I know that there is a charging cycle when new cartridges are installed. If I have one cart. that needs changing and two others that are close, should I just go ahead and change all three, even though two still have 5% or so left? I am figuring that if I change only the empty cart., the other two will empty when the new one charges and then I'll have to charge again anyway. Just looking for alternate views or experiences.
#1. "RE: When To Change Carts on a 2400?" | In response to Reply # 0sfbillm Nikonian since 15th Jun 2004Tue 11-Apr-06 04:27 PM
I can't speak to the 2400, but perhaps my experience with my 2200 will give you some ideas.
On the 2200, 5% remaining ink in a cartridge is still a fair amount. The ink lost in recharging after a new cartridge install is definitely less than you would lose by chucking 1, much less 2, cartridges with 5% ink left.
I only change out a cartridge when 1) the red light is flashing and 2) the printer software tells me that there in only enough ink left for a very few (<10) prints of the kind I've been printing.
#2. "RE: When To Change Carts on a 2400?" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 11-Apr-06 04:30 PM
If the heads are clean and the ink is flowing unimpeded the charging of the lines when you swap out cartridges in a 2400 is minimal. In fact, for the desktop models the ink waste is negligible since the carts are sitting right up close to the heads. With the pro models the carts are farther from the print heads and the ink does travel a longer distance to reach the heads.
I would not worry about it and not change the carts until they are completely spent.
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#4. "RE: When To Change Carts on a 2400?" | In response to Reply # 3bobj Charter MemberTue 11-Apr-06 08:48 PM
No problem. Run 'em until they are dry, then change the cartridge, even in the middle of a print.