Saturday, 26 December 2020

Top 8 storage tips to store electronic devices safely (with bonus tips!)

 



Storing electronics requires special care and attention especially if you are going to store your devices in a storage unit for a long time. Here are some important storage tips to consider. Let’s delve.

Flick through manufacturer’s manual

Before storing electronics into a storage unit, we recommend you to go through the owner’s manual or the product website for precise information regarding storage for your devices.

Back it up

When it comes to storage for your devices, it always helps to be prepped for the worst-case scenario. You should take all the necessary precautions that favour your electronic devices to sit safe and undamaged in storage for a long period of time. It’s because electronics are not created to remain unused and without a power connection for long.

Hence, to make sure you don’t lose important data and information, we recommend you back up and store everything off-site. You can even store it online.

Store devices in boxes

When storing electronics in boxes, always make it a point to let weighty items sit at the bottom of the container. The smaller items should sit at the top of the heavy items.

Pro tip -

Fill the empty spaces with paper. You can also use linen. This will prevent electronics from moving and hitting each other.

Say no to plastic sacks

Plastic bags have the ability to retain moisture. If you store your electronics in such bags, it’s detrimental to your devices like circuit boards.

Bonus tip -

Worried about humidity interfering with the health of your devices? Place a couple of silica pouches. It will help the inside of the bag to remain dry.

Store in original packaging

When it comes to storage for your devices, storing electronics in original packaging containers is the best way to store your devices. They contain the necessary internal supportive elements created especially to hold and protect the device during storage and transport in vehicles and storage units.

Use pads

Storing electronics with pads is important to prevent scratches caused due to items rubbing abrasively against another which is a common occurrence during the transfer of goods in trucks. So when it comes to storage for your devices like television sets, PCs, and other big electronics, use pads to avoid the rubbing of items.

Pro tip –

Don’t place your flat-screen TV on the ground. Let such big electronics lean against the wall of your storage unit. And cover it with a cloth.

Label your devices

Here’s a great tip to avoid confusion after you separate wires and other trinkets (like mouse and keyboard) that are a part of your electronic devices.

First, keep the wires together and label each one of them with a specific colour marker that matches its device. Then store the parts together attached to their respective electronic device. 

Take out the batteries

Batteries and storage do not go well together. And this is serious. So, if you are planning to shove batteries into some box and toss it into a storage container, abandon it right away!

You see, batteries can’t lie around unused for long periods of time. If you leave batteries connected to an electronic item, it can damage the battery container and eventually the item itself. And if they are cheap AA type batteries they will burst if left for extended periods.

So, we recommend you to store disconnected batteries by themselves. Even better is to recycle old batteries and buy new ones after getting your electronic device back out from storage.

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