When you think about storage complications it often revolves around items that are perishable or fragile. Food and drinks require particular attention to keep them preserved. Glass and delicate cloth need protecting to keep them intact. But there is another type of belonging that needs special attention when putting it away.
Your electronics combine the risks of the above items. They are both fragile and have the potential to deteriorate over time. Make sure you are paying special attention when tucking away your technical devices.
Make sure the physical item and its contents remains safe while stowed away.
Protecting the Device
Whether you are keeping an old phone for back up or packing away your desktop computer to make room for a nursery, there are a number of measures you need to take to ensure that your item is protected.
Roslyn Saftekin of Färbe Technik offered these five tips for proper storage and secure packing:
1. Remove batteries: Removing batteries from laptops and smartphones is crucial to guarantee the battery will not be affected during storage time.
2. Place in Padding and Tape: Place items in foam padding or bubble wrap and secure with tape. Wrap cords and loose items with tape to the item to ensure they won’t get lost.
3. Place Upwards: Place the items inside a box in an upright position and fill the box with packing bubbles to avoid any damage.
4. Pack the Box: Make sure to tape any holes or gaps to guarantee there won’t be any dust entering the box.
5. Place the Box: The right climate is essential when storing electronics. Choose a room between 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure safety.
How you store electronics is essential to ensuring they still work when you unpack them. As Saftekin stated, dust, temperature, movement and the electronic components can all threaten your accessories.
Protecting your Information
Aside from the physical threats your electronics are in during storage, you also want to ensure that any data living on the devices is protected. If you are storing a personal computer or a smartphone, there are two options to ensure your data is safe.
Wipe your device. If you are finished using the device and have transferred your information to something new, the safest method for keeping your personal information safe is to restore the phone or computer to its factory settings.
Password protection. If you don’t want to remove the items on you computer, make sure you set a password for the device and write down the code.
Storing electronics can be a delicate process. Take the time to secure the device and the information on it.