Hundreds of thousands of laptops are donated to students each year. Spending time, resources, and money to do so is an important investment in the development of children in today’s digital age. This article discusses common causes of damage and how best to prevent them from occurring.
Protecting a laptop from damage is more than just reducing costs and management time. The laptop will be an integral part of a child’s school life and will hold a large amount of information and things that are important to them.
It is not possible to prevent all accidents from happening. However, by identifying the potential risks and educating parents and children, steps can be taken to protect these important assets
Take a look at Cables
One of the most common causes of laptop injuries is that a person stumbles on an electrical cable left on the road, suspended in the air, or attached to its feet.
Most laptops offer between 4 and 8 hours of battery life when fully charged. This means that there will be times when the laptop has to be connected when in use.
Even if not used, there may be damage if the laptop is charging. Careful placement of the laptop, cable, and electrical power is very important in an effort to prevent this.
Place the laptop near the power outlet to prevent the need to stretch the cable and hang it in the air – a very comfortable wire!
When charging a laptop, place it flat (not down!) And make sure the cable is properly connected
If you are using the best laptop while connected, try to stay close to the point above the desk height where possible. If this does not happen, keep the power cable as close to the wall as possible, away from seat legs and feet
Know your location and take a moment to think about the best place to install your laptop. If possible, change seats to a better location, rearrange bags or other obstacles and keep your cable safe and orderly
Extremely Hot Handling
Laptops are electronic devices with moving parts and some of them move at high speeds. This creates heat with the extra heat created when the laptop regenerates.
This heat comes out of the ventilation gaps under the laptop and blocking this will cause the laptop to overheat.
Always place the laptop on a flat surface when in use or when recharging – this allows air to enter and keep the laptop cool
Never use a laptop in bed, doona, or pillow – this is a popular place to watch movies, browsing the web ad network in public. Fabrics are worse for laptops as they can limit airflow completely
Sounds complicated but try to avoid using a laptop in your lap. The heat generated over a long period of time can not only damage the device but also the user
Which Way to Port?
Laptops have many ways to connect to other devices. These include USB Ports (often more than one), network ports, video connection effects for monitors (VGA or HDMI), and memory card readers.
Injuries are often caused on a laptop by trying to force the wrong cable into the port or by inserting a memory card that does not fit the reader.
For example, a USB cable will plug into a network port but is not compatible. Attempting to ‘roam’ a cable in an erroneous attempt to use a USB device may result in damage to the network port. Once the devices are connected, these ports can be damaged by pulling or hitting the cable.
Familiarize yourself with your portable computer ports – you may never use the network or video ports so look at the user manual and know what they are
Never pull the cable to connect it to a laptop
If you are not sure if your memory card is compatible with the reader, look at the user manual – never ‘give it away as it can be very difficult to remove once it is installed (memory cards will come in once they are included)
Never carry a laptop away from connected devices; this puts at risk the ports that knock on objects and damage them
Handle It Carefully
Hands up who ever opened a bag to find a drink bottle open or something broken – cracked pens, cracked sunglasses, or a scratched iPod …
Carrying a laptop in a bag is a great way to keep it safe; just think of it as an egg box … can you put that at the bottom of your bag?
Many backpacks have special pockets for laptops stamped and separate from one bag. Use this where possible to prevent pressure on the laptop or objects knocking on it
Make sure laptop and utility cables are stored in a separate package – especially as the power cable can be very large and has many sharp edges
Avoid carrying liquid with a laptop. Peripheral perfume bottles, the opening of beverage containers, and even the reduction of cold drinks can cause fluid in contact with a laptop (OK, eggs don’t care about being wet, but …)
When you take the laptop out of the bag – handle it with extra care! Don’t run with it. Always turn off the laptop. This will reduce the chances of an accident and the amount of damage caused