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Top 5 Ways To Help Your Ink Cartridges Last Longer

By Simon Williams
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September 14, 2016

Ink cartridges are a necessity, especially in a busy office environment. We all have printing demands that must be met in order to help businesses running smoothly, but if you feel like you’re constantly replenishing your ink cartridges, you might want to take note of these tips.

Ink Cartridge Maintenance Guide

TOP 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR INK CARTRIDGES LAST LONGER

Here at Cartridges Direct we want to make sure you can get the most out of your cartridges, literally! There are many different little tricks you can adopt to help you get that last bit of ink out of your cartridges before you recycle them; here are just a few.

 

BEWARE OF OUT-OF-INK WARNINGS

While it isn’t recommended to push your cartridges to their absolute limit, as dry ink can damage your printer, it’s also true that sometimes the printer isn’t actually out of ink when it says so. Studies have shown that there is still a significant amount of ink left in a cartridge, even after the printer flashes a warning sign. Instead, it might be worth keeping your eye on the printing quality to see how low the ink actually is, rather than replacing it immediately!

 

CHOOSE SENSIBLE FONTS AND SIZES

Using a large sized font or putting chunks of your documents in bold will naturally use more ink. If you can avoid increasing the size of your fonts and use thinner fonts, you’ll find you can get much more out of your ink cartridges. Making sure you pay attention to the style of font you are printing could make a bigger difference than you think. Likewise, be careful with what you’re printing altogether; if you don’t really need to print it and a digital form will work just as well, opt for that instead!

 

PROOF READ EVERYTHING

We bet you’ve printed documents countless times only to spot a mistake and have to reprint it. This can take its toll on your ink cartridges, using unnecessary ink. Taking a few minutes to proof-read everything before you hit print could ensure you get rid of any mistakes and save valuable ink.

 

DON'T TURN YOUR PRINTER OFF

If you print regularly then it is a good idea not to switch your printer off. Each time a printer is started it runs a cleaning cycle that purges the print heads and pushes fresh ink through the nozzles. Whilst this is a good idea to perform on occasion it simply isn’t needed each time the printer is turned on.

 

CHECK YOUR PRINTER SETTINGS

You can change your printer’s default settings to save on ink too. Sometimes, not every document you print needs to be of the highest quality. Update the printer’s settings via your computer and change the print quality to draft, and even change the colour to limit the amount of ink used per document. Of course, whenever your ink cartridges do eventually run out and you can’t get anymore out of them, remember to recycle them and replace them with genuine cartridges! You can find a huge range of top quality ink cartridges right here.

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