If you are using a solid ink printer, which is also known as ‘phase change ink’ or ‘hot melt ink’, you may know all ready that solid ink printers are actually less expensive than a laser printer on a per-page basis. And solid ink is made to last longer than any toner before it. Here are some handy tips to help you cut expenses further by making your solid ink last even longer.
1. Keep the printer in standby mode
A solid ink printer does take longer to warmer up than a Laser printer. Having the printer in standby mode reduces the warm up time. The printer is ready to utilize the ink efficiently, at a temperature called for by the manufacturer. You’ll waste less ink and time if the printer is not cold.
2. Plug into a backup power supply, not a wall plug-in
Every time the a solid ink printer loses power it will dump the ink from the print head’s holding tanks into the waste tray. It is impossible to recover the lost ink, it will be thrown out with the waste tray when it’s changed. This is a total waste of ink, and money! It may cost a little extra to buy an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), but if your electricity frequently goes down, it will be worth the investment.
3. Store your paper properly
If you store your paper in an unheated room, you’re going to be wasting ink when the paper is first used because solid ink printers work most efficiently with paper kept in a cool atmosphere.
4. Adjust the print quality settings
Are you using photo quality printing for text print out? This wastes ink – a lot! Always adjust the print quality setting to get the most efficient trade off of quality vs. toner consumption.
5. Be smart, buy a better product to start with
Some manufactures offer solid ink that does not require toner recycling because there is no toner waste. Laser toner waste is inevitable even when the cartridges are shaken endlessly to free up anything that may be left in the product. You may save a dollar at the checkout, but when your ink doesn’t perform or last as well as it could, you’re not saving money.
Saving money does not have to be labor intensive or a threat to the environment. Solid ink is environmentally friendly, nontoxic and eliminates the problem of handling dirty leaking toners for recycling. Solid ink sticks do not rub off on hands or clothing and requires very little attention from you once you observe the few simple guidelines above.