Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ways to Extend the Life of Your Printer Ink Cartridges

Since ink cartridges can be quite expensive, making them last for as long as possible makes sense. Here are a few simple ways to get the most out of your ink cartridges.

1)  Print in draft mode. Most of the items we print out do not need to printed at the highest quality. Simply printing in draft mode can give you 3 to 5 times more prints from your cartridges.

2)  Store your cartridges properly. If you get a deal on cartridges online and want to purchase a large quantity to save money you should make sure you store them properly. If stored under the right conditions, cartridges can stay in good condition for up to two years. Make sure they are in a place that is not too hot or too cold, keep the cartridges in an upright position, and do not open the packages until you are ready to use them. The vacuum seal helps keep air from the cartridges extending the life of the ink cartridges.

3)  Use the printer frequently. Yes, I said use your printer. If you use your printer on a regular basis you can help keep your cartridges in good working order and prevent the nozzles from getting clogged by dried ink. It is recommended that you print at least a page or so every couple of weeks at a minimum.

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