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How to Store Electronics in a Storage Unit

Lockaway Storage | May 14, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Storing electronic devices for the long haul demands meticulous care. Electronics are vulnerable to damage from dust, humidity, and temperature fluctuations, so when it’s time to put your devices in storage you’ll need to take steps to preserve their integrity. Here's a comprehensive guide to making sure your electronics emerge unscathed from their time in storage.

Choose a Climate-Controlled Unit: Make sure to choose a climate-controlled storage facility, so that you can protect your electronics from humidity and extreme temperatures. Climate-controlled storage units maintain stable conditions, minimizing the risk of moisture seepage, corrosion, or intense heat or cold that could compromise delicate internal components.

Back Up Data: Before putting your devices in storage, you should back up all of your data to external drives or to the cloud. It’s never a bad idea to have your data preserved in multiple locations, on multiple devices. This way your important files and memories will always remain intact, even if the worst happens.

Battery Removal: If you can, detach batteries from your electronic devices before storage. Batteries left inside devices can leak or corrode over time, permanently damaging your electronics. By storing your batteries separately, you mitigate this risk and preserve both your device and its power source.

Power Down and Unplug: Prior to packing, power down and disconnect all devices. This way, you can conserve their energy, stop electrical hazards, and prevent your devices permanently running out of juice. Make sure to properly label cables and accessories to make future reassembly easier.

Shield from Static and Dust: Use anti-static bags or boxes to guard electronics from static electricity and dust accumulation. If you’re putting your devices in a storage unit, put them in the back and keep them away from the door; if you’re storing devices elsewhere, keep them away from windows as well. Place your electronics in non-conductive containers such as rubber or plastic to deter static buildup, and cover device vents to prevent dust infiltration. Before you put everything in storage, use compressed air to get rid of lingering dust.

Protect Screens and Surfaces: For large electronics, especially those with screens, employ cotton sheets or canvas covers to shield against scratches, dust, and light exposure. Covering devices with soft materials protects their delicate surfaces from getting scratched, stained, or marred.

Use Packing Paper: When wrapping devices, opt for packing paper over plastic to absorb moisture and prevent condensation buildup. This absorbent material helps maintain optimal humidity levels within storage containers.

Avoid Stacking or Leaning: Avoid stacking electronic devices or leaning them against each other, since this may cause structural damage or component misalignment. Whenever possible, use individual containers for each device.

By sticking to these guidelines, you can be sure that your electronics remain in pristine condition throughout their time in storage, preserving their functionality and longevity for years to come.

If you’re looking for climate-controlled storage units, choose Lockaway Storage! Many of our facilities offer secure climate-controlled units to protect your devices and delicate items. Find your closest facility to learn more!

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