Fill Up Your HP Printer With Ink Cartridges

When you're ready to print documents for work, school, or personal use, you want to make sure that the ink will come out dark or bright and be easy to read. Many types of ink cartridge will work with an HP printer. When you replace your ink cartridges, you'll be ready to complete all your printing tasks.

Which type of ink cartridge should you buy?

You have to make sure that the refill ink cartridges will be compatible with your device. There are a few ways to determine which type of printer ink will work for you:

  • Use your manual: Your printer manual should tell you what type of ink to purchase. A printer may be optimized to work with a certain type, and the results may be noticeably different if you use another product.
  • Open up the printer: If you don't have your manual, you can open your printer to find the information you need. Once you locate your existing cartridge, you can look for the product number on either the side or the top of the item.
  • Search by printer model: If you do not have any cartridges, you can still proceed, using your printer's model as one of your search criteria.
How many cartridges do you need?

A device for black-and-white printing will need only black ink. If you have a machine that's capable of color printing, you will need to make sure that you have ink in both black and color cartridges. There are several models of printers that will not work if you have an empty cartridge. This is true even if you don't want to print in color.

Are the colors combined or separated in a cartridge?

Ink cartridges come in a variety of configurations, so the type you need depends on your model. If your printer has room for only a single color cartridge, you'll need the three main colors -- cyan, magenta, and yellow -- combined into one cartridge. If your printer accepts a different ink cartridge for each color, you can purchase them individually. You could have three color slots, one each for cyan, magenta, and yellow. Some printers might have additional slots for colors like red and green. This is most often the case with printers designed for color photo prints. Again, your printer may not work even if just one of the ink cartridges is empty.

How long do ink cartridges generally last?

The cartridge's lifespans depend on your printing volume. One way in which products are described is their page yield. A cartridge designed for home use may have a page yield of 1,750, while one intended for business use may have a yield of 24,000. One color cartridge might become depleted sooner than the others if you print more pages using that color.

As far as shelf life is concerned, a sealed ink cartridge is good for up to two years. Once the package is opened, it is a good idea to use your printer once a week to keep the heads from drying up and getting clogged.