Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

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Alan Wong Regular Member • Posts: 148
Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

What is the preferred correct way to deal with a inkjet...do you leave it on 24/7 or turn it on/off when you need it. I forgot but there was a blurb on how when you turn it on/off---it expunges more ink, etc.

Looking to get a Epson 3800 --- primarily for home use. It won't be used daily

steras Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Re: Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

After talking to a Epson rep. at a Nikon Expo earlier this year I do as recommended to me; keep the 3800 on all the time.

(Think it had something to do with keeping a electrical charge on the printheads which prevents potential clogging...but I might very well be totally wrong on this).

Alan Wong OP Regular Member • Posts: 148
Re: Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

That's probably it...regarding preventing clogged inkjet. I remember the blurb about slight ink usage ...so it's more, or less along the lines.

CaseyJ Senior Member • Posts: 1,829
On all the time.

I leave my Epson R200 and R2400 on all the time. The R2400 recently went 8 weeks without printing due to my hospitalization and recuperation period. I ran a nozzle check and no breaks in the pattern. Prints were perfect.

I do not notice any ink loss between print sessions.

CaseyJ

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colourgeek Veteran Member • Posts: 3,576
Re: On all the time.

Most printers can be left on. I can't say should be as there is no real information on the frequency of use / non use vs leaving it on all the time. For the HP 9180, 8850, Z series there are to be left on as they have routines for print head maintenance that ensure always ready clog free printing. Yet I do turn them off to save redundant electricity, and the small amount of ink wasted for these routines.

Most dye printers though can be left on with only the minimum of electricity being used.

In the end I guess there will be less chance of clogging on both pigment and dye if left on.
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b.c. Senior Member • Posts: 1,477
leave on

Alan Wong wrote:

.... I forgot but there was a blurb on how when you turn it on/off---it expunges more ink, etc.

every time you turn the printer on it consumes some ink to clean the nozzles (at least with Epson, not sure about others)
I leave both my 960 and Picturemate on all the time.

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waveney2 Contributing Member • Posts: 640
Re: Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

Well I bought a gismo that fits between an appliance and the socket that will calculate the total power usage costs for up to 50 appliances. Stupidly, I thought that was far more capacity than I needed to measure. What I actually found was that we had over 70 appliances in stand-by mode in the worst case and an average of 45 on a daily basis costing a minimum of £125(say $250) per annum... just doing nothing!!

My B9180 is actually one of the heavier stand-by power users so i now turn it off and along with all the other unnecessary ones, have managed to trim our power bill by £85(£22 per quarter).

So far, no clogs in over a year left off. In fact no problems whatsoever in 2 years of heavy use :-> >

I do worry about it but have decided that the planet is worth saving and the £s saved will pay for a set of (user installable)print heads if I hit problems.

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Eric Chan Senior Member • Posts: 2,800
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WBirch Senior Member • Posts: 2,836
Interesting '3800' webpage, Eric

Got a page on the pro 4800 like this? Would be cool.

The 3800 holds 9 carts? Both PK and MK? I didn't know this.

Regards.
Wayne B.
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Eric Chan wrote:

Since you are thinking about the 3800:

http://people.csail.mit.edu/ericchan/dp/Epson3800/faq.html#on_or_off

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WBirch Senior Member • Posts: 2,836
It depends on the printer

Some printers can semi-dock and leave on all the time with no problems
and other printers you should turn off when not used for a while. I leave
my 4800 on all the time, but if there is a power outage - it can eat up
some ink due to the printer NOT being shut off properly so the next time
you boot it up it - it "finds itself".

I turn off the printer (and my comps) prior to a thunderstorm or known
power outage and unplug from the wall outlets. A 3800 printer should be
able to be left on all the time. Just beware of power outages....

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Alan Wong wrote:

What is the preferred correct way to deal with a inkjet...do you
leave it on 24/7 or turn it on/off when you need it. I forgot but
there was a blurb on how when you turn it on/off---it expunges more
ink, etc.

Looking to get a Epson 3800 --- primarily for home use. It won't be
used daily

BJN
BJN Veteran Member • Posts: 5,064
Turn off Epsons, some competing printers want to be on

Epson doesn't have an automated nozzle cleaning cycle and if you leave the printer on, the heads aren't fully parked. That means the nozzles can dry out much faster. Your manual will tell you to turn off the printer after use for this reason.

Some competing printers run automatic cleaning cycles and head self-tests and those are supposed to be powered on all the time. That's a big selling point and should be explained in the manuals.

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Tom-C Senior Member • Posts: 1,192
Re: Inkjet Printers - Leave on constant or not

Considering printer performance, I don't think it makes much difference. You'll see people reporting that they leave the printer on all the time with no problems, and others that turn the printer off, also reporting no problems.

If it did indeed make a difference, I would expect to see some kind of trend in responses.

If it doesn't really make a difference, then turning it off seems to make more sense since the printer won't be consuming power while off.

I'm one of the "turn it off when not in use" crowd. My R2400 works well and has been clog-free in the 3+ years I've owned it.

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My Epson 2200 hasn't been off for years...

To this day I haven't had one problem with it, it has say for months at time without use and it still prints just like new.

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WBirch Senior Member • Posts: 2,836
Re: Turn off Epsons, some competing printers want to be on

BJN wrote:

Epson doesn't have an automated nozzle cleaning cycle and if you
leave the printer on, the heads aren't fully parked. That means the
nozzles can dry out much faster. Your manual will tell you to turn
off the printer after use for this reason.

...so everytime you boot up that Epson it will eat a bunch of ink.
Please.

Not so with my Pro 4800. Don't follow everything in the manual too.
Not supposed to use the 4800 media cutter on canvas (according to
the manual............) but have cut hundreds of canvas prints with it
and the blade is still sharp.

Some competing printers run automatic cleaning cycles and head
self-tests and those are supposed to be powered on all the time.
That's a big selling point and should be explained in the manuals.

You can leave better Epsons on all the time even a couple weeks between
prints. Consumer printers are a different story.

Wayne B.

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chacha1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,539
Re: Turn off Epsons, some competing printers want to be on

WBirch wrote:

Not so with my Pro 4800. Don't follow everything in the manual too.
Not supposed to use the 4800 media cutter on canvas (according to
the manual............) but have cut hundreds of canvas prints with it
and the blade is still sharp.

Wayne B.

Wayne, I'm curious about this comment on using media cutter for canvas. I have accidently had that happen maybe ten times and have always wondered if it really matters. I even called epson tech to inquire if using it on canvas would harm the print heads, since on my 7600, the media cutter is attached to the print head base. Tech support said no that it would not harm the heads. I keep wanting to use it, now it appears that it would be okay. Does anyone else use the standard media cutter on their 7600 or 7800 epson pro to cut canvas? Thanks, ChaCha

BrianDeveloper Regular Member • Posts: 192
Let' get the electiricity cost into proportion

According to the Epson site the R1800 printer consumes 1.3 watts while in sleep mode. Assuming that the printer was left on for 24/7 for a year then the total wasted electricity would be 11388 watt / hours ie 11.38 units of electricity. Here in the UK where electricity is expensive that would cost 1.01 GBP
One pound for a year on standby. I will leave it on.
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