Why you should not use inkjet refill kits

2. December 2011 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments

No Inkjet Refill KitIn the quest to cut costs and save time, it is tempting to use an inkjet refill kit. These kits are sold at many popular stores and claim that a person can quickly and easily refill an empty ink cartridge at home. Advertisements show happy customers demonstrating their ease of use and impressive results. It is true that they do work. In fact, they work well for many people. However, what many consumers don't realize, is that there are hidden risks associated with inkjet refill kits.

Almost all new printers come with a manufacturer's warranty. The maker covers any defects, damage, and other problems that occur through normal use. Given that inkjet refill kits don't come with a warranty covering their use in a printer, this leaves the consumer liable should their printer get damaged using the kit. The average home user isn't an experienced printer tech, either. Their knowledge of refilling cartridges is probably limited to the instructions provided by the maker of the refill kit. It is very easy to damage a cartridge. Couple this with the now lack-of-warranty, and trying to save money by refilling an ink cartridge at home may end up costing a lot more than originally planned.

The other problem with refilling a cartridge is assuming the print head does not need to be replaced.  Many times, the print head becomes clogged with ink.  You can run the cleaning function built into your printer, but the function isn’t designed to clean old cartridges and cartridges that have been used many more times than designed.

Remanufactured inkjet cartridges typically cost 30 to 50 percent less than new ones and don't have any of the hassle associated with inkjet refill kits. Remanufacturers inspect, clean, and refill empty cartridges with the right type of ink. Typically, they offer a warranty and guarantee their product won't damage printers. Not to mention professionals do all the work. Given the choice to do it at home with a questionable product, or have a professional refill it and offer a warranty, most people should go with our remanufactured inkjet cartridges or use a solid ink printer like the Phaser 8560 ink printer that has no cartridge.

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