If you need to store your electronic equipment there’s a few key tips you should take into consideration to make sure they can survive while in storage. It always pays to prepare your items properly as most electronic devices are not designed to sit unused and without power for long periods.
Here are a few general rules to follow when storing electronic devices.
Clean off dirt and dust
Dust can build up quickly on many electronic devices, and if left for months or longer it can cause problems in your electrical equipment.
Before you pack you items away, make sure to wipe down all accessible surfaces to remove any dust or contaminants. If possible, you should carefully clean the dust from internal areas with compressed air or quick dry solvent.
Batteries are not a good item to put into storage. So you should never put any batteries into a storage unit, and never put a lot of batteries into a container together and store away.
Most batteries shouldn’t be left lying around when they aren’t in use, and leaving batteries connected to an electronic device risks damaging your devices and potentially turning them into a mess of battery acid.
Some integrated batteries, like laptop and camera batteries, might be ok left in the device, but replaceable batteries should be removed and properly disposed of if you’re leaving devices in storage for long periods.
Use the original packaging
When placing electrical devices into long-term storage, the original packaging is almost always the best way to pack your items. The original box was specifically designed to hold and protect a particular device in warehouses and stores for extended periods of time. So if you still have the original packaging, use it to pack your devices back to the way they originally came.
Static-free wrap isn’t usually required for storing most electronic devices. Laptops, games consoles, smart phones, etc. are able to cope with general static and will usually survive without static-free packaging.
However, if you are going to be storing delicate electronics like internal computer components, you should invest in some specialist static-free wrap to ensure they last while left in storage.
Be careful using plastic
While it might seem like a good idea to wrap your electronic gear in something waterproof like plastic, this is usually something you should avoid. Plastic wrap will keep water out, but it also locks moisture in.
Moisture is probably the biggest threat to your electronics while in storage. So you should definitely place in a number of silica gel sachets in with each of your items to help soak up any excess humidity which will help to keep your devices dry.
If left connected for long periods of time, cables can seize in their sockets in the device.
So its best to remove all cables from each device before you place it into storage. To make life easier for you when you come to use your devices again, curl each of the cables into a loop, table them and store them with each device.
Before putting your computer into a storage unit, be sure to back up all the data onto a quality external hard drive, or a cloud server.
You should also protect your privacy by clearing any saved passwords, cookies and browsing history. Be sure to remove any discs from drives, as these can warp and become stuck if left for long periods.
Choose a storage unit that allows you to store your computer off the ground and away from extreme temperatures.
TV’s and monitors
Be sure to all your TV’s and screens in an up-right position. These are not designed to be left lying flat, so keep them standing up, and ideally in their original box.