The proper care of electronics and other technology is a growing issue for everyone from business owners to the everyday consumer. Part of the reason for the changes in the way people use technology is because so many devices have become portable not only out of necessity, but out of convenience. Even ten years ago, the popularity of portable computing wasn’t anywhere near what it is today. With that popularity comes a need to protect devices that are no longer stationary.
Unfortunately for some, the need for proper storage and transport of their valuable devices isn’t recognized until it is too late. If you want to protect your electronics and sensitive machinery, planning ahead goes a long way.
Almost every device has some form of memory, whether it is a hard drive, SSD, Micro SD card, or something similar. If you are moving any device that has files or information stored on it, make sure that information is backed up somewhere else as well. The likelihood of damage multiplies rapidly the more a device is moved or transported, and if you have only one copy of your data, your valuable information could be at risk. Don’t take any unnecessary chances.
Keep It All Together
Most electronic devices are self-contained, but large-form equipment like PCs, flat screens, televisions, and so forth are practically guaranteed to each have their own fleet of accessories. Make certain you label each one. Granted, you probably already know what they are all for, but labeling them will reinforce their association during transport so you have an extra layer of security to avoid forgetting the one part that you can’t proceed without. This can also help keep device accessories from getting mixed up or left out during a move.
Temperature and Humidity
While most solid-state electronics can handle heat or cold, it isn’t the air temperature that should be your top concern. Changes in temperature are more likely to cause condensation, especially in any climate where humidity is an ongoing issue. For laptop computers and fragile gear like flat screens, a hard-shell transport case is a good choice.
Make sure your gear is stored in a manner that prevents seepage, and do everything you can to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from any location likely to experience highs and lows, like the back of a moving truck.
If at all possible, try to find a location that is sealed and dark. Failing that, try to keep whatever is practical as near to you as possible, especially if your vehicle or transportation has air conditioning.
Like it or not, most electronics and sensitive computers just weren’t built for the great outdoors. To function properly and last, they have to be kept in a sunlight-free, air-conditioned environment whenever possible. The closer you can get to those conditions during transport, the better chance you’ll have at protecting your valuable technology.