I use a laser printer for almost all my printing but when I want color I use my inkjet. The main problem I found was clogged nozzles and one way to prevent that is to use the printer at least once a week to print something out, that keeps everything open and flowing.
The second way to make the ink last longer is to never turn the printer off, most people just kill the power to the printer and that means the printer has to go through a complete cleaning cycle when it's turned back on and that wastes ink. Modern inkjets consume very tiny amounts of power when they are not printing and any electricity they consume is magnitudes of order cheaper than replacing the ink tank.
Doing these two things makes my ink last about 4X what it used to before I changed my habits.
Inkjet cartridges don't come cheap and I have an inkjet printer by Canon I use on occasions. Sometimes it goes unused for months at a time and when I need it most, I only find that the ink cartridge has dried out or is completely clogged. If I'm lucky, cleaning the inkjet cartridge head works but most of the time I end up having to go buy another one. This is quite frustrating and a big waste of money. I'm sure I'm not the only one who experiences this and my question is, what can I do to preserve the ink cartridge when it's not in use for a long period of time? Will removing the ink cartridge when not in use help? Or something else? Please help me out. Much appreciated.
--Submitted by: Gary H.