The average cartridge can usually be refilled 2 to 6 times, but some are much more.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CARTRIDGE
The main cause of a cartridges and printers lifespan being shortened is running a cartridge completely dry. If the cartridge continues to be used when a colour has run out, or partially run out, the print head will start to burn out. If the cartridges are just ink tanks, then the printhead is part of your printer, this means you will need a new printer when your printhead burns out. Most printers these days are designed to last about 1 1/2 years, but are very cheap to replace now.
If the cartridge is used when empty it can also cause damage to the electronic circuitry as well as the printhead. The only remedy is a brand new cartridge. Cartridges also do not like being left out when empty, the ink dries in the printhead nozzles causing blockages that sometimes cannot be cleared. When a cartridge is empty, it should be refilled as soon as possible, and then sealed and stored.
If your ink cartridge is just an ink tank with no printhead or electronics then placing the cap on is OK (if there is one), in the case of most Brother original ink tanks, they have a valve that closes when the cartridge is taken out, this seals itself. The compatibles however need to be handled carefully as they can leak and drip ink.
Most newer machines have a “Low Ink” warning, but if yours does not, stop at the first sign of fading print and refill, as continuing will shorten the cartridges life or the printers life, and cost more money in the long run.
Remember "A stitch in time, saves nine"
Things you can do to help get the most refills.
• If possible store in a ziplock bag or airtight container while awaiting refilling, this will slow down the drying out process and minimise blockages. This applies only to a few cartridges that have a printhead built in.
• Avoid touching the copper connections and printhead on cartridges.
• If you are concerned about having no time, don’t worry, we come to you at a convenient time.
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