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Strategies on saving ink and power

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This got me thinking that I might have the printer configured all wrong; apparently I wasted a lot of ink and power (warming up involved about 5 minutes of 1000 watt power consumption) for very little pages printed.
I am looking for the best balance in power-saving and ink saving for home use. Any suggestions especially for conserving ink since that is by far more expensive than power?

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Mike

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  • altarace Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks tryit for confirming my suspiciouns about the wastefulness of this printer. Selecting between 30 and 240 minutes is not really useful for home use since most print jobs will not happen within 4 hours of each-other which almost guarantees a head cleaning cycle per print job. Is there a way to set this value higher than 240? or even better a way to stop it from cleaning the head after each wakeup?

    Also; any idea how many head cleans it takes to consume a whole solid ink cartridge? I'm guessing the printer is an "equal opportunity waster" meaning it will waste an equal amount out of each cartridge type per cleaning cycle?

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Here are the instructions on adjusting the low power mode.
Sadly the phaser printers are horribly wasteful.
What happens is when they come out of sleep mode or start from a no power situation, a compressor comes on and removes all the ink from the print head then refills the print head with fresh ink.
That is supposedly to maintain print quality. But very wasteful.

If the printer is going into Power Saver mode too often and you do not want to wait while the printer warms up, increase the length of time before the printer goes into the Power Saver mode.
Modify the timeout value:

  1. Press the [Up] or [Down] arrow button on the Control Panel to select [Printer Setup] on the Display Screen, and then press the [OK] button.
  2. Press the [Up] or [Down] arrow button to select [Printer Controls], and then press the [OK] button.
  3. Press the [Up] or [Down] arrow button to select [Power Saver Timeout], and then press the [OK] button.
  4. Press the [Up] or [Down] arrow button to select the required timeout value (30 - 240 minutes), and then press the [OK] button.

    NOTE: Select a larger timeout value to extend the length of time before the printer goes into the Power Saver mode.

  5. Press the [Up] or [Down] arrow button to select [Exit], and then press the [OK] button to return to the Main screen.

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