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Rapid Refill FAQ's

Here are Rapid Refill Frequently Asked Questions that everyone is thinking about and needs to be addressed.

What is a remanufactured cartridge?


A remanufactured cartridge is an original brand cartridge that was once used, then professionally cleaned, refilled, and sold again. Such cartridges are similar to or close to the quality of the original cartridge and go through various tests to ensure sharp text and vibrant colors.

What are remanufactured cartridges, you may wonder? They are the same high-quality cartridges you use right now but produced in a slightly different way.

Moreover, remanufactured toner cartridges, as well as ink cartridges, come with many benefits:

  • they are much cheaper than original brand cartridges.

  • they are produced with a concern for the environment, allowing users to live a greener life and decrease their carbon footprint.

  • they retain the high quality of the original inks, helping users to get crisp printouts.

  • they provide the same amount of ink as OEMs.

  • even though they are not original inks, they do not void your printer’s warranty if produced by a trusted manufacturer.



What is a compatible cartridge?


Compatible cartridges are cartridges that are manufactured and sold by a provider like us in Raleigh! Compatible cartridges cost less than the name brand because Compatible suppliers don’t have to factor in printer manufacturing and development costs into the sale of their printer cartridges.  By focusing solely on the manufacturing and quality of the cartridge, they can afford to offer their product at a much lower price compared to the name brand.  Compatible cartridges offer significant cost savings to the name brand and work seamlessly in your printer…just like the original!

Will your compatible or remanufactured cartridge void your warranty


Printer manufacturers would love you to believe that using remanufactured ink cartridges will void your printer warranty. There are laws that say that this is simply not true - using remanufactured printer ink cartridges will NOT void your printer warranty.


Consumer law states that a manufacturer's warranty cannot be voided due to using aftermarket consumables (ink cartridges or toner). It is the responsibility of the printer manufacturer to prove that the compatible printer cartridge or toner caused the damage before refusing warranty repair. Printers are quite reliable but regardless of the ink or toner used, a small percentage still fail while under warranty. If your printer fails and should be covered under warranty, we highly recommend that you remove the ink cartridges from the printer prior to sending it for repair.

Currently, there is the belief that all third-party ink cartridges and toners are somehow inferior to OEM products. In truth, few OEMs make their own consumables anyways, relying instead on outside suppliers. You might also consider that several ink companies have been formulating, manufacturing, and distributing inkjet cartridges, laser toner, fax ribbons and printer consumables for much longer than many printer manufacturers have made printers.



What does "At 5% Coverage" mean?


5% average coverage is the estimated amount of coverage on the page of printing coverage and is a standard figure for comparison of prices, and print yields.

The figure is used to estimate the number of pages that an ink cartridge or toner cartridge may print.



 What does 5% average coverage look like?



Most websites use a comparable printing stat to compare printer toner and ink cartridges at ‘5% average coverage.

The measurement was based upon the ISO (International Organization of Standardization) document for calculating the output on an average document business letter.

The standards allow producers to predict the page yields approximations before the ink or toner runs dry.

Tested on specific printers in comparable conditions we can give some examples of printing average pages using black and white printing ink cartridges.

The 5% average coverage is supposed to be used as a guideline to and some comparison of data and page yields, however, these can all be changed by several factors such as:

Type of Font

Weight of Font

Font Size

Page Width

Color use and Coverage

The idea of using the 5% page guideline is to use it as a rough guide for comparison purposes.

For example, if you buy a black ink cartridge with 220 pages at 5% average coverage, then when you print you only get 150 pages out of the cartridge, these may be the reason you got fewer pages than you expected:

You only print occasionally – The ink residue may have dried up in your cartridge from lack of use. They may be ink in the cartridge still, clean the cartridge and place it in lukewarm water to try and get the ink flowing.

You print a lot of documents with bold text, and nice borders and add in graphs and bar charts – All these items will add to your print coverage and cost you more ink per page.

You were printing regularly with more than 5% average coverage.

If you print with more than 5% average coverage for example 10%, your page yield would be halved to approx. 75 pages. 20% would be halved again to approx. 37 pages.



How to Get the Best of Your Page Coverage?


When printing looks at some of your formatting on printing your pages. If you’re looking at getting the best value, then follow these simple tips:


Use simple formatting and limit the amount of underlining bold text

Experiment with different fonts and font sizes, depending on your document and what you need out of it.

Do you need larger text, or can it be smaller yet still readable?

Do you need that border, picture, or graphic can it be used without it?

Check out other printers to see if changing your printer can save money.

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