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What is a Toner Cartridge?

Toner is a reasonably familiar substance to most people working in offices or for companies that have office photocopy machines and big industrial printers. These machines inevitably use toner to form images and text onto a sheet of media, usually being a plain white piece of paper. In other words the toner acts with the same purpose ink has, although ink is an aqueous solution whereas toner is in the form of powdery, dust-like solids. And due to the fact toner is a powder, cartridges should not be shaken as the material can spread through the air and adhere to unwanted surfaces, permanently dying them. Before handling any toner cartridge, make sure you are aware of the potential dangers and health risks involved with these units by clicking here.

In its early form, toner was a mix of carbon powder, iron oxide, and sugar. Eventually, to improve the quality of the printout, the carbon was melt-mixed with a polymer. The polymer is a thermoplastic that now comprises about 40 to 95 percent of the toner mixture and is crucial to binding and carrying colorant to the drum unit and substrate. The polymer is often referred to as the “binder” being able to hold the toner powder mixture together, carrying the powder to the transfer belt or drum unit, and holding the mixture in place for the heated fuser rollers to bind the powder to the paper with heat and pressure.

To better understand this process, let’s take a look at the different components that make up a toner cartridge and their functions. A basic toner cartridge contains several parts; one common component in each cartridge is the hopper which houses the toner powder until being picked up by a magnetic developer roller. The magnetic developer roller is a cylindrical sleeve used to transfer image forming toner powder particles to an image forming drum unit. This roller protrudes partially into the hopper and has several magnetic beads inside that will attract the toner powder mixture from the hopper to the roller during the printing process. As this piece rolls, the picked up toner is brushed against the drum unit.

The drum unit, having a greater static attraction, will once again pull the toner powder but this time from the magnetic developer roller. Any excess powder on the developer roller will be scrapped off with an MDR Doctor Blade before passing by the drum unit. The MDR Doctor Blade is a precision leveling blade that is designed to keep only one layer of toner powder on the developer roller. This ensures more evenly distributed toner and helps to prevent the drum and toner cartridge from clogging. The magnetic developer roller also has a secondary blade, known as the MDR Sealing Blade, to clean off any powder left on the surface of the roller after passing by the drum and before rotating back into the hopper section.

The drum unit itself is sometimes included with the toner cartridge in 2 in 1 or all inclusive toner cartridges. And whether the drum unit is a separate unit or has been included with the toner cartridge, the drum serves the same purpose. The drum is a photoconductive cylinder that contains a laser neutralized image of the project about to be printed out. A laser will actually neutralize parts of the drum unit, based off the desired image about to be printed. The neutralized parts of the drum will not be able to attract toner, which is how the drum forms an image, only being able to attract toner where desired on the image. Once the drum unit has picked up the toner powder from the developer rollers, the unit will then transfer them immediately to the paper substrate passing through the machine.

To keep the drum unit charged, a primary charge roller inside the toner cartridge rests against the unit, recharging the drum and eliminating neutralized areas of the unit. The drum also has a cleaning blade know as the Organic Photoconductor Wiper Blade. Any extra toner left on the surface of the drum unit after transferring the powder to the paper will be scrapped of by the wiper blade into the waste container. The last part to creating a printout involves the fuser rollers and some assisting transfer rollers that drive the media through the machine and are usually separately sold components that do not need to be exchanged as frequently as toner cartridges or even drum units.

All these components are necessary pieces to having a functional toner cartridge that can produce images onto a piece of paper using pigmented polymers, colorants, and carbons as the ink or image forming material being adhered to media. The current laser toner cartridge powders are comprised of a mixture of colorant pigments, external additives, and wax substances in addition to the binding polymers. The external additives can be iron oxide molecules, chemical release agents, charge control agents, and flow agents all designed to keep the mixture at optimal functioning compositions. Many toners now have protective wax coatings encapsulating each toner powder particle for longer lasting printouts and resistances to smudging and blurring.

