Just about all ink cartridges will work after their expiration dates, although some will not. This guide will let you know which ones will not work after it have expired and ones that have problems when it have expired too long.
Below are HP ink cartridges that will NOT work once it expired at a certain period
HP 10, 11, 12, 13
You can still use these cartridges for an additional 24 months (2 years) after it have past "install by" dates or 30 months if install before the install by date.
example: - Ink with expired date in May 2011 will work until May 2013.
- Ink with expired date in May 2012 will work until May 2014.
- Ink that have not yet expired and you install in your printer before it have expired; will work for 30 months (2 years and 6 months).
*make sure you used up the ink within 2 year & 6 months or else it will stop printing and you'll have to buy a new one.
note - dates printed on the back of cartridge are 6 months more than what is printed on the retail box. Use the date printed on the cartridge as your "actual" install by (expiration) dates.
You can still use these cartridges for an additional 12 months (1 year) after it have past "install by" dates or 18 months if install before the install by date.
example: - Ink with expired date in Nov 2012 will work until Nov 2013.
- Ink with expired date in Jan 2013 will work until Jan 2014.
- Ink that have not yet expired and you install in your printer before it have expired; will work for 18 months (1 year and 6 months)
*make sure you used up the ink within 1 year & 6 months or else it will stop printing and you'll have to buy a new one.
Printheads that goes with these ink (HP 10,11,12,13,14) will work regardless of their install by (expiration) dates. The following expired HP ink models will work after you dismissed the ink expiration warning either on your printer or display: 02, 18, 38, 70, 88, 177, 363, 777, 801. All other ink are good to use even if they have expired dates.
note: "Install By" (expiration) dates are actually HP Warranty End dates.
Below are HP & LEXMARK ink cartridges with problems when it have expired too long
HP 17, 23, 78, 41
Be cautious of these ink if they have expired too long, they are mostlikely dried out (approximately 6+ months from install by date). But ones that just recently past install by dates have a high chance of successfully printing without any issues. Here are some clues to look for before you buy expired ones.
The Retail Box or Cartridge's Label design
ALL the ones in yellow retail boxes and light blue or yellow and light blue label on the ink cartridge are NO LONGER GOOD to use. These are older cartridges around 2012 or below. Ones in black retail boxes are newer ones. (be sure to check date..see below)
Cartridge Install By (Expiration) Date (also known as: Use Before dates)
If you decide to buy one of these cartridges (HP 17, 23, 78, 41) that have expired dates, it should NOT be longer than 6 months.
example: Today is JUN 2013. An expired HP 78 ink cartridge have Install By date of APR 2013 printed on the retail box. This HP 78 is expired but will have a very high chance of successfully printing without any issues because it just recently expired. Our recommendation is no longer than 6 months past expired date for this type of HP ink.
Some will work up to 1 year past its Install By date, but before you buy it make sure the seller have a good warranty and return policy.
HP 26 (51626A)
These ink cartridges are known to have corroded printhead when they get too old. You should buy expired ones for this model only if it's no longer than 3 years past expiration date.
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