28 Sep 2013

Tips to reduce your ink or toner usage in your printer

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At Cartridge World Pasadena we care about saving the environment and the money in your wallet.  In this article, we cover some ways that you may be able to reduce the consumption of ink or toner and thus further reduce your printing costs.   Since you are getting this newsletter, you have already most likely saved a good amount by purchasing your ink/toner supplies at Cartridge World Pasadena but there are other ways that you can stretch your dollar and make that cartridge last longer. If you have an inkjet printer you may be able to reduce the amount of ink it uses for normal and every-day printing by switching your printer to use “Draft” mode.  Inkjet printers produce output by moving the print cartridge along the page and spraying ink dots to create the printing.  In “Normal” mode, which is what most printers are configured with, the print cartridge makes multiple passes over the same area and sprays multiple coats of ink to make the characters bolder.  In “Draft” mode, the printer makes a single pass and moves to the next line.  This creates characters which are not as bold, but may still be acceptable for everyday printing.  Because the printer does not lay multiple layers of ink on the same space less ink is being used to print your document.  You can always switch later to “Normal” or “Best” mode when you need that extra special touch. Just like the “Draft” mode on an inkjet printer, laser printers have “Resolution” a setting.  At lower resolutions less toner particles are used to create the image.  As a result, the printed output may be not as dark as it may be at higher resolutions.  If your printer is currently set to use resolution of 600 or 1200 DPI, try changing it to use 300 DPI.  Not only will you use less toner, but your printer will print faster. In general, color cartridges cost more to run than monochrome (black).  Therefore, if you are printing a document which has no color you would think that the printer would just use the black cartridge, but this may not always be the case.  The color used in the document could appear black to you, however, could slightly be off-black.  When this happens, your printer tries to use the combination of black and color cartridges to match the color your computer is sending it.  If you are printing something that should be black, tell your printer to print everything in black and white or gray-scale.  This will tell your printer to not worry about matching exact color and just use the black cartridge for your entire document. Even though you may tell your printer to only use black, most HP and Canon laser printers continue to use color cartridges anyway.  This will slow down the usage of the color cartridges but not stop them completely in these printers.  So, while having a color laser printer is great for when you really need to print something in color, buying a low cost black and white only printer is the better option since you would not need to use your color printer at all when only printing black. frequently try to get an XL version of the cartridge that will work with your printer.  If you are an infrequent user stock with economy or standard sizes.  Overall, the cost to print using an XL cartridge is less as you frequently get 2x or 3x the ink than the standard cartridge for a fraction of the price more.  However, as ink dries out, most manufacturers recommend that you use up a printer cartridge within 6 months or sooner after opening it.  If you are an infrequent user of your printer, your XL cartridge may dry out before you have a chance to exhaust all ink in it.  If you suspect that your ink cartridge has dried out, bring it by our store for a complimentary cleaning.

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