Recycle, Refill, Reuse: How printer ink is going green
There is a great push these days to recycle every product before discarding. Recycling saves natural resources, conserving land, it saves energy, due to a reduction in energy required, recycling also creates less air and water pollution and fortunately saves money, as recycled products are frequently the least expensive option.
Auto makers offer Certified Used vehicles and Electronic stores offer previously returned, refurbished items. These solutions provide a lower priced alternative for the average consumer. The technology of printer cartridges has also followed suit.
Companies such as Clickinks.com
have adopted this “green” way of reusing and saving money by offering printer cartridges that have been used, refilled and have been certified to be good as new, equal in performance to new and ready to be reused. These cartridges are called remanufactured ink or remanufactured toner cartridges. With the exception of a lower cost, you may never know a cartridge was remanufactured. The benefit to consumers is a lower cost with equal performance for Quality, Certified technology.
So what is "remanufactured"?
A remanufactured ink or toner cartridge is offered on just about all printer lines from home photo printers to large business laser jet printers
. They have been used and recycled, then put through a rigorous remanufacturing process to bring them back to "same as new" condition and performance.
What is the difference between remanufactured and refurbished products?
The distinction between remanufactured and refurbished equipment is not always obvious. For example, at Clickinks.com
remanufactured cartridges are returned to the equivalent of new and carry a satisfaction guarantee. Refurbished or used equipment is generally not fully tested or certified to meet like-new standards. Purchasing a remanufactured cartridge from a reputable company offers the peace of mind afforded by a new product at a 75-86% discount over new.
How is a product remanufactured?
Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges undergo a rigorous process after they have been recycled they are professionally cleaned, thoroughly inspected and completely refilled (with more ml. of ink than manufactures sell them with). Reputable companies will comply with ISO 9001 quality standards.
When is remanufactured better?
If your budget is as limited as the rest of us, then remanufactured ink or toner cartridges will offer you a high quality, fully guaranteed solution at a low cost.
If you are concerned with the environment and want to conserve Earth’s valuable resources, then remanufactured printer cartridges will offer you peace of mind.
Brother announces new printer models added to their HL and MFC series
Considering a new Laser Printer? Recently, Brother announced the launch of 5 new laser printer models to be added to their series of HL
and MFC Laser printers
The first printer will become available for retail later this month. The Brother HL-3040CN will feature a print speed of 17 pages per minute, whether printing in color or black and white. With a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets and a print dpi resolution of 600 x 2400 this printer can be connected through an Ethernet cable or USB 2.0 interfaces.
Also out later this month will be the second addition to the Brother HL series
, the Brother HL-3070CW. This printer offers even more features than the HL-3040CN. Boasting everything that the HL-3040CN has plus extra integrated Wi-Fi features and support for PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulation. This printer also allows USB flash drives to be connected directly to the printer, making printing JPEG and PDF files much easier without having to connect to a computer.
Brother has another three new additions to the MFC series
, the Brother MFC-9010CN, Brother MFC-9120CN and the Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One printers.
The MFC-9010CN all-in-one combines print, scan and copy capabilities, with printing speeds up to 17 ppm. The MFC-9010CN also has printing resolutions of up to 600 x 2400 dpi and has a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets. Like the HL-3000 series printers this printer can also be connected via Ethernet or USB interfaces. The MFC-9010CN uses the popular Brother toner and drum
The MFC-9120CN has all the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus this printer goes a step further by offering Super 3G faxing capabilities, making fast and efficient faxing a tempting selling point for office users.
The MFC-9320CW also has the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus offers the extra Wi-Fi feature and the ability to print directly from a USB flash drive.
The Brother MFC-9010CN, MFC-9120CN and the MFC 9320CW, along with the necessary Brother toner
will be available in October, 2009.
Troubleshooting 10 Common Printer Problems
1. My printer just won’t print
If the printer is directly connected to your printer, then make sure that the printer cable between the printer and computer isn't loose.
If the printer is on a network, make sure the printer is powered on and there are not any loose cables.
Turn both the computer and the printer off, wait 20 seconds and then power the printer back on and finally power on the computer.2. My printer says it is busy
Check the print queue screen. A print job may be stuck in the print queue and deleting it from the queue may help.3. Printer display menu says there is a paper jam
Opening the doors of the printer, removing the paper tray or even the ink or toner cartridge will usually allow access to the jammed paper so that you can remove it. Paper should be removed slowly and gently so that it does not tear.
