Canon Printer Ink Cartridges

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Canon Printer Ink Cartridges



Which Canon ink cartridges do I need?


When choosing the type of Canon printer ink cartridges that are best for you, it's worth thinking about what they'll be used for. If your workplace tends to print a lot of images or promotional material that requires a lot of colour, then Tri-colour Canon ink cartridges are the way forward. However, if the onus is mainly on text, then Black canon printer ink cartridges are what you should focus on. For businesses that print both pictures and text in equal measure, you'll need to stock up on both.

Black cartridges are relatively self-explanatory. These cartridges filled with black ink offer high-definition text and lines. Tri-colour cartridges comprise three separate compartments filled with three different colours: cyan, yellow, and magenta. Using various combinations of these tones facilitates printing gradations of colour through the spectrum.

However, if there’s a downside to using Tri-colour cartridges, it can be that certain print jobs will place a demand on one colour more than others, which can result in poorer results. In addition, it means that you may have to replace the whole cartridge, even if the remaining colour chambers are relatively full.



Tri-colour vs individual cartridges


To combat this, invest in a printer that can hold three different colour cartridges. Should one of the colours, for example, magenta, run low, it can be replaced, and the printing can continue as normal. Individual colour cartridges are available for compatible printers, ensuring that your printed materials always sport the high definition and colour expected from Canon printer ink cartridges. It's worth noting that if you have a Canon printer that takes four individual cartridges (black, magenta, cyan, and yellow), the printer will not function until there are four cartridges in place. Having extra supplies of individual Canon printer ink cartridges is an effective way to ensure that your printing is never held up due to low supplies.



When to replace Canon ink cartridges


As an added bonus, Canon printer ink cartridges are monitored by the printer. The moment the levels start dropping to crucial levels, the cartridge communicates with the printer, and you'll see a message telling you that it'll soon be time to replace the cartridge. Each one has an allocated print yield, which is the number of pages it can comfortably print before the reserves start to run out. If you want to maximise the number of pages you can print, it’s worth looking for printers that will accommodate high-yield Canon printer ink cartridges.



Canon cartridge codes explained


Buying printer cartridges of any sort can be confusing, particularly regarding how they are coded. However, with Canon printer ink cartridges, there's a very simple way of working out what's best for you.

  • • Cartridges whose codes begin with 'PG' contain pigment-based ink. The pigment consists of tiny particles of pigment held in a liquid suspension. For black ink, PG cartridges produce a truer shade of black than their Tri-colour counterparts, making them more suitable for high-definition text. In addition, PG inks are more resistant to UV light, water, and smudging, ensuring a long-lasting result.
  • • Cartridge codes which begin with ‘CL’ contain dye-based ink. The acronym stands for ‘ChromaLife,’ which refers to the fact that most dye-based inks tend to be coloured and have a lengthy lifespan. Dye-based ink cartridges contain colours that have been dissolved in liquid. As a result, they are better suited to covering larger blocks of paper with rich and vibrant colours. While they can last a long time, they are less water-resistant than PG inks. In addition, because they use a combination of inks to create the colours you want, they can take a little longer to dry, or there's a slight risk of smudging.



How long can I keep Canon ink cartridges?


If you're worried about how long Canon ink cartridges will keep in storage, the answer is roughly two years. As long as the packaging is sealed, there's no chance of them drying out, and, even if you've left it past that time, you might be able to get something from them, so it's always worth giving it a go. It's also worth noting that it can be a good idea to use a printhead cleaner on your printer every so often. Printhead cleaners keep the nozzles in your printer clean and free from residual build-up. Not only will this help to ensure that the quality of your printing is always consistent and sharp, but it may help you get a little more out of your cartridges.



Installing or replacing Canon ink cartridges


Installing or replacing cartridges can feel a little daunting if you've not done it before. However, they're designed to be convenient, and these steps will help you get the job right.

  • • Turn the printer on and open the cover on the front.
  • • If the paper output tray is manually-operated, open it up. If it does so automatically, leave it to do so.
  • • Remove any paper from the printer.
  • • The cartridge holder will move into position, ready for you to remove the cartridge to be replaced. Don’t touch it until it’s fully stopped.
  • • Gently push down on the cartridge you want to replace until it clicks. Once it's clicked into place, gently pull it from the cartridge holder.
  • • Take the replacement cartridge from its packaging and remove the protective tape from the cartridge itself.
  • • If your cartridge is a colour cartridge, it will go on the left of the cartridge holder. If it’s black, it will go on the right.
  • • Present the cartridge to the holder at an angle until it clicks into place.
  • • To check that your Canon ink cartridge is installed correctly, it should line up with any cartridges that are already in there.
  • •Close the paper output tray and replace the front cover. If everything’s gone according to plan, you’re all set to go.


As Europe’s leading supplier of office essentials and accessories, we offer a broad range of Canon printer ink cartridges. With next-working-day delivery options, you can have your printers ready to roll in as little as 24 hours.