How to Store Electronics
There may come a time where you need to store your electronics. Maybe you’re moving to a new home, or maybe you bought a larger tv, and you want to give the old one to your son when he moves out next year. Regardless, it’s important to know how to store electronics to minimize the risk of damage while in storage.
Below you’ll find tips to help you store and get rid of old electronics.
- Check the owner’s manual.
Often times, the owner’s manual will have guidelines for storing your specific device. If you don’t have the manual, most manufacturers have a downloadable version on their website.
- Use the original packaging if possible.
Manufacturer packaging is designed for shipping and storage on store shelves. The item will also fit in the packaging without danger of moving around and breaking.
If you don’t have the original packing material, use anti-static foam to protect screens. Fill your boxes with extra packaging material, so the devices don’t shift and bump into each other. But don’t wrap them in plastic as it can lock moisture in, damaging equipment.
- Document wiring and cables with pictures.
We’ve all experienced the random cable that doesn’t seem to go to anything. You wait to see if it has a purpose, you throw it away, and then two weeks later find the electronic that it went to. To save yourself the hassle, take a picture of the connections, and store the images in the box. That way when you unpack, you know exactly where everything goes.
- Keep a list of items.
Put together a list of each item within the box and place it inside before closing. This will make it easier to find all your items when you unpack. You should also create a master list of everything you put into storage.
- Look into a temperature-controlled storage unit.
To minimize the risk of damage caused by temperature fluctuations, rent a temperature-controlled storage space.
What to Do with Old Electronics after Storage
If you find that you’re not going to use your electronics any longer, there are a couple steps to take for disposal.
- Remove all personal information from the device.
- Remove any rechargeable batteries and recycle separately.
- Check with your curbside collection service to see if they accept electronics.
- If you can’t dispose of them curbside, look for a local household hazardous waste facility. You can find these by simply searching for “electronics disposal near me.”
Of course, if your devices are still in good condition and not too outdated, you have some other options.
You can choose to donate your old electronics if they:
- Still function.
- Are newer than 5 years old.
- Do not need major repairs.
Organizations like local schools, libraries and charities often look for or request unused computers, iPads, etc., for donation. Senior living facilities sometimes ask for used televisions. If you have something you think a facility could use, reach out to them to see if they would take your item.
Sell Electronics Online
Provided your electronics still have value, you can opt to sell them online. Sites such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace allow you to list your items for others to buy. That way you can keep them out of a landfill and put money back in your wallet.
Storing Your Electronics with Brentwood Self Storage
If you are looking to put old electronics away for another time, Brentwood Self Storage can help! Our Temperature-controlled units help protect your devices during high and low temperatures. We have a variety of storage unit sizes available, so reserve a storage unit with Brentwood Self Storage today!