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How to save money when printing

11. April 2013 21:00 by Danielle in clickinks, how to save ink, paper saving  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the evolution of home printing over the last decade, printing has now become more easily accessible than ever before. All but gone are the days of paying a print shop to print a simple document. Printing at home can save you time and money. With that being said, ink is still a pricey liquid that can really cut into the college student, or coupon clippers, budget. 

There are some smart ways to get the most bang for your buck when printing. 

Is your font eating up your ink? If you regularly use Arial, you could potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri, Century Gothic or Times New Roman as your default font. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines, so go light instead of bold for your prints.

Now that you have looked at your font, you may want to look at your default printer preferences. Select economy or draft mode if you are printing a casual note, or restaurant coupon, that does not require top quality, and you can save yourself money on those color inks.  If you have a commercial printer, you may also have the option to select duplex printing.  Selecting this option allows you to easily print on the front and back of each page, cutting your paper cost in half. Once you have changed your printer preferences, then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.

Once you are using the least amount of ink and paper per print, you will want to find the lowest price on replacement ink cartridges.  You don’t need to purchase name brand ink cartridges, there are many stores, like Clickinks.com, that sell reliable remanufactured ink cartridges, at half the price. 

Most of us aren’t printing our own money, so apply these tips and you too can save more money when printing.

Easily Ordering the correct Ink Cartridges at Clickinks.com

Ordering online is easy, a time saving convenience most of us have discovered by now. Ordering ink online, something you don’t have to try on or look at, is brilliant.  The best part, you can stay stocked up and never have an annoying crunch time run to the store because you are out of ink. When a paper is due, or tickets need to be printed, you will be prepared. All you need is your printer model number. You can probably see that while you are ordering online.

To ensure that you place the order to suit your needs, follow these simple steps now.

Go to Clickinks.com

Type in your printer model number in the pink search bar

 

You will then be taken to a printer specific page, or if we need more information, we will list additional options to get you there.

On the printer page, you can verify the name of your printer model at the top. If you own this printer, your best option will be shown at the top. If you are looking for additional options, scroll down. When you find what you are looking for, click the quantity arrow above Add to cart.

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have selected the quantity of ink cartridges you would like to order, click Add to cart. If you need additional cartridges, continue shopping, otherwise you can proceed to view the cart & checkout.

Do you have a promotional code? At this time you can enter a Coupon Code, if you would like to use one.

Hint: Coupon Code: BLOGTIPS will apply 5% off your order of our inks.

Go ahead and enter this promotional code, then click "Apply Coupon: Click Here" to deduct your discount. If everything looks correct in your cart, click the arrow to proceed to our secure checkout.

Have you registered with our website yet? If not, now is the time to provide your name and email address, so that you can access your account when needed. If you have done this before, existing customers only need to enter their email address and password to login.

Once registered or logged in, you will be taken to Checkout. Enter your address for billing, and shipping if different.

Note: Shipping is free to street addresses in the continental US when you spend just $30.

Please scroll down to the Payment Method section. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-706 INKS or email contactus@clickinks.com prior to placing your order. If you have ordered from us previously, you may see loyalty points, in this case you can click the green button to apply those now. Please review the total, enter your payment information, and then click the blue Place order button.

Most orders ship out within 1 business day. As soon as your order ships, we will send you an email with a tracking number.

Other questions regarding ordering? Just let us know!

How to Install a HP Printer Without a Disk

19. August 2011 09:35 by Neeru in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

When installing a printer, it can be frustrating to find out you’ve lost or misplaced the installation disc. New Hewlett Packard (HP) printers should come prepackaged with a cd to make the installation process easy. However, used printers may not come with the cd, resulting in a manual installation. Learning how to install HP printer without disk can be easily achieved in less than ten minutes. Follow these simple directions to install HP printer without cd. Plug and Play can be used on Windows operating systems to automatically configure and install new devices.

This technology can be used for [HP printer installation without cd]. Place the printer near the computer and ensure that all required wires are connected to both the printer and computer. Most HP printers will require a USB cord that attaches from the back of the printer to the appropriate port on the computer.

The printer will also need to be plugged into an electrical outlet for power. First turn the computer monitor and tower on and allow it to load to the Windows desktop. Next, press the power button on the printer. In some cases, the “Add Printer Wizard” may appear on its own. If not, locate the “Printers and Hardware” icon on your computers “Control Panel”. After double-clicking on the icon, choose “Add Printer”. Once the “Add Printer Wizard” appears, click “Next”. To [install HP printer without cd], choose the “Automatically detect and install plug and play printer” option.

