Storing Electronics: Tips For Preservation And Success
Do you have a computer, phone, or even television that you plan to keep in a storage unit for a few months or years? It would be a shame for it to be nonfunctional when you pull it out of storage. To prevent damage to your electronics, follow these storage tips to protect and preserve them.
Put it in the original box, if possible.
If you have the original box for the electronic item, place it back into this box along with all of the padding and wrapping. Boxes are made to offer support and protection especially where that specific electronic item is most prone to damage. If you don't have the item-specific box, look for a sturdy one made from corrugated cardboard, and pack bubble wrap around the electronic item for some extra padding. Plastic totes also work well; you'll still need to use the bubble wrap.
Remove any accessories.
If you're storing a printer, remove the ink. If you're storing a phone, remove the case. Ink can spill and damage a printer, and cases can become "stuck" to phones if the climate conditions are not right. You're always better off removing any accessories and storing them in a separate box. Label each box clearly so you can find what you need later on.
Don't stack things on top of the electronics.
If you're putting multiple items in a storage unit, consider labeling your electronics boxes in a specific color. This way, you can easily distinguish them from the boxes that contain non-electronic items. When you unload your truck into your storage unit, remember to put the electronic items on top; don't stack anything else on top of them. Stacking items on top of your electronics may crush them and damage vulnerable parts.
Choose a climate-controlled facility.
Even the smallest amount of moisture can damage your electronics. So, always choose a climate-controlled unit for your items, even if it costs a little more. You'll still save money in the long run since you won't end up with damaged goods. Keep in mind that climate control is important even in areas where the temperature stays pretty constant year-round. In this type of facility, dehumidifiers are generally used to keep the humidity level low and constant.
To learn more about properly storing your electronics, speak to a storage facility in your area. They can let you know what has and has not worked for their other customers in the past.