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Top Ten Tips To Make Your Ink Cartridges Last Longer

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 22/05/2012 by ukinksupplies

When you buy a printer, the initial price paid represents only a portion of the cost. You must consider both the price you pay for the printer itself as well as the expense of buying ink cartridges when the printer’s ink runs out. If you run a business that needs a lot of printing or if you print a lot of photos, you may need to frequently replace your ink cartridges. These extra costs can quickly build up, but fortunately, there are ways you can save money by making your printer cartridges last a little longer.

1. Print only what you need
Before you start printing text or graphics, decide its relevance and usefulness so that you don’t needlessly spend time printing things that may not be of much use. That is, you should only print the things that you may actually need in order to save consumption of considerable amounts of printer ink.

If there is information you can back up on a disk instead of printing a hard copy, then use CD-ROMs or DVDs to back up your files. Emails and reports should be printed only as you need them, not just for the sake of printing them. Avoid printing “just for fun” stuff (funnies).

2. Use the Print Preview
Print Preview is a useful function that shows you how the document will look after it has been printed. It can help you adjust spaces and decide which pages to print. Consider turning off the colour ink cartridges, selecting only the text you require and only the pages you need – especially that last page with the footer that comes out with each print job. This can significantly reduce your printer ink usage as well as your paper usage.

3. Print text over graphics
If you are printing documents only for later reference, print only the essential text and any related images or graphics that are required. Avoid printing images or colourful graphics if having a hard copy is not essential to the purpose of the document.

4. Print in Draft mode as often as possible
Use draft print quality whenever you can. Go to File – Print to open the box that lists the settings for your printer. Click ‘Properties’ to bring up the various options available. You’ll probably find different choices under the heading ‘Paper/Quality’ that allow you to select draft quality printing. Your document will print at a lower resolution but that may not matter for reference material that you will likely discard later. You can always switch to a higher resolution for a final version of a document.

5. Print text in black ink only
Print documents that are in black and white with a black ink cartridge. Choose black and white printing over colour whenever possible. Depending on your printer, you may have the option to select grey-scale printing using the black ink cartridge only. If you print black with a colour ink cartridge, various colours are mixed to create the black ink. This depletes your colour ink cartridge a lot faster than it would deplete a black ink cartridge. If you’re not doing presentation quality work, or if you’re printing text only, chances are you won’t need the other colours.

6. Use colour ink only when needed
If you want your refilled ink to run longer, then make use of colour printing only when it is required. Otherwise, for general and regular use, it is wiser to use black and white printing that helps in saving your money on buying additional refills.

Modern personal printers can produce high quality photographs, particularly if you use speciality photo paper. But printing high quality digital shots can use a lot of ink, so if you print a large number of photos you might want to outsource your photo printing to a local print centre. Many services allow you to order your prints online. You can also have your photos printed on calendars, mouse pads or greeting cards if you wish.

7. Keep your printer nozzles clean
Perhaps the easiest change you can make to your printing habits is to keep an eye on your printer heads. The printer ink nozzles that dispense the actual ink use a spray function to get the ink onto the paper. As such, these nozzles can experience a build-up of dried ink and become clogged. Clean the nozzle heads every few weeks or more often if you’re a heavy printer.

If a colour cartridge isn’t printing all the colours, remove the cartridge and wipe the bottom of it where the ink comes out firmly with a damp paper towel or lint-free cloth to unclog the nozzle. This will help the ink flow more freely from the cartridge.

8. Use all the ink in the cartridge
Continue to print even when your printer light comes on or you get a warning saying that your ink is low. Check the ink level in the cartridge and if it appears that there is some ink left, keep using it instead of changing the cartridge immediately. There is likely quite a bit of ink left in the cartridge; remember that the ink comes out in a spray so it doesn’t take much per page. Use it all and then shake the ink cartridge to break up any ink clogs (especially in humid climates). You may get hundreds of extra pages out of a cartridge by doing this. Keep printing until the ink is almost completely gone (but be careful that you don’t run the printer with an empty cartridge). Also, use Jet Tec ink cartridges, many of which come with up to as much as 100% Extra Life.

