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Ink absorbers inside the printer unit, which is also called "waste pads" is actually a thick, hard, and small pad that can hold a huge volume of waste inks.

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The Ink absorber is usually found inside the printer, underneath the catridge oparking area when the printer is not printing. You can see them when the printer is printing a document and moves away from the parked area.

It is used to absorb the small amounts of ink that may drip out of the catridge after a print job, and it also stops the cartridges drying out.

They usually last the life of the porinter and do not need to be touched.

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