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It’s time to talk about printer/copier toner/ink and when is it REALLY time to recycle it and when can you squeeze a little more life out of it.
This question usually revolves around that “helpful” little indicator that tells you that it’s time to change your cartridge. Sometimes that indicator is a little warning light, sometimes it’s an annoying pop-up every time you print. Although it may seem helpful, the only person that indicator is really helping is the manufacturer.
The truth is, the ‘low toner/ink’ indicator is actually a VERY rough guide. Your printer/copier has no accurate way of telling how much toner/ink is left in your cartridge and is only going off your page print count. So – if you print pages with not much ink on them – or even those pages that print accidentally that come out blank – they all count towards the page count of the life of your toner/ink cartridge. Once a set number of pages has been printed, the warning indicator will fire off and encourage you to change toner/ink although you could still have a ¾ full cartridge.
The ONLY thing that’s a good indicator of a low toner is fading and/or streaking on the page. Even when you start to get streaking, you can take the toner out and rock it from side to side and STILL get dozens if not hundreds of pages from that toner.
So – please consider ignoring the little indicator next time it goes off. Now you’ll know when you’re running out and you can help save the company some money and save the planet at the same time.
- use less toner/ink cartridges
- save money (those cartridges are expensive!)
- less waste