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How Does a Printer Work

No matter what type of document you are printing, whether if it’s a letter, spreadsheet, PDF or a photo, and no matter what type of printer you are using there are some similarities in how your printer works. The software is responsible for sending the data to the printer; this software is known as the driver. The driver translates the data from the application into a format that the printer understands, the driver also checks to see if the printer is connected, turned on, and functioning properly.  There are two major types of printers, the laser printer and the inkjet printer.

How a Laser Printer works:

For the laser printer there is a basic principle which is static electricity. A revolving drum which is known as a photoreceptor which is made out of conductive materials that sends light photons, as it revolves it receives an electrical charge from a wire that is called a charge corona, while it spins a tiny laser beam shines across it surface to discharge at various points to create the image on the drum.

Once the image is set, the printer puts a positively charged toner on the drum. The toner then will only stick to the negatively charged areas.

After the toner is adhered to the image on the drum, the paper is moved into position. The paper encounters the transfer of the corona wire and receives a negative charge. The negatively charged paper has a stronger pull than the static electric charged toner that is holding to the drum, the paper pulls the toner powder from the drum transferring the image to the paper once the image is transferred from the drum; a detac corona wire zaps the paper to remove it from the drum.

Finally the paper is ready for the fuser. The fuser permanently bonds the image into the paper. The paper passes threw the fusers which are just heated rollers.  As the paper passes threw the fuser heats up the toner powder and bonds it with the paper, then the fusers sends the paper out of the printer.

How an Inkjet Printer works:

For the inkjet printer, it uses miniscule droplets of ink to create the image. The ink comes from an ink cartridge that is placed in the print head assembly, inside the print head assembly there is actual print head which has several nozzles that spray drops of ink. An Inkjet printer also contain a print head stepper motor which a mechanism that moves the print head across the paper.
There are two types of inkjet printers:

Bubble Jet Printer:  The resistors create heat, which the heat vaporizes the ink into tiny little bubbles and the bubble is pushed out onto the paper. The bubble jet print head can contain 600 nozzles and they all can fire a drop of ink simultaneously.

Piezoelectric printer: Piezo crystal is found at the back of the ink reservoir which vibrates when it receives an electric charge. The vibration from the crystal will force the ink out of the nozzle.

This is a quick and simplistic view on how the most common printers work.  Do you have questions on your printer? Just let us know!

Enter your Father Now to Win Clickinks Father's Day Competition!

10. June 2011 06:53 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Celebrate Your Dad and Win $100!

Clickinks.com is giving you a chance to win $100 towards ink, toner or other office supplies of your choice!

Father’s Day has been celebrated throughout the US, Canada, UK and beyond for over 100 years. This year, Father’s Day falls on June 19th, and I highly recommend that you honor Dad on this day.

Celebrate the Father in your life by submitting a photo on our Facebook page or via Twitter using the hashtag #CelebrateDad

All entries need to be in by June 20, 2011, when the finalists will be posted on our Facebook page. The finalists’ photo that gets the most “Likes” will win $100 to use at Clickinks.com.

Terms & Conditions

*The Clickinks.com panel of judges will select finalists and post them on our Facebook page to face the public vote.

* Final voting on the Facebook page will end on June 24, 2011 and the votes will be counted by the Clickinks.com panel of judges and the winner announced.

* Open to residents of US only.

3D Printing To Provide Custom Manufacturing

11. April 2011 06:00 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)









Have you heard the buzz on 3D Printing?  Maybe you read about the evolution of printing devices lately. More and more 3D printers are coming out on the market, and are ingenious for "printing", or manufacturing, a wide variety of products.  With 3D printing you can mass produce custom or personalized products without incurring a significant price increase.  We are talking about significantly lowering the cost and risk of manufacturing, transforming many sectors of the manufacturing industry. 

Many more sectors are able to utilize 3D printing as we progress; new materials like stainless steel, glass, and in the last month, silver are added to the Shapeways line, an online marketplace offering personalized production via 3D printers spun out of of Royal Philips Electronics.  Looking for more fun? FigurePrints, a Seattle company, makes 3D replicas of Xbox Live avatars and World of Warcraft characters.  Larger manufacturers are also coming on board, including Clark’s, the British shoe brand, which this month began using Z Corp’s 3D printers for prototyping.  More than 20% of the output from 3D printers is actually final products, according to Terry Wohlers, who runs a research firm specializing in the field, and this number is sure to grow substantially.  3D printing is also used for quite remarkable production, like medical implants that are more likely to stay put than conventional ones. 

One day I am sure you will own something manufactured by a 3D printer, whether it is a custom made shoe, a replica of your avatar, or a femur implant.

