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.