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Tips for Using Remanufactured Ink
Posted by Ink Oasis on 11/29/2011 to Inkjet Printer Ink
As you may be aware, many people looking to save money on inkjet cartridges are looking to remanufactured ink to help them achieve this goal. Basically, when you buy remanufactured ink, you are actually purchasing a cartridge that has been refilled with new ink. Even though the ink does not come directly from the manufacturer, it is supposed to produce the exact same level of quality as you would get from a licensed cartridge.

Buying Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

It is very important to realize that buying color remanufactured ink for Canon printers or other printers is far more difficult than buying black ink. For example, if you are going to print a page text in black, it will not matter if the ink color is a bit different from what you would normally see.  As long as the letters are crisp and sharp, the page will still look fine. On the other hand, when it comes to color remanufactured ink, your printer is actually programmed to make millions of colors out of just three colors. This is accomplished by overlaying dots of color. If the color shades and ink saturation values are even the slightest bit different from the manufacturer brand, remanufactured ink can look downright disgusting.

Refilling Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

When you want to save the most money on remanufactured ink, you should do what you can to refill your own cartridges.  During this process you should:

    Make sure that you buy a brand of ink that is compatible with your printer. This will reduce the risk of nozzle clogging and will also preserve the lifespan of the internal sponge
    Make sure you have a chip resetter on hand if the printer uses a chip to calculate ink levels
    Always protect table surfaces and floors from possible ink spills

When to Use Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

If you are going to use black remanufactured ink cartridges for inkjet or laser printers, you can usually use them for just about all your printing needs. That said, you may still want to use a cartridge from the manufacturer if you are going to print graphs, images, or anything else where the overall quality of the print and the image clarity are very important. When it comes to color remanufactured ink, you can still use this for in-house printing, or draft printing. On the other hand, if you want the most from photos or other high quality images, you can either buy a regular cartridge, or simply take the files to a local store for printing.  As a general rule of thumb, if you do not do much color printing, the latter will offer a better solution than remanufactured ink.

Even though remanufactured ink can help you save a good bit of money, it will not work for every situation. Invariably, if you want to make a good impression on others, you may find it best to purchase a good quality cartridge from the manufacturer. That said, if you tend not to do much printing of this type, it might be far more cost effective to have pages printed as needed at a local store.
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