Monthly Archives: September 2014

How to Store and Handle your Ink Cartridges

When it comes to ink cartridges, proper storage and care will help to prolong their shelf life and in the long term, save you money; but how do you go about maintaining your cartridges? We have compiled a few helpful hints and tips which will ensure you don’t waste ink or money.

Storage

Wherever possible you should store your ink cartridges in their original packaging and an upright position; keeping them on their side can cause leakages. Also, ensure that the space in which they are stored is cool and dark. However, if for whatever reason you need to store a cartridge before you have finished using it, or if it needs to be refilled then you need to encourage moisture to help prevent them from drying up.

In order to do this, you need to put some vinyl tape over the opening and then store each ink cartridge in separate sandwich bags. In addition, in order to help stop them from drying out, place a small damp, but not dripping, sponge or tissue in each bag. Be sure to check them every day if possible to ensure they are still moist.

When it comes to branded inks, for example, Epson printer ink cartridges, the manufacturer will usually have a support page on their website that provides help and advice when it comes to looking after the product; so if in doubt, be sure to consult these.

Handling

Whether you have expensive or cheap printer ink cartridges, they all need to be handled the same way.

  •  If you get any ink on your skin, be sure to wash it away quickly and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • When using a new cartridge, print a test page to ensure the quality and that it has been properly installed.
  • Avoid touching the copper contacts on the cartridge. If these are damaged then the quality will be impaired or worse; the cartridge simply won’t work.
  • Do not leave opened printer cartridges outside of the printer for long periods as they can dry up very quickly.
  • Also, contrary to popular belief, you should not shake your cartridges as this can damage them.

Another simple tip which is often overlooked is always turn off your printer when it is not in use. The reason for this is that when the printer is off, the cartridge returns to the starting position; while in this position, air cannot get to the ink, and it goes a small way to prolonging the life of the ink cartridge.

If you are in need of cheap ink cartridges and based in the UK, then look no further than Prink. We stock a wide range of manufacturers, including Brother, Canon and Epson printer cartridges. We also stock a range of third party ink cartridges which are compatible with all major manufacturers’ printers.

Eco-Friendly 3D Printing the Will.i.am Way

Once a pea in the Blackeyed pod, Will.i.am is now trying his hand at 3D printing. The tech-obsessed musician and The Voice judge is well known for taking part in techy endeavours. In fact he has already been involved with Intel and starting a car company, not to mention brandishing his own smart watch on TV – and now he’s stuck his blinged-up fingers straight into the 3D printing pie.

In this article, Prink will introduce you to eco-friendly 3D printing the Will.i.am way.

The rapper is Chief Creative Officer at 3D Systems, who recently announced that they would be joining forces with Coca-Cola’s Ekocycle programme which Will.i.am co-founded. The joint venture will be spearheaded by the man himself, and will see the creation of a 3D printer that uses recycled plastic bottles as it’s building material.

Will’s wonderful contraption is to be called (the very futuristic) Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer. The printer will use filament cartridges that are 25% recycled plastic – there’s around three 500ml Coke bottles in each one, and this amount can produce objects that are up to 6in square. The colours available will be red, black, white and transparent. Courtesy of our friend Will, anyone who buys the printer will get free access to 25 designs for objects including phone cases, vases and shoes.

“We will make it cool to recycle, and we will make it cool to make products using recycled materials. This is the beginning of a more sustainable 3D-printed lifestyle. Waste is only waste if we waste it” were Will’s words. Clearly taking an eco-consumerist stance, Will has high hopes for the cube in the fight against waste in a way that may resonate with the public – not to mention he’s funding the project himself (invested interest?).

Brimming with ideas-a-plenty the star has always been a vocal figure when it comes to areas of music, tech and entertainment-based politics. Just recently he made a Skype appearance at music industry Midem, where he addressed a packed room saying “It’s sad that as a collective industry, we don’t do our own hardware. It’s only three people: Jim, Dre and I – that’s Beats – that have hardware.”

“I surround myself with megasupergeeks, so we can make and market hardware and things like that. Maybe I’m chasing something I would probably never catch, but I’ve been here before when I was in the ghetto chasing the dream of starting a band.”

It seems the Blackeyed prodigy will go to some lengths to realise his tech dreams but only time will tell if Will.i.am is the man for the job.

