Review: Opening The HP 98 Black Print Cartridge C9364W – Inside HP Ink Cartridge

Inside the HP 98 black inkjet print cartridge.

Avoid this cartridge if possible – HP 96, and HP 94 better value.

The HP 98 ink cartridge is a “half-full” black ink cartridge which is often paired with a tri-color cartridge (like the HP 97 – opened here, or the HP 95 cracked open here). The sponge inside this cartridge is the same size as the cartridge, so refilling is very simple.  Holes are already present.

Inside an HP, Hewlett Packard, inkjet print cartridge ink - HP 98 black low capacity black ink.

Cartridge Number Pages Retail Cost Per Print
HP 92 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C9362W) 220 $14.99 .07
HP 98 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C9364W) 420 $23.99 .06
HP 94 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8765W) 480 $23.99 .05
HP 96 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8767W) 860 $33.99 .04

You can take these page yield numbers with a grain of salt.  HP even admits as much:

Actual yield varies considerably based on content of printed pages and other factors. Some ink from included cartridge is used to start up the printer. For more information see: Inkjet page yields

A more realistic expectation on page yield for these cartridges is about half of what Hewlett Packard (HP) claims on their page yields above.  We also looked for “street” prices – prices you can expect to pay for these cartridges online:

Cartridge Number Pages Street Cost Per Print
HP 92 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C9362W) 110 $13.19 .12
HP 98 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C9364W) 210 $21.99 .11
HP 94 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8765W) 240 $20.82 .09
HP 96 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8767W) 430 $24.99 .06

So as you can see, if you need a black ink cartridge, make it the HP 94 cartridge, or even better, the HP 96 cartridge for the best value.

HP 98 black ink cartridge sponge. HP 98 ink cartridge - black sponge. HP 98 black ink cartridge - sponge refill removed.

Cartridge Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: HP 98 C9364W
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
HP 98 Ink Volume: 10ml*
Page Yield: 420 pages**

Ink Drop Size: 14.5pl

Retail price: $23.99
Street price: $21.97

** that 420 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are always on the “high side.” HP even admits as much…

This cartridge is often paired with the tri-color HP 95 (cracked open here), or the “high capacity” color 97 ink cartridge (cracked open here).

For You Refillers:

Inside an HP ink cartridge - The HP 98 black ink cartridge inside. HP 98 black ink cartridge refill hole locations. HP 98 black ink cartridge sponge - refill hole locations.

Refilling is easy if you know where to put the refilling needle. There are five (5) holes already in the cartridge lid which are covered up by the cartridge number sticker. As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around only three (3) of the holes. We suggest using one of those three (3) holes since they are closer to the ink exit point. All the other two holes are there to confuse refillers. This cartridge will hold around 18-21ml of ink, which is a good amount for a modern ink cartridge.

Where to refill the HP 98 black ink cartridge.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head. Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves. If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer). If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again. If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 98 black ink cartridge cartridge contacts - solder points - copper leads.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers). This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer. This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion. As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and other discount (online) retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Print hed for the HP 98 black ink inkjet print cartridge - crcked open to reveal the inside of the cartridge.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge. So that is 3 total on a single cartridge. If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason. HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges. Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

HP 98 black ink cartridge expiration date and serial number.

Specifications for the HP 98 (C9364W) black ink cartridge:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-457365-457386-457390.html

Information about HP 98 black inkjet print cartridge page yields here:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=98

Compatible with the following HP printers:

Several of these printers can take 2-3 different types of cartridges (both color and black), so make sure you know what your printer is capable of using.  The HP 92, HP 94, HP 96, and HP 98 are all black cartridges that may work in your printer.  Knowing which cartridge is the most full (best value) can help you determine what type of printer to purchase.

Advertisements

Review: Inside The HP 74 (CB335W) Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (Cracked Open)

Cracked open – the HP 74 (CB335WN) inkjet print cartridge.

