Have you ever discovered an old Game Boy at the bottom of a long-forgotten box? Did it work? Of course not. Electronics don’t store particularly well. They don’t like sitting unused and have a habit of disintegrating when left unused for extended periods of time.
Now imagine you are going travelling and need somewhere to store your incredibly expensive MacBook Air. The ‘Game Boy in box’ method is clearly not the right choice. Your electronics need some love, care and attention to make sure they come out of storage in the condition they went in.
So take these tips and keep your devices in fantastic condition.
DVDs and Blu Rays
Before you start, check your devices for any discs. When left for an extended period of time DVDs and Blu-Rays can warp and jam the action in disc trays. A jammed drive is a nightmare to repair and your disc is likely unplayable, too.
Take any DVD and Blu-Ray discs out and store them in their proper cases. It’ll keep your electronics and film collection in the best condition possible.
It’s extremely unlikely that anything will happen to your electronics when they are in storage. However, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Backup anything important and store the copy in a different location to your electronics.
Cloud storage is popular alternative that traditional backup methods.
Keeping all those cabled plugged in will save you bundles of time, right? At the moment, yes. However, after several months of storage the exposed pieces of metal may have seized up and locked the connection in place.
If your storage unit doesn’t have climate control, unplugging cables is especially important as the moisture in the air may cause the metal to become corroded and the connection entirely unusable.
Common batteries are not designed for long term storage. Because of their use and construction household batteries are particularly susceptible to corrosion and this can lead to them splitting. If you leave batteries connected for a long period of time, it’s more a question of when, not if, this will happen.
Remove all the batteries from your remote controls, accessories and devices and either use them in another product or recycle them.
Unfortunately, some devices have batteries which are hardwired into the construction of the device. Although these batteries are designed for long-term use, they may not stand up to long-term storage, so be careful when reopening your packages.
When it comes to long-term storage, it’s best to go with the manufacturer’s original packaging. The original packaging and inserts have been specifically designed to support and protect the specific shape of your device.
However, if, like most of us, you didn’t keep your original packaging, you can always use your own box and fill excess space with foam peanuts, bubble or shredded cardboard.
Some natural packing materials whither and shrink with time so make sure you choose an product that is designed to work effectively in the long-term.
Even self storage units that boast the finest climate control systems can experience problems with excess moisture. Adding a few packages of silica gel inside your boxes can help absorb any unwanted moisture and stave off corrosion, damp and mould.