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Everything to Be Known About Toner Cartridges
17 Mar, 2021

Everything to Be Known About Toner Cartridges

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Toner cartridges are even termed as the laser toners that are the laser printer's consumable component.  Containing toner powders, dry and fine plastic particle mixture, black and other hues coloring agents, carbons, the toner cartridges help in making the actual output on the paper. Through the electro-statically charged drum units, infused onto the papers by the application of heated rollers at the time of printing papers, the toners are transferred to the paper. Like the ink cartridges, it will not be stained, but it will become messy when it is improperly handled.
  • There are two consumable parts in the low-end to the mid-range laser printers -
  • The Toner Cartridges, which has the capacity to print about 2000 pages
  • The Drum Units, which can print about 40,000 pages.
In a few toner cartridges, the drum units are incorporated in the design, while the cartridge and drums are simultaneously units. The cartridge's cost is higher compared to the toner-only cartridges, even if the separate drum replacement is excluded. Toner cartridges are having the same function similar to the ink cartridges as the inkjet printers use them.
Price of the Toner Cartridges
In all possibility, toner cartridges made by the printer manufacturer for the cheapest laser printers will exceed the printer's cost. Often these less costly printers are available with cartridges with much lesser toner compared to the standard cartridges, and it needs quick replacement.
Most companies manufacture generic replacement toner cartridges, which are sold at much lesser rates compared to the original cartridges. The cartridges could be either new or refilled that is remanufactured, or the quality equally varies.  There are even toner refill kits, and the users can use them for refilling empty cartridges.
Page Yield
Page yield indicates the total number of pages to be printed using the toner cartridge. The manufacturer published estimated page yield provides ideas to the consumers on the number of pages to be expected from the toner cartridges. The manufacturers since long have been developing their own methods to test and report their toner cartridges yield, and often the customers face difficulties in comparing products.
In conjunction with the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization had published the ISO/IEC 19752  yield standard for the monochrome toner cartridges in June 2004. In December 2006, it was followed by the new standards for the color inkjet cartridges (ISO/IEC 24711) as well as color toner cartridges (ISO/IEC 19798).
ISO yield could considerably differ from user experience, rather proportionally to the differences existing between the printer's real use and ISO standard test pages with their conditions.
The Types of Toner Cartridges
OEM Toner Cartridges
The printer manufacturer-made toner cartridges are referred to by their brand names, or else OEM or original equipment manufacturer. Often they are labeled as "genuine". The manufacturers already warn about the poor quality performance of the third-party cartridges - but their suppliers deny the matter - they often state their usage will be voiding the printer warranty.
The OEM toner cartridges are considerably more expensive compared to the refilled, compatible and remanufactured cartridges.
Compatible Toner Cartridges
"Generic", "Compatible" and "Alternative brand" are third-party company manufactured cartridges that are sold under many forms of brand names. The compatible cartridges could slightly vary by looks, page yield, and designs to their OEM counterpart, often due to design copyrights and patents.
Compared to the OEM cartridge, the generic cartridges are significantly cheaper. On the other hand, they are likely to be less relied upon based on the manufacturer. While a few contain a lot of toner in comparison to the OEM cartridge, so they aid in printing more pages. A few compatible toner cartridges are likely to belong to a similar quality just as their OEM competitors, whereas a large count is not.
Various factors are likely to cause several problems, comprising varied melting points, different pigments, variable particle size, and different electrostatic qualities. Each of these is definitely to lead to the untidy background, extremely poor quality prints, and cause damages to the equipment in extreme cases.
Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
Re-manufacturing means having the toner refilled with toner. The term indicates the cartridge is even refurbished while its damaged and worn-out parts are replaced.  The remanufacturing process as well as the toner quality differs among the different re-manufacturers. By all the truth, the poorly remanufactured, and newly manufactured cartridges in rare cases will malfunction, leak, and cause subsequent damages to the printer. The printer manufacturers make use of the toners meant as desired by the printers. The remanufactured, as well as the third-party cartridges, might sometimes use the less well-matched generic toners.
Since the toner cartridges are refilled commonly and the secured results are reportedly good. But in some cases, it could lead to wasted toners from each print along with paper debris inside the cartridge. As a  result, there will be potential background problems and contaminations in the refilled toner cartridges.
Since we have reached the end of our discussion, then it is proper to conclude that the ideal ones to use for the safety of the printers and for quality printouts are the OEM toner cartridges. But if you are to use the compatible toner cartridges, then make sure to check their configurations, manufacturing date, and all other details. It is better to know the details about the compatible or remanufactured toner cartridges before paying for them.

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