If you can not find any jammed paper and still can not print, unplug your printer then turn it back on. 4. Printing on the page is faded
A faded print image may indicate that the printer is getting low on ink or toner, the print density is set too low or economy printing is turned on. Settings may be corrected on the printer or within the computer’s control panel. If the ink or toner cartridge is low, replace the cartridge easily through an ink merchant like Clickinks.com
.5. I have a cool, new Operating System
As new operating systems are released, your printer will require new drivers. Some printers do not yet have a driver for every new Operating System, or older Operating Systems. In these cases, it’s best to consult the printer manual and find out what printers the drivers will emulate. While not all of the functionality of the printer will be available under this emulation, at least basic printing will work.
Be sure to use the correct driver for your current Operating System. If an incorrect or defective printer driver is being used, it can result in strange gibberish on the printed page. If you selected the wrong printer driver for the printer or Operating System, you may need to purge the print jobs that are hung up in the spooler as well as reset the printer to remove any bad data that remains in its buffer.6. I am printing, but the pages are blank or irregular
If your inkjet printer is turning out blank pages whenever you print, then the print head could be dried up, or you may be out of ink.
Once the ink cartridge is opened and installed, the ink can start drying out or evaporating. If you only print infrequently, then the print head will often become dried up, stopping any ink from getting onto your paper. Try soaking your print head in shallow water, if your ink cartridge regularly dries out, then try to print a page off more often, at least every few days, as this should stop the print head becoming dried out, otherwise you will need to install a fresh ink cartridge.7. There are error lights on
If there are error lights (LEDs) lit, refer to the user manual or manufacturer's web site to diagnose. 8. Each time I print, it is blurry or has lines in it
Aligning the print cartridge is necessary to obtain the best possible printing performance. The method to do this may vary depending on your printer. Typically, you will go into the Settings of your computer then lick Maintenance and Align print cartridges9. Missing Color, Wrong Color or Streaks in the Printout
Make sure your paper is not causing the problem. Paper that does not accept ink well can cause your images to smear or bleed. Plain paper is not the best choice for high-density graphics. Photo paper
is available at Clickinks.com
If the paper is not the problem, print a clean test to see that everything is functioning properly. 10. Did you read the user manual?
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (Public Law 93-637) is a U.S. Federal law. It is the statute that governs warranties on consumer products.
Legally, this is a law that states that "No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name".
The Act provides that any company warranting a product to a consumer by means of a written warranty must disclose, fully and conspicuously, in simple and easy to understand language, the terms and conditions of the warranty according to the rules set forth by the Federal Trade Commission.
Contrary to what manufacturers may lead you to believe, warrantors cannot require that only brand name parts be used with any product. This practice, commonly referred to as "tie-in sales" or "tying agreements", is frequently mentioned in the context of computer and printer parts.
No manufacturer will be allowed to void your warranty simply because you use a remanufactured or compatible part that is produced by someone other than the manufacturer. Purchasing aftermarket parts and consumables (like gasoline or printer cartridges) is more efficient and ultimately gives a better deal to the consumer.
Remanufactured and compatible printer cartridges, as well as brand name products, are sold at Clickinks.com
, providing consumers an intelligent way to save money on consumables.
The Idiots Guide to Changing Your Ink Cartridge
What starts out as a simple task, changing your printer cartridge, often becomes difficult and sometimes messy.
If you have seen a low ink indicator, or your cartridge is more than 6 months old, then it is time to purchase a replacement printer cartridge.
Trying to shake your printer cartridge is often tried by those not yet ready to replace. The problem with shaking a toner cartridge is that if it is put to more than a 40 degree angle, or shaken too vigorously, it may spill. Sometimes it is better to just restock. Toner cartridges no longer have to be purchased as OEM prices, with remanufactured alternatives from companies like Clickinks.com*L
eave your old ink cartridge installed in the printer until you have obtained a replacement cartridge, otherwise your print head nozzles may dry out.*I
nk cartridges usually have a protective covering, which has sheltered them during shipment.