9. Select “Printer-Friendly” Pages when printing from the Web
You would be surprised how much ink is wasted by printing pages directly as they appear from a website. One web page can have multiple pictures or graphics…not to mention several pages worth of printing because web pages are typically much longer than a regular document. Opt for the printer-friendly option if you need to print something from the web. This eliminates all the unnecessary images, and will save your ink cartridges as well as your printing paper.

10. Use the printer regularly
If you don’t print very often, you can stretch the life of your inkjet cartridges by keeping the printer moving. Print a page or two at least once a week using both your colour and black ink cartridges. You can print something small (even a printer diagnostic test) to prevent the ink from drying up.

Another ink-saving tip is to power down your printer the right way after each use. Don’t merely switch it off or unplug it, but allow your printer to power down slowly and shut itself down. The print heads need to be in the right position while the printer is turned off to prevent the ink from drying up prematurely. The printer should also be covered when not in use.


Article by UK Ink Supplies, based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire stock an extensive range of printer ink cartridges and laser toner printer cartridges.  For more information visit UK Ink Supplies for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges, laser toners and other digital media products for your inkjet printer. Article posted 7th March 2011.


UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec printer cartridges and Jet Tec laser toner cartridges for many models of printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges and Jet Tec laser cartridges for Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell, Oki, Xerox and Kodak printer products.

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How to Change Your Inkjet Cartridges – UK Ink Supplies

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 22/03/2012 by ukinksupplies

Inkjet printers on the market today have on-screen alerts that let you know when the ink levels of the cartridge are running low. However, if you have an older inkjet printer, you might not receive any warning! If you attempt to print and it appears streaky or notice the page is blank, more than likely your inkjet cartridge is out of ink.

One very important thing to remember when replacing an inkjet cartridge is do not remove the old cartridge until you are ready to insert the new cartridge.

  1. Never remove your old ink cartridges until you are ready to insert the new inkjet cartridge.
  2. Turn on your printer and raise the lid or press the cartridge changing button – most printers will provide you with access to the inkjet cartridge.
  3. Wait for the printer cartridge carrier to slide out.
  4. Put your finger behind the ridge on the top front of the old cartridge and pull it towards you to remove. If you have an Epson printer, lift the cartridge holder lid, and the cartridge will pop up for removal.
  5. Carefully remove the tape from the ink opening on the bottom of new cartridge, or with Jet Tec cartridges, remove the red clip by “snapping” it off.
  6. Insert the new cartridge into the cartridge carrier. Make sure the new cartridge is oriented the same way that the old cartridge had been.
  7. Feel and hear the cartridge click into position. On some models, arrows will indicate the cartridge is correctly positioned.
  8. If you have an Epson printer, close the cartridge holder lid and press the cleaning button to charge the cartridge.
  9. Close your printer cover

Tips

  1. Many modern printer drivers display step-by-step instructions on the computer screen – UK Ink Supplies recommends following these.
  2. If you have a Canon Bubblejet printer, make sure you did not disturb the paper adjustment lever.
  3. Avoid touching openings, nozzles and electrical contacts on the new ink cartridge while installing.

Warning

  1. Inkjet printers will not work without all of the cartridges in place.

Article by UK Ink Supplies, based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire stock an extensive range of printer ink cartridges and laser toner printer cartridges.  For more information visit UK Ink Supplies for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges, laser toners and other digital media products for your Dell printer. Article posted 4th February 2011.


UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.
This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec printer cartridges and Jet Tec laser toner cartridges for many models of printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges and Jet Tec laser cartridges for Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell, Oki, Xerox and Kodak printer products.
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OEM Printer Ink Cartridges from UK Ink Supplies

Posted in Epson ink cartridges, Epson inkjet cartridges, Epson printer cartridges, HP ink cartridges, HP printer cartridges, Kodak Ink Cartridges, Kodak Inkjet Cartridges, Kodak Printer Cartridges, Lexmark ink cartridges, Lexmark inkjet cartridges, Lexmark printer cartridges, OEM ink cartridges, OEM printer cartridges, Samsung cartridges, Samsung ink cartridges, Samsung printer cartridges, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14/02/2012 by ukinksupplies

OEM Printer Cartridges offer excellent print quality and dependable performance. The reason for this is that printer makers nearly always adapt their ink and toner formulas to match the specific characteristics of each individual printer model.

