A Review by preventpackagetheft.com
The Box Sentinel Parcel Vault is one of the most secure and powerful package protection systems on the market. Made of stainless steel and non-corrosive aluminum, the Box Sentinel is built Texas tough. The Texas-sized price tag may scare casual shoppers away but for people who truly value peace of mind (and those with high-value deliveries), the Box Sentinel makes for a safe and convenient permanent package home delivery and return solution.
Continue reading below for our full review of the Box Sentinel.
How Does the Box Sentinel Work? Unlike some other forms of package protection, the Box Sentinel is very much a permanent solution. It can be installed into an exterior wall, mounted to a concrete pad curbside or adjacent to your driveway away from the street for gated entries and for those that reside in heavy snowfall regions. This means that installation is a little more demanding than some other methods of discouraging porch pirates. However, you don’t get much more secure than a solid metal container that is anchored to a concrete pad or built into the wall of your home.
Access to the box is controlled by an electronic keypad that features both LED lighting and audible tones. When you or a delivery person enters the proper code, a robust electronic rotary latch inside the Box Sentinel unlocks the front cabinet door allowing parcels to be placed or removed and then re-locks mechanically each time the door is closed. Adding to the convenience, when the door is opened, your packages are easily deposited or removed from the cabinet by their finger hopper door design (co-inventor and founder Jeff Kutas tells us that patents are pending). This ergonomic feature can be a huge benefit to people who routinely get heavy or bulky packages, for people with limited strength, for the elderly—and your carriers will appreciate it too.
The Box Sentinel can be configured to open from both the front and back, further adding to its functionality for wall mount applications. This solution works well for both deliveries and returns and will definitely save you from making those time-consuming trips to your post office or shipping center. The finger hopper door design also makes it near impossible for intruders to crawl through when either door is opened and once again makes it easy to get the parcels in and out. Plus being a closed cabinet ensures your pets won't get to your parcels before you do!
When the Box Sentinel is installed curbside, the rear door can also be enabled to allow you to get your parcels out, without having to step into a potentially dangerous or busy street. Be sure to request this feature if needed should you decide to order through Amazon. When installed adjacent to a driveway typically only the front door is used, and the rear door panel is then permanently fixed in the closed position. This configuration works well for private gated entries and for standalone column inserts that are only accessed from the front and is one of their most popular applications especially for rural areas and estates.
The Box Sentinel has an interior cabinet light that activates when a door is opened, making it easy to see your packages. For outdoor applications it also features exterior illuminated placards that are customized to your address (by default the address placards are made to match your Amazon shipping address, so if you’re planning to use the Box Sentinel at a different location than you usually have your packages shipped, make sure to contact the seller). All the Box Sentinel’s electronics are powered by 12 volts dc. A solar panel and a 12-volt 12 amp hour Interstate battery is available for outdoor applications making it easier for DIY enthusiasts that live in sunny regions, simply pour a pad anchor it and you’re done. For new home builds the wall opening required should be considered during the framing stages of your home when used as an insert device so be sure to connect with your builder timely.
The Box Sentinel Single Door that’s fully equipped for outdoor applications is currently sold on Amazon. It comes standard with two exterior lighted placards, a solar kit and the rear door panel is fixed, so be certain to communicate your intended placement during the order process as all units are currently made to order prior to being shipped. For example, if you mount it in an exterior wall you won’t need the placards or solar power kit, but you will then need the rear door to be operational. Or if you choose to add a masonry finish to an outdoor application, a masonry placard instead of a flush mounted placard would then be needed.
Who would've ever thought that so many options were ever needed for a parcel box? MB Sentinel did their homework, and the good news is that the product price is significantly less when configured as a wall insert device. Prior to purchase, MB Sentinel will create a single use Amazon coupon as a work around that could reduce the price up to $400.00 off their current Amazon listing. Just the same if you desire additional customizations through their Amazon listing, they will help you through that too, just message them for more details.
What is the Box Sentinel Made of?Part of what makes the Box Sentinel so secure is the materials from which it’s made. Unlike fabric bags or cages made with metal bars, the Box Sentinel is made out of solid ⅛ inch aluminum panels and heavy-duty stainless steel. These not only keep your packages safe from prying hands and eyes, but also from the elements. Even if it’s raining or snowing, the Box Sentinel can protect your delicate packages from damage. Furthermore, the Box Sentinel boasts a radiant barrier interior that is covered by durable closed cell foam to help reflect the heat from the summer sun to keep deliveries fresher. This is especially beneficial if you receive deliveries of groceries or temperature sensitive medication.