Refilling Ink

Is refilling ink cartridges the right choice for you? Refilling cartridges has its advantages and disadvantages depending on where and how it is done. There are several options to consider before making the decision to refill cartridges. The point is, of course, to obtain the best deal, without having to spend so much time on the project as to negate the savings through your own manual labor. That is the tricky part, but knowing what type of kit to buy and how to fill your cartridges can make all the difference.

There are two main types of ink compositions from long-lasting pigmented inks like ChromaLife 100+, DURABrite Ultra pigments, Vivera Inks, and UltraChrome inks, to bolder dye-based concoctions found in most inkjet printers today. The pigmented inks are made up to tiny encapsulated particles that sit on top of a substrate instead of absorbing or sinking into the page like dye-based inks. This helps with placement and overall resistance for printouts that have finer line detail and last longer without fading. However, due to the rather complex chemical formulation, pigment based inks are not refillable (for the time being). So inevitably, ink refill kits are going to be dye-based mixtures in three colors and one shade.

Luckily most refill kits are sold specifically for certain printer models or by the number found on the original cartridge. The color refill kits contain a cyan (blue), magenta (red / pink), and yellow ink bottle each with an accompanying syringe or plunger to transport the liquid from the bottle to the cartridge. The black ink refill kits also contain a bottle or two with accompanying syringes and / or plungers to help streamline the process. When filling a cartridge at home or by yourself, make sure to watch instructional videos or thoroughly read the instructions provided with the purchased refill kit.

Each kit has some similar steps such as working over paper towels and placing or peeling back a guide sticker to direct the insertion of the syringe or plunger, but they all vary slightly. The instructions will provide helpful tips to prevent the cartridges from overflowing or being pierced in an incorrect spot which can lead to leaking. Once a cartridge has been filled, the instructions will most likely suggest letting the cartridge sit for a moment, before doing a final wipe clean and inserting the piece into your machine, to allow any excess ink to drip out.

Taking a cartridge to major store chains such as Costco, Walgreens, and Office Max to be refilled may seem like an easy alternative to refilling the cartridge yourself but beware. The employees have no formal training in office supplies or how ink cartridges work. They are simply minimum wage workers with no prior experience refilling ink or toner. And frequently, customers end up with messy components that leak after taking them to be refilled at the chain corporations.  

Before ordering a refill kit, be sure to check out the directions or steps associated with the particular kit. This will help you get an approximate understanding of how much time the entire process will take. If the steps are only going to save you a couple dollars but take an hour to complete, the refill kit may not be the way to go. However, if you have a chance to save tens of dollars and the steps do not seem cumbersome or time consuming, the Refill Kit can be the most advantageous. The Refill Kits provide enough liquid to fill the cartridges multiple times (around 4 to 8 times each) which can significantly reduce the cost to operate your printing machine.

The Final, and perhaps easiest way to obtain a refilled cartridge is to simply buy a Remanufactured ink cartridge. Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are simply refilled cartridges that have been returned or recycled to the vendor. The difference between filling an ink cartridge yourself and having the factory do it, is the testing steps. At the factory, all the cartridges have been cleaned and inspected before and after being refilled to ensure defective products do not get shipped out. They also have the volume to simply throw out or disregard any cartridges that can lead to potential issues. 

Ink or Toner?

Ink and toner share many similar aspects, both being able to administer color and black pigment onto media forming specified characters and integrated images that make up a printout. Each is comprised of three main elements, a vehicle, a pigment, and a holding cell. Both laser printers and inkjet printers also come in a variety types from All-In-One devices, being able to print, scan, copy, and fax, to monochrome machines that were designed to handle black and white or grayscale only printouts. These machines can be used for the same purposes, having the ability to complete nearly any type of printout, although toner and ink have distinct advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of printing you are performing. To help better understand which type of printer will be more beneficial, we have to first understand to main properties of ink and toner.

Printing ink is a liquid or paste based solution used to create shapes and patterns onto the substrate. The liquid solution is housed in a reservoir within the cartridge until being forced to the release chamber(s). Once inside the release chambers an impulse will trigger a reactive element embedded to the chamber to forcibly jet out or drop the pigment through a nozzle and out onto the media. The reaction will also force new droplets into the chamber for rapid reproduction.

