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How To Safely Store New Printer Ink Cartridges

Friday, August 20th, 2010

For some reason, printers always run out of ink at the most inconvenient time. Whether you need to print an important report, presentation, or paper it is never fun to realize part way through that you have run out of ink and don’t have any extra cartridges around. However, it is extremely important that the ink cartridges are stored properly so your preparation doesn’t go to waste. If left unprotected for long periods of time, ink cartridges can become damaged or dried out and may be unusable. But don’t despair, there are a few simple tips you can follow to ensure you store printer ink correctly so it will be ready for use when you need it most.

This first thing you should do to ensure your new printer ink cartridges are stored properly, is to keep them in their original factory packaging. The cartridge should be in a sealed plastic bag to keep air from leaking in. When air leaks into a cartridge, it can cause the ink to dry out prematurely causing clogs in the print nozzles. If the ink cartridges do not come in a sealed plastic bag, it is a good idea to place them in an air-tight plastic bag with a zipper to protect them from excess air leaks.

Another way to protect your new ink cartridges is to make sure the print head is sealed properly. If the cartridge is not in a sealed bag, check to ensure the print head has a sticker or seal over it. If the seal has been removed, it is a good idea to place a small piece of tape over it to protect it. If the print head is exposed for an extended period of time, it can become scratched, damaged, or dried out, which can make the cartridge unusable. If the print head has been exposed, you can also place a small damp sponge or towel in the zipped bag next to the cartridge to keep the air around the print head moist.

Once you ensure the print heads are sealed and the ink cartridges are stored in air tight plastic bags, you should store the cartridges in a cool dark place such as a closet or drawer. Be sure to place the cartridges right side up to help prevent leaks and always make sure they are in a location that is out of reach of children. Nothing will ruin a new cartridge faster than a curious child who might accidentally damage or spill it.

By following these steps, you can store printer ink more effectively so it will be fresh and ready at any time.

How The Weather Affects Printer Ink Cartridges

Friday, August 20th, 2010

What is the relationship between weather and printer ink? This is one of those questions that consumers often forget to ask, but it can make all the difference in the world. Printer ink can be expensive and the last thing a person wants is to have bursting ink cartridges in the middle of an important print job. To avoid this, it is necessary to understand how printer ink can be affect by weather conditions.

There are so many different factors to consider in printer care and maintenance that one can very easily forget about weather and printer ink. You might worry about buying the correct ink cartridge, loading the ink properly, and replacing the ink cartridge at the right time, and then forget about that hot drive in your car from the store to your home. All of a sudden, in the midst of a job that needs to be completed immediately, you are faced with bursting ink cartridges.

In most circumstances, printer ink is kept at room temperature. In fact, this is so common, that most people forget about the relationship between weather and printer ink. Printer ink was made to be stored in a range of temperatures comfortable to humans. But there are several circumstances under which printer cartridges may reach extremely high or low temperatures. Storage in cars or unheated buildings may cause printer cartridges to reach extreme temperatures, which in turn may lead to bursting ink cartridges.

Inside every print cartridge is printer ink. Ink is a liquid and just as weather affects other liquids, it can also affect ink. Changes in the ink can in turn affect the ink cartridge. Extremely high and low temperatures can lead to cracks in an ink cartridge, which can then lead to bursting ink cartridges. If you store ink cartridges in your car or keep your printer in a house without heat or air conditioning, the ink cartridges may develop small cracks, which can then cause leaks or worse. And, if the ink cartridge shows any sign of wear and tear on the outside, there is probably nothing that can be done to save it.

If you are transporting printer ink from the store to home in a car that will get very hot or very cold, if your office will be closed for the holidays, leaving ink in a cold building, or if you leave the air conditioning off in your house in the hot summertime, you may want to consider the relationship between weather and printer ink. It is a simple habit change, but it will make a big difference in the wear and use of your printer ink cartridges.

When To Change Printer Ink Cartridges For Older Printers

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Print a few photo quality pictures and even before you know it, it’s time to change your printer ink cartridges. And, if you are using one of those older printers, this can happen quite often. Before replacing your printer ink cartridges it is important to make sure that the cartridges are actually empty. There are several ways to check if it’s time to replace your printer’s ink cartridges.

If you suspect that your printer is running out of ink, you could try doing a test print. This is especially useful if you are planning on doing a big print job later. You will know that it is time to change your printer ink cartridge when the print is either streaky or washed out or when nothing gets printed at all and you get only blank pages. If you have been regularly using your printer, this means that the printer cartridge is empty. If you have not used your printer in a long time, this could mean that the ink has dried up in the cartridge. Either way it is time for you to get new printer ink cartridges.

