How to store electronics properly: the ultimate guide for beginners



People are fully aware that electronics facilitate their lives and because of this, they never hesitate to invest great amounts of money in modern appliances, computers, laptops, smartphones and more. From the moment you wake up until you fall asleep, you enter in contact with various devices. For instance, your mobile phone includes that much-needed alarm and you always keep it next to your bed in order to make sure that you will not get late to work. Before you leave the house or after you come back from the office, you turn on the TV in order to find out the latest news and discover the weather forecast. You also need functional appliances in order to cook meals for the family. Furthermore, you are using the computer or the laptop to read this article right now. Undoubtedly, the presence of technology in our lives is inevitable and extremely important. For this reason, if you need to store electronics temporarily, ensuring them maximum protection becomes imperative.

Provide a climate-controlled environment for your electronics

Electronic components are sensitive. Therefore, even though you might be tempted to opt for climate-controlled storage only when you plan to store antique furniture or collectibles, you should know that a basic storage unit would not offer the necessary protection for your valuable electronics. Imagine what would happen if your computer will have to endure the harsh weather conditions and drastic temperatures shifts, not to mention about humidity, which has the power to destroy the functionality of these items. You probably think that manufacturers added plastic cases with that same purpose, namely to provide safety in case of heat, cold, wear and tear, dust and more and you are right to a certain extent. These cases do ensure protection against wear and tear inside the house but what do you do with your electronics when you must renovate or downsize? These types of processes usually last and you cannot place your electronics outside, especially during the cold and rainy season. Unquestionably, a climate-controlled unit will create the optimal conditions for any electronic item, regardless of its size.

Moving or transporting delicate electronics

Do not move the electronics from the house before removing the batteries in remotes or other accessories. They are susceptible to corrosion and could ruin your electronic components. In what concerns your computer, you should check the unit and see if you forgot any CD or other type of removable media. If you leave them inside, they will deform in time. In addition, before storing your computer, you should detach all peripherals. Even if you believe that this step is nothing but a waste of time, if you do not disconnect the accessories, the contact of two metals could lead to serious issues, especially if you chose to store the electronics in a basic storage unit and not a controlled environment. Furthermore, do not forget to back up data. Your computer definitely contains useful and important information that you will not want to lose. Although you have the certainty that your computer is safe within the unit, you never know what might happen during transport.

Packing electronics for transporting them to the storage facility

According to electronic experts, the best thing you could do is always keep the original packaging of purchased electronics. The explanation is simple: these boxes have custom inserts and foam shapes meant to impede products from shifting during transport or shipping. This makes them perfect for packing when you decide to move your electronics into a storage unit. As a useful piece of information, boxes also contribute to resale value when having collectible or extremely valuable items. Shortly, you can sell any tech item for a more convenient price if you hand it out in its original box. On the other hand, if you no longer have those important original boxes, you have an alternative, which is placing each electronic item in a large box and adding plenty of foam packing peanuts inside. If you also intend to store your TV or computer monitor, make sure that you wrap them correctly in a generous layer of bubble wrap or even towels. This will impede particles to enter the protective cases of your precious electronics.

Arriving at the storage facility – how to store the electronics

One important thing that you should do is write “fragile” on the boxes that contain very sensitive parts so that you know that you cannot place them directly on the floor. You should slightly open the appliance’s door on the storage period because it will prevent the appearance and accumulation of mildew. Speaking of appliances, you could definitely place sensitive and small items inside the empty and open space of appliances. If that space is dry and clean, then you will not need extra space particularly for those delicate elements. You probably already know the rule “big at the bottom and small on top” so make sure that you observe it.