Assa's Lowest Power Draw Maglock: Securitron M680E Examined

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 14, 2018

Securitron produces some of the most extreme maglocks on the market, including massively strong maglocks and even ones with integrated CCTV cams inside them.

Now the company is touting one of their newest maglocks, the M680E, using only 52 milliamps compared to typical maglocks often using 4 times more power.

Inside, we take a deeper look at the lock, contrast it against other maglocks, and see where paying the premium price may be worthwhile or not.

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Comments (8)

In Canada, the cost of the device is negligible compared to the cost of a licensed engineer approved project drawing, the building permit and interface requirements to the building fire alarm systems.

POE with backup power would never be allowed, as the maglock must be powered by an engineered maglock power supply - listed for use with a fire alarm disconnect interface- and cannot have backup battery 

Brian, 

The marketing material clearly stated 520 TVL on the optional camera, you misrepresented it by claiming it was 480 TVL... Some marketing guy is going to lose his mind with that blatant misrepresentation ;)

Good catch!  Fixed, point taken. LOL!

The integration of PIR and Cam in this M680E maglock is indeed a welcome innovation however, am concerned with the installation. I want to believe that the purpose of the Cam is to monitor the unsecured area and normally maglocks are installed in the secure area. May i kindly be educated on how best is this M680E going to installed effectively.

Hello Fabian:

The integrated camera on these units face the secured side, and they essentially see the area around the door, and specifically who is exiting the secured area.

I think if you're wanting a general surveillance camera, the option to install a non-integrated camera will be a better solution in almost every performance metric, but if you're looking for video verification of who is entering or exiting through the door, the integrated camera might be useful.

Does that help?

However, cheaper maglocks that require more power also need adequate power supplies (often ~$150 each uninstalled), and adding both hardware and installation labor costs will typically raise the total cost near or exceeding the M680E price, especially for smaller or heavily distributed maglock installed systems where a single additional power supply per lock is used.

Wouldn’t this work for high draw maglocks?

With no fire alarm loop contacts, not likely.  That's a wall transformer that can supply enough power, but that does not make it a good fit for most deployments.

I meant used as pass-thru power to the controller, not standalone.

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