You just got home from a long day of work, and you’re ready to relax with your favorite book and a glass of wine. But first, you need to grab your precious jewelry out of the safe. Only one problem: the batteries in your electronic safe are dead, and you can’t remember the combination! What do you do and how to open an electronic safe when the batteries are dead?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. With a little know-how, you can easily open your safe without batteries or a combination.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Look for the emergency keyhole. Almost all electronic safes have an emergency keyhole that can be used to open the safe when the batteries are dead. The emergency keyhole is usually located on the front or back of the safe, and it will be hidden behind a small panel.
- If you can’t find the emergency keyhole, consult your owner’s manual; it should have instructions on where to find it.
- Once you’ve found the emergency keyhole, insert the emergency key and turn it to the right until you hear a click. This means that the locking mechanism has been disengaged, and you can now open your safe.
What if you can’t find an emergency keyhole?
If there is no emergency keyhole, don’t despair! There are still a few ways you can open your safe.
- One way is to use a strong magnet. If your electronic safe has a magnetic lock, you can use a strong magnet to trigger it and open the safe.
To do this, simply take a strong magnet—such as a Neodymium magnet—and hold it up to the front of the safe until you hear a click. This indicates that the locking mechanism has been disengaged and that you can now open your door.
- Another way to open your electronic safe without batteries is by using a multimeter. A multimeter is an electrician’s tool that is used to measure voltage, current, and resistance in electrical circuits.
To use a multimeter to open your safe, first, locate the solenoid—this is the part of the locking mechanism that is activated by electricity—and put one lead of your multimeter on each terminal of the solenoid.
When you turn on your multimeter, it will create an electric circuit between its leads, which will, in turn, activate the solenoid and open your door!
Things to avoid doing:
- Don’t try to force your safe open. This will damage the locking mechanism and make it much harder (and more expensive) to fix.
- Don’t use a power drill or any other type of power tool to attempt to open your safe. This, too, will damage the locking mechanism and make it much harder (and more expensive) to fix.
- Don’t try to pry the door open with a screwdriver or any other type of tool. This will damage the safe.
No batteries? No problem! With these simple techniques, you’ll be able to open your electronic safe—no matter what easily!