The proper way to store your toner cartridges

1. October 2009 15:28 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments

New technology has allowed printing companies to sell printers with an abundance of features at a price that anyone can easily afford; however, the toner cartridges have seemingly increased in price. The good news is that affordable compatible and genuine cartridges are available online offering significant savings over retail stores.  The key to saving money on toner when buying online is to purchase more than one so the shipping cost is distributed over multiple cartridges.  Purchasing online is an excellent opportunity for people to stock up, but the problem is, how should toner cartridges be stored to maximize their shelf life?  Continue reading for detailed information on storing your toner cartridges.

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When it comes to storing toner cartridges, like HP toner or any other brand, there are several things that people need to keep in mind. If there are no plans to use the cartridge for awhile, leave the cartridge in the packaging (sealed bag and box) and store it horizontally, not vertically.  The next thing to pay special attention to is the label on the cartridge's box, which will specify how the device should be stored. Most manufacturers recommend that the cartridge be stored in the temperature range between about 50°F and 95°F. In addition, the room's relative humidity should stay between about 45 to 80 percent. As far as lighting is concerned, the toner cartridge should not be exposed to extremely bright light. In addition, if the drum of the cartridge is exposed to overly bright light, it can be instantly ruined. Now, when most people read the numbers in this article, the first thing that will probably come to mind is that there are huge gaps in the suggested range. They should simply use these numbers as an estimate, because manufacturers will include specific instructions with the cartridge. However, most of these factors should not be a problem, since most people would not be very comfortable in a house under 50°F or over 90°F. If people are not going to use the cartridge that is currently in their printer, they can take a few steps to extend the life of that unit by putting the cartridge in a dark, dry place like a desk drawer.  For more information, read our post about how long you can store toner cartridges.

By learning how to properly store laser toner cartridges, people will be able to take advantage of the huge discounts available online. According to most manufacturers, a cartridge that is properly stored will have a shelf life of at least two years. When people can extend the life of their current cartridge and stock up on new ones, they will find that the cartridges will become a lot more affordable. One other thing that people need to keep in mind is to always store the cartridges in a place where they cannot fall or become damaged by any means.

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