This is an older cartridge from Hewlett Packard, and it sheds some light on the multiple cartridge strategy HP (and all the other printer manufacturers) are now employing in full force (same cartridges, just differing amounts of ink, and different prices).  The HP 74 black ink cartridge looks like all the other HP ink cartridges (from the outside), but what does it look like on this inside of the ink cartridge?

This cartridge contains about 5ml of ink.  However, it has the room to  take much more ink – but then HP would have to raise that $14.99 price point (like they do on the larger, and “full” HP 74XL cartridge which has three (3) times the amount of ink but only costs $20.00 street.). The HP 74 represents a mistake by HP, and one of the last times HP released a “standard” cartridge with a full sized sponge.  The larger the sponge, the more ink the cartridge can take when refilling, or when re-manufacturing.  This is not good for HP’s consumption model marketing.  In HP’s future cartridge manufacturing – if the cartridge price is lower, the cartridge can be altered internally and include a smaller sponge (see inside the newer HP 60, and HP 901 black ink cartridges and you will see what we mean).

HP hewlett packard ink cartridge cover removed to reveal the internal structure of the HP 74 black inkjet print cartridge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: CB335W – HP 74 Black
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
HP 74 Ink Volume: 3-5ml
Page Yield: 200 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 15pl

Retail price: $14.99
Street price: $13.18

* that 200 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are always on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 75, or 75XL tri-color ink cartridge which we cracked open here.

A Refillers Dream – A New Reality:

Ink stop and cartridge world are not was well eastablished in the industry - goodbye consumer options.

This is the kind of cartridge that kept Cartridge World, and Ink Stop in business.  That is until inkstop went out of business.  This cartridge type is cheap to buy initially, however it runs out fast (40-100 pages at most).  Can be easily “over filled” reliably up to 2-3 times (maybe more, your mileage will vary)  with three times the amount of black ink the cartridge originally came with.  Better to get this cartridge refilled, or refill (400 pgs +), than to buy new (40-100 pgs).  No comparison really.

HP will fix this “problem” with the release of the HP 60, and HP 901 ink cartridges that have a smaller sponge, and space inside the cartridge blocked off – not feasible to refill.

HP is aware of the solution – working on another problem.

HP is not stupid.  We have heard rumors in the industry that the current “flagship” HP cartridge type (the HP 74 and to many otHewlett Packard HP 901, 901XL, XL Ink Cartridge Refillshers to list, but of the same design) cost HP over one Billion dollars to engineer.  The cartridge is flimsy, and designed to fail – it must not be easy to get engineers to design something to fail.  While the cartridge can be refilled, reliably, several times – great care must be given to the condition of the ink cartridge.

These cartridges must be refilled before they run out of ink – the contacts need to be kept from damage (think static discharge, dirt, and ink covering the contacts), and the print head needs to be kept clean.  These cartridge characteristics conspire against the casual refiller, and consumer demand for refill kits and refilled cartridges is low.  Garbage in = garbage out – if the cartridge is designed to fail, any additional use after the cartridge “runs dry” should be considered a bonus.

So what is under the label on the cartridge?

Cartridge design for the HP 74 black inkjet print cartridge.Pay special attention to the many holes and air-flow channels – that stuff is there for a reason.  This cartridge can be easily refilled with a bottle of ink and a simple syringe and needle.  The holes are already in the top of the cartridge.  No special tools needed to “drill” a hole in the top of the HP ink cartridge.

Three (3) barriers to simple refilling:

1: The pesky ink monitor.

Printers that use this cartridge series remember the last two cartridge serial numbers.  The cartridge can be re-used, however it will show as empty in the print monitor, and unless turned off, the user is prompted to replace the cartridge at every printing.  Very annoying when trying to print driving directions on the way out the door.

The printer “remembers” the current cartridge – plus one.  So to reset the ink monitor, three cartridges must be used. Hassle.

There are other ways around the ink monitor issue – press a series of buttons on the printer – but they vary by cartridge and by printer model number.

