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How to Store Electronic Devices

Electronic devices
Technology evolves at a rapid pace. With every new generation of smart phone, tablet, laptop, and video game system comes an extra addition to your tech-time stash. If old, new, and seldom used devices are taking over your home, take a look at how you can minimize the computer-related clutter and safely store your electronics.

Home Storing Hassles

Not only will an ever-growing mass of electronics take up much-needed space in your home, but some indoor areas may not keep your devices safe.

Common in-home storage areas such as basements, garages, crawl spaces, and attics are often left unheated/uncooled. Extreme cold temperatures can cause your devices' batteries to drain or result in internal damage. Likewise, hot temperatures can also cause battery and other types of electronic problems.

Along with temperature extremes, moisture (from frost or humidity) can cause shorts or irreversible damage to devices left in unheated/uncooled storage areas. If you don't have an adequately climate-controlled space to store your electronics in, consider an off-site option.

Self-Storage Solutions

A self-storage unit is an easy-to-use alternative to letting your old (or unused) electronics take up valuable in-home space. What are the advantages to using self-storage? While there are many reasons that electronics owners have for choosing this option, some of the most common reasons include:
  • Climate control. Instead of worrying that your unheated garage will cause the delicate wiring of your laptop to freeze, you'll have peace of mind with a climate-controlled storage unit. The temperature and humidity settings in the unit can protect your electronics from the elements, changing temperatures, and frost/moisture issues.
  • Extra space. Free your home's space from an electronics overload. Storing your extra devices in an off-site unit leaves space for items that you use regularly.
  • Security. Leaving valuable devices in plain view invites potential problems. The rate of property crime are on the rise, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Securing your old/unused devices in a self-storage unit provides an added layer of protection against theft.
Self-storage isn't always a forever arrangement. If you're going on vacation or working out of town for an extended period, storing unused or larger items (such as a PC) is a safer alternative to leaving these items in a vacant home.

Safe Storage

Even though self-storage offers plenty of safety and security benefits, without the correct storage method your items may suffer damage over time. How should you store your electronics? The answer to this questioned depends on the specific device:
  • Laptops. Power off the laptop, unplug it, and remove the battery. If you've saved the original packaging, store your laptop in it. If not, use a similarly sized box (with bubble-wrap). Store the battery per the manufacturer's directions. Batteries that are no longer usable require proper disposal/recycling. 
  • Smartphones. Power off your phone. If your phone has a removable battery, store it in a separate air-tight container. Use your phone's original packaging to store it, or wrap your smartphone in bubble-wrap or a similar cushioned material. Place the phone into a fitted box. Store the charger separately. 
  • Screen devices. Your PC monitor, TV, or other screen requires special attention. Again, use the original packaging if you still have it. If not, use a static-free wrap or bag. Place the device into a fitted box, making sure it's snug. Add plain acid-free paper or bubble-wrap as a cushion.
Never stack devices or place other items on your electronics. The pressure from added weight can crack screens or cause other structural damage.

Do you need a storage space for your old electronics? Contact Brownsburg Self Storage Locker Inc. for more information.