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What tricks do you know to extend the life of an ink-jet ink cartridge?

Asked by ibstubro (10693 points ) January 24th, 2014

I rarely use my printer, and find that it probably costs me at least $1 per page as a consequence.

I’ve considered removing the cartridge, putting it in a freezer bag, the putting it in the freezer. Obviously, that would require thawing, but since I print so seldom, I’m okay with that?

Any input or other tips to save the ink?

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johnpowell's avatar

Funny thing. A few weeks ago I had to get my proof of income to see the doctor and that proof was on my sisters iPhone. There was a FedEx place a block away and they printed it out for her. I think she had to email it to them. But it was pretty cheap.

talljasperman's avatar

I would warm it up to room temperature, plus a bit, chemical reactions go faster with warmth. Edit I’m sorry you were asking how to preserve your ink not to use the last drop, I would go with keeping in the fridge but not the freezer. As an experiment tell us how it worked and we can get to see science in action.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

If it is an HP printer there is an expiration date embedded in the cartridge it may cause it to hesitate and not print if it is past the date.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m rural, @johnpowell, and if my phone was any dumber, it wouldn’t fit in my pocket. Not even my coat. But thanks, I understand the concept of just paying a service to print for me.

I could leave it on the counter for a day after the freezer for all I print, @talljasperman. I was thinking to do just that (put mine in the freezer), but the S/O collected the cartridge. Perhaps tomorrow I can begin ‘Mr. Wizard, the 21st Century.”

HP is now telling us, “You are using a previously installed cartridge,” @Tropical_Willie. As in, “Your butt is your own, but print away!” I have 2 printers in my house that use the same (IN THEORY) cartridge.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The best trick I did was to get it to flip a couple of 360’s as I chucked it in the garbage. I replaced it with a black and white laser jet. If I want color for photos I just let walmart print them. It’s much cheaper.

ibstubro's avatar

I need to get a laser jet, @ARE_you_kidding_me. The only color cartridge that’s ever been in my printer was the one that came with it when it was new, quite a long time ago.

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