2: Failure of cartridge

If a cartridge is not refilled shortly *before* going empty (for this series of cartridge) the sponge can dry out, the print head can become clogged, or the contacts can get ink on them – or worse damaged.

There are just to many things that can go wrong for wide-scale acceptance.  Experienced refillers are aware of the limitations refilling presents, and take precautions.  First time refillers, or the “average consumer” might not be aware of these limitations and-or care.  A cartridge must work when called upon, and there is a price for reliability.  Sometimes the cartridge will not work period – or it fails after a short refilled life.  There are also cases of a refilled cartridge lasting “forever.”  The refilling game really is part know-how, but equal parts blind luck as no two cartridges are the same.

3: It’s messy.

There is the perception that refilling is messy, because It *can-be* if you are not sure of what you are doing. Frankly, sometimes it goes all wrong. The majority of the time it goes well, and with the savings i can buy a new pair of pants anyway.  A non-issue for committed refillers, a reason to take it to walgreens for some.

A look at the sponges tells the story:

Below we have the HP 74 black and HP 74xl black ink cartridge sponges.

See how little ink is in the HP 74 black ink cartridge when compared to the HP 74XL black inkjet print  (full of ink) cartridge.

The HP 74 black ink cartridge sponge compared to the HP 74XL black ink cartridge sponge. The 74XL sponge (and cartridge) is much larger.

For You Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to put the refilling needle.  There are five (5) holes already in the cartridge lid which are covered up by the cartridge number sticker.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around only three (3) of the holes. We suggest using one of those three (3) holes since they are closer to the ink exit point.  All the other two holes  are there to confuse refillers.  This cartridge will hold around 18-21ml of ink, which is a good amount for a modern ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 74 black inkjet printer cartridge refill hole locations.

Compatible Cartridges:

HP 74, 74XL compatible ink cartridgesCompatible cartridges are an option here. Basically a re-manufactured (compatible) cartridge is just a professionally refilled, or “refilled for you” cartridge. The will run about 30%-40% less than HP brand ink cartridges, and if you can find a quality vendor, contrary to HPs claims the work great.

These re-manufactured cartridges will get cheaper as more become available in the aftermarket. When you buy a new printer, more often than not, it will include new cartridges, and until these cartridges make their way into the 3rd party cartridge re-manufacturers the price will be high. As the supply of quality empties increases, prices will decrease (in some cases by as much as 70%) and the compatible cartridge becomes a solid choice in the cost per page battle.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 74 ink cartridge contacts - hp 74 printer ink carridge print head contacts.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and other discount (online) retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

HP 901 black inkjet print cartridge empty and opened up to expose internal structure of ink cartridge

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

hp 74 black ink cartridge expiration date, serial number, and upc code

There is really no reason to ever buy this cartridge.  A quick check of Amazon reveals that the 74XL  cartridge (700 pages) will run you $27.99, or about twice what the HP 74 half full cartridge (200 pages) will cost you.  Ultimately, the best advice is to avoid this cartridge (and the printers that work with it) completely – if you print more than 100-200 pages per month.

HP 74 black (CB335WN) specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3265895-3265896-3265901.html

HP 74 black (CB335W) page yield information:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=CB335W

Compatible with the following HP inkjet printers:

The HP 74 works in a bunch of printers – check out the HP 74XL black ink, a much better value.
  • Deskjet D4200 Series
  • Deskjet D4260
  • Deskjet D4268
  • OfficeJet J5700
  • OfficeJet J5725
  • OfficeJet J5730
  • OfficeJet J5735
  • OfficeJet J5740
  • OfficeJet J5750
  • OfficeJet J5780
  • OfficeJet J5783
  • OfficeJet J5785
  • OfficeJet J5788
  • OfficeJet J5790
  • Photosmart C4200 Series
  • Photosmart C4205
  • Photosmart C4210
  • Photosmart C4240
  • Photosmart C4250
  • Photosmart C4270
  • Photosmart C4272
  • Photosmart C4273
  • Photosmart C4275
  • Photosmart C4280
  • Photosmart C4283
  • PhotoSmart C4285
  • PhotoSmart C4345
  • PhotoSmart C4380
  • PhotoSmart C4580
  • PhotoSmart C4599
  • Photosmart C5200 Series
  • Photosmart C5240
  • Photosmart C5250
  • Photosmart C5280
  • PhotoSmart C5540
  • PhotoSmart C5550
  • PhotoSmart C5580
  • PhotoSmart D5345
  • Photosmart D5360