- If you have Epson, Canon or Brother, look for a yellow tape seal or plastic red tab that tell you to remove them. Do not remove the additional transparent plastic, or a pointed mechanism, otherwise your cartridge will leak or malfunction.
If there is an additional piece of plastic in your ink cartridge box, this is an adapter that needs to be connected to your cartridge. Follow the included instructions in your package, and carefully connect the adapter to the compatible ink cartridge.
- If you have HP, Lexmark or Dell look for a cap and protective tape needing removal.
Do not let anything touch the micro-chip, this is usually copper or green, and is sensitive to touch.*P
rinter should be powered on.*W
ait until printer is not in movement, and then open the cover to replace your cartridge.*M
ake sure that you are installing the cartridge in the appropriate carriage for the new color. For example, if you have a new magenta ink cartridge, replace it in the carriage intended for only the magenta cartridge.
If your Brother toner cartridge does not seem to clip on the drum where it usually fits, it will still work, some remanufactured toners clip from underneath.
Some thicker inks need to settle for 1 hour after installation before printing. If you have printed or performed a head cleaning with less than desirable results, let the cartridge settle in its new printer for 1 or 2 hours before attempting another print. Excessive print head cleanings will deplete your ink.
If your new cartridge is not recognized by the printer, simply leave it in place then unplug the printer for 10 minutes. After waiting 10 minutes, hold down the power button for 30 seconds then plug the printer back in. This will clean the printer memory, allowing it to resync to the new cartridges.*C
lose the printer cover. Lights may flash, simply let the printer perform without interruption.
Replacing your ink or toner cartridge can become fool proof by simply following these instructions!
Clickinks.com will soon unveil Epson remanufactured ink cartridges!
Many of the most popular, effective ink and toner cartridges that Clickinks currently offers are remanufactured products, helping homes and offices reduce their environmental impact.
Clickinks Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are cost-effective and high quality; they result in lower waste, fewer chemicals, lower energy use and fewer materials. Each remanufactured cartridge keeps pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills and saves gallons of oil.
Clickinks remanufactured ink and toner cartridges come with a 100% no-risk, quality guarantee
, and are much more affordable than the original brand OEM ink cartridges.
As we transition our Epson ink and toner cartridges
to the environmentally-preferable products, Clickinks will attempt to keep the lowest prices possible, while delivering you the highest quality. Rest assured that you will continue to find a significant savings over OEM ink cartridges.
Please join Clickinks
in supporting the transition to a greener Earth.
Printing with the cost effective HP Color LaserJet 2605
There are many printers on the market today, making the printer buying process quite intimidating. A little research on the printer, and the corresponding toner cartridges, will benefit you tremendously. Hewlett Packard manufactures the HP Color LaserJet 2605
printer, which uses the HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Toner Cartridge
. This printer meets all requirements of the modern small office by combining functionality and affordability.
You will notice that the Q6000A Toner
produces fine and sharp results. The HP Color LaserJet
2605 is an amazing choice for any small office that provides top notch print speed and stunning detail.
The HP Color LaserJet 2605
is a user friendly, efficient printer that will suit the demands of any office. The installation of the Q6000A Toner
is also quick and easy.
Sometimes the costs of toner cartridges will add up quickly, outweighing the cost of the printer. When it is time to replace your toner cartridges, you will find Remanufactured Q6000A Toner
is the best solution. Original brand name (OEM
) cartridges are almost double the out of pocket cost, and impact on the environment.
The quality of printing is equal, whether using Remanufactured
cartridges, so today there is really no reason to use an OEM
cartridges are available.
Not only is a Remanufactured
toner cartridge easier on your out of pocket expenses, as I mentioned it is also a lesser impact on the environment. Remanufactured
cartridges are recycled cartridges, a green friendly way to do business.
The HP Color LaserJet 2605
with a HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Remanufactured Toner Cartridge
is a terrific solution to your office printing needs.
Inked: The history of printer ink
An ink is a liquid containing a mixture of pigments and or dyes used for coloring a surface to produce an image or text.
Ink is a compound medium composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, surfactants and other materials. The materials serve many purposes including controlling flow, thickness of the ink and the print results.
Up until the mid 1980’s, with the introduction of home computers, consumers did not have the freedom of home printing. Today in the U.S. most homes have printing, faxing and scanning options. As a result, buying a cartridge of ink is now a part of both business and consumers shopping lists, similar to buying a bottle of ink for fountain pens years ago.
