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Why Refilling Printer Ink Is Not As Easy As It Sounds

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Consumers were enthusiastic when, several years ago, companies began touting products that could be utilized to refill printer ink cartridges. Having to replace ink cartridges was becoming increasingly costly, and these printer ink refill kits began flying off the shelves at a record pace. These printer ink refills are indeed cost effective and can save consumers a good amount of money. By using adequate precautions and following the directions included with the kit precisely, refill of these cartridges can be successfully performed.

One of the most important aspects of refilling printer ink devices is to completely protect the area where you intend to perform the procedure against possible ink spills. Not handling ink cartridges carefully can result in a costly mess, and permanent staining of carpeting, furnishings, clothing, and computer components can occur.

Once the directions are read and the area is secured, it is advisable that you don a disposable apron and gloves while preparing for and performing the procedure. Keep the ink receiving end of the ink cartridge face up throughout the refill procedure to prevent leakage.

Cautiously get the syringe in the kit prepped with the desired color for the ink refill and then slowly begin inserting the color into the ink cartridge. If the process is performed too rapidly, the ink may overflow or permanently damage the ink cartridge. Leave the cartridge in the refill position for a few minutes to allow the ink to soak into the receptacle completely.

Once this occurs, turn the ink cartridge over carefully and ensure that it is not leaking ink out of the printer head end. This is of the utmost importance, because if a leaking ink cartridge is placed into a printer, it is likely that the internal parts of the printer will be damaged beyond repair.

To make sure that the ink refill was successful, it is advisable to run a nozzle check on the printer system and to print a test page. If this is successful and you desire to refill other ink cartridges, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the syringe components before placing a different color of ink in it.

Refilling ink cartridges can save personal users and business professionals a good deal of hard-earned money, but they’re not as simple to use as one might believe. Printer ink must be handled with great care and time-consuming preparations must be made prior to using them. There is always a chance that the refill procedure won’t go as planned, and it could damage equipment or the ink cartridge. By following the manufacturer guidelines provided with the printer ink refill kit and these simple tips, refilling ink cartridges will typically go smoothly.

Refilling Printer Ink Cartridges and Why It Must be Done Carefully

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

One way for a business to save on the costs of printer ink cartridges is to have them professionally refilled. This can save both time and money, but must be done carefully and by trained staff, or else damage to the cartridge itself can result. Although the technology behind a printer ink cartridge seems quite simple, the act of refilling it properly can actually be quite difficult. If the ink is not injected properly, the wrong ink is used, or the printer ink cartridge is not properly re-sealed after refilling, it may no longer work the way it should, or it may no longer work at all.

Many shopping malls support kiosks that purport to be experts at refilling printer ink cartridges, but often cartridges given to them at the end of their natural ink life come back a former shadow of themselves, with substantially reduced print life and quality, and may never fit in the printer housing as snugly as they once did. This is largely because the care and attention required to properly clean, empty, and refill these cartridges properly is missing. In order to make sure that an ink cartridge is correctly refilled, it needs to be taken to a printer specialist, or a refilled version of a brand-name ink cartridge should be ordered online from a reputable supplier.

Part of the issue in correctly refilling printer ink cartridges lies in the fact that they must be properly emptied and cleaned before new ink can be injected. If not done properly, this procedure can damage the print head of the cartridge, resulting in a poor printing experience. Due to the delicate nature of the work, the damage is often not even noticed until the cartridge is re-attached to the printer and a test page is printed. Suddenly, white spaces and gaps appear where there was once a solid black line.

After cleaning, the new ink must also be carefully injected into the cartridge. If it is injected too quickly, or using too large a thickness of syringe, the result could be an overflow of ink, or the clumping of ink in certain parts of the housing. This, again, can result in poor print quality or a reduced life once the cartridge is back in service. As well, the type of ink used is important. Every brand has a proprietary ink which they use in their housings, and refillers must take care to use the type of after-market ink which most closely matches the original to ensure best performance.

Although getting ink cartridges refilled properly can be a challenge, a good refiller can help to save a business both time and money, and keep their printers running at full speed.

Printer Ink And Its Effect On The Environment

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Almost everyone who has a computer also has a printer. The inexpensive price for quality printers has made them accessible to more people. This is great for the consumers, but not so great for the environment. Empty printer ink cartridges are not biodegradable, and if the ink seeps into the soil, it can be dangerous. This means that millions of printer ink cartridges end up in landfills each year. As responsible consumers, we must do something to reduce this pollutant. Here are ways printer ink cartridges effect the environment and how you can help.

So many of us go to an office supply store and buy new ink cartridges without giving it a second thought. However, buying them new each time and simply throwing them away is not economical nor is it environmentally friendly. One way we can help save the environment is to use remanufactured printer ink. It is usually less expensive to purchase. So, not only do you save money, you help to decrease the amount of toxic waste materials in landfills. These remanufactured printer ink cartridges are made from recycled cartridges. There are special recycling locations where you can take your old cartridges. Some stores will also give you money or discounts if you drop off your cartridges there. They then take the used cartridges and either refill them themselves, or send them to a company for remanufacturing.

