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Cleaning Print Head on Zebra 2844

Is it OK/safe to use isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth (or Q-tip) to clean the print head on the Zebra 2844?

I'm looking for some alternative to paying $35 dollars for a 12 pack of cleaning pens...

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No i would not advise that as being a good idea

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Are the ink cartridges just a few copies, I have new copier and print is very faint


Hi,

You need to clean the print head and insert the cartridge and check, whether it is working at fine because a dirty printer header will not allow the right formulation of the basic cyan, magenta, and yellow to print and comes up with the yellow color and not red.
If you still face the problem after cleaning print head then you need to check for a clogged nozzle. Clean the nozzle and then try printing it will work fine now.
To clean the print head from the Utility section found in the printer driver, clean the print heads by performing a head cleaning followed by printing a nozzle check pattern. Furthermore, you can clean the print head by Using a cotton Q-Tip & Isopropyl Alcohol and gently rub the print head with alcohol.

Hope this helps.

If you still have any queries, please feel free to ask us.

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Mar 03, 2011 | Kodak ESP 3 Multifunction Printer/ Copier/...

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Problem with printhead please consult user guide


Use the printer's utility program to self-clean the printer. This process may need to be repeated as many as 5 to 10 times. Often this will resolve the problem.

Turn the printer off, preferably overnight, if the self-cleaning utility has not worked. The ink may need to soften before the self-cleaning utility will be successful. Turn the printer on and try the self-cleaning utility again several times.


Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located. Epson printers, for example, are usually in the printer. Many other brands place the print head in the cartridge.


Remove the cartridge. For models where the print head is in the printer, drop seven to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) down the ink receptacle area. This is the hole where the ink flows into the head from the cartridge. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If necessary, allow to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.


Soak the cartridge print head in hot water if the print head is in the cartridge. Allow to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.


Place the cartridge print head in isopropyl alcohol if the hot water soak did not unclog the print head. Leave the print head covered in alcohol overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area. Dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.


Purchase a new cartridge if the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the print head.

Mar 01, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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My printer won't print anything - only blank pages. However, both ink cartridges have ink. Please help!


If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on the next day and try printing a test pattern to see whether the problem has either disappeared or become less noticeable. This ink-saving procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the print head needs time to soften before the printer head can be cleaned completely. Try running the self-cleaning utility again one or more times.
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head

If the overnight cleaning still does not work, there may be a layer of thick ink that is blocking the holes of the printer's head. The next option is to manually clean the printer head. Follow these steps:

* Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located.
* Remove the ink cartridge from your printer and then dip a cotton swab in hot water or isopropyl alcohol and rub it against the print head. This should loosen any crusted ink. NOTE: Be careful, especially if you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your print heads: Some printers use rubber gaskets, and if you get isopropyl alcohol on the gaskets it could dry them out.
* For models where the print head is in the printer, drop 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol (91% denatured isopropyl alcohol - not 'rubbing' alcohol) down the ink receptacle area where the ink actually flows from the cartridge into the head. Run a few self-cleaning utilities. If possible, allow the printer to sit a few hours or overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the print head is in the cartridge, soak the cartridge print head in hot water. Allow it to soak overnight. Dry the print head area with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.
* If the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge you may need to purchase a new cartridge. This will provide new print heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the printer head.

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When printing a label on the lp2844 the label look faded


This is very little info, but I will try.
First, have you cleaned the printhead, if not procede as follows: -
Open the printer and with a soft cloth dampened with Isopropyl Alcohol or any clening alcohol gently rub the printhead to remove any built up dirt. If you look closely at the printhead elements, you may be able to see and feel with the pad of your finger any build up, continue to clean until it has gone.DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE A HARD OR SHARP OBJECT TO CLEAN THE PRINHEAD AS THIS WILL DESTROY IT.

Try the print again to see if it has improved.
If not then adjsut the print head heat/contrast settings from either the printer driver or the software you are using to make the labels.


Feb 11, 2010 | Zebra LP 2844 Thermal Printer

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Good morning, having problems with zebra printer 110xilll Plus. white streak down middle label. V


You can try cleaning the print head with Isopropyl Alcohol, if this doesn't fix it - you printer will require a new Print head

Jan 20, 2010 | Zebra 110Xi III Plus Thermal Printer

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My labels do not print clearly, I have a zebra TLP2844


Check the Ribbon type and adjust the darkness levels accordingly, Wax uses less heat and Resin uses more. Another thing to check is if you are using Direct Thermal Labels as this could cause a clarity problem. Also cleaning the Print head with Isopropyl Alcohol each time you change the ribbon will keep the head in good condition.

Dec 15, 2009 | Zebra TLP 2844-Z Thermal Label Printer

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I change print head Zebra TLP-2844Z, only lasted 1 month, and then writing back to being not clear, please solution to what should I do,What I have to change again? thank you


Check the ribbon if you are using one, clean the print head with Isopropyl Alcohol and a cotton bud. Check the darkness settings in the printer driver and adjust.

Dec 09, 2009 | Zebra TLP 2844-Z Thermal Label Printer

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The ink is not to clear.. print right but get bad after a few weeks


Try cleaning the print head. I try to clean the thermal print head between each ribbon change. Use the Zebra cleaning tool (looks like a magic marker) or a q-tip with a little bit of denatured alcohol. If this is not the issue make sure there is no wrinkles in the ribbon.

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1. Clean the print head with cleaning pen.
2. Adjust print speed/darkness in software.
3. Check the media and verify that print surface is facing up.
4. Check that correct thermal media is in use.

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Zebra Thermal 2844 prints text poorly


Lizardlick,
I found this information in the user manual:
Let the print head to cool for one minute, then use a new
cleaning pen to swab the print elements (the thin gray
line on the print head) from end to end. NOTE: You do
not have to turn off the printer to do this.
If print quality remains poor after cleaning, try the
Save-a-Print Head cleaning film to remove buildup
without damaging the print head. Call your authorized
reseller for more information.

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