How to Store Electronics
If you’re moving or heading home from college for summer break, self storage can provide you with a safe, affordable place to keep your electronics. From laptops to printers to flat screen televisions, electronics are an essential part of the work and play that defines our lives.
Electronics can also be expensive and fragile, which can make moving and storing them interesting to say the least. If you’ve ever dropped a smartphone and had it shatter, spilled a drink on a keyboard or scratched a DVD, you know how easy it is to damage electronics just by simply being around them. Moving and storing them can be its own unique challenge (which is a polite way of saying pain in the butt), but it’s not an impossible task. Simply follow these tips and your electronics will make it from the moving truck to the storage unit and beyond.
If you only take away one thing from this article, let it be this: electronics need climate control. This is especially true if you’re storing them over a hot, humid summer. For example, if you’re a student at Texas Christian University and you’re storing a computer or some speakers or a television—or anything else that has wires, plugs in or uses batteries—climate control will keep your electronics at a safe temperature and humidity level all summer long.
Fortunately, All Storage Fort Worth offers drive-in climate controlled storage for storing electronics. Extreme heat and cold can cause electronics to expand and contract which can lead to cracking and short circuiting. The motherboard of a computer is especially susceptible to this, as it is comprised of plastic, metal and fiberglass, which are materials that do not do well when exposed to heat and humidity.
Clean Electronics First
Cleaning is an important part of storing just about anything. Our electronics—especially the ones we use on a daily basis—gather a lot of dust and debris. Show your electronics some love by cleaning them before putting them in storage. Always consult with the manual for tips, and be sure to power electronics down before cleaning them. Usually, a damp microfiber cloth, a dry microfiber cloth and some canned air will do wonders on almost any electronic device.
Store in Original Boxes
The best way to store your electronics is in their original boxes. This ensures the perfect fit. Think about your computer as a sort of Goldilocks (weird metaphor, we know, but go with it). Too small of a box won’t fit the device inside, too big of a box will leave room for the computer to move around and get damaged, and the original box will be just right.
Don’t have the original box? Don’t sweat it. Find a box that’s comfortable enough to fit your electronic device and fill excess space with foam inserts.
Store Wires and Chargers Separately
When boxing up electronics for storage, it’s important to remove wires, cords, chargers and batteries. These should be stored separately. To remember what goes where, you can attach tags to wires and label those tags. This will make it a breeze to set your printer back up when the time comes to take your electronics out of storage.
Do Not Stack Electronics
If possible, store larger electronics such as flat screen televisions and computer monitors upright. You should also be sure to never, ever stack your electronics. Putting weight on top of fragile electronics is never a good idea, and creating stacks that may tumble is an even worse one.
Make an Inventory
Electronics are valuable, so in addition to exercising care when cleaning, moving and storing them, it’s also a smart idea to make an inventory of which devices you’re putting into your storage unit. Take photos of your electronics before storing them and make a list of these items that includes the value of each. In the rare event that your electronics are damaged or stolen, this will help you repair or replace them.
Recycle Unwanted Electronics
Technology changes fast. If you’ve upgraded your computer, smartphone, television or any other device and are keeping the old one in your storage unit, consider decluttering by recycling. Fort Worth offers electronics recycling so that you can clear that ancient VHS player out of your storage unit and make room for the things you really need storage for, like your seasonal wardrobe, holiday decorations and family heirlooms.
If you have additional questions about storing electronics or anything else, be sure to ask your friendly All Storage team.