Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,305
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Guys, here is the reply I received from Epson. Looks like it will work, many thanks for your help

You would be able to switch the leftover ink from your XP-760 to your new XP-970, this is not a problem. Once inserted the correct ink levels would be read from the microchip on the inks and the ink should not dry out if you are just switching these straight from one printer to another. However, when you receive the replacement printer you should initialise this with the setup inks provided in the box with the printer since these are mostly used up in the initialisation process, and then once they need replacing then use the inks from the XP-760.

This response raises two points, in addition to confirming the basic one that you should be able to remove a partially-used ink cartridge from an XP-760 and use it in an XP-970:

(1) most printers come with 'setup' cartridges whose presence tells the printer to perform certain initialization functions. In some cases those functions may be very important or essential to perform before printing, e.g., pumping any packing fluid out of the heads and any dampers and priming the printer with actual ink. That's not to say that in all cases, if your first loading of the new printers is with partially-used cartridges from an old one, then there will be a problem. But the more prudent practice appears to be to use setup cartridges for the first use of a new printer.

(2) You can't just remove cartridges from a printer and assume they'll be fine until reinstalled in the same or another printer. They may or may not be. Installing a cartridge typically involves removing and/or puncturing one or more seals. The cartridge may or may not be effectively re-sealable. So the more prudent practice, if you can swing it, it to maintain the old cartridges in your XP-760, use the setup cartridges in the XP-970, and then when a setup cartridge in the XP-970 runs low, remove it and then take the corresponding cartridge out of the XP-760 and put it into the XP-970.

One final note: you probably realize this, but AFAIK the XP-970 uses two cartridges that the XP-760 does not, light cyan and light magenta. So if you're keeping the old XP-760 cartridges as your spares for the XP-970, you might want to buy light cyan and light magenta spares.

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