Ink jet printers are non-impact printers that form graphic images and
characters by spraying tiny liquid ink drops onto sheets of paper.
An ink jet printer's print head mechanism contains ink-filled cartridges,
each of which has from fifty to several hundred small ink nozzles.
Ink is propelled through a combination of nozzles to form a printed image
or character on paper. Most ink jet cartridges use thermal printing
technologies in which a tiny drop of ink is quickly heated and vaporized
to form an expanding ink bubble and expel a tiny ink droplet through the
ink nozzle. Epson printer cartridges use a piezoelectric printing
technique, in which a tiny crystal, expanded by means of a momentary
electric current, expels the tiny ink droplet through the nozzle.
Most ink jet printers feature a black ink cartridge and one or more color
ink cartridges. When a cartridge's ink supply is exhausted, the
cartridge can be easily replaced.
HP, Epson, Canon, and Lexmark each offer replacement ink cartridges for
their ink jet printers. However, these OEM cartridges are expensive,
and there are several ways to save on ink jet printing costs. The
greatest savings are generally available by recycling your cartridges,
either by refilling them yourself or by sending them to a company to have
them refilled and sent back to you. Substantial savings are also
available by buying remanufactured or compatible printer cartridges.
However, ink cartridges from third-party suppliers may contain inferior
quality ink that fades faster than the ink in OEM ink jet cartridges.
If you purchase OEM ink cartridges for your printer, the Imaging Supplies
Coalition suggests buying them from original equipment manufacturers or
from one of their authorized resellers. Counterfeit ink cartridges
can leak ink, ruin prints, and damage your printer. The ink jet
cartridge suppliers listed on Ink-Jet-Cartridges.us offer an extensive
selection of ink refills and cartridges for many popular printer models.
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Ink Cartridge Resources and Reviews
- Beware Bogus Printer Ink
is a PC World article that warns of problems associated with counterfeit cartridges.
- Cheap Ink Probed
is a PC World article that reviews the pros and cons of third-party ink cartridges.
- Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC)
is a non-profit trade association comprised of printer manufacturers and
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of consumable imaging supplies
such as printer ribbons, toner, ink, and cartridges.
Related Printer and Computing Sites
- Visit Color Printers to
find ink jet printing and laser color printing equipment.
- Visit Computer Supplies
to find digital storage media and printer supplies.
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