Speaking of jobs, if you’re at a loss of ink for your non-3D print job you’ll want to get in touch with the team here at Prink. We are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cheap ink cartridges of both brand and compatible quality. For more information on any of our products or services, please visit our site or contact us via the options available.

Why Wireless Printing is a Winner

With wireless technology seemingly everywhere nowadays, the inevitability of it reaching printers was all too obvious. The increasing popularity of such technology in both domestic and commercial settings just goes to show that there is indeed a demand for wireless printing. In this article, Prink set out to prove just why wireless printing is a winner.

It’s fair to say that we are living in the era of ‘wireless wonder.’ Radios, laptops, headphones and a whole host of other everyday gadgets are now well-versed in the ways of wireless functionality. Another big wireless player is the internet, and nowadays you’ll pushed not to find a wireless signal or connection to hook up to. Printers too seem to be following the natural order (or rather trend) of wireless technology.

Why go Wireless?

As with the vast majority of wireless tech, wireless printers eliminate the annoying trail of coiled craziness laying beneath your feet – hence the name wireless. When you apply this same logic to a printer you benefit from:

  • Less annoying cables to plug and unplug
  • A much more neat and tidy printing environment
  • A more efficient and streamlined way of utilising your printer’s capabilities
  • You can use it from pretty much anywhere in the home (coverage dependent)
  • Wireless printing can be achieved from any number of devices including phones, tablets and of course laptops

How Easy is it to setup?

Setting up a wireless printer is relatively straightforward especially if you’ve set one up before. For those of you haven’t, following the installation guide is good place to start. Wireless printers will print wirelessly off a wireless internet connection; so as long as your printer is in reach of a Wi-Fi connection you’ve successfully cleared the first hurdle.

Assuming that your network is up and running, your next job is to acquire the name (or rather SSID) and password of your network. This information will determine where your printer connects to for its wireless signal. The quickest way of obtaining this information is to check the actual router.

On the initial setup, you may need to attach your laptop or device to the printer via a USB for software installation purposes. However, this isn’t always the case. A wireless printer with an LCD interface will usually allow you to configure the wireless connection directly, detecting all the networks within its capture range.

Once you’ve overcome these networking niggles then it’s smooth sailing (or rather printing) after that. You’ll be able to enjoy sending a print job from your bedroom or even bathroom if you so wish – ah wonderful wireless!

And don’t forget, if your Epson printer Ink cartridges are running low you can visit Prink’s online shop where you’ll find an extensive range of cheap ink cartridges of both brand and compatible quality.

The Difference Between an Original and Compatible Ink Cartridge?

cartridgesWhen it comes to refilling your printer, knowing which cartridges are suitable for your particular printer can be difficult. However, navigating the inky waters of printer cartridges is actually quite simple if you know the difference between an ‘original’ and a ‘compatible’ printer cartridge. In this article Prink will reveal just how different the two types are and how you can take advantage of both.

An Original Ink Cartridge?

Every printer in existence will have a type of ink that it is optimised for. These ink cartridges will provide you with the best results. Using an original set of ink cartridges manufactured for your particular printer will produce vibrant and crisp images of unequivocal resolution. But is it really all plain sailing (or rather printing)? Unfortunately not as original cartridges (usually branded) will cost a fair amount, but we’ll cross that hurdle later on.

A Compatible Ink Cartridge?

While original ink cartridges offer supreme quality, a compatible cartridge is still to be considered. Granted they don’t quite reach the heights of their original relatives however, they do provide an economical alternative to a printing problem. Compatible ink cartridges sacrifice a level of quality and opt for affordability instead. Knowing this, the advantages and drawbacks become a lot clearer.

What are the Advantages of Original Ink Cartridges?

  • The clarity, crispness and optimum results
  • The reassurance of branded quality
  • Knowing that your printer is equipped with the best ink and that it won’t damage the printer.
  • Your printer heads will stay in much better condition.

What are the Disadvantages of Original Ink Cartridges?

  • The cost of original ink cartridges is remarkably expensive compared to compatible alternatives.
  • For the best prints possible you’ll also need to purchase high-quality paper.
  • Refilling original cartridges can be expensive regardless of whether you purchase an individual colour or set of cartridges.
  • Combining compatible and original cartridges will result in a lower quality print overall.

