We get many enquiries from our customers asking us how many pages that they can expect from their ink cartridge before it runs out of ink and won’t print. We also get some customers asking us what does page yield means when we tell them that this toner cartridge has a page yield of 80,000 pages. Have a look at the example below taken from our website inkntoneruk.co.uk which shows the number of pages that a cartridge can print.
Next to the product title we list the number of pages (otherwise known as page yield or sometimes referred to a duty cycle) you can expect to print from your cartridge before it runs out of ink or toner. So for example the Dell 593-10293 can print up to 4,000 pages while the Dell 593-10289 can print up to 9,000 pages before it runs dry because it is a higher capacity version of that toner cartridge. It makes more sense to buy a higher capacity cartridge rather than the standard capacity as you can see from the above extract that you save more money and get more pages out of it. These page yield numbers aren’t made up; they have been given to us directly from the manufacturer of them ink/toner cartridges as enforced by the Office of Fair Trading. The number of page yield has been tested and calculated by the manufacturer at 5% coverage. In other words how many pages their cartridge can print at 5% coverage of a paper before it runs dry. For example the Samsung CLT-K4072S Black Toner Cartridge for the Samsung CLX-3185FW Colour Printer can print up to 1,500 pages at 5% coverage before it runs dry of toner.
On the rare occasions we might list next to the product title the capacity of the ink in ‘millilitres’ instead of the page yield in ‘pages’ as the manufacturer doesn’t have that information to supply to us as it has not been tested yet e.g. Epson 79XL High Capacity Black Ink Cartridge Twin Pack 2 x 41.8ml.
There are many factors that can affect the page yield and you may not be getting the number of pages that you can print as stated. For example the number of texts on the page or the number of images you have will impact the page coverage; therefore you won’t get the page yield that you were expecting to get from the ink cartridge.
If you feel your ink or toner cartridge runs dry quickly because you print a lot of pages, here are some tips to help you save you money.
1. Buy compatible ink or toner cartridges as they last longer than the originals and give you more page yield as they are filled up with more ink. Manufacturers don’t fill up the cartridge tank to the maximum capacity on their branded original cartridges as the manufacturer wants the ink to run out quick so you can buy more from them. At inkntoneruk, in some cartridges where a budget or premium compatible is offered we state that the compatibles give you a higher page yield than the originals as they do last longer.
2. Re-fill your ink cartridges as it’s much cheaper and we also put more ink in the empty cartridges (we fill it right to the top) so that you get more pages out of it than stated.
3. Buy high capacity (XL) or extra high capacity (XXL) versions of the cartridges as they provide you with a much better page yield and they are great way of saving more money when you print a lot.
4. Don’t throw away your toner cartridge when it is running low and you get alerted that your toner needs replacing. Get the maximum usage of your toner cartridge by giving it a good shake so that the toner particles spread evenly inside. Once you’ve done this one or two time and it’s not printing properly then you know that the cartridge is empty and needs replacing.
We hope this clarifies things and helps you to understand more about page yields. If you do have any further questions or would like to comment on this post, feel free to comment below or on our twitter, facebook or google+ pages.