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Are you Store the Toner Cartridges Correctly?

Toner cartridges are a rare product. Toner cartridges do not have a fixed expiration date, but may be affected by improper storage.

Toner cartridges must be stored properly to reduce the risk of damage and ensure optimum performance. The three main issues are toner cartridge storage, light, heat and humidity.

  • Prolonged exposure to light will cause the photoconductor drum to wear out faster.
  • Heat can cause the toner inside the toner cartridge to melt.
  • Exposure to moisture can cause the toner to clump.

How to store toner cartridges

Properly stored toner cartridges are happy toner cartridges

Storage Skills

1. Store at room temperature. Toner cartridges should be stored in a room between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above or below that temperature is either too cold or too hot. Storing at room temperature prevents the toner particles inside the cartridge from agglomerating or sticking together.

2. Keep the toner cartridge dry. The toner cartridge should never be exposed to any form of moisture. Humidity is the most common storage threat related to moisture. 50% relative humidity is the ideal temperature for toner cartridge storage. Avoid storing in wet basements. Any exposure to moisture will damage and degrade the toner.

3. Store the toner cartridge in its original packaging. Storing them in their original packaging ensures that toner cartridges are never exposed to dust or debris.

4. Keep away from strong light. Exposure to light will degrade the performance of the photoconductor drum. Store toner cartridges in a dim or dark room. The drum unit is particularly sensitive to light, which is especially important if your toner cartridge is used with a drum unit.

5. Avoid gaseous cleaning materials. Do not store toner cartridges in closets or cupboards near gaseous cleaning materials such as ammonia.

Shipping Toner Cartridges

While shipping or shipping toner cartridges is fairly straightforward, toner cartridges should be kept in their original packaging and stored upright to prevent leakage or damage. These shipping and storage tips apply to all major brands of toner, including HP, Canon, Epson, Xerox, Brother, and more.

Toner cartridge life

The lifespan of a printer toner cartridge varies by make, model, usage pattern, and print volume. Typically, toner cartridges are designed to print a certain number of pages before needing to be replaced.

Manufacturers provide the page yield of toner cartridges and are based on a standard coverage level, typically around 5% of a page covered by the toner.

For example, a toner cartridge might have a page yield of 2,000 pages or 5,000 pages, which represents the estimated number of pages it can print under standard conditions.

It is important to note that the actual toner cartridge life may vary based on individual usage patterns, such as printing text-heavy documents or graphics-intensive materials, which may require more toner. Factors such as print quality settings, density adjustments, and toner saver modes also affect overall lifespan.

Unlike ink, which dries out over time and becomes unusable, toner usually doesn’t expire. However, it is still recommended to use the toner cartridge within a reasonable time frame to maintain the best print quality.

When the toner cartridge starts to become depleted, print quality might begin to decrease, such as faded printouts or streaking. At this point, it is usually recommended to replace the ink cartridges to maintain the best print quality.

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