go with them. So if you divide $7.10 by five you get $1.42 each which I think is a great price really.
Here’s a picture of just one of them for you, they are made of aluminum making them lightweight and rather durable. The ones I got are red and silver in color which look nice I think.
A locking carabineer locks with using the threads at the top near the opening, you slide the slide the lock up and just screw it into place.
They do have a nice strong spring in them so it will snap shut and stay shut.
Before I got these from DX.com I was just using a plain non-locking carabineer that sometimes popped open in my pocket and when I pulled my keys out not everything came out of my pocket.
I do have one complaint about these though, the lock when threaded just slides up and move around loosely over the threads. It won’t open like this but all other locking style carabineers I’ve used have the locking part stay in place, so when you screw it up over the opening it just stays there. It’s not a big deal, it serves the purpose, it stays locked and won’t accidentally open.
I’ve been using one of these specifically for my keys for a good month now and I’m happy to say that it works great and it’s still in decent shaped. Yes it’s a bit scuffed and scratched, but that’s expected, but the point I’m trying to make is that it’s not painted, it’s still scratched yes but it’s still red and I’ve never once had it open up accidentally. So I have to say it works well.
I keep several keys on it along with a key fob, and then I have a small light with screw keys and of course I have my Iron Key USB flash drive. So there’s plenty of stuff on the carabineer and it holds everything nicely in place and securely.
Summary and Comments:
These locking carabineers aren’t bad at all I think, they’re well made, and the color doesn’t come off.
The price comes in at $1.42 each which for me is a great deal and I think most people will think so as well.
The carabineers are aluminum, they’re lightweight and seem well made, for they work great.
These aren’t for climbing of course, but they’ve got plenty of other uses.
If you need carabineers, then these are a great deal, especially if you consider they ship for free as well.
+Inexpensive at $1.42 each
-Lock just slides around
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