There are other ways too to find out if it is time to change your printer ink cartridges. In most cases you will see a screen alert on your computer monitor. If your printer has more than one ink cartridge, it will also show which of these cartridges need to be replaced. You can also check the level of ink by checking your printer’s control panel or using the printer status monitor.

Some older printers may not give you an on-screen warning message and you will have to rely on other indicators. One of them is checking the indicator lights on your printer. On most printers a blinking red light would mean that the ink is running low. A static red light indicates that the ink cartridge is empty and needs to be replaced.

You could allow the printer to run completely out of ink and in most cases printer ink cartridges need to be changed only when the cartridges are completely empty. However, this is not true for all printers, especially older printers.

Before replacing a printer ink cartridge, you must remember not to remove old cartridges from the printer until you have a new cartridge in hand. After you have bought a new ink cartridge you can use on-screen instructions for changing a low or empty ink cartridge.

So, if you are using one of those older printers and your prints look washed out or a little hazy it probably means it’s time for new printer ink cartridges.

How Ink Quality Has Been Enhanced For High End Digital Printers

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The ink quality of high end digital printers has greatly surpassed expectations with the creation of photo quality inkjet printing available in many affordable price ranges. Digital technology allows the printer to read the stored information from a digital camera. With a new digital printer that has a pc card slot which allows you to easily connect your memory card from your digital camera to your printer and rapidly convert these files into flawless prints. The wide availability of these popular digital printers which feature professional ink quality at a price that most can afford is a feat that many failed to predict.

Avid photo and print enthusiasts from around the globe continuously demand the latest technology from their latest digital printers. They require the newest digital printers to be faster than previous models, easier to program, and they want these printers to provide the highest quality ink available in the world. Many high end digital printers use the color combination of black, yellow, cyan, light cyan, magenta, and light magenta for their print cartridges. Variable droplet sizes are often used for these new high end cartridges which are designed to improve the texture and detail of these prints.

High end digital printing has resulted in the ability to produce high resolution digital images in a matter of minutes. These printers can print images with a maximum of around 3,000 by 700 dpi resolution, border free photo printing, six color photo printing with nearly invisible precision droplets combined with new digital print technology including the automatically color correcting printed photos. This type of advanced photo quality printing at home has rapidly made photo processing shops obsolete.

High speed digital printers which create photo quality images have taken over the online printing market. Digital printing technology is now being used by every major brand name printer manufacturing company. The abundant availability of low price all in one printing machines which feature high end digital quality color with added wireless network capabilities has quickly made non digital printers extinct. The birth of a myriad of online retailers saturating the printing market has made the digital printer market a buyer’s market which means you can find these printers at good prices.

You can also order replacement ink for these printers now through special promotions at the click of a button. These printers are lightweight, compact, and can also include a color LCD screen. Even if you are not specifically looking for a digital printer to print photos, a printer that has the capability to create photo quality images can easily handle regular printing of documents at high speeds with extremely detailed high resolution and optimal clarity.

Why Print Cartridges Are Necessary For Superior Print Quality

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The chief difficulty in printing sharp-edged monochrome type is the same as for printing four-color photo images; namely, the problem of getting the right amount of printer ink on the paper in the right place. A printer that puts too much ink on the page will get muddy edges and muddy colors. A printer that puts too little ink on the page will get indistinct letters and ethereal, unsaturated pastels. How long it takes to get the ink on the page is another consideration, as are drying time and the thickness or viscosity of the ink. It’s a juggling act, and the invention that solved the conundrum was printer ink cartridges.

Back in the days of dot-matrix printers, a “daisywheel” was struck by pistons that printed corresponding dots on the printed page by pushing ink off a ribbon. Letters and numbers were made up entirely of dots, printed in patterns, and of one color only-black. Images were pretty much unknown output. And print time was constrained to the limits of the transfer mechanics of the printer. Although continuous inkjet printers have been around since the sixties, it was Siemen’s invention of the drop on demand technology that opened up inkjet capabilities. Instead of a continuous flow of ink that was guided onto or away from the paper, the drop on demand pushed a minute quantity of ink onto the paper by the action of a peizo-electric crystal flexing in response to a current (Hewlett Packard developed bubble jet technology independently). Now the problem of getting the right amount of ink out was solved. The solution of the problem of where to put it followed soon after.