Toner is a type of concentrated pigment or dye-based powder used in laser printers to complete the electrophotographic process. The powder is stored within the cartridge compartment known as the hopper. The powder in the hopper is a carbon-based polymer that will attract and repel from particular static electrical charges which is the key to applying the powder to the substrate. A transfer roller will pick up the oppositely charged toner particles from the hopper and roll the particles against an imaging drum unit that has an even greater opposite electrical charge. The laser printer will create a light impression on the drum successfully creating a magnetic impression for the toner to attract to. Once the toner is placed onto the media, a pair of fusing rollers will actually melt the powder into the page to create the desired images.

There are three main properties to consider when choosing whether to print with toner or ink, including how they dry, the structural design, and the optical output. With a laser toner printer, the fusing rollers will burn the toner that has been layered on the substrate to adhere the particles to the page. Inkjets will apply an ink solution that rapidly dries being exposed to the room temperature air. The speed at which the ink will dry varies, depending on the added drying or thermal agent inside the ink mixture.

The cartridges are also made in completely different sizes and shapes, with toners generally being much bigger in size due to the amount of components (or pieces) needed to apply the pigmented polymers. And having an entire roller covered in particles that spans the size of the accepted media and a drum unit that holds an image, allows the laser toner to swiftly reproduce that same image, which is ideal for printing out multiple copies of one page. Inkjet printers will slowly render and apply ink as the cartridges pass over the media to help capture fine details, making them better for single page printing.

Toners are made and formed with very specific particle solutions and processes that pertain to the particular printer model. For example, some toner particles can be shaped by a vortex procedure giving each grain a rounded shape, whereas the more typical chemically created particles contain jagged edges and can damage rollers that are made to transport rounded particles. Therefore, most toner cartridges will only work with a specific printer or series of printers. The inkjet cartridges, on the other hand, are often interchangeable with several printer series and even manufacturers. When the ink formulations are changed, the viscosity is usually balanced between inkjets allowing almost any printer to apply the contained ink as long as the cartridges have the same size and shape.

In general Inkjets will be able to produce higher quality images and photographs, whereas the toner particles are able to create higher quality text documents. The laser toners will also be able to produce more printouts due to the sheer amount of pigment able to be held by the toner cartridges as opposed to the ink cartridges. Ink cartridges are typically more expensive when comparing the cost to print per page although they can provide a wider color gamut to work with and added definition. So depending on what types of printing you are performing more of, will determine the type of printer and cartridges that will be more beneficial. For the photograph enthusiast, inkjets are recommended for added detail. To create multiple copies of a single page or text documents, a laser toner printer and toner cartridges will be better for your overall printing needs.

HP Color LaserJet 3500N Review

The HP Color LaserJet 3500N is a powerful and reliable workgroup printer ideal for the small business or office environment.  This is a substantial office machine that will be able to produce up to 12 pages per minute for black and white documents and matching up to 12 pages per minute for color projects.  Printouts will come out with respectable quality, in resolutions up to 600 x 600 dpi.  This durable HP printer comes equipped with a USB interface and fast Ethernet capabilities for simple set-up and connectivity to multiple computers.  And with individual HP Laser Toner cartridges, you take control of toner usage, only replacing the cartridge that runs low or out.

The HP Color LaserJet 3500N toner cartridges contain HP ImageRE technology 2400, which recognizes text and graphical page elements to ensure perfect printing every time by automatically adjusting settings.  This machine can print onto different types of presentation papers including transparencies, envelopes, and glossy Photo Paper.  Being a workgroup printer, this device has a 250 sheet Input Tray and an additional 100 sheet Multipurpose Tray, perfect for regularly printing onto different types of media quickly and efficiently.  Another nice feature is the optional Duplex capabilities this printer has, allowing your company the print 2 sided documents. For the frequent users, this office machine will be able to handle up to 45,000 printouts each month.

