Have you ever wondered how to safely keep your old electronics and tech items in storage? Perhaps you’re planning a big move or just want to get things cleared up. Whatever the case, our guide will help you in your search for safe electronic storage. Whether it’s old CDs, keyboards, TVs, or tablets, electronics are different from any other type of item and sometimes require special care. With the current advancements in tech, it’s no surprise how many old electronic items are in storage these days. People love to keep old cassettes, videos, and even records from past eras. You don’t have to give up these nostalgic items just because something new arrives. Read below to discover how to store your old (and new) electronics for safekeeping.
Read the Manuals
It’s safe to say that almost all electronic equipment comes with an owner’s manual. If the item you are storing comes with specific instructions, your job just becomes easier. It’s always best to follow these instructions as they come from the manufacturer who understands how the product was made and what would keep it in good working condition.
Have Supplies Ready
If you are moving and in the process of packing, it’s important to have some essential packing supplies for your electronics at hand. These include bubble wrap, packaging tape, newspaper, storage boxes, scissors, and labels. You’ll want to ensure that items are packed sturdily with no loose parts floating around. You can keep TV and computer screens protected by wrapping them in anti-static foam. Pack each device separately and seal with packaging tape so that nothing can fall out during the moving process.
Keep Parts and Components Together
To prepare for the day that you will use these items again, pack them away efficiently. This means storing accessories and wires together with the devices, organizing devices into categories, and labelling items. This way, when you decide to open up these electronics again, you won’t have to wonder about missing parts or worry about where to find something specific.
Use Original Storage Boxes
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for: all the original packaging and boxes that you’ve saved over the years have come to use. So, for those who have kept the boxes for their cell phones and other electronics—congratulations. Use this same original packaging to protect and place your items during storage. Your electronics were made to be stored in these boxes, so they’re essentially the perfect fit for safekeeping.
Take a Picture of Outlets
Another trick to make your life easier while storing your electronics is to take a picture of all the electronic connections and outlets at the back of each device before unplugging and storing so that you can easily set the item up again in the future. You can take stock of all the photos (be sure to label them), as this will make things much smoother when the time comes to use these devices again.
While packing and storing away your belongings, it’s easy to get sidetracked and feel like you’ve missed something in the process. Looking for something you think you’ve lost can be time-consuming and frustrating. Avoid this situation altogether by keeping track of all the electronics you are storing either by having a detailed list or a spreadsheet, visibly labelling each item.
Recycle Old Tech
Since you can’t just dispose of electronics like regular garbage, it’s important to have a disposal plan in case you’d like to get rid of some items. If your tech is still in good working condition, consider donating it to someone else. If you need to make extra cash, opt for selling some of these items. Otherwise, for the products that are too old, unwanted, or in poor condition, drop them off at an electronic recycling location.
Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit
When storing sensitive items like electronics, make sure you place them in a dry, temperature-controlled environment as fluctuations in temperature and humidity can easily damage your tech. Also, look for a storage facility with a high level of security, especially if you are storing expensive electronic items.
Equipped with these storage tips, you should be able to keep your expensive (and not so expensive) electronics in pristine condition regardless of whether you are keeping them in storage long-term or temporarily. Remember to keep track of all the items you’ve stored away. If an incident or theft occurs, your inventory list could be especially useful for insurance purposes. For more information on safe electronic storage and tips, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.