Vaultek DS2i Smart Station Buyer’s Guide

Everything you need to know about the ultimate modern home safe.


Every once in awhile, a new product comes along that revolutionizes an industry. Well, we believe that the Vaultek Smart Station is one of those products. This next generation smart safe is the most innovative product on the market today and it has been designed from the ground up by Vaultek to work with your daily routine.

With a top-of-the-line feature set, the Vaultek Smart Station is designed to maximize function, security, and ease of use. Never before have all of these features been combined into one product so if you are looking for the most advanced smart safe on the market, look no further!

Now, we get it, reading lists of features and benefits can get pretty boring and, when you have a feature-packed item like the Vaultek Smart Station, it can even become a little overwhelming. So, we’ve done all the research for you and compiled it into this comprehensive buyer’s guide.

You’ve already made the great decision to protect yourself and your family. Read on for everything you need to know about the Vaultek Smart Station – a safe that looks like a regular nightstand digital clock but has the functionality of a high-end safe – and find out why we call it the “ultimate modern home safe.”

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Table of Contents

  1. Features and Specs
  2. The Ultimate Space-Saver
  3. Function and Convenience Designed for Your Life
  4. Best in Class Security
  5. Budget-Friendly, Backed by Warranty
  6. FAQs
  7. Our Recommendation

Features and Specs

Before we get a little deeper into all the features of the Vaultek Smart Station, we wanted to list them out so you can get a good picture of exactly how jam-packed with value this safe is. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Wireless phone charger
  • LED touch display featuring time, temperature, humidity and status indicators
  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Smart SenseTM digital keypad
  • Bluetooth 2.0 app for remote management
  • Built-in LED lighting for enhanced visibility
  • Additional USB/USB-C charging ports
  • Multiple color options
  • Power cord and backup battery power
  • Solid anti-pry construction
  • 2 manual backup keys
  • 4 ft. Steel Security Cable
  • Available nano keys
  • Available secure mounting options for added theft protection

Now that you have an idea of the impressive list of features that come in such a small package with the Vaultek Smart Station, let’s dig into them a little more.

The Ultimate Space-Saver

One of the main considerations when buying a gun safe is where you are going to store it, and that is something we absolutely love about the Vaultek Smart Station. It is designed to sit right on your bedroom nightstand, so you have peace of mind knowing you have protection close at hand should the need arise.

So how big is it, exactly? The exact dimensions are:

  • Exterior: 12.125” x 8.25” x 3”
  • Interior: 9” x 7.5” x 1.5”


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As you can see, the Smart Station will fit comfortably on most nightstands, desks and end tables. It was built to pack as much functionality as possible into the most space-saving design. So, whether you have it in your bedroom, office or kitchen, it will blend perfectly into your environment with its small footprint.

So, how much can you store in the Smart Station? There is enough space inside to store a full-size pistol (up to 9”) and clip. You could even use it for storing cash, jewelry, small documents, and other personal belongings. Whatever you plan on storing in your Smart Station, you can rest assured knowing it is safely secured but with quick access should you need it.

Like in many of their other high-quality products, Vaultek has used 18-gauge progressive formed steel in the construction of the Smart Station, so you are getting a heavy-duty product that is built to last. But, what does that mean in terms of weight?

Great news – the Vaultek Smart Station weights in at only 9.6 lbs! Heavier than your average bedroom alarm clock, sure, but amazingly light for a safe!

Got an RV or cabin? The Smart Station is highly portable, so simply take it with you! Gun safes are an investment and we understand that, while you may not necessarily want to buy one for every place you hang your hat, you still want to protect yourself and your belongings. The compact design and portability of the Smart Station allows you to do just that, without being conspicuous or obliging you to haul heavy equipment around.

And it’s not just its space-saving design that is key for blending in. Looking like a standard digital clock, the Smart Station also acts as a concealment furniture piece, hiding in plain site. Plus, with the Vaultek Smart Station, you get the added benefits of advanced access methods and enhanced security features not commonly seen on most concealment furniture.

Let’s dig more into these features in more detail.

Function and Convenience Designed for your Life

We’ve established that the Smart Station’s size and appearance are hugely valuable benefits. But when we get into all the convenience features included in this product, that’s where the rubber really meets the road. We listed out many of the key features above, but let’s get into them in more detail so you can truly appreciate why it is called the “Smart Station” and understand how this safe can really integrate into your daily life.


Let’s start off with an easy one: colors. The Vaultek Smart Station comes in 3 different colours:

  • Covert Black
  • Alpine White
  • Titanium Grey

Now, we aren’t sure how particular you are with the color of your safes and digital clocks but, whatever your preference, you can pick a color that seamlessly works with your aesthetic and further allows the Smart Station to blend with your environment.