Top 5 ways to Save at Clickinks.com

1. April 2011 06:00 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
  1. In case you missed our big announcement earlier this month, you can now use eBillme to pay for your orders from Clickinks.com.  eBillme is safe, all you have to do is pay using your bank's online bill pay service.  If you pay your utility bill online, eBillme works the same way.  The best part about eBillme is that you can earn 10% Cash Back with Every Purchase, on top of our other Discounts!
  2. The more ink you buy with ClickInks.com, the more loyalty points you will automatically earn, and the more you save. Every purchase earns loyalty points, you can redeem these points for money off your next purchase, or save them up for a big spend.  Loyalty points can be applied to anything from ink cartridges to starburst candy!
  3. The best known way to save at Clickinks.com is probably our remanufactured cartridges.  Although we do offer OEM cartridges, our own professionally remanufactured cartridges available at up to an 86% savings!
  4. Free Shipping. The gas prices are so high, it is not worth driving around for the best deal anymore.  Place any $30 order and we will ship it free to any street address in the Contiguous US.
  5. Sign up for our exclusive weekly email newsletters or follow us on Facebook. We will provide you with a discount on Day 1, and periodically there after for additional savings.

Why Ink Cartridges Are So Expensive

Why Ink Cartridges Are So Expensive: The Truth Behind the Prices.
There are many speculations as to why ink cartridges for your printer are so expensive. Some reasons as to why the prices for ink cartridges are so high are due to technology research and development of ink as well as the ink cartridge and the materials used. Others are just opinions of consumers thinking the manufacturer gods want your yearly monetary sacrifices to calm the belly of the ink beast. But what is the truth behind the price?
Well unfortunately, both sides of the story are true, excluding the existence of Ink gods and there being a hungry ink beast waiting to consume your hard earned money. The reality is that quality standards and production costs are certainly a part of the price. The biggest factors playing a role in the high cost of printer ink involves both the containers that hold and dispense ink to printers and the formulated ink used to complete the printing process. I guess it is true what they say, you get what you pay for, but in this case, you definitely pay for research and development, the increase in technology to earn another award and further recognition from Technology Today on the new company development to continue to charge you more and fuel the train to continue the process all over again. Personally I feel as though some of these manufacturers should give stock options with each purchase.


The final price, after all considerations are made, come from the combination of materials spent to produce the product and the intricate technological process of printing designed to create the desired image and quality. To better summarize, the growth of modern day technology equals the growth in price. Take HP for example, early state-of-the-art printer models had about 12 nozzles in the print head and fired droplets at a rate of 10,000 per second. The technology in today's Photosmart 8250 uses 3,900 nozzles to deliver 122 million drops per second onto the paper. The reason for the improvements is simple, the more nozzles used, the smaller the dot size that can be produced in a single print, the smaller the dot size in the print, the higher the visibility and quality of the image being printed.

In addition to the increase of nozzles in the print head, so comes the increase in the technology of the ink. Thom Brown, marketing manager at Hewlett Packard, says HP spends about $1 billion a year on ink research and development (The total revenue for the printing division was $24 billion last year). Inks must be formulated to withstand heating to 300 degrees, vaporization, and being squirted at 30 miles per hour, at a rate of 36,000 drops per second, through multiple nozzles one third the size of a human hair. After all that, the ink must then dry almost instantly on the paper. This actually entails quite a bit of research for a single ink cartridge. Some manufacturers, like HP, have included the print head as part of the cartridge. The precision parts required generally make the cartridges more expensive, but the printers are cheaper since they don't include the precision print head. Other cartridges, like Kodak, do not include the print head and so can cost less, though the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.

No matter what model printer you buy, ink prices are high. The most affordable printing solution we have found is to use remanufactured cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges include the print head, micro chip and anything else your cartridge may include, and are professionally remanufactured and refilled at or above manufacturer’s standards.

Ink Spill in Boston

16. March 2011 06:00 by Josh in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

We have all had bad mornings and maybe spilled the coffee on the way out the door. Maybe the kids dropped their cereal bowl full of fruit loops. Neither of those messes compare to what happened outside of Boston last week.

A tractor-trailer carrying industrial printer cartridges rolled over leaking ink across a highway ramp in Peabody Massachusetts. No other vehicles were involved and the driver was unharmed in the crash. Approximately 16,000 pounds of ink cartridges were bound for an industrial printer in Maine. Workers are removing the ink by laying sand over the ink, which soaks it up, and then sweeping the sand away. The ink is non-flammable, but workers are wearing protective gear to avoid skin contact.

See, don’t you feel better already! Don’t you worry though; Clickinks.com uses Fed Ex and the USPS for our shipping. None of our high quality remanufactured ink cartridges were harmed in this incident.