Review: Inside The HP 95 Tri-Color (Color) Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8766W) – Cracked Open

Inside the HP 95 Tri-Color (Color) Ink Cartridge:

Retail price on this cartridge is $28.99, but can be had for less.  Not a terrible cartridge, however the HP 97 is a better value if you can use it.  If you print more than 100-200 pages per month, consider a different printer and avoid these types of cartridges altogether.

Retail price for HP color ink cartridge 95 from the HP website.

Retail price for HP color ink cartridge 95 from the HP website.

A look inside the cartridge…

Exploded view – holes are present, no drilling necessary for refilling. Yellow on the top, magenta (red) on the left, and cyan (blue) on the right side.

Hewlett Packard Inkjet print cartridge HP 95 exploded view

Not a terrible cartridge for the occasional printer, but this one is “half-as-full” as the HP 97 tri-color (color) inkjet print cartridge.  If your printer can use the HP 97 (common with some printers that can also use the HP 95) it contains twice the ink and is only $11.00-$5.00 more (retail) – cheaper via online, or local stores.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 95 color ink cartridge with cover removed to reveal the internal structure of the ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 95 color ink cartridge with cover removed to reveal the internal structure of the ink cartridge.

Specifications:

Color: Tri-Color (Color)
Part Number: (C8766W), HP 95
Ink Type: Dye based color ink
Ink volume: 7ml (compare with HP 97 at 14ml)
Page Yield: 260 pages – or 90 photos (a different HP estimate of 330 pages)

Ink Drop Size: 5pl

Retail price: $28.99
Street price: $24.99

* that 260 page estimate is (impressive) from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 96 black inkjet print cartridge (which we cracked open here), or the (smaller) HP 94 black inkjet print cartridge, or the (even smaller ink volume) HP 92 black ink cartridge.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to fill.  There are five (5) holes in the cartridge lid.  As you can see from the other images, there are three (3) different chambers, one for each color. Also, keep in mind that the holes are already there on this cartridge, no need for drilling. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget.  This cartridge is very easy to refill, just need a syringe and some ink.

Hewlett Packard (HP 95) 95 color ink cartridge refill hole locations.

How the colors are laid out in the HP 95 color ink cartridge.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 95 color inkjet print cartridge contacts.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 95 color inkjet print cartridge contacts.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount (online) retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Hewlett Packard (HP) inkjet printer cartridge print head HP 95 color ink cartridge.

If the printhead becomes dirty or damaged, the cartridge will simply not function. Purchasing a new cartridge is the only option at that point.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

HP 95 color inkjet print cartridge expiration date

HP 95 color inkjet print cartridge expiration date?

Compatible with:

This cartridge works in a bunch of printers.

Specifications for the HP 95 color inkjet print cartridge here:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-397377-397379-397383.html

Information about page yields here:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=C8766W

Compare prices here.

Review: Inside The HP 96 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (C8767W) – Cracked Open

Inside the HP 96 ink cartridge – hint, it’s really full.

An old cartridge, but excellent value.

hp 96 retail price

A good cartridge from HP, but alas, it only works in a very few printers.  Another illustration why it is important to know the cartridge, before you get to fond of a particular printer.  The HP 96 is a winner in the cost per page war.

It is actually larger:

The size of the HP 96 is unusual, and will only work with a few HP printers.  This cartridge was never really marketed as a “high yield”, “XL”, or “value” inkjet print cartridge.  It is just big, and is optional with most of the printers it works with (HP 94, or HP 98 black carts are *usually* included with printers).

