The Dirty Little Secret Of Inkjet Printers

This video was originally uploaded to youtube about 2 years ago, so I was wondering, does current inkjet printers still functionning like that? I’ve stopped using inkjet technology in 2005, and even if ink cartridges dropped price in recent years, toner cartridges for laser printers are still much more cost efficient.

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9 Responses to The Dirty Little Secret Of Inkjet Printers

  1. i think this might be an extreme case. i've taken apart my share of inkjets to get at that little sponge — you can rinse it out, let it dry, and replace it to fix this problem. there's certainly a good deal of ink 'wasted' there, but i've never seen anything remotely like this, with gobs of ink dripping out. normally it's just a very very inky sponge.
    since there's no info about how long he's had the printer or what kind of use it's gotten, it's hard to know how representative this is of inkjets in general. Yes, there's certainly a lot of ink dumped in the reservoir, but (i think) very rarely anywhere near the quantity shown in this vid.

  2. Laser printers have waste toner reservoirs that also get full and also require expensive replacement and are also polluting – just not as disgustingly so. I don't understand what's so shocking about this, or why it means you should use a laser (which you should, but not for this reason).

    • Lucky you. Mine was like the one in the video after 18 months. It's not the age of the printer but how much it is used. The more you use it the more it will soak up ink. They are designed to give the error after a specif amount of cleaning cycles etc. If you use the printer for an odd sheet a week you will probably never know you even had a pad, but if like me you use your printer a lot them you are likey to get the error not long after the warranty is finished. That mess was how my Canon MP610 looked after its waste ink pad error occured after 18 months. The cleaning/primming/overflow of ink is a neccessary evil in printers. That is how they are designed. Without the pad you would have ink everywhere and with a saturated pad you will eventually have ink leak.

  3. Hmm, I wouldn't say it "wastes ink on purpose", as such.

    As he points out earlier, blasting ink through the nozzles is NEEDED to keep the printer clean. If it didn't do this, the printer would screw up even more.

    It's more a case of "they use ink ineffeciently on processes not related directly to printing, when there might be a way with a future invention to avoid this". Which is only as bad as using electricity when things are on stand-by, if you think about it.

  4. Hmm, I wouldn’t say it “wastes ink on purpose“, as such.

    As he points out earlier, blasting ink through the nozzles is NEEDED to keep the printer clean. If it didn’t do this, the printer would screw up even more.

    It’s more a case of “they use ink ineffeciently on processes not related directly to printing, when there might be a way with a future invention to avoid this”. Which is only as bad as using electricity when things are on stand-by, if you think about it.

  5. No, Laser isn't more cost effective. You should compare printers like from the OfficeJet-Line from HP to "normal" Lasers. Here in Europe we are much more conscious about energy efficience and there lasers suck….

  6. Video in this article shows that inkjet of inkjet printers are costlier than printer. Because when there are some problem happen in inkjet it's price of repairing is nearest to printer price. So we think that it is better to buy a new printer other than repair it. 

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