Vaultek LifePod – Lock it Down

There are numerous differences in what one considers a safe. What we are looking at today isn’t quite a safe, but can act like one in many ways. Vaultek calls it lockable storage and that’s a bit more accurate. The LifePod by Vaultek is a small lockbox that incorporates both manual and electronic locks. It’s not designed for one particular use, but it does seem to make an excellent gun box for transport, temporary storage, or for a vehicle.

The LifePod could secure anything you wished, but as a gun writer its not hard to guess what I’m going to lock up. Others may choose to lock up cash, valuable jewelry, important documents or electronics. The box will certainly fill those roles as well. The LifePod is small and very lightweight. It would easily fit in a backpack, a sling bag, or in the center console of most vehicles.

It comes with compression latches as well as a locking system. It’s also water-resistant and could seemingly act an awesome tool to product valuable gear from breaking on hikes, humps, or any other adventures you go on.

As a Gun Safe?

Safe is too strong of a word. This wouldn’t be a box I’d leave my gun in for an extended period of time. However, if I was traveling this is going to be a must-have. It comes with a tether that allows you to tie it down as well. I could see a lot of value in the LifePod when it comes to having to leave a gun in a vehicle. I don’t mean a truck gun or long term storage.

This is perfect if you get to an area where it’s illegal to carry a gun. Say I go to a government building where carry is prohibited. The LifePod is adequate enough for a short period of time where I can’t carry. A thief would have to move fast to open my trunk and get the LifePod cut off its tether.

Another good job for the LifePod would be a nightstand safe. It’s quick to open and would prevent kids from grabbing your gun while you sleep. I wouldn’t leave the LifePod unsecured with a firearm for long, but it fills a gap as a lockable storage device.

The LifePod is dust, water, and airtight. It even floats.

How Does the LifePod Work?

The safe is electronic with a 4 digit key code option as well as a manual lock and key option. Interestingly enough inside the box is a way to turn off the manual lock to prevent picking. This would be a must for me when it comes to flying with guns.

The LifePod allows you to program a four-digit code for quick and easy opening. It runs off of a 9-volt battery that can last for up to a year. Additionally, there is a port for a Micro USB adapter should the batteries die and you find yourself without a key.

Inside the LifePod comes with three layers of soft material that can be shaped to your specific firearm or item. The LifePod is just large enough to hold one full-sized automatic handgun.

Programming the four-digit locking code is simple and the unit is very responsive to touch. When you enter the wrong code a red LED lights up with a negative tone, the right code gets you a green LED and the sound of an unlocking safe.

I’ve put in the code hundreds of times, just sitting on my desk, over and over again to see if I could induce failure. I can happily say the lock unlocks and locks without issue regardless of how many times I punch in my four-digit code.

You undo the compression latches and now you have access to your LifePod. To lock the safe press on the lock button for two seconds. You’ll hear the lock engage and you are golden.

The LifePod

The LifePod feels extremely well made and looks slick and modern. It comes in a wide variety of different colors and is lightweight and compact. It certainly has its limitations. As you’d imagine someone could break the LifePod open with a little time and some basic hand tools. The LifepPod isn’t made for long term storage but acts as a modern lockbox that ensures your valuables are well protected when a safe isn’t accessible.

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.