The majority of ink cartridges from companies selling remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges, like Clickinks.com
, contain dye based ink. OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) cartridges may contain pigment based ink. You will get a wider range of color into dyes than into pigments. Consequently, dye based inks tend to be more vibrant than pigment based inks. However, results depend upon the overall printer design.
Some printer brands use a combination of both dye and pigmented, other printers can use either type of ink, while still others are only restricted to dye based or only restricted to pigment based.
The price of replacing printer cartridges has recently become a point of contention with consumers, especially as prices are lowered on printers. The major printer manufacturers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Dell, Canon, Epson and Brother, often only break even selling printers, because they plan to make a sizeable profit by selling cartridges over the life span of the printer.
One reason printers are now available at much lower prices is because, in order to continue benefiting from cartridge sales, they have installed microchips on their cartridges to interact with the printer in a way that prevents operation when the ink level is low or when the cartridge has been refilled. Many cartridges produce up to 38% more prints, even though the chip stated that the cartridge was empty.
Customers can often cut printing costs by using ink cartridge refill kits, or by purchasing new non-O.E.M./Original equipment manufacturer brands. The non-OEM equipment can include Compatible or Remanufactured ink cartridges. The replacement of OEM ink cartridges is more common in other countries, with United States starting to catch up. These less expensive alternative cartridges sometimes have more ink than the original OEM branded ink cartridges and may produce the same, better, or sometimes inferior quality, depending on a variety of factors, including the retailer chosen, and their ability to produce a quality product.
Some manufacturers like HP, Dell and Lexmark have built-in the printer head on the cartridge. This also makes the printers cheaper, but the cartridges more expensive because with every replacement you are paying for a new precision print head. Other brands, such as Epson, do not include the print head and so the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.
Empty laser toner cartridges
, inkjet cartridges
, photocopier toner bottles and drums are many times discarded, and are now piling up tons of waste in landfills. This waste is now avoidable with the use of Remanufactured products. Remanufactured printer supplies, now available from stores like Clickinks.com
, utilize a smart recycling process to recycle cartridges to like new products.
Compatible, Remanufactured and OEM cartridges can be found at www.Clickinks.com
The usage of printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners, along with printer ink and toner cartridges are prominent in most homes and offices. Many times the printer ink tends to become dry too quickly if not used often, or never produces optimum quality from the start.
You should buy the printer ink and toner from the right source in order to get the best quality results. The store you choose should carry all the popular products, such as Epson
and HP printer ink
. Many such shops are available, but they do not all sell at the best price, and they will many times be out of stock of your particular printer cartridge. The best choice for finding your printer ink and toner is Clickinks.com
. This secure online shop is trusted by more customers. Clickinks.com
offers the ink and toner for every brand printer, including Brother
and more. Clickinks.com
also supplies printer cables
, and other office supplies
. You can browse through the wide variety of ink cartridges according to the printer model or cartridge model on the website. Clickinks.com
also offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy for all the ink and toner cartridges. Just visit Clickinks.com
online and place an order for your home, or save more by placing a bulk ink order for your office. If you need support you can always call the Ink Experts at 1-800-706 INKS.
Paper Saving Tips
- Print on Both Sides: Whether you are printing or making copies, you can cut your paper (& paper costs) usage in half by simply selecting to print on both sides. Some printers offer a “duplex” feature, even if yours does not you can simply print your odd numbered pages first (beginning with your first page), then flip around the pages and print the even pages on the other side (beginning with page 2).
- Print two pages on each side: Another money saving feature that you can select is to print columns. No matter what type of printer you have, Microsoft Word has this print option. If printing from another program, you can simply reduce the size of your images or font, allowing you to fit more on each page.
- Also, when you are printing, or receiving paper that is one sided, you can reuse the other side so that there is not as much waste.
- Think before you buy. You can save money by purchasing your paper in bulk. Purchasing bulk paper and bulk ink ahead of time will also limit last minute purchases where you will settle for any price. Recycled paper, which can be purchased in the same price range as non-recycled paper, is also a great solution for our environment.
These tips will not only save you money, but also reduce the deforestation and piling up of landfills.