Chip resetters, ink level resetting...
Take a look at just about any ink or toner cartridge these days and you'll probably find a small integrated circuit board - attached to it somewhere. It can be green in colour with some gold contacts. This is the cartridge chip.
Epson ink chip
When a "chipped" ink cartridge is installed in printer, the chip is pushed against an array of pins that connect it into the printer's electronic circuitry. The chip's main function is to identify the ink cartridge to the printer. It can store all sorts of other information as well, including estimated ink or toner level, use-by date etc. The ink level data is re-written, as the ink is used up over time. And when a cartridge reaches a preset ink level (eg 5-15%), most printers are programmed to display "out of ink" error message...and stop printing.
Ok...this may seem like a good thing. It's handy to know how much ink you have left and for the printer to warn you, before it runs out (of ink). True...but what if you want to refill the ink cartridge or use up the remaining ink?
While some printers can be forced to print again - by overriding the ink monitor...some simply stop and refuse to work until the "offending" ink cartridge/tank is replaced - or reset using a chip resetter.
What can you do about ink chips ?
How the ink level monitoring is achieved, how the information is stored, how it affects you and what you can do about it - depends on what printer make and model you have...and what is currently available for it.
Click on your printer make link (or pic.) below for more information, or to to buy a chip resetter...
Canon chip resetters Epson chip resetters HP chip resetters
If you can't find the Chip resetter information (for your printer model) on these pages, please contact us.