When it comes to moving electrical equipment, things can get a little tricky. This is because your electronics are probably some of your most valuable devices that you have. And of course, you’ve probably paid a fair amount of money for them, so you want to take as much precaution as you can when you’re packing up your electrical items to be shipped across the country, or even across town. After all, the last thing that you would want is to have to replace thousands of dollars of worth of equipment simply because you failed to properly prepare your devices for shipment. So, in this article we will give you the best ways to prepare your electrical devices for shipment, and how to ship them.
Before you do anything else, the very first thing you’ll want to do is to back up all of the information on your current electrical device. For instance, if it’s a computer, you’ll want to back up the hard drive on at least two other different devices. Whether this be a USB, or an external hard drive, you just want to make sure that you have the information in case anything were to happen.
Next, before you disassemble your device make sure that you take plenty of pictures so that way you know where everything goes and how to connect it back together. You can use small color-coded stickers in order to help match up cords and devices. Make sure that you fold all of your cords carefully and secure them with a rubber band. Do your best to store all of your accessories for each device together, and remove any sort of ink, toner, or batteries before packing up the device.
After your device has been backed up, and all of the cords properly removed, now is the time to focus your attention on the types of shipping supplies you will need for your equipment. For instance, you will want to make sure that you haven’t plenty of shipping supplies such as paper tape, electrical tape, packing tape, special static resistant bubble wrap, and cardboard boxes that vary in sizes depending on your needs. One type of shipping supplies that you’ll definitely want to avoid is packing peanuts. This is because packing peanuts really do absolutely nothing to support heavy items, and they do not protect your electronics from static electricity.
Once you have all of your supplies in order, it’s time to wrap each of your items in one of your antistatic plastic bags, in order to keep it safe from dust and static. Then, put your item in a properly sized box and fill all of the empty space with proper padding to prevent shifting during shipping. Make sure you mark the box clearly as to what it is, mark it as fragile, and make a clear notation on which side of the box needs to stay up. Also, if at all possible, do your best to keep the box under 30 pounds. This makes it easier for shipment, whether you’re moving it yourself or hiring someone else to move it for you.
Once moving day has actually arrived, if you can, try to keep your electronics with you in your own car. One, so you can keep track of your valuables. And two, you can better regulate the temperature of your car. However, if this is not an option make sure that you have picked a reputable shipping company in order to best transport your products where they need to go.
If you can follow these steps, you can ensure the safety of your electronics during shipment, and give yourself a piece of mind as they are whisked away to where they need to go.