I believe I found the very thread I belong to! :bigsmile:
Boy have I got some useful information for y'all today..
Okay, so I am the proud owner of an Epson R340 and a CIS kit from PrintOnADime. I did not make the decision easily to go with such a brand.. I conducted a LOT of research via forum threads like this one:
Now on to the rundown of information!
- PrintOnADime [http://www.printonadime.com] is an extremely reputable company that I have never felt so proud to do business with. Although their site looks cheesy, they are a very customer-friendly business with a 100% positive eBay feedback rating of 950 (about 50 a month). They answered all my e-mails promptly and personally, while providing extremely useful information in the process. Their detailed instructions that came with my CIS kit were extremely beneficial as well -- considering they were actually in movie format. :bigsmile: Oh, and I happened to order my CIS on a Saturday morning.. and got it by the next Monday afternoon!.
- Now this is my professional opinion.. and I am a perfectionist as well.. so please believe me when I say this: the ink that came with my CIS kit from POAD is so identical to my genuine Epson ink that I simply cannot tell the difference between the two. :iagree: .
- The reason being, I found out, is because the ink POAD supplies with their CIS kits is made in the United States. I have read numerous reports about the lack in quality of other inks supplied with CIS kits, only to learn that their inks were manufactured in foreign countries like China. Those inks are said to be watered down, thus resulting in the colors not matching to the original or OEM Epson inks out there. One such company I would NOT buy my CIS kit from (based only on actual reports in other forums) is "inkexpress4u" -- mainly because they have been said to provide foreign ink with their kits. I believe greg42 was warning us against companies like them..
- Now listen closely.. with respect to clogging, there is absolutely NO difference between the various cartridge/delivery methods available for you to feed your printer ink with. ONLY THE TYPE OF INK MATTERS. I say this because of all the hype I've read surrounding such cartridge clogs via the use of CIS kits..
- The cartridges that came with my CIS kit are exactly the same as "refillable" cartridges, and OEM cartridges, and genuine Epson cartridges -- with respect to ink delivery. They all have the same shape, they all have the same identification chips on them, and they all have the same hole at the bottom of them to allow ink to be pulled through. NONE of them have the actual print-heads attached to them.. which means that any clogging that ensues is part of the printer itself and NOT the ink delivery system. The only cause for a clog is based on the type of ink (dye vs. pigment), the brand/source of ink, and most importantly: how often you use your printer..
- In lamen's terms, if you don't use your printer for awhile, thus allowing the print-heads to dry out (think of a paint brush sitting out).. there is absolutely NO significance as to how the ink got there. You could have a CIS installed, you could have genuine Epson ink cartridges installed. It doesn't matter. The clog you have is at the print-head and nowhere near the cartridges..
- With that in mind, the best way to prevent clogging (no matter which ink delivery system you use) is to print at least one half-to-full page worth of ink on a daily basis. What this does is allow the ink that would otherwise dry up on your print-heads (and cause that clog) to be pushed onto the paper, allowing fresh ink to takes its place. (Think of using that paint brush before it dries out, and then dipping it in some more paint). Don't worry, the amount of ink you'll use by printing this daily "purge page" is insignificant compared to the benefit of having a clog-free printer system..
- Now if you use cheap ink that comes from China, or even the "Stratitec" ink that Sam's Club offers for next to nothing... be prepared for clogging, no matter how often you use your printer. The saying "you get what you pay for" has never meant more in this department. To the best of my knowledge, the only (current) reputable and reported sources for truly "high quality" ink are PrintOnADime[http://www.printonadime.com], and PrintForLess [http://www.printforless.tk]..
[li]The third source of clogging might be because you're using pigment-based ink in a dye-based inkjet printer. The thicker viscocity of pigment-based ink, as well as the larger picoliter (droplet) size, usually ends up clogging any and all print-heads that are not specifically designed to handle the difference.
Okay, now that we've got all that out of the way.. time for some different information! Here's what, after doing A LOT of research, I have come to the conclusion of:
- If you do a LARGE amount of printing, a CIS kit will be very appropriate for your needs. The upside to a CIS is that you'll never have to refill individual cartridges, only tanks. The downside is that if you don't have your CIS properly installed, the ink ribbon can be damaged! Whatever you do, don't let that ribbon get caught under the print-head assembly during printing..
[*]If you do a MEDIUM amount of printing, "refillable" cartridges might be more appropriate instead. The upside to using refillable cartridges is that they're specifically made for easy refilling -- unlike OEM cartridges. Here is an example of a reputable setup: [http://www.printonadime.com/inventory/item.php?item_id=70]. Another advantage is that you don't have to worry about a CIS ribbon setup. However, the downside to refillable cartridges is just that -- you have to refill them. Constantly. The spongeless ones allow more room for ink than with OEM or Epson genuine cartridges, but be prepared to refill them on a weekly-to-monthly basis.