Refilling Epson P5000

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 7,611
Fading with third-party inks
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I sort of disagree with other posters here about 3rd party inks. Inkjetmall (Cone) inks are great quality. Yes they fade slightly faster than OEM ....

Album / dark storage is one thing, but for prints left on display and/or otherwise exposed to light, even those Cone inks fade much faster than OEM, at least if you believe the Aardenburg tests (and Precision Colors inks faded even faster, sometimes much faster). For those who aren't familiar, the Aardenburg results are reported in a light dose of megalux-hours, with one result for the point where at least 10% of the colors have faded to a degree Aardenburg rates significant, and another result for the point where at least 50% of the colors have faded to a degree Aardenburg rates significant. The higher the megalux-hours reported in the test, the more fade-resistant the print.

Aardenburg tests found that the Cone color inks faded between 4 and 5 times as fast as the corresponding Epson pigment inks. For ConeColorPro inks on Epson Ultra Premium Glossy paper in an Epson R3000, the results were 11 and 15 megalux-hours, respectively (test #278). For Epson K3 + Vivid Magenta inks on Epson Ultra Premium Glossy paper in an Epson 3880 (same inkset as R3000), the results were 54 and 67 megalux-hours, respectively (test #279).

And Cone actually came out looking quite good in comparison to another big name in third-party inks. Direct comparisons getting progressively worse for third-party inks:

Aardenburg tests found that the Precision Colors pigment inks faded 6 times as fast as the corresponding Canon pigment inks. For Precision Colors PC29 inks on Red River Palo Duro Soft Gloss Rag paper in a Canon Pro-1, the results were 8 and 11 megalux-hours, respectively (test #328). For Canon Lucia (PGI-29) inks on Red River Palo Duro Soft Gloss Rag paper in a Canon Pro-1, the results were 47 and 66 megalux-hours, respectively (test #331).

Aardenburg tests found that the Precision Colors dye inks faded between 25 and 48 times as fast as the corresponding Canon dye inks. For Precision Colors PC42 inks on Canon LU-101 Pro Luster paper in a Canon Pro-100, the results were 1.2 and 2.3 megalux-hours (not a typo: one-point-two and two-point-three), respectively (test #326). For Canon ChromaLife 100+ inks on Canon LU-101 Pro Luster paper in a Canon Pro-100, the results were 57 and 57 megalux-hours (yes, same for both), respectively (test #304).

Aardenburg tests found that the Precision Colors pigment inks faded more than 70 times as fast as the corresponding Epson pigment inks. For Precision Colors PCK3HD inks on Red River Palo Duro Soft Gloss Rag paper in an Epson P800, the results were 1.3 and 1.7 megalux-hours (not a typo: one-point-three and one-point-seven), respectively (test #327). For Epson UltraChrome HD inks on Red River Palo Duro Soft Gloss Rag paper in an Epson P600 (same inkset as P800), the results were 95 and 122 megalux-hours, respectively (test #330).

And about dye versus pigment: the Aardenburg tests found that even the best third-party pigment inks tested (Cone) were only about as fade-resistant as the genuine Epson Claria dye inks, and much less fade-resistant than genuine Canon ChromaLife 100+ dye inks; and some of the third-party pigment inks faded much faster than even the genuine Epson Claria dye inks.

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