There are two main kinds of cartridges: inkjet and xerographic toner

There are two main kinds of cartridges: inkjet and xerographic toner. Both types
accomplish the same function, but in two very different ways. Xerographic toner printers use toner powder, whereas ink cartridges use liquid ink. Due to the differences in printing mediums, the mechanics of each cartridge are fundamentally different. These differences contribute to their varying cost and ability to be recycled.

Toner cartridges work by using three main parts: the toner hopper which holds the toner
powder, the developer unit which is an assortment of negatively charged magnetic beads, and a metal drum that the beads are attached to. The revolving drum coats the entire sheet of paper with a positive electric charge. Then a laser removes the positive charge in the places where the image is going to be printed, leaving behind a negatively charged electrostatic image. Since the toner contains compounds that carry a positive charge, namely iron oxide, the negatively charged beads pick up the toner from the hopper. As it is being rolled over the paper, the toner is attracted to the places where the laser created a negative image. Before the page is printed it out, it goes through a pair of heated rollers called a fuser which melts the toner onto the page (Harris, 2007).

This process allows for speed, economy, and efficiency—you are able to print more for the amount of toner purchased. Since toner is usually sold in larger quantities, however, its unit cost per cartridge is higher than that of ink. Inkjet cartridges are slightly more straightforward but the technology within the cartridge is equally as innovative as the toner cartridge. Within an inkjet printer, the ink is contained in an 26 airtight foil-lined compartment. As the cartridge deposits ink onto paper via small jets, the
airtight compartment volume decreases because of a vacuum effect. Within the cartridge there is a silicon chip with microscopic jets – small etchings in the chip that act as hydraulic jets – which are connected to a metal plate underneath the ink compartment. When electricity passes through the metal plate it superheats the silicon chip and a small droplet of vaporized ink is released through these small etchings.

A basic black inkjet cartridge for a small personal printer with 600 dots per inch (dpi) contains a matrix of about 300 jets and up to 14 jets can be fired in 22 different phases (Wandel, 2003). This process can create dots approximately 55 microns wide, smaller than a human hair. More jets can create a dpi up to 1440×720, surpassing the resolution of most toner cartridges. On a price per print basis, inkjet cartridges print higher cost prints that that of toner. The cost of an inkjet cartridge however, is less than that of toner
cartridges (Tyson, 2001).


Inkjet refills are much cheaper than purchasing new inkjet cartridges each time your ink runs out. If you have an inkjet printer and you do a lot of printing whether it is for home or business use you will know that replacing the cartridges can be a costly business. Inkjet refills can help save you a fortune if you get through a lot of ink. Companies that offer inkjet refills and printer ink refills will be able to refill most major brands of cartridges. They will sell printer ink refills to you and recycle your old empty ink cartridges.

This also helps to save the environment as there is much less waste produced if you refill your old cartridges compared to if everybody just threw them away and bought new ones every time. Many companies will sell universal ink that says it will work in any manufacturer’s cartridge but this may not be the best option. Good quality inkjet refills will include a priming tool and these are not commonly available with most generic printer ink refills. Good suppliers will sell inkjet refills that are for specific brands of printer such as HP, Lexmark or Hewlett Packard. Different brands use different ink formulations so good inkjet refills will be created so they are the same ink formulation as the original to produce just as good quality printing results.

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