The HP 96 black ink cartridge is much bigger (physically) that most all the other black cartridges of this type.

The HP 96 black ink cartridge is much bigger (physically) that most all the other black cartridges of this type.

Removal Of Top Of Cartridge

We managed to get this top off with a screwdriver (normally, and usually it takes a dremel).  There was much prying, and it took some real force, but we managed to get it off in one piece.  It will not go back on the cartridge without glue, and that may not be enough to hold, so this cartridge is no longer usable.

HP 96 cartridge highlights:

Uses durable pigment based inks.  Hewlett Packard (HP) gets credit here for this cartridge.  Pigment inks will clog inkjet printers – a fact of life – so basically replacing the print head with every cartridge is a good application.  Pigment inks are noted for their longevity, and resistance to smearing, however they will eventually hopelessly clog the print head.  Since the print head is on the cartridge, the “heads” are replaced every time you replace the cartridge with a new one.

Remove he top of the ink cartridge HP 96 black ink - full cartridge.

The HP 96 black ink cartridge is all sponge. An economical "full" cartridge is rare to see. An oversized full cartridge is even rarer to see.

Contains hefty amount of ink:

The HP 96 black inkjet print cartridge also boasts a whopping 860 page estimate.  These estimates are almost always overly exaggerated, however this is a very high number for an ink cartridge (the HP 60XL is rated at 600 pages – remember, it is physically smaller).  This cartridge is also easily refilled with kits from $12.99, or compatibles (professionally refilled) can be purchased cheaply, around $10-$15.00.  The HP original cartridge (with pigment ink) will run around $35.00 plus.  A good cartridge, and owners of printers that can use it – should.

Sponge removed from HP 96 high capacity black ink cartridge.

The sponge in the HP 96 (870 pgs) ink cartridge is much larger than the sponge in the HP 60XL (600 pgs), or HP 95 (330 pgs) ink cartridges.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: (C8767W), HP 96
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
HP 97 Ink Volume: 21ml
Page Yield: 870 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 15pl

Retail price: $33.99
Street price: $33.99

* that 860 page estimate is (impressive) from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This is probably the best “value” cartridge HP has to offer.  Current printers do not take advantage of this cartridge.

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 97 tri-color inkjet print (color) cartridge which we cracked open here.

Comparison of the HP 96 and HP 60XL black ink cartridge sponges.

Comparison of the HP 96 (870 pgs) and HP 60XL (600 pgs) black ink cartridge sponges.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to drill.  There are seven (7) holes in the cartridge lid.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around only five (5) of the holes. We suggest using the top most hole since it is closer to where the ink will exit the cartridge. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget.

refill hole locations for the HP 96 black inkjet printer cartridge from HP Hewlett Packard

There are seven (7) holes on the HP 96 black ink cartridge. We suggest using the top hole if refilling.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

Print head contacts on the HP 96 black ink cartridge.

If these contacts become damaged, and cease functioning the cartridge is useless. If refilling, be careful not to hurt these delicate electronics.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount (online) retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Print head printhead for the HP 96 black ink cartridge

The print head is on the cartridge, not inside the printer.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

HP cartridge has an expiration date - after this date the printer will no longer accept the cartridge.

HP cartridge has an expiration date - after this date the printer will no longer accept the cartridge.

Compatible With:

This cartridge (HP 96) will work in the following Deskjet and Photosmart Hewlett Packard (HP) inkjet printers.

Specifications for the HP 96 ink cartridge here:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-397402-397404-397408.html

Overall this is the top of the line for HP.  The “most full” cartridge of this type.  Again, if your printer will accept it, you should buy it.  This cartridge is great even for the occasional printer.  You wont get ripped off, and the thing is air tight, so evaporation should be minimal.

Compare prices here.

Review: Inside The HP 60 Tri-Color (Color) CC643W Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the Hewlett Packard HP 60 CC643W tri-color (color) ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge Internal Structure Revealed - What is inside an HP 60 Color ink cartridge?

