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…

HP 98 black ink cartridge expiration date and serial number.

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

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