[Review] Vaultek Safes: VT10i & VT20i

Looking for a robust gun safe that looks like it’s from the future?

VT10i with 1911
VT10i with 1911

Let your fingerprints and phone do the talking with Vaultek’s biometric safes.

Vaultek VT20i and VT10i
Vaultek VT20i (L, black) and VT10i (R, white)

I’ll go over the features of both the VT10i ($229) and larger VT20i ($249) safes.  Plus a bunch of pros/cons and whether or not it might satisfy your specific security needs.

Disclosure: I received these two safes from Vaultek for my honest review.

Now let’s get to it!

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Unboxing

Normally I couldn’t care less about the boxes of my products.  Some of my favorite accessories and guns have come in less than stellar packaging.

Vaultek Unboxing
Vaultek Unboxing

But not the Vaultek.

It’s one of those un-boxings where you wouldn’t be surprised to hear some heavenly music play in the background.

Vaultek Accessories
Vaultek Accessories

Along with the safe, you get everything you’ll need:

  • 2 physical keys
  • Charger and usb cable
  • Battery with magnetic screwdriver (helpful since the small screw to the battery latch is tiny)
  • 4 ft steel cable + screws for securing to stuff

Setup

Setting up was a breeze when my wife and I both each set up one of the safes.  The instructions were comprehensible and within a few minutes we were up and running (the battery it came with was 3/4 charged).

Vaultek Easy Instructions
Vaultek Easy Instructions Sample

We set up a numbered combo…

Vaultek Opening with Combo
Vaultek Opening with Combo

Easily added in some fingerprints…

Vaultek Opening with Finger
Vaultek Opening with Finger

And even connected via Bluetooth with their app.  Don’t worry…it’s protected by a pattern you set up first when the safe is open.  You can also choose which safe to open in the app so if you have more than one Vaultek you’re good to go.

Vaultek Opening with App
Vaultek Opening with App

What Does It Fit?

A safe is useless if if can’t fit what you need.

The VT20i is the larger of the two and can fit pretty much the largest full-sized handgun you can throw at it.  Plus ~3 mags.

    • Exterior Dimensions: 11.5” x 9.0” x 2.75”
    • Interior Dimensions: 11.0” x 5.75” x 2.0”
    • Weight: 7.2 lbs

It fit my 4-inch S&W 686+ revolver with ease.  Check the reviews and pics here for more specific models.

VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch
VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch

While the smaller VT10i had some trouble with the revolver.

    • Exterior Dimensions: 10.55” x 8.46” x 2”
    • Interior dimensions: 9.8” x 5.25” x 1.5”
    • Weight: 5.2 lbs [ 28% Lighter ]
VT10i with S&W 686+ 4-inch
VT10i with S&W 686+ 4-inch

But with the size reduction you also save some width vs the VT20i.

VT20i vs VT10i Thickness
VT20i vs VT10i Thickness

It does, however, have tons of space for valuables and more normal semi-auto handguns…even the full-sized ones.

VT10i with Stuff
VT10i with Stuff

You’ll likely only be able to fit one extra mag or two on the side depending on your firearm of choice in the VT10i.  A full-sized Glock 17 can fit at least one extra mag.

VT10i with Glock 17
VT10i with Glock 17

While a compact Glock 19 can hold 2 extra mags with room to spare.

VT10i with Glock 19
VT10i with Glock 19

And slightly larger guns will need to be tilted:

VT10i with CZ SP-01
VT10i with CZ SP-01

And can hold one extra mag easily.  Check out here for more pictures of other people’s specific guns.

