How to make optimum use of your ink cartridge
Yeah! We know that! Ink cartridges that we use day in and day out with our inkjet printers really make a hole in our pockets. They are damn expensive. Even if we talk about the generic ones, no average earning individual can afford to buy them every day. Though, remanufactured cartridges are comparatively cheaper to own, yet there is always a question on their reliability. To add to that, ink cartridges don’t do our environment any favor as well. The plastic material required to make ink cartridges is a pollutant to the core. And to top it all, this plastic material takes more than 500 years to crumble. Henceforth, it’s our duty to make judicious use of the ink cartridges that we use.
Here are certain easy to follow suggestions on how exactly we can save on our ink cartridges:
Only print what you need:
Always remember to print only what you need and not what you want. If a portion of a text is required, only print that. To do so, while printing, make maximum use of the “Selection” option. It is also advisable to put some thought in what your print.
Make Print Preview your buddy:
While printing, it’s imperative that you preview every page that your print. Print Preview gives a clear cut idea on how the page will look on paper, so, it’s worth scanning every page of the document via this feature.
Print text over graphics:
This tip specially applies in case printouts are only required for future reference. If an image or a graphic is not needed, it’s always worth to omit it from the document.
Use color ink sparingly:
It is always advised to leave the color printout for the final document only. For regular use, it is always worth to use black ink as far as possible. This tip specially applies to students who regularly make use of their printer for project reports.
Keep your cartridges alive:
Although you might not require printing a lot every day, it is always worthwhile to print something with both color and black and white ink once every week. Just print something. Don’t let your ink cartridges go dry. Or else, your printer might just ditch you when you need it the most.
Use the Draft setting:
Again if you require printouts for future reference only, it is always imperative to print using the Draft quality mode only. Although, the print won’t be as dark as it is in Normal quality, yet it would significantly save on ink consumption. Follow this link to know more.
Power down your printer the right way
It’s advisable to power down your printer, the right way. Let the print heads move to the right position before you power the printer off or else the ink will dry up faster. To do so, always use the printer’s own power off and on switch rather than plugging it off from the main source.
Clean the printer ink nozzles regularly:
The printer ink nozzles of an ink jet printer dispense into the ink and use a spray function to put ink on paper. If these nozzles are not cleaned up, they may experience build-up of dried ink and become clogged. Therefore, it is always advised to clean the nozzle heads every few weeks or more regularly if a heavy printer is utilized. Refer to the inline video to know as to how you can clean your ink nozzles.
Completely use your ink cartridge:
It is always essential that once you’ve bought an ink cartridge, it should be consumed completely. Even if the printer prompts that the ink level is low, keep using it. You can also take out the ink cartridge, shake it well and reinsert it. By following this simple procedure, all ink clogs would be done away and your cartridge could yield many more printouts than you would have imagined at the first place.
In case you plan to upgrade to a new printer, it is always noble to gift the printer to someone who may need it in your family; say a younger cousin in school. You can also donate the printer to an NGO as charity. It’s a way of getting your ink cartridge used completely.
Henceforth, by adhering to these simple to follow steps, you can make optimum usage of your ink cartridge.
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