Remanufactured Ink Cartridges - Guide
Remanufactured ink cartridges are cartridges that have been recycled and reprocessed by a 3rd party factory that is not affiliated with the original manufacturer (e.g., HP, Lexmark, etc.).
Not all ink manufacturers are created equal; High quality remanufacturing entails a thorough electrical testing of each cartridge's circuit and thermal sensors, using a high speed centrifuge (spinning) to remove residual ink, as well as a final test once the cartridge has been refilled. The quality of refilled ink can also vary across remanufacturers.
The main disadvantage of remanufactured ink is reliability; Original Manufacturers do not profit from the remanufacturing of ink cartridges, and take steps to ensure their ink cartridges will be harder to remanufacture well. One of the ways this is done is by making the chip that is designed to signal the cartridge's ink level to the printer work for one use only - this chip cannot be "reset". This is why certain remanufactured cartridges will display an empty cartridge message with a full tank.
Here at Wireless Pug, we combat this issue by dealing with highest standard manufacturers to ensure maximum ink quality.
Advantages of remanufactured cartridges
Cost. Remanufactured cartridges are free from the influence of the original big manufacturer (e.g., HP, Canon, etc.), and as such can set their own prices, which are typically considerably lower than their original counterparts.
Environmental benefits. Remanufactured cartridges offer a valid form of recycling, and help keep non-biodegradable plastics out of landfills, as well as conserve oil inside the cartridge.
Get More Prints. Original ink cartridges may not be filled to capacity. The big printer manufacturers do this deliberately to increase sales by forcing a dependency on their partially-filled supplies. Remanufacturers, however, typically fill their cartridges to maximum capcacity, which sometimes can be up to twice as much ink.