Another possible way to keep these cartridges out of landfills is to use refilling printer ink techniques. This process involves buying an ink refill kit and refilling the ink yourself. This keeps the cartridge from ever going to a landfill, and you save the money of someone having to remanufacture the cartridge. In the kit, you basically have a syringe in which you put the ink. Then you take the syringe and fill your empty cartridge. The only downside to this is that if it is not done properly, it can be messy and time consuming. However, if you learn the proper technique, refilling printer ink could save you a lot of money.

Printer cartridges and ink are wonderful to use. However, they can be expensive to purchase. We cannot just keep buying them and throwing them away when we are finished. We must make sure that we use them responsibly, and recycle or refill whenever possible. Since cartridges are made of plastic and metal, they are a finite resource. This means there is not a never-ending supply available. So if we want to continue to have the convenience of home printers, it is vital that we take action to save the environment. In the process, we can end up saving money which is always a positive thing.

Why It Is Important To Consider Printing Options Every Time You Print

Monday, April 12th, 2010

No one likes to waste money; it’s vital to conserve resources and money in any area possible in order to save some of that precious money. Ink expenditures may be a necessary cost of operating a printer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that costs can’t be kept at a minimum for any printer you own. Conserving printer ink is one way to contain printing costs; keeping printing options in mind whenever you print is a good start.

It’s easy to control the how much is spent on the different printer ink cartridges by being aware of common mistakes that people sometimes make when printing. For example, various printer options can be set so that the amount of printer ink used on many jobs can be minimal. One thing that can be done is to set options so that documents print in black and white only – in monochrome. If print outs are not needed for a special report or project, then simple monochrome printing may suffice. Printing in this way conserves color ink for other projects, and prevents you from having to buy new color printer ink cartridges prematurely. The “draft output” option can also be used when printing. With this option, a lower graphic resolution allows the printer to use less ink while maintaining quality prints. By only using high resolution when using high quality paper like photo paper, ink cartridges for all printer ink types will last much longer. 

There are other printing options that can also save you from refilling printer ink so soon. Large graphics, web graphics, or pages of a document that normally don’t contain pertinent information do not necessarily have to be printed. A “print graphics” option is usually available, and if not selected, only the text portion of documents will be printed. Some websites even have a “print-friendly” option, sometimes indicated by a printer icon, which will print a web page with limited or no graphics. This option is an alternative to printing from the browser menu, which will often include graphics and use more ink. Layout options are also available, allowing you to print several pages of a document on one piece of paper or to even print on both sides of a piece of paper. Both of these options can save resources so that you can avoid refilling printer ink as often. Of course, there is always the “print preview” option as well; not printing mistakes helps any printer ink cartridge last longer.

Regardless of the many printer ink types available, one thing is certain with all of them – they cost money. Managing printer options wisely every time you print can help you conserve ink and keep printing costs at a minimum.

Tips To Avoid An Ink Spill When Refilling Your Printer Ink

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Let’s face it, ink cartridges are not cheap. If you run a business or simply utilize a printer for personal use, you are well aware that printer ink can come at a high cost. Ink cartridges need to be changed fairly frequently, and the process of changing the cartridges needs to be executed perfectly, or it may lead to a small disaster. Stained carpet, ruined clothes, damaged equipment and costly repairs are all possible outcomes in the event of an ink-refilling mishap. To avoid wasting time and money, pay attention to the following tips on how to avoid an ink spill while refilling your printer ink.

The first necessary step to avoid an ink spill is to set up and maintain your printer properly. When possible, always use the original ink cartridge, which is the cartridge that is sold specifically for the make and model of your printer. These cartridges contain chips and circuits that are constantly in contact with the equipment. If for any reason (such as high cost or unavailability) you opt to use a non-original cartridge, make sure to use a recycled one that has been tested and approved for use. Untested cartridges can burst inside your printer and cause major damage.

Many times an ink spill is caused when the injectors (the tube from which the ink is released) get dry and blocked. In order to avoid this, use your printer frequently. You may also periodically print a page in color to ensure that your printer is functioning properly. Printing in color is a good way to test your printer since a page printed in color page uses and tests all cartridges at once. If you detect a faulty cartridge, change it immediately. Another important maintenance tip is to use high quality paper when printing. Low quality paper does not absorb ink efficiently, hence leaving it humid and runny. This ink can then stain or dirty the inside of the printer. Also, low quality paper can leave a trail of dust, which can in turn cause internal problems. 

When changing ink, it is imperative that you follow the exact procedure as stated in the instruction manual that comes with your printer. Make sure your hands are clean as you handle the sensitive equipment. To clean the printer manually, you can purchase a can of compressed air that removes particles. Simply lift up the flap to open the tray of your printer, then point and spray.

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