Keeping Electronics Safe When Not in Use
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Electronics are some of the most fragile pieces of equipment. These devices can be easily damaged by any spillage, applied force, or even a slight fall. But how you can store your devices while decluttering at the same time? The tips for storing electronic devices that you do not use often, as outlined below, are specifically dedicated to helping you solve this problem!
Declutter Your Electronics
While storing your electronics, it is best to be honest with yourself and dispose of those that you no longer need. Decluttering will help you keep what is necessary and save on space. However, ensure you have valid reasons as to why you need to dispose of your electronics.
You can consider updating your gadget’s software to make them usable again. If you have a Macbook with less storage to install updates, here are some of the ways you can clean your storage, making your gadget effective for use.
If you cannot find a way to repair your electronics, do not throw them in the trash or destroy them. Instead, you can sell them at garage sales or online markets , or consider giving them to charitable organizations.
Clean Your Devices
Dust and other contaminants can damage your electronics, mainly during storage. For this reason, make sure you have cleaned dirt, cobwebs, and dust out before packaging them.
Removing the batteries and cleaning the battery holder to eliminate any spillage that could have occurred beforehand is also a great idea. Clean all contaminants from the surfaces, small passages, and vents. Where possible, use compressed air to remove dust particles stuck in the internal hardware.
Export Data to Avoid Loss
Data security is one of the primary considerations while storing data. You do not want to lose your favorite memories or essential documents in case your electronics fail. Computers and cameras especially, among other portable digital devices, hold crucial data. Before storing these gadgets, evaluate the data that is present.
Also, double-check your data to make sure you have exported all your essential files to external storage like a hard drive. Backing up data is a preventive measure that can help you recover data if the gadget fails or the storage drives cease functioning.
Most electronics come with different pieces, which are assembled into one working unit. These devices may include the central unit, physical media, and accessories such as controllers, charging wires, power cords, and input and output cables. When storing these devices, separate these pieces to avoid damage if connected to the device.
Exporting data will also increase the space for the central unit inside the storage device. However, after separating these accessories, make sure you can label these pieces for easier identification. Cables can seize in their sockets when storing devices for long periods. Be sure to remove all cables from your devices before storage and store them seperately. It would be better if you curled the cables into a loop to avoid damage.
Cover The Screen and Monitors
Screens and monitors are prone to breaking and cracking when faced with external forces. They are also prone to scratches by abrasive surfaces and condensation and moisture damage. For this reason, screens and monitors should be covered with either cotton or canvas materials for protection. An old t-shirt or bed sheet would be ideal. If you are storing smartphones, portable gaming consoles, and tablets, use screen protectors or laminated glass to avoid screen damage, or if available, place them in the original box.
Cover the Gadgets with Bubble Wrap
Why not add bubble wrap while storing your devices? Although not necessary, it provides an extra layer of protection for your electronics. Consider using antistatic bubble wrap to guard against shock, which protects the delicate electrical components.
Advisably, do not use plastic sheets to cover your electronic devices. They are prone to holding moisture which is a threat to your gadget, especially during long-time storage. It can cause corrosion within months. Also add several sachets of silica gel to reduce excess humidity, keeping your devices dry and safe.
You may find that some of your electronic gadgets still use alkaline batteries as their power source, and they will need to be removed prior to storage. In such a case, the batteries lead to leakage of potassium hydroxide, which may corrode your electronics over time especially if they aren’t being used. This leakage can cause severe damage to circuits, and the corrosive substance may eat up the wires and cause damage to the circuit board.
Also, if you remove the batteries, make sure you do not store them in the same storage container as your other devices. Instead, keep them on their own to avoid the battery acid from spilling. Preferably, it would be best to discard the old ones, especially the alkaline ones, and buy new ones the moment you resume using your device.
If your gadgets use lithium batteries, there is no need to remove them from the device. Generally, they do not leak, and they are safer and more durable for use. These properties make them most suitable for long-term storage. When storing electronics with lithium batteries, place them in a cool and dry place away from heat. Also, keep the batteries charged for approximately 50%-70% capacity before storage.
Organize the Gadgets While Taking Inventory
Before storing your gadgets in your preferred storage facilities, sort them based on size, type, length, and build quality. After sorting your electronics, it would be best to take an inventory which will act as a reference when you need to pull out electronics in the future. It will also help you to identify missing gadgets and make it easier to retrieve them when needed.
Where possible, use the original packaging for large electronic devices. If you are storing speakers, laptops, and TVs, among other large appliances, consider using the original packaging for extended storage. These boxes are secure, preventing impact damage. If you cannot find the packaging, use the most appropriate containers or boxes to enhance your device’s security, like this Norway credenza.
One of the ways to make home improvements is by decluttering and storing some of the items you do not use often. However, poor storage, especially for electronic devices, may cause damage so use discretion when putting these items away for an indefinite period of time.
Electronic devices are sensitive, and they need to be handled with care. By following the tips above, you will prevent your devices from damage and ensure they are in good condition once you remove them from storage.