In addition, inexpensive toner for HP printers is available in Remanufactured Laser Toner cartridges. For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured HP Q2670A Black Laser Toner cartridge, the Remanufactured HP Q2671A Cyan Laser Toner cartridge, the Remanufactured HP Q2672A Yellow Laser Toner cartridge, and the Remanufactured HP Q2673A Magenta Laser Toner cartridge.  Each Remanufactured toner cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 4,000 pages for the color toner cartridges and up to 6,000 pages for the black toner cartridge.

Canon ImageClass MF8170C Review

The Canon ImageClass MF8170C is a true Multifunction printer ideal for the busy office or workgroup, printing on a regular demand.  This printer will be able to produce prints with good speeds up to 16 pages per minute for black and white documents and up to 4 pages per minute for color projects.  With Canon’s Color Laser Beam Technology images will come out with high quality resolutions up to 2400 x 600 dpi.  This printer is also capable of scanning, copying, and faxing making it an all-in-one office assistant.  It comes with a USB interface and fast Ethernet capabilities for simple set-up and connectivity to multiple devices.

The Canon ImageClass MF8170c toner cartridges will eject Quick-Drying Pigments giving projects more resistance to water and smudging.  To help around the office, this printer has nice paper handling options, having a 250 sheet Input Tray as well as a 125 sheet Bypass Tray, perfect for printing onto specialty media.  The printer even contains a convenient 50 page Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted scanning, copying, or faxing of multiple pages.  Specialty paper such as transparencies, envelopes, and cardstock are compatible with this ImageClass printer.  In addition, this workgroup printer will be able to quickly send and receive documents with a Super G3 modem and up to 256 pages of memory.

Affordable toner cartridges for Canon are available in Remanufactured form and can drastically lower operational costs.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Canon EP-87BK Laser Toner 7433A005AA cartridge in black, the Remanufactured Canon EP-87C Laser Toner 7432A005AA cartridge in Cyan, the Remanufactured Canon EP-87M Laser Toner 7431A005AA cartridge in Magenta, the Remanufactured Canon EP-87Y Laser Toner 7430A005AA cartridge in Yellow, and the Remanufactured Canon EP-87DR Drum Unit cartridge. Also offered are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges in the Genuine Canon EP-87BK Laser Toner 7433A005AA cartridge in black, the Genuine  Canon EP-87C Laser Toner 7432A005AA cartridge in Cyan, the Genuine Canon EP-87M Laser Toner 7431A005AA cartridge in Magenta, the Genuine Canon EP-87Y Laser Toner 7430A005AA cartridge in Yellow, and the Genuine Canon EP-87DR Drum Unit cartridge.

HP LaserJet 4000TN Review

HP LaserJet 4000tn Workgroup Printer

HP LaserJet 4000tn Workgroup Printer

The HP LaserJet 4000tn is a Monochrome printer ideal for the small business or work environment.  The machine can print with good speeds up to 17 pages per minute. This LaserJet printer has several easy to use functions making it extremely user friendly and very simple to set up.  Having fast Ethernet capabilities and a Parallel interface allows multiple users to connect, share, and quickly printout projects.  The printer also has Optional Duplexing for users that want to create 2 sided printouts.  And with one individual HP toner cartridge, replacement becomes straightforward.

The HP LaserJet 4000TN toner cartridge will create high-quality documents with bold text and crisp graphics.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 1200 x 1200 dpi for sharp laser precision text documents.  The printer contains a 2 competent 250 sheet input trays to help handle large tasks.  In addition, the printer also has a 100 sheet multipurpose tray perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  Specialty paper such as transparencies, envelopes, and labels can be printed onto with this device.  This workhorse printer will be able to handle about 65,000 printouts a month, ideal for the small to mid-sized workgroup.

Cheap HP toner cartridges are offered in Remanufactured form and will drastically lower the cost of printing.  The best deal being offered is 3 Pack Combo of Remanufactured HP 27X High Yield C4127X Black Laser Toner cartridges.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured HP 27X High Yield Black C4127X Laser Toner cartridge and the Remanufactured HP C4127X Black MICR Toner cartridge 27X.  Also offered is the OEM cartridge in the Genuine HP 27A Black C4127A Laser Toner cartridge and the Genuine HP C4118-69011 Fuser assembly.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 13,000 printouts for High Yield toner and up to 10,000 printouts for MICR toner cartridges.

