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Gadgets and Gizmos: 7 Tips for Storing Electronics

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Whether you're reorganizing your home or moving far away, certain items require special care when being placed in storage. Many individuals underestimate how delicate their electronics are, which can result in permanent damage to expensive devices.
In this blog, we provide seven guidelines for storing your electronics.

1. Choose a Climate Controlled Unit

Electronic devices are vulnerable to extreme temperatures and high humidity. High temperatures can warp plastic or even impact circuit performance. Low temperatures can cause expansion that could damage or destroy devices like printers and televisions. Too much moisture can cause short circuiting.
Protect your electronics from weather changes by reserving a climate-controlled storage unit.

2. Insure Your Largest Items

Your largest electronic items are likely significant investments. If you don't already have insurance through the manufacturer or retailer, consider seeking an insurance policy before placing these devices in storage.
Discuss your insurance options with your storage provider. If the storage facility does not offer insurance, you can get a policy through your usual insurer.

3. Keep All Components Together

As you pack your electronics for transport and storage, you have to disconnect and unplug a lot of components. As you remove components, place each piece in the same box or bag to ensure you have what you need when you plug back in.
Be sure to label each container clearly. If you put components for multiple devices in a single container, consider using colored tape or stickers to designate which components connect to which device.

4. Place Electronics Toward the Back of the Unit

While most reputable storage facilities have security measures to minimize the risk of theft, electronics are often the first target when theft occurs. To reduce the risk of loss, store your electronics near the back of the unit, out of sight from the doorway.
You may also want to place moving blankets over any boxes that advertise what's inside them so these containers don't catch the eye of any would-be thieves.

5. Store Sensitive Items on Shelves

Electronics with large screens, such as desktop computers and televisions, can easily become cracked during the moving and storage process. Never store these items on the floor where they may have other boxes stacked on top of them.
Instead, place these sensitive devices on a shelf, leaning against a wall for maximum support. Before leaving the unit, ensure that these boxes won't shift and fall over.

6. Take Note of Cord Configurations

When disassembling your electronics, take note of how all the components connect. You may want to take a picture of the cord configuration or even record video as you disconnect cords to ensure that you know where to start when you unpack the device.
You can also keep track of cord placement by placing a colored sticker on the cord and next to its corresponding port. However, you should only use this tactic if you aren't already color coding your components as recommended in section three.

7. Use Original Packaging

When you begin packing up your belongings for storage, determine which, if any, of your electronics still have their original packaging. The original packaging is designed to withstand long distance transportation and warehouse storage, so these containers often offer the best protection.
When original packaging isn't available, place the device inside a box that's close to its size. Then line a slightly larger box with a material that absorbs movement and impact, like packing peanuts, and pack the smaller box inside this container.
Use these tips to ensure your electronics are ready to go right back to entertaining and serving your family when they're collected from storage.