To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Simple to use, the added security is reassuring with the amount of money we spend on our cameras. I like knowing that when I came back to service my camera that the chances of it still being there is very good.
I had a key snap off in an older Python lock that had been undisturbed on the tree for at least a couple years. Master Lock is going to replace it as a courtesy. However, the broken key appeared to be aluminum or a similar metal, not steel or brass. I had another Python and took its "aluminum" key to a locksmith. He used blank "ILCO 1092VA" that was brass and made a better key. Take your Python with you to the locksmith. It took him a little burnishing to get the key to work perfectly in the lock. In the future, I will operate the locks on my Pythons at least every 6 months and possibly every time I take out the trail camera. Master Lock recommended NOT using WD-40, silicone or graphite. They strongly recommended a PTFE/Teflon-based lubricant such as Dupont Teflon Multi-use lube. FYI you can cut the Python cable with small bolt cutters.
These will do the job is you're looking to slow down or deter a thief, but they won't prevent someone who is determined enough. They're well made, but like most other reviews have stated, the keys are the Achilles' heel here. They're very poor quality, and I'm sure it's just a matter of time before one breaks off. They also don't remove from the lock easily, and you have to find the 'sweet spot' by wiggling them around a bit, then they will eventually come out. Going to see if I can get brass keys made at Home Depot to prevent this from happening.
These locks are great for a ton of different uses. Obviously most people use them for game cameras, and they work great for that, but if you have kayaks with a locking point, you can use these to lock them into your truck/trailer (or to each other if needed), they can be used as bike locks, for tree stands, grill locks, ladder locks, or as another review showed - through multiple locker doors instead of individual padlocks. Very durable and long lasting. If you plan to leave them outside a very long time (read: multiple years) use a PTFE/Teflon-based lubricant (found in any hardware store) to be safe. Remember, if you want to get multiple locks all keyed together, the easiest is to buy them all at once in a multi-pack (from 2 to 16 can be bought at same time). If you already bought a pair and want to add more locks (keyed the same as your existing ones), take your key number and contact a hardware store that sells Masterlock products - many of them can order more Python locks with that specific key number. As you can expect, you may pay more since it would be a special order, but it solves your problem. That is also why I mentioned ordering one of the larger packs if you see yourself needing multiple locks in the future.
The python cable lock do a great job of fitting my trail cameras and keeping them locked up from the average thieving low-lifes. I did lose a camera to a thief about 8 years ago, and it did have a python cable lock securing it to a good sized tree. Am pretty sure they either had a cutting tool or bolt cutters. These aren't entirely thief-proof, but then again nothing really is. They do stop the unprepared thief, though. I like the fact that all the locks in this 4-pack are keyed the same. Each lock comes with 2 keys, so you end up with 8 keys total. Good stuff!
These cables are the best for trail cam enthusiasts. I really appreciate the fact I can buy multiple units that are keyed the same. When I’m out in the woods trying to manage multiple cameras and it’s nice not having to fumble around with multiple keys. For large trees I’m able to connect 2 or more for additional length. So why use a cable? First off, the obvious, they are a theft deterrent. Sometimes I have my cameras set up in more urban areas where there’s a high likelihood people can come across them. The second reason is damage from the animals. We have bears as well as large elk that have been know to destroy cameras checking them out or even playing with them. These are camo colored so blend in well which is great.