Inkjet Cartridges

When were inkjet cartridges introduced?


Inkjet printers and printer cartridges were first introduced in 1984, which made it easier to print documents and change ink cartridges. This came after years of changing ribbons and adding toner ink to reservoirs within the computer.


Did you know... Hewlett Packard was the first company to release the DeskJet Printer which could be used in the home.


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What are inkjet cartridges?


Most inkjet printers use a thermal inkjet- inside the ink reservoir of the thermal inkjet is a heating element or resistor which, when instructed by the printer, allows a current to flow through that heats the metal and as a result the heated plate is vaporised into an air bubble inside the nozzle. Ink droplets are forced out of the cartridge nozzle that lands onto the paper, the process is very quick and takes a matter of milliseconds.


Originally, inkjet cartridges came in black and one cartridge with each of the three primary colours. However, most printers now have an inkjet cartridge in black and separate inkjet cartridges for each of the primary colours. This means that the when one of the cartridges runs out, they can be replaced on a solo basis.


The Epson inkjet cartridges work in a different way; this is because they don’t have a heating element. All Epson inkjet cartridges use a piezoelectric crystal in each nozzle so that when current is applied, the crystal changes shape and a drop of ink comes out of the nozzle. In some cases, Epson ink cartridges can create smaller ink droplets than thermal inkjet machines.

Some problems that may occur with inkjet printers can be if ink dries at the print head- this tends to happen when the ink levels are low, resulting in damage to the print head. To avoid this problem occurring, it is best to change the ink cartridge when the levels become low.

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Inkjet cartridges tend to cost more than you might think, inkjet printers are best suited for small businesses or home users with light printing needs.Some people use remanufactured cartridges to cut back on their printing costs, the other option is to buy the original high yield or ‘XL’ cartridges which can be more economic. for more information about our remanufactured ink cartridges and toner cartridges, click here.


We are willing to guarantee the quality of the output and the life of all of our compatible and original ink cartridges.


We stock the main brands


We stock all of the most popular brands; we also stock compatible ink cartridges and toner. The price of ink cartridges and toner is forever fluctuating; we make sure that our prices are always competitive. We stock these items so if you run out, we can deliver them to you. Our delivery is free and next day, with no minimum order.


We sell Brother, HP, Sharp, Kyocera, Xerox, Dell, Ricoh, Panasonic, Samsung, Canon, Epson, Oki, Lexmark, Philips Konica Minolta and Kodak.

All of our original and compatible printer cartridges come with a manufacturer's warranty so you have the piece of mind that if they do go wrong, we will be there to replace the faulty item free of charge.


Did you know…?


Every year, more than 300 million plastic printer cartridges end up dumped in landfills around the world- almost 10 cartridges are thrown away every second.


We will recycle your used inkjet and toner cartridges free of charge!



Just hand them to our driver and we will take them away for you.

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