There is not much good about this cartridge. HP uses words like “value” and “standard” to describe their HP 60 series inkjet cartridges, but the real value is in getting rid of any printer that uses these rip-off cartridges. There are both a black and tri-color (color) cartridge available, however there are two different versions of each of those cartridges, the “standard” or half-full 60 series, and the “full” XL series.

This cartridge is the HP 60 tri-color (color) ink cartridge “standard” – half-full is more like it.  Not very environmentally friendly to design air-space into an ink cartridge.

Cover Removed:

Removal of the cover reveals a half-empty ink cartridge.  We are guessing the XL version of the cartridge is completely full?  The sponges are not entirely soaked (about half soaked), and the colors are divided into chambers within the cartridge.

The designed to be half empty HP 60 60XL inkjet cartridge.

Specifications:

* that 165 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

Often paired with the HP black ink cartridge – we blow the lid off this un-refillable? ink cartridge here.

HP 60 sponges removed ink cartridge - sponges not even all the way soaked.

For Refillers:

The HP 60 can be refilled just like any other cartridge, however it will need refilling more often do to the smaller ink content levels.  Even if you fill the cartridge completely full of ink the electronics on the cartridge doom it to “standard” yield output.  There are three colors in this cartridge – cyan (blue), magenta (red), and yellow.  Be careful where you drill baby drill – here is a layout:

What color goes where when refilling or refill of the HP 60 CC643W Ink cartridge.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

Electronic contacts on the cartridge - if they become damaged, the cartridge will not function.

The HP 60 tri-color (color) print head:

For printers that use this type of cartridge, the print head is physically on the cartridge (see below) – conversely, Epson printers have the print head located inside the printer, and Epson cartridges are merely ink storage devices.  These HP cartridges (HP 60, HP 92, HP 93, HP 75, HP 74, etc…) have print head electronics on the outside of the cartridge – more to damage during refilling or re-manufacturing.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Close up shot of the HP 60 print head.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) series ink cartridges work in the following inkjet printers
Deskjet Series Photosmart Series
DeskJet D1660

Deskjet D2500

Deskjet D2530

Deskjet D2560

Deskjet D2660

Deskjet F42

Deskjet F4200

Deskjet F4210

Deskjet F4230

Deskjet F4235

Deskjet F4240

Deskjet F4250

Deskjet F4272

Deskjet F4273

Deskjet F4274

Deskjet F4275

Deskjet F4280

DeskJet F4283

Deskjet F4288

Deskjet F4292

Deskjet F4293

DeskJet F4480

PhotoSmart C4640

PhotoSmart C4650

PhotoSmart C4680

PhotoSmart C4740

PhotoSmart C4750

PhotoSmart C4780

PhotoSmart C4795

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/us/en/DJD2500/index.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF17a/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3564563.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard HP 60:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.

Review: Canon CL-52 Photo Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A Look Inside The Canon CL-52 Photo Cartridge:

The CL-52 photo cartridge from Canon works in the following printers:

This cartridge is rated at 710 pages (photos?), and contains about 21ml of ink (divided by 3).

This cartridge was never very successful, and only worked in (3) printer offerings from Canon.  This cartridge was intended to be used with the CL-51, or CL-41, and is installed in the black cartridge slot.  If you notice, this cartridge contains 3 different sections for ink – black, photo cyan, and  photo magenta.  The CL-51 and CL-41 cartridges are both “color” cartridges which contain – cyan, magenta, and yellow.

So if there is a CL-52 photo cartridge present in addition to a color cartridge (CL-51, CL-41) the color configuration will be: black – cyan – magenta – yellow – photo cyan – photo magenta.  You certainly do not want to use the CL-52 photo cartridge for printing documents, text or black and white photos since there is a very small section of the cartridge dedicated to black ink.  Also, once the cartridge is out of a single color, the printer will report it as empty.

