The advancement in technology leads to the creation of the most coveted electronic devices. These gadgets are relatively fragile and often expensive, so it’s important to understand how to safely pack and ship them. We list down the following tips to properly package electronics so you can prevent costly damages that can occur when shipping these devices.
Properly Secure Batteries
A large number of electronic devices require batteries or are equipped with detachable batteries to function. Batteries such as lithium, which are common in many of today’s electronics, are considered hazardous because these components can be a source of sparks or fire if improperly packed for shipping. To avoid accidents such as short-circuiting, it is required by most couriers to properly pack batteries for shipping. To do so, completely cover batteries with an insulating, non-conductive material. Alternatively, pack each battery in fully enclosed inner packaging to ensure exposed terminals are protected.
Organize Cords and Accessories
Electronic devices usually come with their own accessories and peripherals. It’s always ideal to stay organized by separating the cords and accessories. Separating and bundling the cords significantly prevents tangles and avoid damages when unpacking. Separated items can also be labeled to make it easier to assemble.
Use the Right Shipping Materials
Utilizing the correct shipping materials will ensure that your electronics remain safe and arrive to your customer in pristine condition. The following packing materials are the most effective in keeping your electronics safe and secure.
Corrugated cartons work better than cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are any type of box made from the heavy paper pulp while corrugated cartons are comprised of three layers of paper that include an inside liner, an outside liner, and fluting with a ruffled shape, which runs in between the two. These components are glued together resulting in sturdy boxes that can hold a wide variety of weights, protect against moisture and reusable. Depending on the amount of protection required, corrugate boxes are available in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses.
Protective packing supplies and void fillers, are important to prevent items from moving around in the shipping box. They provide cushioning in case of impact and protect the electronic device from scratches, dents and other damage. Protective materials and fillers include bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and air pillows.
Water-activated tape is a must-have item when shipping electronics. The adhesive on this type of tape is activated with water, which penetrates the shipping carton material, forming a permanent bond with the box. This results in a strong seal that is also tamper-evident. Water-activated tape is available in various widths and thicknesses and may contain strands of fiberglass reinforcement to provide added strength.