You have a laser printer. Do you want to know how long the toner will last?
Is toner good or bad? How many pages can you print from a single toner cartridge?
You have come to the right place. Let’s dig in.
What is Toner?
You might not be aware of the differences between inkjet and laser printers if you are only printing text documents.
Ink and toner are two completely different substances. Laser and inkjet printers transfer them onto the page using completely different mechanisms.
The ink is a liquid with some type of coloring agent added. However, toner is a fine powder made from granulated polymers. There are many factors that affect their durability and shelf life, including how long they can be stored.
Toner cartridges can be more expensive than ink cartridges but they are longer and more affordable over the long term.
How long can toner last?
Let’s get down to it!
Does Toner Expire?
Toner can sometimes degrade over time but it doesn’t expire (and there is rarely an expiration date).
Toner cartridges last longer than ink. Because it has a power structure, it doesn’t dry like ink cartridges.
Toner expiration dates are usually determined by the condition of other components in the cartridge.
How long does toner last?
As long as you take care of it properly, it will last almost forever.
You might also notice dates when you purchase toner cartridges. Manufacturers will usually provide dates for when the cartridge’s warranty ends (generally one year), and another date, which is sometimes printed on the cartridge.
Ink cartridges must have an expiration date. Dry ink can cause a blockage in the printhead, which could lead to damage to your printer.
Toner cartridges can be used as long as they remain dry and are not contaminated by moisture.
You may lose your warranty if you use an expired toner cartridge and damage your printer.
Toner cartridges generally last for a long time. If you find a great deal on toner cartridges, don’t worry about when they expire.
Toner Shelf Live – Is there a way to extend it?
We have already discussed toner expiration dates and shelf life. What should you do if your cartridge is still working after a while?
Keep it Clean
The most important thing is to keep your laser printer clean. A clean Printer will last longer and extend the life of your toner cartridge.
Moisture is the most important factor for toner cartridge shelf-life. Moisture can be toner’s enemy.
It can get into the cartridge and cause the powder to clump or stick together. This could damage your printer and ruin its performance.
How to Set Up Your Printer
The most important thing is to keep your laser printer clean. A clean printer will last a lifetime and extend the life of your toner cartridge.