With so much of our lives built around the internet and devices that can access it, it has become increasingly common to ship electronics to friends, families and customers around the globe. And though it might not be the most complex item in the world, shipping electronics does have its own set of challenges that should be kept in mind.
Whether you’re shipping an Xbox to Ghana or a mobile phone to Sri Lanka, the key to making sure that your parcel arrives safely and in good time is proper packaging. And since many electronic devices are fragile, making sure that they are safe is double important. However, ParcelHero makes it simple to ship electronics of all shapes and sizes, as long as you follow a few simple steps.
Step 1: Pick the right box
Like the walls of a castle, the cardbox box is the first line of defence for your electronics. That’s why it is important to choose the right box – skimping here may mean your electronics are crushed or otherwise damaged during transit.
When picking a box, it’s best to use a brand new, double corrugated cardboard box. Even if a used box appears in good condition, there could be hidden weaknesses that could lead to your box being damaged. The size is important too – if your box is too big, the goods inside can move extensively and be damaged, and if it is too small, they may press against the walls of the box.
Step 2: Protect your electronics
To make sure that your goods are not damaged, you should wrap them up individually before placing them in a box. Use a material like bubble wrap and be generous – this is what ensures that your goods are snug and safe for their whole trip.
Once they’re in the box, fill up the remaining space with foam peanuts or packaging chips. The idea here is to make sure that the electronics inside your box don’t move, even when the box is shaken.
And if there are any sharp edges to your electronics, take special care to make sure they are properly wrapped. If they’re not, they could end up puncturing the box.
Step 2a: Protect the batteries
Because batteries could be damaged or crushed on their way to their destination, they are considered hazardous goods. When damaged, they could leak dangerous liquids or cause fires or explosions.
In the case of Lithium batteries, you should make sure that they are wrapped separately from the other goods in your box, ideally with an insulating substance like plastic or electric tape. This ensures the terminals cannot be forced together, minimising the risk of an accident. For more information on shipping batteries, be sure to get in touch with our customer services team who can provide more information.
Step 3: Seal up your box
Once your electronics are safely nestled in your box, it’s time to seal it up. The best method here is to use packaging tape to seal all seams and flaps on the top of the box. This should result in an ‘H’ shape, though you can add some extra tape diagonally in a union flag shape for extra protection.
Be sure to tape up the corners of your box too, as those are the weakest parts of any cardboard box. Good packing tape adds extra support, which should mean that those corners arrive undamaged.
Step 4: Wave your electronics goodbye
Now that your box is sealed, all you need to do is add your shipping labels. Since ParcelHero provides these for you when you make a booking, all you’ll need to do is print them off and add them to your box. It’s best to place them in a plastic pouch, which should protect them from inclement weather.
There’s no need to place ‘Fragile’ or ‘handle with care’ stickers on your box. Since we only work with the best quality couriers, they take excellent care of your box.
With that, all that’s left is to drop off your parcel at your local drop-off point, or hand it to the courier when they arrive at your front door. Then you can sit back, wave goodbye to your electronics, and rest assured that they’ll be arriving safe and sound.