OEM Cartridges FAQ:

  1. What is an OEM Ink Cartridge?
  2. How costly are OEM Ink Cartridges?

What is an OEM Ink Cartridge?

OEM Printer Cartridges (also referred to as Original or Genuine Cartridges) are produced by the original equipment maker of the printer. These cartridges are almost seldom as cheap as compatible cartridges, such those made by Jet Tec. The reason for this is the business model that most big brand printer makers employ. They are prepared to lose money when selling the printer and instead expect to gain profits from the cartridge sales over the life span of the printer.

Ink Cartridge designs are often patented and intentionally designed to make it hard for the end user to refill old ink cartridges, thereby forcing them to buy new ones and tying them to the printer maker. Since designs are patented, discount cartridge manufacturers often re-use and refill the cartridges made by the OEM. This creates a way to open up the ink market without infringing on the patents.

A continuous stream of new printer cartridge models has reached the market since the compatible cartridges took significant market share. That’s why it normally takes a couple of months before compatible cartridges for new printer models reach the shops. The manufacturers need to build a stock of empty printer cartridges before they can produce and sell them in larger quantities.

How costly are OEM Ink Cartridges?

OEM cartridges are without doubt more costly compared to buying compatible or remanufactured cartridges. OEM cartridges are generally between 10% – 70% more expensive depending on printer brand and cartridge type.

Find cost comparisons between different cartridge types below:

  • Cost comparison – Compatible versus OEM cartridges
  • Cost comparison – Remanufactured versus OEM cartridges
  • Remember that the quality of the ink or toner is only one factor to achieve good printing results. The printing paper also needs to have the correct characteristics in relation to the ink or toner which in turn needs to be suitable for the printer. Read about other available Ink Cartridges and Toner Cartridges:

  • Jet Tec Compatible Cartridges
  • Remanufactured Cartridges

  • UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec printer cartridges and Jet Tec laser toner cartridges for many models of printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges and Jet Tec laser cartridges for Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell, Oki, Xerox and Kodak printer products.

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    Inkjet Ink Cartridges – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in GreenTech, Jet Tec Ink Cartridges, Jet Tec inkjet cartridges, OEM ink cartridges, OEM printer cartridges, Printer Cartridge Manufacturers, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 08/02/2012 by ukinksupplies

    Start your search for inkjet ink cartridges here at UK Ink Supplies. Prices are up to 70% lower compared to buying original inkjet ink cartridges at your local shop.

    Brother Canon Dell Epson HP Lexmark

    Ink Cartridges are integral parts of Inkjet printers supplying them with a continuous flow of new Ink.

    Article chapters:

      1. What is an Inkjet Ink Cartridge?
      2. What is a Compatible Ink Cartridge?
      3. What is an Original Ink Cartridge?
      4. What is a Remanufactured Ink Cartridge?

    About Inkjet Ink Cartridges

    Ink Cartridges act as ink tanks for inkjet printers and sometimes contain a printhead and one or more chips for printer communication and status indication.

    Printers from manufacturers Lexmark, HP and Dell often have ink cartridges with an integrated printhead, while Brother, Epson and Canon ink cartridges consist of just an ink tank with some basic technology. The cost of the ink cartridge is greatly affected by the location of the printhead. By placing it in the cartridge, the cartridge price goes up since complexity is added to the manufacturing process, electronic components and wiring needs to be added.

    In most cases there is one separate container for black ink and separate containers for Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink. Versions of containers also exist where Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink all are encased in the same ink cartridge unit. Out of these four colours all other colours in the colour spectrum can be created during the printing process.

    Compatible Ink Cartridges

    Compatible Ink Cartridges are produced by third party manufacturers, such as Jet Tec.

    The debate has been running high in the last years on whether or not compatible ink is as good as original ink. Pros and cons arguably exist for both cartridge types. We at UK Ink Supplies sincerely believe that compatible ink is the best choice for all users for all types of printing. Also, many Jet Tec ink cartridges are available with up to 100% Extra Life!

    Independent research from TrustedReviews actually shows that reviewers generally prefer compatible ink over OEM Original ink.

    Just remember that print quality is not just dependent on the ink quality, but also on the printer and the paper being printed on. To achieve good results, all these factors need to be accounted for.