Touch LED display (cutting edge touch display)

The Smart Station truly looks like a digital clock, but the LED display features so much more than just the time. In fact, you can completely manage most of the features of your safe right from the LED touchscreen. Now, how’s that for a modern home safe?

Here’s a quick summary of everything your Smart Station LED touchscreen display allows you to do:

  • View time, temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit) and humidity
  • Customize your display to show/hide the clock, temperature, or humidity display by simply tapping the feature directly on the screen
  • Adjust sound settings: high pitch, medium pitch, low pitch, or off
  • Adjust interior brightness settings: 100% brightness, 75%, 50%, 25%, and off
  • View safe status indicators (tamper, low battery warning, open/closed, plugged/unplugged)
  • Turn on/off Bluetooth
  • Turn on/off Nano Key

While the Smart Station has a staggering number of features you can manage right from the safe, you will be impressed by the simplicity of the display and how easy it is to manage your settings.

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Wireless phone charger

One of the features of the Vaultek Smart Station that has been getting the most buzz is the wireless phone charger. With a top mounted wireless charging pad, you can quickly and efficiently charge your phone as needed, right at your bedside. Simply place your smartphone device flat and centered on the charging pad; the safe will beep and display a charging icon on the front screen to indicate it’s charging.

Keep in mind that in order to use the wireless charger the Smart Station must be plugged in to a power source.

Phone not compatible with wireless charging? No problem, there are USB ports on the back of the safe to charge your device using standard cables.

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Additional USB charging ports

Most of us have tons of devices in our homes these days, the majority of which come with USB chargers. It can be challenging to find a place to plug them all in!

With the Vaultek Smart Station, you have USB/USB-C accessory charging ports on the back of the safe, so you can conveniently charge several of your devices in one convenient place.

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Backup power

While the Vaultek Smart Station needs to be continuously plugged in for full functionality, it does come with a short-term backup battery should you ever be without power. The backup battery lasts for around 16 hours, so it will get you through most power outages without difficulty.

The Smart Station also features a low battery warning so if you are in a situation where you are without power for a longer period of time, you have advanced warning to either remove items from your safe or have your manual keys handy should the battery die.

Once the power is back on, it takes about 2 hours to fully recharge the battery.

Bluetooth app

Are you someone that prefers to manage everything from your smartphone? With the Vaultek Smart Station, you can manage and monitor the safe’s activity by simply downloading the Vaultek Bluetooth 2.0 app to your phone. Get the most out of your safe with the ability to:

  • Unlock safe within range
  • Check battery levels
  • Toggle Sound On/Off
  • Adjust interior light
  • View interior temperature
  • View interior humidity
  • Manage fingerprint IDs
  • View history log
  • Manage Nano Key settings (Nano Key 2.0 and Nano Key 2.0 Biometric are Sold Separately)

Not interested connecting the safe to your smartphone? By default, the Smart Station is set up to connect to Bluetooth, however, if you would prefer to disable this functionality, you can easily turn it off by tapping the Bluetooth icon on your LED display.

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Best in Class Security

We’ve discussed how the Vaultek Smart Station comes in a portable size and has a ton of convenient features to fit into your daily life, but now it’s time to really get to the meat and potatoes of any safe: the security features.

Vaultek’s precision engineering, heavy duty steel and high-end tech combine to make the Smart Station the ultimate in security.

Premium entry methods

The Smart Station has a variety of entry methods available for enhanced security and to cater to how you prefer to access your safe, including:

  • Biometric fingerprint scanner: Get quick, secure access to your safe using the LED backlit high resolution fingerprint scanner. Stores up to 20 unique fingerprints.
  • Smart SenseTM digital keypad: A responsive experience with quick secure access via a 4-8 digit PIN. The proximity sensor detects your hand to illuminate keys for visibility in dim lighting. Over 75,000 possible PIN combinations!
  • Nano Key 2.0: The fastest possible entry point. Hide your Nano Key discreetly and access your Smart Station on demand with Vaultek’s remote technology. Available in Nano Key 2.0 or Nano Key 2.0 Biometric versions (sold separately).
  • 2 Backup manual keys: Backup key access located at the back of the safe. Whether you lose power or simply forget your PIN, it is always important to have backup manual access to your safe.
  • Vaultek Bluetooth 2.0 app: As long as you are in Bluetooth range, you can remotely open your Smart Station from the convenience of your smartphone.

Dual entry mode

For an added layer of security on your Smart Station, you can set up Dual Entry Mode, which requires you to input both your PIN and fingerprint to open the safe.

Tamper indicator

Your Vaultek Smart Station can detect tampering and activate a security sleep mode if multiple wrong codes are entered or unrecognized fingerprints scanned. This protects you from having any unauthorized individuals access the contents of your safe, whether that be intruders or children in the home.

