Storage Tips: How to Store Electronics
If you’re planning to store electronics like computers, game consoles, phones, tablets, and other electrical devices at Extra Space Storage, we highly recommend you consider the following storage tips.
Find a Secure Storage Facility
Peace of mind is everything when it comes to storing valuable electronics. That’s why it’s crucial to find a storage facility that offers good security. While you’re comparing Extra Space Storage locations, look for facilities offering one or more of the following security features:
- Video surveillance cameras throughout the property
- Electronic gate access with keypad entry
- Perimeter fencing around the property
- Individually-alarmed storage units
- Controlled-access building with indoor storage units
- Security access to your floor only (for multi-level facilities)
- Facility manager who lives on-site
Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
Extreme heat and cold can wreak havoc on electrical components, so it’s a good idea to find self storage with a temperature-controlled environment. Extra Space Storage offers climate control, which ensures storage units typically maintain internal temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees throughout the year to protect sensitive belongings.
Note: In some cases, you may need dehumidified storage instead of climate-controlled storage. While climate control can reduce moisture somewhat, dehumidified units are ideal for protecting your items from humidity. This is something we recommend for those living in wet, humid climates, as well as for those considering renting a storage unit on a ground-level or subterranean level.
Pack & Store Electronics Carefully
Once you’ve found the ideal storage solution for your electronics, you need to pack items and move them to your storage unit with care. The following packing and storage tips can help protect your electronic items in both short-term and long-term self storage:
- Take cassette tapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays out of all players
- Create backup files of all digital data before moving electronic items to storage
- Clean all screens before moving devices to storage to prevent buildup and damage
- Remove all cords and cables from electronic devices to store separately
- If possible, store electronics in their original boxes and packing
- Cover electronic equipment with a cotton sheet or canvas cover to prevent dust buildup
- Use cardboard, bubble wrap, foam, and tape to protect screens and glass
- Do NOT wrap electronic devices in plastic, as this traps moisture and fosters mold and mildew
- Do NOT lean heavy objects against electronic devices, as this can damage the components
- Raise all storage containers with electronics off the ground with pallets in your storage unit
- Remember that electronic equipment cannot be plugged in while in self storage
Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your electronics in self storage!
Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 1,600 self-storage properties in 35 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 750,000 units and over 80 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 1,600 properties across the country.