    We recommend you to buy from well known and long established ink stores such as UK Ink Supplies, that have the credibility and the product and refund policies to back you up.

    Read more about Compatible Cartridges

    Original Ink Cartridges

    OEM/Original Ink Cartridges are produced by the printer manufacturer themselves. A significant part of the printer makers’ profit actually comes from selling the ink and not the printer. Did you know that Inkjet Ink is probably the most expensive liquid per volume you will ever buy? It’s actually more expensive than Champagne, Perfume and Petrol and other expensive substances that come to your mind!

    Read more about OEM Cartridges.

    Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

    Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are produced from recycled materials. Buying this cartridge type is not only good for your wallet but also for the environment since this reduces waste and energy consumption. Read more about the environmental savings in our Remanufactured Cartridges article
    article.

    A fourth option is to buy an ink refill kit so that you can refill your empty ink cartridges yourself. Remember that empty cartridges are best refilled while they are still fresh. If they are empty and unused for too long, there is a risk that your print head (if applicable) has been clogged up.

    Learn more about Inkjet based printing by reading following articles:

    • Inkjet Ink, the substance encased in an Ink Cartridge
    • Inkjet Printers, a printer technology that uses Ink Cartridges

    Article by UK Ink Supplies, based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire stock an extensive range of printer ink cartridges and laser toner printer cartridges.  For more information visit UK Ink Supplies for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges, laser toners and other digital media products for your Dell printer. Article posted 3rd February 2011.


    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec printer cartridges and Jet Tec laser toner cartridges for many models of printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges and Jet Tec laser cartridges for Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell, Oki, Xerox and Kodak printer products.

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    Lexmark Ink Cartridges – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in Lexmark inkjet cartridges, Lexmark printer cartridges, OEM ink cartridges, OEM printer cartridges, Printer Cartridge Manufacturers, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/01/2012 by ukinksupplies

    Finding Lexmark Printer Cartridges is easy here at UK Ink Supplies. We currently have hundreds of different Lexmark Ink Cartridges to offer you including both Lexmark branded and Jet Tec branded cartridges – the leading UK manufacture of compatible Lexmark ink cartridges.

    The History of Lexmark

    Lexmark’s history is not as long as some of the other big printer brands. Lexmark originated as a spin-off from IBM’s print division in 1991. Lexmark first produced inkjet printers in 1992 – the year the first printers were branded as just Lexmark, rather than being co-branded with IBM.

    Compared to their largest competitors, Lexmark is completely focused on manufacturing printers and printer accessories with most of the products falling into the inkjet, matrix printer and laser printers field.

    During their relatively short history, Lexmark have continuously been working to push printing to new areas and to broaden the market by pushing down prices and making printing equipment affordable for all.

    Popular Lexmark Printer Series

    C Series, E Series, P Series, S Series, T Series, W Series, X Series, Z Series, Execjet Series, Medley Series, Optra Series

    Popular Lexmark Printer Cartridges

    10N0016, 10N0026, 12A1970, 1380950, 17G0050, 17G0060, 18C0032, 18C0781, 18L0032.

    Today, Lexmark is one of the largest suppliers within the printer market, offering inkjet printers, laser printers, scanners and dot matrix printers for every use from the home to commercial printing.

    Interested in Lexmark Ink Cartridges?

    Buying an original Lexmark cartridge is not cheap, with sets of cartridges costing upwards to £100.00. Fortunately, the market has been opening up in the last few years and there are now choices out there for those that want to buy Lexmark ink cartridges instead. These cartridges are manufactured to be 100% compatible with the Lexmark printer and to meet the standard set by Lexmark for their cartridges.


    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec HP printer cartridges and Jet Tec HP  laser toner cartridges for many HP printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell and Epson printer products.

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    Hewlett Packard (HP) Ink Cartridges – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in HP ink cartridges, HP printer cartridges, OEM ink cartridges, OEM printer cartridges, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/01/2012 by ukinksupplies

    Finding Hewlett Packard (HP) Ink Cartridges is easy here at UK Ink Supplies. We currently have hundreds of different Hewlett Packard (HP) Printer Cartridges to offer you including both HP branded and Jet Tec branded cartridges – the leading UK manufacture of compatible HP ink cartridges.