Modernist Cuisine Weighs in at over 4 lbs of ink

25. February 2011 06:00 by Josh in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

We are going off script here today with something a little different. While this might be considered a book review, I look at it as a tribute to modern printing and publishing. This is what can happen when money, imagination and curiosity collide. With a release date of March 7th, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking might be the most highly anticipated book of this millennium.

Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 47-pound epic collection (list price $625) that could easily pass for a graduate level science text, dispelling many of the myths that exist in the food world. Its release has been delayed for months because the one of a kind Plexiglas case that houses the volumes was cracking and breaking under the astonishing weight. The ink used to print the text and pictures weighs in at over 4 pounds; that’s more than the average book weighs, paper and all.

“Every one of the traditional publishers balked at the scope of this project,” says Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, the multi-millionaire author and inventor, “which is why I had to found my own publishing company to get it done.” Fortunately, he was the former Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft and the current CEO of Intellectual Ventures, a 5 billion dollar patent portfolio development company. Myhrvold had the resources to bankroll his own publishing company, which he named The Cooking Lab.

A comprehensive, well-researched book is one thing, but what's the appeal for the everyday home cook? Simply, this is the most useful cookbook you'll probably never cook from. Oddly enough, that does not make the books inaccessible. There might not be a recipe you will make in every chapter, but there is something to inspire and learn from on every single page.

With its sizeable price tag, the book may not be for most, but Myhrvold insists there is something for everyone. “Chefs will certainly be interested," he said. "The book contains a lot of techniques that it would be really difficult to learn any other way. You would have to work at a dozen different restaurants around the world." It's also appealing to those with an "intellectual curiosity," claims Myhrvold. "People who love books say this is really an extraordinary object."

This release is going to be a turning point as to how people think about food and technology. If Myhrvold would have added a chapter or two about football, that would cover just about everything that interests me. I’ve already started printing excerpts I’ve found online, but I’ve used up my black inkjet cartridge. I’m not going to find all 2,438 pages online, nor would I want that many loose pages in my kitchen, so I’m going to have to stop soon. The good thing is that I know that I can save up to 86% by buying remanufactured inks from Clickinks.com. So now you know what to get me for my birthday, it’s in June if you were wondering. It’s your pick, inkjet cartridges from Clickinks or Modernist Cuisine, I’ll take either one.

Earn Cash Back Now at Clickinks.com

15. February 2011 06:00 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

We are excited to introduce a new payment option at Clickinks.com

Have you ever wanted to shop online without a credit card, or worried about identity theft, fraud or debt? And on top of that, would you like to earn money while you shop?

Well you can - if you pay with eBillme when you shop at Clickinks.com. eBillme is a secure cash payment option which allows consumers to shop online without a credit card, and pay cash using online banking.

eBillme is free to use, has no sign-up, and every eBillme purchase includes the same benefits you typically get with premium credit cards, such as free buyer protection, a best price guarantee, and cash back rewards.  And with eBillme, you never need to enter a credit card number.

Simply shop at Clickinks.com, and pay for your purchase at your bank (eBillme is available at  17,000+ financial institutions that offers online bill pay), or at over 75,000 walk-in locations including WalMart, CVS, 7-Eleven and more.

From now until March 31, 2011 - when you shop at Clickinks.com and checkout using eBillme you will earn 10% cash back on every purchase, on top of our already low prices!  And this deal gets sweeter, on Tuesday and Thursday, you can double your cash back, which means your purchases will earn you up to 20% cash back!

So go ahead, shop at Clickinks.com and earn cash back with every order.

Pressing Forward: The Evolution of Printing Devices

9. February 2011 06:00 by Josh in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

What would Johannes Gutenberg think of today’s modern laser printer? Would he even recognize it as an evolution of his invention that changed the world? Most historians believe that the printing press was the single most important invention of the Middle Ages. Gutenberg conceived the idea of a movable type and the first printing press. It should be noted that the printing press is not the result of a single invention, it is the aggregation of three different technologies that were in existence centuries before Gutenberg was born.


• The adaptation for printing of the wine or olive oil screw-type press that had been in use for hundreds of years, throughout Europe and Asia.

• The adaptation of block print technology, known in Europe since the return of Marco Polo from Asia at the end of the 13th century.

• The development of mass production paper making techniques. Paper was brought from China to Italy in the 12th century, but was thought too flimsy for books.

The first few books to be printed and sold at print shops were religious texts and bibles. There was very little to no printing of new ideas taking place. Most people entered the printing business and then quickly left it. The main reason was the distribution of books was not organized. The potential for improvement was there, the market was there, and the demand was definitely there, but the control and transport were poorly organized. To add to this, the literacy rate in Europe was still very low. Most people did not even know how to read. However, this situation was improved by the Frankfort Fair, which was a center for printing and drew hundreds of booksellers, scholars, publishers and collectors from all over the world.