The Box Sentinel is available in satin white, satin black, textured copper vein and textured red copper as standard powder coat finishes. We have learned that other custom powder coat finishes and vinyl custom wraps are available for an additional fee or you can simply order it unfinished if an industrial appearance is preferred for an additional savings. All the Box Sentinel’s unpainted parts are made of stainless steel, making it easy to maintain and sturdy in the weather. The keypad is also designed to be water-resistant. But just in case of an unexpected loss of power, there is a mechanical key override that will allow you to physically move the rotary latch and open your box. The latch itself is American-made, created by Southco Rotary Latches and the sheet metal components are made, assembled and powder-coat finished in Texas.
Size and Dimensions The Box Sentinel stands 41.75 inches tall and 23.47 inches wide, and its package retrieval opening is 31.73 inches tall and 18.75 inches wide. It can accommodate parcels of a maximum size of 16" x 18" x 28." About 80% of all Amazon packages shipped will fit inside.
Pricing: How Much Does the Box Sentinel Cost?So far, there’s been nothing but good news about the Box Sentinel. Here’s where we run into a potential barrier for buyers. The Box Sentinel is available from $2,695 from MB Sentinel on Amazon unless of course you configure it as a wall insert then less equipment is required offering additional savings. Overall this is significantly more expensive than most package security solutions. However, as they say, you get what you pay for, and with the Box Sentinel, you get a whole lot of quality and value especially if you order online frequently. This product is not cheap, but it is not made that way either and who knows it may lead a new trend for outdoor appliances.
Financing is available in some cases, which can help to soften the blow. But nonetheless, the Box Sentinel may simply be too expensive for some customers.
Now if all of that was not enough there is more.
Additionally, for curbside applications MB Sentinel Enterprises offers a secure mailbox component that can be attached to the top of their parcel vault that is sold separately. When added they now call this modular design the Mailbox Sentinel, the rear door not only offers safe access to your parcels but also guards the separate letter tray compartment that is included with this feature. In this application only the homeowner would use a secondary code to open the rear door that offers dual access to the letter tray and lower parcel compartment. The carriers use another code that you add to the special instructions area when either placing orders online or scheduling returns that will only then unlock the front parcel door. The upper mailbox component when added does not require a lock, as the mail is inserted through a slot that then travels to a secure letter tray. This tray keeps the USPS mail and parcel areas separate, making multiple deliveries from multiple carries possible.
This mailbox option when added includes another compartment to the right of the delivery slot that functions as a standard mailbox for USPS. A stainless steel powder coated red flag further completes this accessory to meet USPS design standards. The manufacture offers free remote site reviews if you need help determining which application will best suit your needs. All MB Sentinel requires is your address for the location you desire placement and they will do the rest.
This Mailbox Sentinel model is especially handy for those that leave their homes for long holidays and desire large capacity mailboxes during these periods. Simply pause your online shopping, disable the front door access code and then remove the letter tray. Now you can utilize the full capacity of the parcel container below for all letter mail to be delivered during these periods. Also, we understand an interior letter bag for this purpose is in the works, but a standard tote or box will suffice for now to catch the
Should I Buy the Box Sentinel?
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As mentioned above, one of the only downsides of the Box Sentinel is its price. Depending on your circumstances, that may be a convincing reason to look for another solution, or it may not be a factor at all. The Box Sentinel is excellent for people who regularly receive expensive items or items that might be at risk for theft, such as certain medications.
If you only order inexpensive items or only receive packages rarely, you might be better off with a less expensive, less comprehensive option. If your mailbox is of magnitude more expensive than the packages it protects, then only you can decide whether the level of protection justifies the expense for you. On the other hand, if you regularly receive electronics or other important, expensive parcels, the Box Sentinel could make a great deal of financial sense and could add a great deal of ease and an improved sense of security to your life.
Because it requires a permanent installation, the Box Sentinel is not as easy to get started using than some other options. Once it is installed, it is extremely convenient, but getting started will require either pouring concrete pad or making changes to the front of your house. MB Sentinel can help facilitate the installations for you so that helps.
One last thought for the true package security enthusiast—the Box Sentinel integrates well with Ring and Nest video doorbells, as long as you have some amount of know-how or are willing to hire a handyman, they add an additional layer of security as you prevent package theft. With a physical barrier and a video doorbell, you get the ultimate in both physical and electronic protection.
All that being said, this manufacturer has really thought through the various types of placements to ensure your device is well equipped and that you only pay for the features needed, specific to the applications that you require.