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Storing & Handling Ink Cartridges The Right Way

For Best Results, Use Genuine HP Cartridges And Follow These Guidelines:

    • Keep ink cartridges sealed in the original package until they are installed. Store at temperatures between -15 and 35 degrees Celsius (5 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit).
    • To keep cartridges from drying out, always turn the printer off using the Power button, and wait until the Power light goes out before you pull the plug or turn off a power strip. This allows the printer to move the cartridges to a capped position.
    • If you remove a cartridge from the printer for any reason, try to replace it again as soon as possible. Outside of the printer, if unprotected, cartridges begin to dry out. If the printer uses separate ink cartridges and printhead, the printhead can be damaged if cartridges are not installed.
    • If you must store a cartridge outside of the printer, follow the guidelines:

      Storing Opened Cartridges and Printheads

        • If opened supplies must be stored outside of the product, place them (nozzles up) in a plastic tub with an airtight lid.
        • Some cartridges have an orange cap that is twisted off to open. If these supplies have been opened, replace the orange cap before it is stored.
        • Place a damp cloth or paper in the tub.
        • Do not use plastic bags. Do not allow anything to touch the cartridge nozzles.
      Figure 1: Plastic tub with an airtight lid
      Image: Plastic tub with an airtight lid
      Figure 2: Do not touch the cartridge nozzles
      Image: Do not touch the cartridge nozzles

    • When it is time to dispose of a cartridge, visit to learn about the HP Planet Partners Return and Recycling program and order free return shipping materials (not available in all countries).


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