If the printer network is found by your computer, the printer will install automatically. However, if the computer is unable to install automatically, a pop-up will appear and you will be prompted to manually install the printer. Click “Next” to manually install the printer and select a printer port (choose recommended port if you are unsure). Next, choose the manufacturer of the printer and click “Next”.

Type a name for your printer and set it as “Default”. On the final page, you will be prompted to print a test page to ensure your newly installed printer is working. Click “Finish” to close the printer wizard. Plug and Play is a simple way to install HP printer without cd. While misplacing important installation discs can become a problem, most devices can be easily installed using automatic device wizards found on your computer.

How Does a Printer Work

14. July 2011 10:36 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

We use our desktop printers every day, but do you really know what happens to deliver an image from your computer to that piece of paper? No matter what type of document you are printing, whether it is a letter, spreadsheet, PDF or a photo, and no matter what type of printer you are using, whether it’s a Xerox Work Center or HP Photo Smart printer, there are some similarities in how your printer works. There is software responsible for sending the data to the printer; this software is known as the printer 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 main types of printers, the laser printer and the inkjet printer.

How a Laser Printer works:

The laser printers functions are based on static electricity. A revolving drum unit receives an electrical charge from a wire that is called a charge corona, while it spins a tiny laser beam shining across its surface to discharge at various points to create the image on the drum.

Once the image is set, the printer puts positively charged toner powder 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 through the fusers, which are just heated rollers.  As the paper passes through, 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 minuscule 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 an actual print head which has several nozzles that spray drops of ink.

There are two types of inkjet printers:

Bubble Jet Printer:  The resistors create heat, which 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 crystals are 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 about your printer?  Just let us know!

How to save on printing

We are all trying to save money these days, so here are some of our best tips on how to cut your printing costs in half by taking simple steps like shopping around for the best price, emailing your documents instead of printing them out and using duplex printing.

Don’t spend too much on ink

You can shop around and compare prices on printer ink. You will usually find the best prices, discounts and widest selection on-line. Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are the best price at the highest quality, you will find remanufactured cartridges less than half the price of OEM while performing better than refilled or compatible cartridges.  Clickinks.com is known for low priced remanufactured ink and toner cartridges.

Print in economy mode

Next thing is changing your printing preference; how is this going help me save on my printing cost? By changing your printing preferences to print fit to page, change your current resolution to 300 DPI, change you toner saver on, set to economy mode and change your printing settings to text or even draft instead of photo. Once you have changed your printer preferences then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.

Duplex Printing

If your printer has a duplex option, you can print on both the front and back of paper.  Many office printers even have the option of automatic duplexing.  This will cut your paper costs in half. 

Consider your Font

Switching to Calibri, Times New Roman or another narrow font and not using bold effects also means that you use less ink with each letter you print.  For more information on Ink Saving Fonts, see our earlier blog.

Email your documents

Are you sharing documents with other co workers? Everything doesn’t need to be printed, many times you can send them by email instead of printing them out, saving time, money, ink and the trees. Only print out what you need, for example let’s say that you have a memo or announcement you can just print the document once and then post it up somewhere everyone can see.

When you aim to save money, you end up spending less on ink or toner, putting less strain on your printer so it lasts longer, saving trees and keeping empty ink cartridges out of the environment.

What is Toner

What is Toner?

Toner is an electrically-charged powder used in laser printers and photocopiers.  It is used to form text or images.  In its early form it was simply carbon powder.  Later the manufactures added polymers to improve the quality of printing.  The two main ingredients of toner powder are now pigment and polymer. The role of the pigment is fairly obvious, it provides the coloring (black, in a monochrome printer) that fills in the text and images. The use of polymer varies by manufacturers and even by printer model.  Some of the most common polymers are styrene acrylate copolymer, polyester resin and styrene butadiene copolymer. 

The formulation of toners can also vary in granule size and melting point. The particle size of toners has reduced from a 14–16 micrometers to 8–10 micrometers (600 dots per inch resolution) to improve resolution.  The smaller the particle, the more accurate the color reproduction and efficiency. Uniform shapes are also a great factor when talking about improving the quality of the printout.  Further reductions in particle size producing further improvements in resolution are being developed through the application of new technologies.

