How to Make Printer Cartridges Last Longer
If you're tired of the "low ink" message that pops up too soon, and most of the time, when that message appears the cartridge would still contain 8% to 45% of its ink.
I've got some tips for you to extend your cartridge's longevity and spend a little less on ink or toner throughout the year.
1. Steer Away From
Bigger fonts and bolder texts can suck the ink out of your cartridge pretty quickly.
So by keeping your text as thin and little as possible, you'll be thriftier.
Ecofont is a font style that reduces the ink used by 20% as it includes small white circles within each character.
2. Make Sure You Proofread Your Documents
Having to reprint a page for one mistake can be really frustrating. That's why you should carefully proofread your documents before you press the print button.
3. Fix Your Printing Settings
Your computer comes with built-in preferences to reduce the amount of ink you use.
If you're a Windows user, find the "Devices and Printers" section in the Control Panel. Right click on your preferred printer and select Printing Preferences.
You can select one of the following recommendations:
- Draft Mode: This option helps you save the most ink. It prints at faster rates with slightly less precision to give you a draft version of your document. While the quality may not compete with the regular prints, it's adequate enough for quick reviews.
- Print in Grayscale: This option saves most on color ink. By only printing in black and white, you'll conserve the more expensive color cartridges.
- Document Options: You can format your printer to print multiple pages per sheet. This is your best bet when you're printing lengthy powerpoint slides.
4. Fix Your Prints
If you get streaks or spots on your prints, make sure you clean your printhead before going for new cartridges.
The printhead on a cartridge can dry up if you don't use your printer for an extended period of time.
By cleaning it, you can free up the dried ink and keep your cartridges running for and an extra couple of weeks.
If you get a clogged nozzle, simply remove the cartridge from the printer and use a damp paper towel to wipe the bottom.
Next, reinstall it and try printing again.
5. Save Your Work Instead of Printing It
For some things, having a physical copy isn't really necessary.
If you can do with saving your document on your phone or in the cloud such as Google Drive and Amazon, you should go for this free, simple storage solution.
All you need is an internet connection to access your documents.
6. Use Separate Color Ink Cartridges
Some printers come with joint color ink cartridges. With this type, if one color runs out, you’d have to replace the whole package. This means that you may have to throw out half-full or almost full cartridges sometimes.
That’s why you should always make sure to get separate color ink cartridges that allow you to replace the empty one without having to throw away the rest.
Some Tricks You Can Use
1. Make Use of a Hair Dryer
Blowing hot air into the nozzles will thin out any ink blockage and makes way for the trapped ink to come out.
2. Shake Your Cartridge
If your prints start to look faded, it may be due to the fact that some ink has dried up and is clogging the nozzles.
Try flipping the cartridge upside down and shaking it very slightly. This will help with the dried up ink.
Be careful not to shake it too hard, however, as this may break the cartridge instead of only getting the ink unstuck.
3. Use a Paper Towel
This is another way to clear out the dried ink from the nozzles and allow the ink inside to come out.
4. Cover the Sensor
Some ink cartridges come with a chip that detects the levels of ink.
And a lot of the time, the chip may send out an empty cartridge alert too soon. And when that happens, the printer won't let you print unless you change the cartridges.
To work your way around this, all you need to do is cover up the chip sensor with some electrical tape of a dark color.
All these tips and tricks can help you delay replacing your cartridges, however, make sure that your cartridges aren’t in fact empty.
Printing on empty cartridges can melt your print head and cause serious damage to your printer.