I’ve been having battery drain issues since purchasing this product in July and I found them annoying, but today was especially wild. I don’t think I can recommend or use this product anymore after today’s experience and I would urge others to ensure they always carry a key to the backdoor or have another plan to get into their home if they are locked out by this device.
I got a low battery notice yesterday afternoon and before I could get to replacing the batteries today, the unit went dark. I ended up locked out of my house for 6+ hours with senior pets inside. Not only did the keypad and fingerprint stop working, the app wouldn’t connect (I assume it won’t if the battery is dead). Neither of our backup keys would open the door as the cylinder was jammed. We even tried plugging in a 5v powerbank via USB mini cable as the instructions say should work in a battery failure incident but the freaking thing wouldn’t charge.
I ended up calling a locksmith who confirmed all the issues we noted and ended up drilling through the back patio lock so we could get inside. From inside I was able to see the lock jammed in a semi-lock position before dying, and because of the jam, none of the backup features would work. I definitely think I will be needing to find a new lock because this should NEVER happen. The key should always work even if the electronic components fail, this is basic security.