HP Color LaserJet 2605DTN Review

HP Color LaserJet 2605DTN Workgroup Printer

HP Color LaserJet 2605DTN Workgroup Printer

The HP Color Laserjet 2605DTN is a heavy duty, single-function workgroup printer ideal for the office or small business.  The printer comes equipped with fast Ethernet capabilities and a USB interface allowing multiple users to connect and print from one device.  It can produce up to 12 pages per minute for monochrome documents and up to 10 pages per minute for color projects.  The printer also has a built in Black-Lit LCD Display to help users navigate and select options for printing.  Despite the robust design, the printer is actually compact and will be able to fit easily onto any desktop. And with individual HP tonercartridges, you take control of toner usage, only replacing the color that runs low or out.

The HP Color Laserjet 2605DTN toner cartridges contain HP ImageRE technology, which recognizes text and graphical page elements to ensure perfect printing every time by automatically adjusting settings.  This machine can print onto different types of stationary including transparencies, glossy photo paper, recycled paper, and much more.  Being a workgroup printer, this device has a large 250 sheet Input Tray as well as a 250 sheet Multi-Purpose Tray, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper. This workgroup printer can produce up to 35,000 pages a month.  Photos and projects can be printed directly from you camera’s SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick, CompactFlash Card type II, CompactFlash Card type I, xD-Picture Card, and PictBridge enabled cameras without the need of a computer.

Cheap HP ink cartridges are available in Remanufactured form and can significantly lower the cost of printing.  The best value being offered is the 4 Pack Combo of Remanufactured HP cartridges containing 1 black Q6000A Laser Toner cartridge, 1 Cyan Q6001A Laser Toner cartridge, 1 Magenta Q6002A Laser Toner cartridge, and 1 Yellow Q6003A Laser Toner cartridge. For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured HP Q6000A Black Laser Toner cartridge, the Remanufactured HP Q6001A Cyan Laser Toner cartridge, the Remanufactured HP Q6002A Magenta Laser Toner cartridge, and the Remanufactured HP Q6003A Yellow Laser Toner cartridge.  Also offered are the original manufactured cartridges in the Genuine HP Q6000A Black Laser Toner cartridge, the Genuine Hp Q6001A Cyan Laser Toner cartridge, the Genuine HP Q6002A Magenta Laser Toner cartridge, and the Genuine HP Q6003A Yellow Laser Toner cartridge.

HP LaserJet M1319 Review

HP LaserJet M1319 Multifunction Printer

HP LaserJet M1319 Multifunction Printer

The HP LaserJet M1319 is a large Multifunction, Monochrome workgroup printer that can handle all your office’s document handling needs.  It has good printing speeds up to 19 pages per minute to help keep business productivity going.  This machine can also print with professional quality resolutions up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.  This printer has the ability to print, scan, copy, and fax with up to 32MB of memory. And with one individual Kyocera toner cartridge, replacement becomes quick and easy. The printer comes standard with a USB interface for connectivity and set-up to computers.

The HP LaserJet M1319 toner cartridge contains HP FastRes 1200 technology for crisp and clear documents that have resistance to smudging.  This machine can handle 8,000 printouts or copies per month, ideal for the small business or individual office user.  A black-lit LCD Display allows users to simply navigate and select menu options. The printer has a 280 sheet Input Tray and a convenient 10 page Bypass Feeder, perfect for printing onto specialty paper and for odd jobs.   Specialty paper such as transparencies, envelopes, and cardstock can be printed onto with this printer.  Another nice feature is the corded handset, with automatic redial and fax forwarding capabilities.  This is a unique office printer designed to meet your business needs.