VT10i with 1911
VT10i with 1911

Now onto the nitty gritty…

Pros

  • Master code programming opens the safe very fast.
  • If you make a mistake in programming, it’s easy to fix.
  • There’s a light inside the safe that turns on for 10 seconds.
  • Numbers light up when you brush your fingers on the keypad so you can see it in the dark.  Very cool feature.  However, my hands are dry so that didn’t work for me all the time.
  • Comes with mounting screws and also steel cable:
Vaultek Cable Attachment
Vaultek Cable Attachment
  • Very advanced “smart” safe with various different functions and settings.
  • Great app that also lets you change settings:
Vaultek App
Vaultek App
  • Plus also allows you to see the entire history log and who logged in how:

  • Comes with 2 master keys if you don’t want to use all the fancy functions.
  • Fingerprint functions allows you to add multiple users and you don’t need to worry about everyone remembering the passcode to the safe.
  • Easy to setup.  Instructions were fairly simple.
  • Love the 1 page quick start guide.
  • Very solid frame that is sealed tight making it hard for anyone to pry it open.  I can’t even put a piece of paper through it.  
  • Very durable as shown…
Vaultek Abuse, Greenlight Shooting
Vaultek Abuse, Greenlight Shooting

Cons

Charging

Since there are electronics…the safe needs to be charged periodically in order for all functions to work (a 2.5 hour charge via USB will be enough for 4 months).  You can check on the status of the battery through the app.

However, there are 2 master keys which can be used if all else fails.  But that means you will need to have the key with you in a safe location you can access if this happens.

Fingerprint Reading

The fingerprint reader is not 100% reliable…maybe 90% for me.

I tested the fingerprint tons of times and sometimes it didn’t work even when my finger was placed exactly in the right spot.

I also realized that when my fingers were slightly wet from sweat…it didn’t work.

The buttons, however, were 100% reliable.

Other Models

Vaultek seems to always be coming out with new models…I can’t keep up!

  • Non-biometric versions of the VT20i and VT10i we reviewed which are much more affordable
  • PRO Series: Larger capacity and now 5 ways to enter (addition of a smart key)
  • PRO MX Series: Even larger capacity (8 handguns) and 5 ways to enter
Vaultek Pro MXi
Vaultek Pro MXi

Overall Thoughts

Vaultek made a great safe with the VT20i ($249) and VT10i ($229).  It’s sleek, packed full of features, and robust.

But…you’ll have to ask yourself if the features are what you’re looking for in a safe.

If your focus is on 100% dependability when something goes bump in the night?

Stick with the number code instead of the fingerprint reader.  There’s also the models that don’t have the reader and are much cheaper.

For home protection, I’m still going to stick with something mechanical like my favorite bed-stand safe that is dead simple to operate and will never run out of batteries.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe
Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe

But if you require ease of access for several people, monitoring/disabling of access, and something that looks sexy…Vaultek is for you.

VT10i with Glock 19
VT10i with Glock 19

I’m still definitely keeping mine for access to valuables and non-home-protection guns.

It’s also going to be my go-to travel safe since the VT10i isn’t too burdensome, comes with a cable, and has tamper recognition.

Did I mention…it comes in camo for a little more?

Vaultek Camo
Vaultek Camo, I only see a hand and glass desk

So…are you going to get a Vaultek?  Or are you sticking with your old safe?  Check out our list of the Best Safes for Pistols and Handguns if you’re looking for more capacity…or going old-school.

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Why are there no mid-sized fireproof gun safes? I’ve been looking online, and it seems like they hold one gun and one magazine… or you need a forklift to move it. Suggestions? Something that could hold several handguns, important papers, is fireproof, and no more than 125 lbs?

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Here is my take in both safes. It’s great to keep one’s children in the household away, but a thief would just pick it up and carry it away. It would be a better if the manufacturer would drill 4 holes in the inside bottom and provide mounting screws so that the buyer can mount the safe in a closet or wall. Of course the buyer could do it, but probably void the warranty. So for the cost of drilling 4 holes and 4 screws sales would increase and this can also be sold for a wall safe.

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All our safes come with pre-drilled mounting holes, so you can use the included mounting hardware or you are welcome to use your own when installing in place. There’s also a beefy 4 foot security cable you can use to secure the safe if you did not want to mount it.

If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to contact our support team at [email protected]. They would be more than happy to help.

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Deskin Ralph Anthony

Thanks for the info!

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No problem! Glad we could help!

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Does it make noise when it opens?