When you own an inkjet printer, you will require different ink cartridges to be able to print your greyscale and coloured documents. Typically, inkjet printers will have one black cartridge and one of each of the primary colours in order to mix any shades and colours your documents need. All of these ink cartridges will contain liquid ink that is deposited onto your paper during the printing process. 

Often, homeowners will stock up on compatible cartridges to ensure that they never run out when they need to print something and this can be very beneficial. However, as you may expect, similarly to any other type of liquid, the temperature can have an effect on the liquid ink inside your printer cartridges. So, it is really important to ensure that you’re storing your replacement ink cartridges in a suitable place. 

What happens when ink cartridges get warm?

Exposing your replacement ink cartridges to heat can cause them to become unusable. The most common thing to happen in warm temperatures is for the liquid ink inside the cartridge to dry up completely, meaning they can’t be used. However, sometimes, heat can also cause the air bubbles in the ink to expand inside the cartridge which makes the liquid ink leak out of the cartridge. Not only is this messy, but it will damage your printer if you try to use the cartridge too.

It is also worth noting that if you’re keeping your replacement ink cartridges in an area of high humidity then this can damage the colour dye inside the ink too. It will essentially separate the dye inside of the cartridge and this will usually result in incorrect colours being printed and generally poor quality for printed documents. 

What happens when ink cartridges get cold?

Thankfully, the cold weather we have here in the UK doesn’t tend to affect ink cartridges too much. However, it is possible for the liquid ink inside the cartridge to harden if it is extremely cold during the winter months. Usually, due to the other components of the ink, it won’t necessarily freeze, but it may potentially start to clump. 

Should you find that your replacement ink cartridges are really cold and the liquid ink has hardened, then you should ensure that you warm them up before attempting to use them. If you do use the cold cartridge, it can cause serious damage to your printer. 

Where should you store your replacement ink cartridges?

The best place you can store your replacement ink cartridges is in an area that stays at around average room temperature. So, a cabinet or a cupboard in your computer room will be perfect. It is also recommended that you keep your replacement ink cartridges in their original packaging too, this will help to prevent any damage from the moisture in the air. 

Does temperature matter when your cartridges are in the printer?

Just because an ink cartridge is inside a printer doesn’t mean that it can’t be affected by temperature. However, due to the fact that the majority of people keep their printer near their computer, it is likely that this area won’t be exposed to dramatic temperature changes, so the liquid ink inside the cartridges will be fine. 

Buying replacement ink cartridges 

Now that you know a little bit more about how temperature affects printer ink cartridges, you can ensure that you’re storing any replacement cartridges you have in the best place. Of course, this will help to prevent any cartridges being wasted and, in turn, save you some money. If you’re in need of some replacement ink cartridges and you’re searching for somewhere affordable to purchase them from, be sure to visit the Toner One website. 

We specialise in providing genuine, new and unused stock from all leading brands in the printer consumable sector and we can 100% guarantee that no matter what you purchase from us, the consumable itself has not been opened or used. We aim to please our customers by not only providing high-quality genuine OEM ink cartridges, but by also keeping our prices affordable and ensuring quick delivery too. We look forward to assisting you with your replacement compatible ink cartridges.