A status indicator on the LED display will show you the safe has been tampered with. You reset the indicator by simply accessing the safe through one of the authorized entry methods.

LED interior light

Should you require access to your Smart Station at night, it is crucial to have good visibility. The interior LED light allows for maximum visibility in low light environments so you aren’t fumbling around in the dark for your firearm when you need it most. The interior light turns on automatically when the safe drawer opens and you can control the light intensity via the LED display or the Vaultek Bluetooth 2.0 app to make it as bright or dim as you like.

Smooth and silent action drawer

Another key security feature of the Smart Station is the auto-open safe drawer. Using a precision ball bearing twin rail system, the drawer opens quickly and quietly, enabling you to safely access your firearm without alerting intruders.

Anti-theft mechanisms

Along with all the premium security features included on the Smart Station comes Vaultek’s signature anti-theft technology, including:

  • Solid 18-gauge progressive formed steel construction
  • Anti-impact latch design
  • Anti-pry construction
  • Steel security cable to tether the safe in place
  • Accessory mounting plates (sold separately) for added theft protection. Comes in an under-desktop mounting plate for a hidden look or a desktop mounting plate for standard mounting atop nightstands, desks and countertops.

All of these premium security and anti-theft features, when paired with features like the adaptability of the LED display and backup battery power help to ensure that your security is in your hands with the Vaultek Smart Station.

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Budget-Friendly, Backed by Warranty

Whether you are looking at getting your first firearm or you are already a seasoned gun-owner, the Vaultek Smart Station can enhance your experience. If you are looking for a gun safe that checks all the boxes for both form and function, this is the right safe for you.

At a very budget-friendly price of less than $500, you are not only getting the most innovative home safe on the market today, but you are getting a product that is built to last with Vaultek’s famous precision engineering and sturdy design.

You will also enjoy peace of mind with Vaultek’s famous satisfaction guarantee and 2-year warranty.

Plus, when you register your Vaultek Smart Station you automatically receive a bonus year of warranty coverage, additional support, product updates, replacement parts, and more!

We understand that purchasing a gun safe is an investment. Between the Smart Station’s budget-friendly pricing and solid warranty, you can rest assured knowing you are getting great bang for your buck along with fantastic support options to protect your investment.


Still have questions? Check out some of these Vaultek Smart Station FAQs:

  • Does the safe require power? Yes, for full functionality the safe should remain plugged in to a power source.
  • Does it have an alarm clock? No, it displays the time but it does not have an alarm clock feature.
  • How long does backup power last? Backup battery power lasts for 16 hours.
  • What are the ideal temperature and humidity for my guns? Generally, a temperature of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15-21 degrees Celsius) and a humidity 40-50% is ideal for gun storage. Extreme fluctuations should be avoided. Check with your manufacturer for more specific information and requirements for your firearms.
  • Can I control the temperature and humidity in the safe? No, the safe does not feature temperature and humidity control but it does display the temperature and humidity on the LED touchscreen.
  • Is the temperature listed in Fahrenheit or Celsius? You can choose whichever one you prefer by simply tapping the temperature feature on the LED display.
  • How many USB ports are there? There is one USB and one USB-C charging port on the back of the safe.
  • Do I get live notifications from the app? No, the safe is not wi-fi enabled and does not send live alerts to the app.
  • What happens if I get my code wrong and trigger the tamper status? Simply reset the tamper status by opening the safe through one of the authorized entry points.
  • How long does it take for the backup battery to fully charge? It takes 2 hours for the backup battery to fully charge once the safe is plugged back in to power.

Our Recommendation

Buying a gun safe is an important decision and Armadillo strives to provide you with a variety of options to choose from. We understand it is vital you get a product that fits your needs and your space and allows you quick access to your firearms so you can protect yourself, your family and your belongings.

Let’s recap why the Vaultek Smart Station is a fantastic safe for both new and experienced gun owners alike:

  1. Compact and portable with the appearance of a digital clock, it is great for nightstands, RVs and anywhere else you want to keep protection close at hand.
  2. Made to center around your life with cutting edge touch display, wireless phone charging and a massive list of other features.
  3. Top of the line security and anti-theft technology featuring premium entry methods, solid anti-pry construction and more.
  4. Budget-friendly price and warranty protection for a long-lasting investment in your family’s safety.

Call us biased, but we think the Vaultek Smart Station is a great fit for pretty much anyone who owns a handgun and wants to have it in an easily accessible but secure location. It is hands-down the most innovative smart safe on the market today and, along with its impressive list of features, comes at a budget friendly price.

Our recommendation? If you are in the market for a compact, advanced smart safe, you need to give the Vaultek Smart Station a serious look. Head over to the Vaultek DS2i Smart Station product page for more details and to check pricing!