2 Tips For Preparing Your Electronic Devices For Long-Term Storage

Whether you are moving to a smaller residence or have upgraded your current electronic devices, you may have found yourself in need of storing electronic devices for the long term. When getting them ready for placement in a storage unit, you may feel that you can simply put them in a box with a bit of packing and they will be safe from damage.

However, while ensuring that they are properly packaged and protected is important, this is only one step in preparing them for storage. There are also a couple of other things that you should do to help make sure that the devices stay in good condition until you need them again.

1.  Remove All Batteries, Battery Packs, and Wires from Each Device

One thing that you should do before packing up your electronic devices in preparation for long-term storage is to remove all batteries, battery packs, and wires from each device. While it may seem easier to just wrap the cords around a television set or computer tower and to leave the battery pack on a laptop, doing so could cause damage to the device.

Both batteries and battery packs are prone to corrosion, especially if they sit unused for extended periods of time. This corrosion can spread into the device itself and cause massive damage.

As far as cords, wrapping them around the devices while they are still attached could damage the tiny wires inside the cords. Also, the plugs will have pressure on them, which could damage both them and the plugin on the device.

2.  Take Extra Steps to Securely Package and Label the Pieces for Each Device

Another thing you can do when preparing electronics for storage will help make things easier on yourself when it comes time to retrieve them from storage. You may be tempted to throw all of the cords and peripherals into the same box or bag, confident that you will remember which one will go with a specific device.

However, once you start searching for a specific cord, you may not remember which one is which, taking up extra time to find the right one. Instead, while packing up the devices, securely package each cord and peripheral individually, and take the extra steps to label each one and even attach it to the device. 

Once you are ready to stow the devices in the unit, select a spot that is toward the back and on top of a stable surface to keep from inadvertently knocking them over while moving items toward the front. For more tips about how to safely and securely store your electronic devices or any other possessions, contact the self-storage unit facility to speak with one of the representatives.