From time to time I have to print documents. Even though he owns a tablet, smartphone and desktop computer, it is sometimes necessary to have material in print.
It might be signing contracts (which are then sadly digitized in a scanner and email!) or billing, but I’d rather not have to rely on my printer. The reason is largely price — ink is an expensive but necessary burden for most printer owners.
Even though things are getting better (some printer manufacturers have drastically reduced the cost of ink), as far as owners of many sub-$100 printers are concerned, the price of ink is strikingly close to the price of a printer. This highlights the manufacturer’s attitude towards devices — that they are consumables, the life of which is only a couple of years before replacement.
However, for most of us, replacing any piece of equipment every few years is an unnecessary distraction, no matter the cost. The most important thing is to squeeze as much performance out of the device as possible, and in the case of printers, ink!
There are several ways you can get your printer to share a little more ink with you — especially when you have a large document that needs to be printed.
Toner cartridges for laser printers
Not all printers are the same. A quick look at the catalogs of major printer manufacturers will reveal expensive laser printers and cheaper inkjet devices. Each uses different methods to apply ink to paper, and as a result, different types of ink are required.
Most types of laser printer cartridges are filled with dry ink thin enough to be electrostatically attracted to paper during printing (due to the thin nature of the toner, it is potentially hazardous if inhaled).
When a toner cartridge is clearly low, you can often get a few more pages of standard text by giving it a good shake. Dust-like ink settles in the printer over time, and by shaking the cartridge, you break and settle, allowing the cartridge to eject the toner as needed.
Oh, and the next time you put a new cartridge in your printer, shake it first!
Use Hair dryer on your ink cartridges!
As surprising as it may seem, a regular household hair dryer can be used to squeeze a little more ink out of your inkjet cartridges.