How Not to Store Electronics
Whether or not you expect it, there may come a time when you need to store your electronics. Maybe it’s temporary, maybe it’s long term. Either way, it’s important to make sure your items are stored the right way. The last thing you want is to open them up later and find them damaged.
Like everything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack your devices. Below you’ll find what not to do when storing and getting rid of electronics.
Storing Electronics: What Not to Do
- Ignore the manufacturer’s instructions.
Sometimes the owner’s manual will have storage guidelines for your device. You can usually find a PDF version on the website if you no longer have a hard copy. Following these instructions now can save you a lot of hassle later.
- Don’t worry about packaging material.
The manufacturer designed the packaging for shipping and storage on store shelves. That means your item will fit in the packaging without worry of damage.
Of course, most of us don’t keep packaging for long after purchase. If that’s the case, use anti-static foam to protect screens and add extra packing material as a buffer.
- Secure your device in plastic.
This is a big no-no. Sealing your device in plastic can lock in moisture. This leaves it prone to mold and mildew which damages the electronic components. Instead, make sure there is good air flow to the device.
- Worry about what’s in the box later.
When you toss things in the box and try to figure it out later, you end up with cords that don’t go to anything. You’ll end up searching for a while, not finding what it goes to, and throwing it out. Three weeks later, you have a device that’s missing a cord.
To save yourself the time and trouble, take a picture of each item and what they connect to, and place the pictures in the box. Then when you unpack, you’ll know what each item is for.
You should also put a list of each item inside the box before closing. This will make it easier to find all your items when you unpack. A master list of everything you put into storage would be handy as well.
- Worry about the condition of your items later.
If you wait until you pull your items out of storage to care about their condition, you’re going to have damaged electronics. It’s important to ensure your electronics stay in the best condition for however long they’re stored. That often means a temperature-controlled storage space. It will protect your electronics from temperature fluctuations in the summer and winter.
- Throw away old electronics as soon as you stop using them.
Just because you no longer need your device doesn’t mean someone else can’t use it. You can donate electronics that:
- Still function.
- Are less than five years old.
- Don’t need major repairs.
Local organizations such as schools and libraries may need iPads and computers. Your nearby senior living facility may want unneeded televisions. To find out, contact local organizations in your community.
What to Do with Old Electronics after Storage
Sometimes you end up storing electronics for longer than you plan. When that happens and you decide you no longer need them, you have a couple of options.
Dispose of Your Devices
Before you throw your electronics away, follow these steps:
- Wipe your device of all personal information.
- Recycle batteries separately.
- Some curb-side pickup services do not accept electronics. Call to confirm before you toss it in the garbage bin.
- If you can’t dispose of them curb-side, try a local household hazardous waste facility. A quick Google search of “electronics disposal near me” will help you find one.
Sell Electronics Online
Selling electronics online is a great option to put money back in your pocket. Check out sites such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist to post your items.
Storing Your Electronics with Self Storage of Vacaville
Self Storage of Vacaville can help you keep those electronics out of the way until a later date. Our climate-controlled storage units keep your electronics out of the heat and cold and keep you comfortable when you stop by. We offer 5x5, 10x5, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30 storage units, so we have a size for everyone! Reserve a storage unit at Self Storage of Vacaville today!