What are the Advantages of Compatible Ink Cartridges?

  • Compatible ink cartridges are a more economical option and can save you a considerable amount of money compare to their original counterparts.
  • There a large number of third-party suppliers out there so if you shop around you’ll have no trouble finding a really good deal.
  • If you tend to print a lot and aren’t overly fussed about the quality then compatible ink cartridges are definitely the way to go. Businesses that splurge on original ink cartridges will end up spending considerably more than those who go for compatible types.

What are the Disadvantages of Compatible Ink Cartridges?

  • The noticeable reduction in printed ink quality will make some things a lot less aesthetically pleasing.
  • Mixing and matching compatible printer inks (though cheaper) can have adverse effects on the printer heads. So it’s a good idea (now and again) to spend that bit extra for your printer’s sake.

How will I know which best suits me and my needs?

By monitoring your printing habits and needs you will therefore establish a better understanding of the type and frequency of ink cartridge you need. On the whole, the average home user will find compatible cartridges more than adequate; this also goes for the vast majority of businesses too. With that being said, establishments like up market restaurants (for example) wanting to portray a much more regal feel may want to opt for original ink cartridges.

So as you can see it comes down to circumstances and needs of the individual to dictate which type of cartridge is best for them.

For more information on ink cartridges, contact us for all of your printing needs. 

Planet-Friendly Printing: Why You Should Recycle Printer Cartridges

Recycling SymbolPrinting is the backbone of many businesses and is an important aspect of daily office life however; it is worth bearing in mind the impact that it has on the environment.

Being green is a priority for any business these days, with people making a conscious effort to turn out the lights and recycle paper, plastic and cardboard. These are the simplest and most obvious ways of being green in the workplace, but what about the less apparent but equally effective ways of keeping your office eco-friendly?

Recycling your printer ink cartridges is one of the best – and one of the most overlooked – ways to go about planet-friendly printing. Here at Prink, we understand the need to keep your office in constant supply which is why we provide a wide range of cheap printer cartridges for you to order as and when you need, in whatever quantity you require. The other side of this convenience is a corporate responsibility to the environment.

Being able to buy a large quantity of quality cartridges at the drop of the hat is all well and good, but what happens to all of the old used cartridges?

Well, too many of them end up in the bin and clogging up landfill sites, but some are recycled and reused to make new essential items with a reduced carbon footprint. In fact, if all printer cartridges were recycled we would see a big difference. You see, most of the components in printer cartridges are made from 100% recyclable materials and many are also 100% recoverable and reusable.

Read on to find out more about why you should recycle your printer cartridges.

What a waste

It is estimated that eight cartridges are thrown away every second, even though the average cartridge can be reused 4-6 times before it can then be recycled into a new product. If just four of these cartridges were recycled, you could make another 20 cartridges with 80% less energy.

With the four binned cartridges, you could cover Old Trafford stadium 119 times and power a top of the range television for 3,593,505 years.

350 million cartridges (70%) are thrown away every year and the UK alone is responsible for more than 55 million of these.

A long-lasting legacy

A single printer cartridge will take 1000 years to decompose because of certain elements, such as its aluminium content. So every time a cartridge is thrown in the bin or onto a landfill site, whole and un-recycled, it sticks around for a millennium.

There are more immediate concerns regarding printer cartridge waste and this is because putting printer cartridges on a landfill site can have detrimental effects on the environment. For example:

  • The plastics in a cartridge are non-biodegradable
  • The oils and chemicals used to produce cartridges will leak into the surrounding soil and water supplies
  • The leaking toxins and the smaller components can harm wildlife
  • Any soil contaminated by the cartridges’ toxins will remain unproductive for thousands of years

A new lease of life

You can give your printer cartridges a new lease of life thanks to ethical recycling. Ethical recycling actually breaks the printer cartridge up into separate components which can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways a recycled printer cartridge can be reused and recycled include:

  • Milk bottles and other similar products
  • Refrigerators and other white goods items
  • Cans and other forms of packaging
  • Environmentally friendly stationery, furniture and household items

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This is just a quick look at how printer cartridges can be recycled and reused and what happens when you don’t pay attention to your printing practices when trying to build an eco-friendly business.

So next time you get in touch with us to order your next batch of cheap printer cartridges, think a little more about what you do with the used ones.