To help lower printing costs, cheap toner cartridges are available in Remanufactured form.  The best deal being offered is 4 Pack Combo of Remanufactured HP 12A Black Q2612A Laser Toner cartridges.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured HP 12A Black Q2612A Laser Toner cartridge and the Remanufactured 12A HP Q2612A Black MICR Toner cartridge.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 2,000 printouts.

HP Color LaserJet 5500 Review

HP Color LaserJet 5500 Workgroup Printer

HP Color LaserJet 5500 Workgroup Printer

The HP LaserJet 5500 is a powerful and reliable workgroup laser printer ideal for the small business or office environment with multiple users printing on a regular basis.  This office printer will be able to produce up to a notable 22 pages per minute for black and white documents and matching up to 22 pages per minute for color projects.  Projects will come out printed in good quality in resolutions up to 600 x 600 dpi.  The HP printer comes standard with a Parallel interface for simple connectivity and set-up to computers.  And with individual HP Toner cartridges, you take control of toner usage, only replacing the cartridge that runs low or out.

The HP LaserJet 5500 toner cartridges contain HP ImageRE technology, which recognizes text and graphical page elements to ensure perfect printing every time by automatically adjusting settings.  This machine can print onto different types of stationary including transparencies, glossy photo paper, recycled paper, and much more.  Being a workgroup printer, this device has a large 500 sheet Input Tray as well as a 100 sheet Multi-Purpose Tray, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  The LaserJet printer can be upgraded to feature another 500 sheet Input Tray, giving offices and workgroups up to a 1,100 total paper capacity.  It can handle a hefty monthly load of 120,000 printouts for larger workgroups.

Remanufactured Laser toner cartridges can significantly lower printing costs of replacement toner for HP printers.  Individually you can purchase the HP Remanufactured C9730A Black laser Toner cartridge, the HP Remanufactured C9731A Cyan laser toner cartridge, the HP Remanufactured C9732A Yellow laser toner cartridge, and the HP Remanufactured C9733A Magenta laser toner cartridge.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 13,000 printouts for black toner cartridges and up to 12,000 printouts for color cartridges.

Canon ImageRunner 5000 Review

Canon ImageRunner 5000 Printer

Canon ImageRunner 5000 Printer

The Canon ImageRunner 5000 is a fast Monochrome printer, copier, and scanner all in one unit.  This is a heavy-duty office device to help complete any monochrome job with ease and speed to keep business productivity high.  This imaging system will be able to complete 200,000 impressions each month giving offices the capability to keep printing.  It will print with adequate resolutions of 1200 x 600 dpi and can be adjusted for images and graphics to an interpolated 2400 x 600 dpi.  This machine can produce an impressive 50 pages per minute with a short warm-up time.  It contains one uniquely shaped toner cartridge for Canon that is easy to replace with its fitting design.  Users can also connect and share projects on this corporate printer through a parallel interface and fast Ethernet capabilities.

The Canon ImageRunner 5000 toner cartridges will eject onto Laser Dry Electrostatic Transfers which give projects resistance to water and smudging.  This all-in-one office printer also has versatile paper handling options including a 1,500 sheet Paper Drawer, 2 other large drawers which can hold 550 pages each, a 50 sheet Bypass Tray, and another 550 sheet Input Tray.  In addition this printer comes with a convenient 100 page Automatic Document Feeder to copyor scan multiple pages unassisted.  It also has finishing capabilities such as stapling and even Standard Automatic Trayless Duplexing which will enable the office to create 2 sided printouts.  This printer contains an internal 5.1GB Image Server which hosts anumber of business applications including Job Build, Chapterization, Scan-Once-Print-Many, Automatic Image Orientation, Confidential User Mailboxes, Automatic Booklet-making, and Copy Reservation.

Replacing Canon toner cartridges with Compatible toner and copier cartridges can help reduce the cost of printing.  The best deal being offered is the Compatible Canon 4234A003AB, F42-4101-700 Black Copier GPR4 Toner.  Also available is the OEM cartridge in the Genuine Canon GPR-4 Toner cartridge (4234A003AA).  Each Compatible cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 33,000 printouts.


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