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Fireproof Safes & Data Storage FAQs

What happens if the batteries run down or I have dead batteries on a safe with an electronic lock?

All electronic locks are designed to save your key combination through an internal memory even if the batteries run completely flat. For some safes, the batteries are accessible from the outside and are very easy to replace by following the manufacturer's instructions. Once replaced, you will be able to enter your code and unlock the safe.

Some safes however, have the battery compartment accessible via the inside of the safe. In these circumstances, the safe is often supplied with a manual override key which will allow you to open the safe to replace the batteries if they are depleted and the electronic lock is non-functional. It is a good idea to keep the override key in a secure location and not inside your safe.

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