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Packing Electronic Devices and Appliances

Electronics are particularly sensitive to the rigours of transport. Depending on the distances and methods of transport involved your electrical devices and appliances can be subjected to vibration, bumps and movement in general. Packing your electronics properly can greatly reduce the risk of damage in transit. Follow these tips to ensure that your devices survive the journey:

Packing electronics for moving

  • Although not always available, it's best to use the original packing materials that your electronic equipment came in. If you've disposed of the original packing materials then you should use furniture removal cartons. Specialist cartons for TV's and other appliances are available, and, although they're often quite expensive, they offer the best protection for your electronic equipment;
  • Consult the manual for the electronic item you're packing for any specific advice from the manufacturer regarding packing for transport. If you haven't kept the manual, you may be able to find a download location by searching the internet for the make and model;
  • Bubble wrap is ideal for wrapping your appliances directly;
  • Secure your boxed appliances with as much cushioning as possible with crushed paper or polystyrene. Be sure to place as much padding on the bottom, sides and top of the devices to properly secure your electrical devices. The constant vibration, shaking and bumps that they'll be subjected to when in transit can cause irreparable internal damage, but can be greatly reduced with secure packing;
  • Don't overload your boxes. Tape your boxes securely with packing tape on the top and bottom, from corner to corner (in an X shape);
  • Ensure that any packing materials used for sensitive electrical equipment is anti-static;
  • Clearly label boxes containing electronics so that the furniture removalist's can identify and top-load them;
  • Back up your computer files onto a portable hard drive, USB memory stick, or a laptop and carry it with you;
  • Labelling each cable or remote control can make it easier to identify what goes with what when you start the unpacking process. You can use electrical or masking tape and a permanent marker to do this;
  • You should remove the ink cartridges from you printer and pack them separately, placing them in plastic bags before boxing them. This can help to protect the rest of your goods in the event of a leak;
  • Take out any removable media (CD's, DCD's, BlueRay disks, USB thumb drives, etc.) from computers and other devices;
  • If your goods are going into storage, or you expecting a long transit, you should remove any batteries from your electronic devices;
  • Taking some pictures of your wiring configurations can help you to identify how your electronic devices were connected previously. Mobile phones are perfect for taking these snap shots;
  • Pack your remote controls and wires in a separate box so they don't scratch your electronic equipment and so they're easy to locate when you're moving in;
  • Place all manuals, warranties and receipts for electrical appliances and equipment in a folder and pack them separately;
  • Appliances such as washing machines, fridges, air-conditioners, evaporative coolers, dehumidifiers and dishwashers must be completely empty, drained and dry;
  • Major appliances should be disconnected the day before your move is scheduled so that they have a chance to cool down properly.
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