A Guide To Printer Ink Expiration

Have you ever printed a document only to realize that its ink did not perform the way you expected it? Have you ever seen the ink of the document wearing out and fading especially at the end of the page? We understand how frustrating it can get to have your ink faded, run out, or even dry out, especially if you need to print an important document. It makes it worse when you need the document at a crucial time only to find out that your printer is not working. If you have experienced any of the above, continue reading to find out all about printer ink expiration and how it works.

Ink Cartridge Warranty Date vs. Ink Cartridge Expiration Date

When you purchase a new ink cartridge, there are two dates that you might spot. These dates include the ink cartridge expiration date and the ink cartridge warranty date. Each manufacturer has a different warranty date, but in most cases, it lasts for one year from the date of purchase. 

What Is the Lifespan of Ink Cartridges?

In most cases, a brand-new ink cartridge can last for six months. Brands such as Epson encourage users to replace cartridges every six months as the ink starts to dry up after that period of time. Here are some tips to help your ink cartridges last as long as possible:

  • Avoid printing documents with large or bold fonts. Printing large or bold fonts will cause your ink cartridge to deplete faster.
  • Do try to store your cartridge inside your printer at all times.
  • If you have taken your ink cartridge out of your printer, be sure to store its nozzles in an air-sealed plastic container.
  • To maintain the humidity levels, leave a damp cloth in the tank of the printer.

How Can I Tell if My Ink Has Expired?

In most cases, most documents will not print if the ink cartridge has expired. However, a clear telltale sign is to spot if your pages come out blotchy, patchy, or completely blank. You can also check if your printer display has a notification, informing you to replace your ink cartridge.

How Much Ink Should I Buy?

To manage your ink cartridges well, be sure to use up the oldest ink cartridge first. Based on the needs and capacity of your printer’s tank, purchase only what it needs to prevent expiration from occurring. 

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Here at OEM Connect, we offer an array of printers for you to choose from, solely based on your needs. As a business partner carrying some of the world’s printing brands, we understand what is best for you and will advise you accordingly. We also have a team of professionals to guide you before you make an important purchase with us whether you are a dealer or distributor. As one of the top wholesalers and distributors in the country, we are the most trusted surplus toner buyer in the US. For more information regarding our services, contact us today!