How To Make Brother Toner Cartridge Last Longer

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Can I make my Brother toner cartridge last a bit longer after showing it is empty?

Yes, it is possible. In fact, a lot of people do it very often. Printers tend to give the “empty” message as soon as the toner level is low. However, you can still milk it a little more as you look for a newer one to replace.


So, how do I make her toner cartridge last longer even when it starts blinking or beeping?

Even though printers vary greatly from one to another, the trick is to convince the printer that you have changed the toner so that it can continue printing. Generally, you go the setup, then select “Replace Toner” and press OK. After that, press “Continue”. Go to “continue printing mode”, press “Stop” and then press”Go”. You can now continue using your printer for a while as you look for a new toner cartridge. This is a very simple process and may not require a lot of knowledge.

Other printers will require you to press “on” on “Continue printing mode” severally until all LEDs blink twice. This way, you have turned on continuous mode. You then again press “off” repeatedly on “continue printing mode” until all LEDs blink once.

For most printers, all you have to do is remove the cartridge for a while then put it back in and power the printer.

Is this process harmful to my Brother toner cartridge?

Not at all. Everything is all about moderation. You can only milk it for so long. As long as you do it for a short period of time as you are trying to get your hands on a new toner then all is good. This is not a permanent fix. It is only a short term remedy. Overdoing it may severely damage your printer.


Do OEM cartridges last longer than remanufactured ones?

It all depends on how you use it. Technically, remanufactured cartridges are built to exceed the specifications of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges but if not used properly, it still won’t last long. If you keep your OEM in good condition and use it appropriately, it will last you a few more cycles with refills. The same goes for remanufactured ones.


What are the effects of pushing my toner cartridge to last a bit longer?

Milking your toner doesn’t necessarily have negative effects. However, some of the things you may notice include fading quality, flashing of the error LED may be more frequent or a paper-jam once in awhile.

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