Know How Your Ink Cartridges Work
By Joyce Calloway for InkMart.com, Copyright 2009
It is important to know how your printer cartridges work, why is this? If you ever encounter a problem the knowledge of the basic operability of these cartridges can allow you to quickly find any potential problems. On many printer cartridges there is a series of circuits as well as a print head. At the bottom of the ink jet cartridge there are many nozzles that work in series, there can be from 50 to hundreds of these small nozzles. This is amazing as each of these nozzles is smaller in diameter than a strand of someone’s hair. These nozzles are then empowered by their connection to a resistor. This resistor will heat the ink at the right time so that it can be sprayed onto the paper. What happens is when the ink is heated up, it will form a bubble; when this bubble is then quickly cooled, it will burst. This bursting bubble will then be directed through the nozzles and onto the paper where it will make the impression or text that you want. Because this heating and cooling and happens so fast, many thousands of ink drops per second can be formed. This is how the quickness of ink jet printing allows for so many pages to be printed quickly.
When your ink cartridge finally runs out of ink, you have 2 main options. First, you can purchase an ink cartridge refill kit and refill the cartridge yourself. This will allow you to reuse your inkjet cartridge and significantly reduce your printing costs. Or the other option available is that you could purchase a compatible printer inkjet cartridge. These replacement cartridges are manufactured to the same standards as the original cartridge and are a cost effective option. Studies have shown that the heating element and the nozzles continue to work even after the cartridges ink has run out. Because of this it is possible to refill your printers cartridge with ink, one online source for these refill kits as well as ink cartridges is InkMart.com. But keep in mind that InkMart sells new OEM, remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges and laser toners at such discounted prices, that you might opt to save your time refilling your cartridges yourself, and they have recycling programs in place for your old cartridges.
Keep in mind that the print head and its circuitry are usually in the ink cartridge, not in the actual printer itself. Eventually though your ink cartridge will wear out. If you begin seeing streaks or areas on the page where the ink doesn’t print, it may well be time for another inkjet cartridge. Even if you still have ink in the cartridge, the cartridges heating element will get old and prevent a quality print from being possible. At this time you will not be able to refill your cartridge, instead you will need to go and buy another replacement unit.. And once you have this cartridge you will be able to use it and then refill it between 5-7 times, it will vary with each type pf cartridge. Now that you know about how an ink jet cartridge works, you can save money two ways. Purchase compatible cartridges and refill them up to seven times or buy a quality aftermarket cartridge. Good Luck!