Lexmark Inkjet Cartridges

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Lexmark inkjet cartridges, along with Hewlett-Packard (HP) cartridges, take only remanufactured inkjet cartridges because of the design of their printers. That means that generic, or compatible, cartridges are not made for these two brands, as they are for Epson, Canon, Apple, and Brother. Generics are just ink tanks and are meant for printers that have separate printheads and cartridges. Lexmark and HP combine the printhead and the cartridge in a patented product that precludes the use of generics.

Because this printhead/cartridge arrangement could easily be damaged by tinkering or spills, refill kits are not advised. Instead, the empty cartridges are mailed to a company where they are professionally refilled and returned to you in a mailer. Only three or four refills are possible before the cartridge wears out, and not all cartridges can be refilled even by professionals.

Remanufactured Lexmark Inkjet Cartridges

Remanufactured Lexmark inkjet cartridges are subject to a special process that ensures quality. The cartridge itself must be sound, and so it is put through electrical and mechanical tests to check for possible vacuum leaks since some inkjet printer cartridges rely on a slight vacuum in order to operate. If the cartridge is fine, it is then cleaned, flushed with a flushing machine, and prepared for filling.

After the cartridge is refilled, it is tested again to see if it operates properly. Finally, it is weighed to see if the right amount of ink has been injected, and then packed for shipping. Lexmark inkjet cartridges go through this same rigorous process to ensure the highest quality product.

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