Printing encouraged literacy amongst the population and eventually brought about a deep and lasting impact on many people’s lives. The majority of the first books made by hand were typically the Bible. The print shop on the other hand, responded to demand with medical, travel and practical manuals. Printing also provided a platform for scholars and prevented the corruption of their texts during hand copying. By giving everyone the same texts to work from, the printing press had brought about progress in science and scholarship in a faster and more reliable way.

The main effects of the printing press however, was to multiply the supply and cut down the costs of books. Thus, it made information of all kinds readily available to larger segment of the population. Libraries were then able to store more information, and at a lower cost. The printing press also facilitated the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. This was very important for the advancement of science and technology. The printing press certainly fueled the start of the ‘information revolution’, which is on par with the Internet of today. The printing press allowed the spread of new ideas and information quickly, and with much greater impact.

Initial success with automatic printing was found with the steam printing presses of the early 1800's. This was the next major step for the printing industry. Gutenberg's original design had remained largely unchanged until then. The steam press, constructed of cast iron, allowed double the print size and required 90% less force to print properly. It could produce 250 prints an hour, an amazing feat for the era. Compare that to today's fully automated digital printing presses, which are capable of handling any color, font and print size at a printing rate that makes the steam press look like a snail.

So in the span of five centuries, we have witnessed human expression evolve from the spoken word, to the hand written word, to printed word. Now with today’s electronic mediums, our communication has evolved to what has become the digital information age. The internet’s effect on communication is causing us to rethink text itself. It has almost come full circle and returned to a state much like it was in its infancy of the spoken word. I am confident that if Johannes Gutenberg were alive today and needed toner for his laser printer, he would web-surf over to ClickInks.com. With the purchase of Clickinks remanufactured printer cartridges, you help reduce the amount of cartridges that are disposed of into landfills and save yourself money at the same time!

How to Remove Toner from Your Clothes

8. February 2011 06:00 by Josh in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

If you have been keeping up with our blog, you have read about laser printers and gained a basic understanding of toner. But what do you do if you spill toner in your printer? Or even worse, spilled toner on your clothes or skin?

If toner spills into your laser printer or copier, a special type of vacuum cleaner with an electrically conductive hose and a HEPA filter is needed for safe and effective cleaning. These are called electrostatic discharge-safe (ESD-safe) or toner vacuums. Toner particles have electrostatic properties by design and can develop static-electric charges when they rub against other particles, or the interiors of transport systems and vacuum cleaner hoses. Because of this and the small particle size, toner should not be vacuumed with a conventional home vacuum cleaner. Static discharge from charged toner particles can ignite dust in the vacuum cleaner bag or create a small explosion if sufficient toner is airborne. This could possibly damage the vacuum cleaner or start a fire. In addition, toner particles are so fine that they are poorly filtered by regular household vacuum cleaners and can blow through the vacuum motor and into the room. At this point you would have taken what was a small spill and created a larger mess by spreading the toner particles across the entire room.

If you shook your toner, or spilled toner in your printer, there is a strong chance that some of it got onto your clothing. Unfused toner is easily removed from most clothing, as long as you are capable of cleaning it in a washing machine. Because toner is a wax or plastic powder with a low melting temperature, it must be kept as cool as possible until you are able to wash it. It is best to remove the article of clothing to avoid the transfer of toner onto other surfaces and your skin. The water temperature of the wash cycle must be set to cold only. Do not wash anything else with the affected garment. Using multiple wash cycles will improve your chance of success at removing the toner. For the first cycle, you may want to use dishwasher detergent. For the additional cycles you should use regular laundry detergent. Residual toner floating in the rinse water of the first cycle may remain and necessitate multiple wash cycles. If it was a large amount of toner spilled on the garment, you may want to remove it from the washing machine and run a second cycle to remove any excess toner from the washing machine basin. Avoid using the clothes dryer or an iron until all of the toner has been removed.

If you have toner on your clothing, you may have also gotten some of it on your skin. You are going to need to follow the same principles as removing it from your clothes, avoiding heat at all costs. Your first reaction is going to be to try and brush the toner off your skin, but you don’t want to do this. The act of brushing the loose toner off of your skin will result in friction, which can create heat, which could fuse the toner to your skin. Shake as much of the loose toner off as possible. Next you will want to use soap and cold water. Once again you are going to have to assure that you turn the water to cold.

If you have spilled ink instead of toner on your clothes, check out this article on How to remove the ink from your clothes.

By following these steps you should have the mess cleaned up without any permanent reminders of the spill. Now that you have accomplished that task, go ahead and order your next toner cartridge from Clickinks.com. With the purchase of our remanufactured toner cartridges, you can save yourself money and stop shaking that toner.