    The History of Hewlett Packard (HP)

    Two friends and schoolmates from Standford University, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, formed Hewlett Packard (HP) in 1939 with only 8 at hand and working from a one-car garage in Palo Alto.

    During the years, a large array of products spanning from almost every corner of the information technology field have been produced by HP.

    The first inkjet printers and laser printers for the desktop were produced by HP in 1984 and signalled their entry into the printer and ink cartridge market. Along with its scanner product line, these have later been developed into successful multifunction products, the most significant being single-unit printer/scanner/copier/fax machines, often known as MFCs. The LaserJet printer line which they launched 1984 is actually the most successful product that HP every have made. Ironically, the print mechanisms in HP’s tremendously popular LaserJet line of laser printers depend almost entirely on Canon’s components (print engines), which in turn use technology developed by Xerox. HP develops the hardware, firmware, and software that convert data into dots for the mechanism to print.

    Today, HP is the undisputed global leader in the printer field in terms of the number of units sold within the printer market, offering inkjet printers, laser printers, scanners and dot matrix printers for every use from the home to commercial printing.

    Popular Hewlett Packard (HP) Printer Series

    HP DeskJet, HP OfficeJet, HP PhotoSmart, HP PSC

    Popular Hewlett Packard (HP) Printer Cartridges

    HP15, HP21, HP22, HP23, HP45, HP56, HP57, HP58, HP78, HP300, HP350, HP351, HP363, HP364

    Interested in Hewlett Packard (HP) Ink Cartridges?

    Buying an original Hewlett Packard (HP) cartridge is not cheap, with sets of cartridges costing upwards to £100.00. Fortunately, the market has been opening up in the last few years and there are now choices out there for those that want to buy Hewlett Packard (HP) ink cartridges instead. These cartridges are manufactured to be 100% compatible with the Lexmark printer and to meet the standard set by Hewlett Packard (HP) for their cartridges.


    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec HP printer cartridges and Jet Tec HP  laser toner cartridges for many HP printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell and Epson printer products.

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    Epson Ink Cartridges – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in Jet Tec Ink Cartridges, Jet Tec printer cartridges, OEM ink cartridges, OEM printer cartridges, Printer Cartridge Manufacturers, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/12/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Finding Epson Printer Cartridges is easy here at UK Ink Supplies. We currently have hundreds of different Epson Cartridges to offer you including both Epson branded and Jet Tec branded cartridges – the leading UK manufacture of compatible Epson ink cartridges.

    The History of Epson

    Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) was founded in 1942 by Hisao Yamazaki, a local clock shop owner, in Japan and started as a producer of watch parts.

    When the Seiko Group was assigned the task to be the official time keeper for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, Epson was assigned to develop a printing timer. To date, they have become famous for pioneering the piezoelectric Inkjet Technology. Printers using this technology do not heat the ink when printing like other inkjet printers do.

    Today, Epson is one of the largest suppliers within the printer market, offering inkjet printers, laser printers, scanners and dot matrix printers for every use from the home to commercial printing.

    Interested in Epson Compatible Cartridges?

    Buying an original Epson cartridge is not cheap, with sets of cartridges costing upwards to £100.00. Fortunately, the market has been opening up in the last few years and there are now choices out there for those that want to buy an Epson compatible cartridge instead. These cartridges are manufactured to be 100% compatible with the Epson printer and to meet the standard set by Epson for their cartridges.

    Epson have always produced printers with a permanent printhead. This has historically made the Epson ink cartridges cheaper than many other printer makers, because of the simplicity of the ink tank. The reason for this is that the Epson cartridge only contained the printer ink and no or few electronics.

    Epson have in the last years introduced new printers to the market that use cartridges that contain a chip. The goal with this chip was to make it impossible for other ink manufacturers to create an Epson compatible cartridge. Luckily for Epson printer owners, other ink manufacturers such as Jet Tec have been able to create fully compatible cartridges that also include an Epson compatible chip.


    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies of Lincoln, UK – stocking a wide range of Jet Tec HP printer cartridges and Jet Tec HP  laser toner cartridges for many HP printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec printer cartridges for the latest Jet Tec Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark, Brother, Dell and Epson printer products.

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