The hurdle was that such a minute amount of ink was needed at a time. If a certain color of ink had to be deposited on the paper, and a different color right after, the second color couldn’t be routed to the spray nozzle fast enough. If the first ink was allowed to dry in the nozzle, it was the end of the story. Any residual ink left in the nozzle could clog it, so the nozzle had to be kept moist with fresh ink of the same color. Enter printer cartridges. Not only does each cartridge contain a supply of an individual ink, there are active electronics in every cartridge that the printer communicates with and that control the printing process, telling the cartridge how much ink to release, and just when. Since color printing relies on exact juxtaposition of solid color dots, this meant beautiful color prints could be easily produced. So each ink needs its own cartridge, or else there’d be complete communication breakdown. And that would mean inferior prints.

When To Consider A Laser Printer Over An Inkjet

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The considerations that go into a decision of whether to buy an inkjet printer or a laser printer are: initial cost, ongoing costs, capacity, and reliability. They all are brought to bear, sometimes at different times, and with different weighting, depending on whether the prospective buyer is making an initial purchase or is considering upgrading or switching.

The initial cost of the hardware is what immediately sets laser printers and inkjet printers apart. For black and white personal laser printers, costs start at about $100 and go up to about $250. A basic inkjet printer will print color out of the box and costs as little as $30. If you’re a home user who only prints a few pages a week, and doesn’t print a lot of photos, an inkjet would be the economical and practical choice. If you run a home business and only print invoices and don’t print photos or colored printed matter, a basic laser printer might be the preferred choice.

This is affected by the next consideration: the ongoing costs of operating a laser printer when compared to an inkjet printer. A $50 inkjet printer can have cartridges that cost $30, making the cost of upkeep greater than the cost of the printer after only purchasing two cartridges. If you print 20 pages a week, or roughly a thousand pages per year, and you get 200 pages per cartridge, that’s five cartridges a year. Assuming a $15 cost per cartridge, that’s $75. A laser printer cartridge will cost around $30 and produce 2,500 pages of black and white print. So, for the home business that doesn’t need color capability, the laser would be the economical choice.

When it comes to color, the upfront cost difference is huge. An extremely good photo quality inkjet printer can cost upwards of a thousand dollars (good ones cost much, much less), but color laser printers start at that price point and go up from there. The print quality from the high end inkjets can be superb, so for the occasional user, the extra cost for the laser would probably not be supportable.

It’s in the ongoing costs where laser printers can leave inkjets in the dust. A laser printer, using high-capacity toner cartridges, can print a four-color page for as little as 7 cents a page, where the same page from an inkjet printer can run close to 50 cents! And the inkjet prints much slower than the laser. So for the volume user, laser is clearly the way to go, and for the minimal user, inkjets would fill the bill. Only a careful examination of your budget, your projected use, and your needs for expansion will tell you which way to lean.

How Generic Ink Can Do The Trick

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Generic ink is not only a smart economic choice to use in printers, but it’s becoming a smart choice in quality too. In the past, printer ink was dominated by the brand name labels as they were known for greater quality and longevity over generic ink. However, generic ink has grown in popularity due to the fact that generic ink has improved in quality and its lower price point makes it as a smart economic choice. Generic ink has several advantages over brand name ink.

The first advantage it has over brand name printer ink is that generic ink is less costly. The prices for generic ink are significantly lower, sometimes even as much as 25%. For consumers, even a small price difference works to their advantage. Over time, as printers consume printer ink, the price for ink can add up. Saving a few dollars every time a consumer purchases generic ink means that over time, the difference becomes pronounced. Printers have voracious appetites and constantly need ink. Generic ink is a cost-saving economical way to purchase ink without having to break the bank.

The second advantage that generic ink has over brand name printer ink is that the quality of generic ink is comparable to that of brand name printer ink. If quality is an issue that consumers question when considering generic ink, it no longer needs to be. The quality of generic ink has improved over the years and has come to a level of customer satisfaction that is worth its price. Consumers no longer have to sacrifice quality for price. Instead, they can have both.

Generic ink may be perceived by consumers as the cheaper, cost-conscious election while those who can afford to spend a little more for quality purchase brand name printer ink. That stigma has caused many consumers to miss out on the advantages of buying generic ink. In some cases, brand name ink may in fact be the same chemical makeup as generic ink if it comes from the same manufacturer. The only difference may be the label itself, and not what’s inside.

Quality and price are both major advantages of generic ink over brand name ink, and compelling reasons for consumers to purchase and use generic ink. Printers will work with both generic and brand name ink, and generic ink will not harm or affect printers in any adverse ways. Generic ink can be a way to keep costs in line, stay within the budget and produce good quality print outs. It’s a smart way to buy a product that constantly needs to be refilled. Generic ink can do the trick if consumers give it a chance.

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