In earlier machines, this low-cost carbon toner was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine. Current machines feed directly from a sealed cartridge. To save money and keep cartridges from piling up in landfills, empty cartridges can be refilled or even better, remanufactured.  Remanufactured cartridges refill the empty toner cartridges and the quality remanufactured cartridges like found at Clickinks.com also replace all used or worn parts. 

Ink Poisoning: Is your beloved family member at risk

Ink Poisoning: Is your beloved family member at risk?

How many of you have a treasured K-9 companion? Here is some information that you need to know about ink poisoning. Dogs are curious creatures by nature, and they love to explore their environments. Unfortunately these explorations consist of sniffing and licking everything, even if it may prove to be harmful to them.  As a responsible dog owner we need to dog proof our homes like we would do for a baby.  Beware of some of the signs that could indicate ingestion of poisonous substance and what to do in case of emergency.

Ink ingredients

The ingredients in ink are a mixture of dyes and pigments, water and solvents. These ingredients are nonpoisonous if ingested in small amounts. If your dog chews on a pen, marker or empty cartridge, you will be relieved to know that there is no immediate cause to be alarmed.

Signs and Symptoms

Accidental ingestion of ink may not have any signs or symptoms besides the ink stains that are on the dog’s coat. You should still watch for other signs of ink poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, irritation around mouth and eyes, agitation, drooling, staggering, seizures or difficult breathing.

What to do

If you suspect your dog has ingested ink but isn’t showing any of the signs, just keep the dog under observation and contact your vet as soon as possible. If there isn’t any sign of illness then a trip to the vet may not even be necessary, but you should contact your vet for some professional advice or you may get in touch with your animal poison control at 888-426-4435 or
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/ .  If your dog is losing consciousness or is unconscious, having seizures or difficulties breathing please take your dog to the vet or emergency clinic immediately.

First-Aid

If your dog has gotten ink on him or her fur, clean the dogs coat with mild dishwasher fluid this will prevent him or her licking him or herself. Your vet may give your dog activated charcoal hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting if needed.

Prevention

To prevent your dog from getting ink poisoning in the first place, please keep your dog’s environment neat, clean and safe. Teaching your dog the common command of “leave it” can also help prevent an accident.

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!

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.

Ink Saving Fonts









 

Did you know that different fonts use differing amounts of ink to create the same characters? The examples listed above are all the same size and none of them have been set to bold. It becomes very obvious when you look at the examples side by side. This very text you are reading is in the Times New Roman font. You would potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri as opposed to Broadway or Bauhaus 93. A monetary savings in the thousands could be possible for larger organizations. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay has asked users to switch to Century Gothic for all printed documents. They have also switched their campus wide e-mail to Century Gothic. "The feedback we've gotten so far has been positive…Century Gothic is very readable." The school of 6,500 students was spending about $100,000 per year on ink and toner cartridges.

Recently a popular website tested different fonts for their ink-friendly ways, and Century Gothic and Times New Roman came out on top. Century Gothic uses approximately thirty percent less ink than Arial. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines. A font with ‘light’ or ‘narrow’ in its name generally uses less ink that its ‘bold’ counterpart said Thom Brown, an ink researcher with Hewlett Packard. Additionally, serif fonts, those with short horizontal strokes at the top and bottom of the characters, tend to use thinner lines and therefore less ink than a sans serif counterpart.

Now here is where things get a little confusing and not so cut and dry. While changing fonts may help you use less ink and buy fewer ink cartridges, it’s not necessarily the best decision for the environment. That’s because some fonts that use less ink are also wider. A document that’s approximately one page in length in the Arial font could possibly extend onto a second page when printed with Century Gothic. UW-Green Bay said research suggests that the monetary cost of ink is the main cost of a printout. The environmental cost of the additional paper used when printing with these reduced ink fonts is higher. Maybe the individual characters use less ink, but if you're using more paper, that's not so green, is it?

Other tips for reducing printing costs includes printing in ‘draft mode’ whenever possible and re-use and print on both sides of a piece of paper for those drafts. Always use print preview to eliminate wasting pages on useless text, like unwanted images and copyright lines. The use of an ink saving font is just another technique when you’re trying to consider the environmental impact of your printing habits.

So what is the best way to save on printing costs and help the environment? Simple, buy your ink and toner from http://www.clickinks.com/. The use of remanufactured ink cartridges helps to reduce the number of empty cartridges that are disposed of into landfills. Our high quality, low cost remanufactured cartridges are great for both the environment and your bottom line.