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Using Epson Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges are used in inkjet printers for creating the text, images, and graphics. Epson ink cartridges have chips embedded into the product which make them compatible with the Epson's printing systems. They are available in multiple sizes and configurations for the various types of printers available from Epson.

What color options are available for Epson ink products?

Epson's ink cartridges are available in black, yellow, cyan, and magenta. Depending on your printer, the type of cartridge you need may change. Epson makes both single-color units or combination units. The combination ink cartridge products might include all of the ink colors or combinations of color inks such as magenta, cyan, and yellow.

How many pages do Epson ink cartridges yield?

Different ink cartridges have different lifespans. The number of pages that a particular Epson cartridge will yield also depends on what is being printed, how often the system is used, the type of paper that is used, the pattern or design that is printed, and the density of the printing. The product's expected yield is calculated based on a 5% coverage of the page that is being printed. With black ink and 4,000 characters per page, a typical cartridge prints 300 pages. For the yellow, magenta, and cyan cartridges, a yield of about 100 to 500 pages is typical. The exact number of pages depends on the colors in the images or graphics.

When do the ink cartridges need to be replaced?

There are several ways to detect when it is time to replace the cartridge, including:

  • On-screen warning: The printing system will send a message to linked devices about which ink cartridge needs to be replaced. It typically delivers this warning when about 50 pages of printing life remain in the product.
  • Expiration date: The manufacturer recommends replacing the product by its expiration date if it is still in use in the printing system.
  • Fading or changes of color: If a particular color has faded or changed, that cartridge may need to be replaced.
Which Epson printers do the ink cartridges work with?

Genuine Epson ink products are designed to work with Epson inkjet printers. This includes Epson Expression, Epson Stylus Color and Photo, Epson Home, Epson Artisan, and other product lines. Some of the products work in multiple printer models. In order to determine which cartridge fits in your printer, refer to the printer settings by accessing the printer through your computer. The printer owner's manual also lists which types of ink cartridges can be used with the product. The label on the used Epson cartridge is another way to find out which replacement you need.

What is the difference between ink and toner?

Ink is a liquid that has been tinted with a pigment or dye. Small droplets of ink are squeezed through tiny nozzles in order to create visible marks on the paper. It soaks into the paper. Toner is used with laser printers and is a powder made of polyester that has been ground to a fine consistency.

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