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How to Make Laser Printer Toner Last Longer

Posted on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

Laser printers are quite efficient in terms of toner life and printout quality. Yet laser printer toner doesn't last forever and it isn't exactly cheap. If you are on the prowl for a way to make your laser printer toner last longer, you have come to the right place.

Let's take a look at some creative methods to conserve toner so you get the most bang for your buck.

  1. Image result for laser printer tonerKeep it Clean
    Toner residue and paper dust can impede the path of your printer paper, causing unnecessary toner waste. Don't let these impediments bust your toner budget. Clean beneath your toner cartridge at least once per week. Set the cartridge to the side and clean this space with a cloth or small vacuum.

  2. Make use of the Print Preview Feature
    Sending documents to the printer without checking them out in the print preview mode will inevitably waste toner. Think of all those times you have printed something only to find that it does not actually look like what you saw on your screen. Always click on File-->Print/Page Preview before following through with the print. This way, you can see exactly what the document will look like before investing your valuable toner in the actual printout.

  3. Consider the Page Yield
    Perform a comparison between name brand cartridges and their cheaper, re-manufactured counterparts. You will likely find that brand name cartridges produce more pages before toner replacement is necessary. In the end, paying a slight premium for the brand name toner is worth it if it generates considerably more pages.

  4. Draft Mode for Older Printers
    If you have an older printer, print in draft mode to conserve toner. Draft mode is accessed by clicking File-->Print-->Properties-->Print Quality. Decrease the DPI value in the Print Quality section for a test print in draft mode.

  5. Take Advantage of Toner Saver Options
    Laser printers are designed with toner saver options that can be accessed through the printer's software or on the actual printer itself. Make use of these features, especially when printing drafts and you will conserve upwards of one-third of your toner.

  6. Get Creative With an Unorthodox Toner-Saving Measure
    The web is full of off-the-wall ways to preserve printer toner. One such way is to trick the printer into thinking ample toner is still available. Numerous people have reported success in printing with minimal remaining toner by covering the printer's sensor bar/hole.  This sensor is positioned on the cartridge's non-gear side. If you are desperate for a quick printout but your printer allegedly lacks toner, cover the sensor bar/hole with a tiny piece of electrical tape and send the print command.

  7. Image result for laser printer tonerShake it Up
    If the color of your printouts has become light, take the toner cartridge out of the printer and give it a thorough shake from side-to-side and up and down. This shaking stimulates the toner powder, allowing it to generate additional prints.

  8. Use Duplex Mode
    If your printer is designed with a duplex mode, you have an excellent means of saving toner and paper at your disposal. Duplex mode allows for printing on the front as well as the back of each piece of paper. Though duplex printing is a bit slower than traditional printing, it will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Don't forget to switch the driver settings back to "simplex" printing when the time comes to print single-sided documents.

  9. Take Low Cartridge Warnings With a Grain of Salt
    Don't replace your toner as soon as a low cartridge warning appears. Wait until there is a marked degradation in printout quality before replacing the cartridge.

Eventually your laser printer toner will run out, and when it does, it's also good practice to purchase your toners with a reliable, low-cost company. A company, such as Governor Business Solutions has been in business providing low-cost products for all in Southeast Michigan. For a free quote on any of your laser printer toners, please call 313-441-4600. 

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