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disneytoy

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(Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:44:13 pm »

Hello!

Epson 9890. My Cyan is showing 2%. I have an ocean print I will be doing that is 30x72" 3/4 is blue water. Should I change out the Cyan before I print? Will 2% make it?

This is some very expensive watercolor paper.

I also don't like to waste ink:-)
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 12:59:29 pm »

Hello!

Epson 9890. My Cyan is showing 2%. I have an ocean print I will be doing that is 30x72" 3/4 is blue water. Should I change out the Cyan before I print? Will 2% make it?

This is some very expensive watercolor paper.

I also don't like to waste ink:-)

No need to change now. Epson printers will stop in the middle of a print when an ink runs out and then continue when a new cartridge is inserted.
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2015, 01:04:28 pm »

No need to change now. Epson printers will stop in the middle of a print when an ink runs out and then continue when a new cartridge is inserted.

And my experience is that it has no impact on what gets printed; I do change the cartridge immediately that the old one "runs out".
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 01:21:54 pm »

One lesson I learned the hard way. If you have been doing cleaning in the Maintenance mode. And you print. When you run out of ink, Epson will not finish the print. Only works in regular mode.
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2015, 02:31:41 pm »

No need to change now. Epson printers will stop in the middle of a print when an ink runs out and then continue when a new cartridge is inserted.
+1.

I had this happen the evening before the start of a three-day holiday weekend, so I couldn't buy a new cartridge for three days.
When I finally got the new cartridge and inserted it, the printer started right up and finished the print nicely. Even with a loupe I couldn't tell where the old cartridge ended and the new one began.
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2015, 03:53:09 pm »

You could also print several dozen prints with 2% left.
I have 5 low flashing carts since Sept.
All that flashing warning is for is to tell you get one on order.

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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2015, 05:27:24 pm »

All that flashing warning is for is to tell you get one on order.
Having been burned by that three-day wait to finish a print, I finally learned my lesson. Now I generally keep two spares of each cartridge ready. Then, if I have to replace one or two and I don't immediately replace them, I'm still pretty safe.
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Re: (Epson) Should I changeout a low Cartridge before a big print?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2015, 07:24:32 pm »

All my 9890 cartridges run out either during a print, or because a head cleaning rejects less than 1% for the cleaning. I have examined prints with an 8x loupe when this happens, and I have been unable to detect the cartridge swap.

There was a printer recently reviewed by Keith Cooper, maybe the P600 or P800, where he could see the change, but with older models of the same size (3800, 3880), I haven't been able to detect it.

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