Hewlett Packard (HP) Does It Too:

This type of “ink separating” in a single “specialty” cartridge is far from dead – HP uses this a bunch for cartridges like the HP 58 (photo cartridge), the HP 99 (photo cartridge), and the HP 102 (light gray, dark gray, and black).  There are others, but heavy printers should avoid printers that use these types of cartridges.

Canon CL-52 photo color ink cartridge cracked open, internal structure revealed.

Canon CL-52 photo color ink cartridge cracked open, internal structure revealed. Notice the colors, black, photo cyan, and photo magenta.

Review: HP 564 (564XL) Ink Cartridge Cracked Open – Chips!

A Look Inside The HP 564 Magenta Ink Cartridge

It was not easy, but we cracked it open.  Air-space abounds.

HP’s version of you can pay me now, or you can pay me now.  The 564 cartridges are all the same size and shape, with the exception of the black 564 cartridge (thicker) which is about twice the size of the color and photo black cartridges.  There is no physical outward difference between the HP 564 and HP 564XL cartridges, the only difference is the amount of ink contained.

A closer look at cartridge options.

Basic cartridge part number information.

Hewlett Packard (HP) offers two different (but the same) cartridge choices for the 564 cartridge series:

This cartridge series works in the following Hewlett Packard (HP) printers:

Inside the HP 564 magenta ink cartridge:

A very “low tech” cartridge from Hewlett Packard with “high tech” refill prevention.  This cartridge consists of a molded plastic cartridge, a sponge,  and some ink.  There is a chip on each one of these cartridges that identifies it by color (so the magenta cannot be used in the yellow slot, and so-on).  The chip also reports the ink levels and tells the user when to replace the cartridge.

Once the cartridge is “empty” the chip will give a warning message.

There is no ink level sensor in the cartridge, so the printer makes a guess on the number (and kind) of prints via the chip on the end of each cartridge that keeps track of number of prints, and what kind of prints.  The chip on the outside of the cartridge determines when the cartridge must be changed – there is no real ink monitor.

About 30% of the cartridge is just sealed off airspace.  So when this cartridge is purchased it is already 30% empty from what it could be filled to.

CB319WN HP 564 hewlett packard magenta ink cartridge with top cracked off.

Notice all the empty space in the HP 564 series ink cartridges from Hewlett Packard (HP) - Can't be sure how full the sponge is either.

Side View:

From the side, and with some of the cartridge removed (dremel) the sponge is clearly visible.  There are actually two sponges, one stacked on top of the other.

Hewlett Packard HP 564 Series Inkjet printer cartridge cut open to reveal internal structure

Chip Swap:

Before and after a successful chip removal.

Before and after a chip swap on the Hewlett Packard (HP) 564, 564XL, XL ink cartridge

There is no way to tell how much ink is in these cartridges (due to the sponge) unless HP provides that information.  The ink contents cannot be removed with a syringe to be measured (like the Epson spongeless cartridges can).  HP does provide an expected pages estimate on their website:

Hewlett Packard (HP) page yield estimates for the HP 564, 564XL, XL ink cartridge

Current Cartridge Options:

Currently, there are no copies of the HP chip, and there are no chip resetters available for the chip on the 564 cartridges from Hewlett Packard (HP).  There are compatible cartridges available that come without the chip, and there are also cartridges that come with a “used” chip.  So there are some options, but half are no good –

Sponges removed:

Inside the internal structure of the HP 564 series inkjet printer cartridge 564, 564XL, XL

Internal parts:

There is no big technology mystery here – gravity, ink, and a sponge.  This cartridge is nothing more than an ink holder, or ink tank.

HP 564 series cartridge internal parts - what's inside the HP 564 series ink cartridge 564, 564XL

Careful With The Cartridge Tab…

Be very careful handling the cartridge – HP makes the cartridge tab on the 564, 564XL cartridges very delicate and if it breaks off, the cartridge will not sit correctly in the printer.  With the cartridge tab broken off, the chip – which resides on the bottom of the cartridge – cannot make contact with the print head and the printer will not recognize the cartridge.