A cartridge called compatible is a cartridge that can be used in your printer and will allow you to print just like a cartridge of your printer's brand.
A more common example can apply with coffee machines and different capsule range. In store, you have the choice between the capsule of the brand of your machine, and capsules with the brand of the store, or for example with the brand of a coffee maker. All these capsules work perfectly on your coffee machine.
It's the same for printers!
There are different types of compatible cartridges: the difference will depend on the manufacturing process.
Refurbished, recycled or remanufactured cartridges refer to the same thing. Its cartridges are compatible with manufacturers' printers just like new cartridges, but as their name suggests they have been reconditioned or recycled, i.e. unlike a new cartridge, they have a second life!
Empty cartridges after use are collected, cleaned, refilled with ink, and tested in order to get back on the market.
The term remanufactured is thus used, because in some cases, parts such as: the print head, inkjet chips or laser drum are replaced. Unlike the second-hand market (i.e. the second hand, for example for telephony or textiles) where the product is simply cleaned for reused.
To ensure that they are of the same or comparable quality as the original cartridges, manufacturers are compliant with the same standards as the original manufacturers.
In terms of cartridge autonomy; i.e. the volume of pages printed with a cartridge, practices differ from one manufacturer to another but most often inkjet cartridges comply with ISO/IEC 24711/12 standards for monochrome and colour printing. ISO tests are used as a reference to ensure optimal performance, a number of printed pages until the ink on the cartridge is exhausted.
For laser cartridges, the principle is the same except that unlike ink, powder will be introduced into the toner container. The cartridge will also comply with ISO standards; ISO/IEC 19798 for colour and ISO/IEC 19752 for monochrome to validate the autonomy.
There is less risk of incompatibility with remanufactured or reconditioned cartridges, as the cartridge is the same as the one provided by the printer manufacturer. The difference compared to the original cartridge will be in the ink or powder, as for new compatible ones, compliance with ISO standards will ensure you an identical autonomy to the original. The "remanufactured" precision will be indicated on the packaging.
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Remanufactured cartridges, unlike new, are environmentally friendly compatible cartridges because an empty cartridge has been reused for remanufactured cartridges and the cartridge will be used several times. This is in line with the principle of the circular economy, which the purpose is to reuse the product rather to produce new one, in order to reduce waste and the waste of raw materials.
Remanufactured cartridges, like the original ones, have this practical side, that you know them and are easy to use, unlike the rechargeable cartridge which will require additional handling.
Remanufactured cartridges are on average 30% cheaper than the original ones and have an optimized ink and powder capacity. The autonomy of remanufactured compatible cartridges is greater or equal to the original branded cartridges: remanufactured cartridges allow you to print more pages at a lower cost!