College is a great place to be. It is a very important phase of your life where you get to discover yourself away from the protective wings of your parents. It is fun for the most part because of all the freedom, but it can get stressful because of all the pressure to achieve good grades. There are a few things you can do to make your college life more bearable. For instance, you will need a decent printer for your written assignments as well as for your art and photography projects. Owning a printer makes things much easier for you as you can print whenever you need to. It is also more economical than using the school’s printers. Inkjet printers are the most popular option among college students as they are more affordable and smaller, and they can, therefore, fit in their small dorm rooms. While their print quality is not as good as that of laser printers, they are good enough for use in college. This article focuses on taking proper care of your inkjet printer, and specifically the ink cartridges. This is important for the following reasons:

  • It will enable your printer to serve you for longer.
  • It will improve your print quality.
  • Your ink will last for long.
  • You will have a better experience using your printer as the chances of having problems in the middle of a print job are significantly lowered.

Here are a few tips on how to take proper care of your ink cartridges.

1. Handle them with care

Inspect the cartridge before installing it. It is good practice to shake it before installing it to prime the ink. Most cartridges have a gold contact chip on the side. This chip is very sensitive, and this is one of the reasons why you should handle the cartridge with care. Wipe the chip clean with a clean cloth or a Q-tip to remove any dirt before installing the cartridge.

2. Follow instructions when installing the ink cartridge

There are several types of printers available on the market, which have different features and designs. Therefore, it is important to read the instructions for use and follow them to the letter. Do not attempt to install the cartridge before reading the instructions. If you bought a second-hand printer, it is possible that it did not come with an instruction manual. In this case, you can download the manual from the manufacturer’s website.

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3. Storing the cartridges

If you buy your ink cartridges in bulk, you need to store the extra ones well so that they are still in good condition when you need to use them. It is advisable to keep the extra cartridges in their sealed packaging and only remove them when you need to use them. This prevents the ink from drying up.

4. Prime your cartridge to improve print quality

You might be studying a course that does not require so much printing, and therefore you do not use your printer that much. If you have not used your printer for a long time, it is important to remove the cartridge and prime it before printing to avoid having poor quality print.

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