Since ink cartridges are not free, making them last for as long as possible makes sense. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your ink cartridges and toner that are simple.
- Printer 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.
- Store your cartridges properly. If you get a deal on cartridges online and want to purchase a large quantity to save money you need to know how to store them. If stored properly cartridges can stay in good quality for up to two years. Place somewhere that is not too hot or too cold. Keep the cartridges stored in an upright position. 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.
- 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 prevents the nozzles from getting clogged by dried ink. It is recommend that you at least print a page or so every couple of weeks at a minimum.
- Use the off button on the printer. When your printer is actually turned off the cartridges are located on the side of the printer. When the printer is on, the cartridges are located generally in the middle. The printer is made to seal the cartridges when it is in the off position, thus extending the life of the printer ink cartridges.