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Masking Tape Gives TN-350 Toner a Second Life

Yesterday evening, my wife texted me: "The printer show: toner life end, I need to print some doc, do you have extra toner at home?" Oh oh. I thought. I didn't think I stocked extra toner for our Brother MFC-7820N laser printer. Sure enough, when I got home, I saw the "Toner Life End" message. I ended up running around local Office Depot to find toner refills.

As I was ordering more toner on Amazon, I saw the following TN-350 hack, which I copied verbatim from the "Brother Black Toner Cartridge (TN-350)" user review:

"I get 800 to 1100 extra copies from each cartridge.

"After the "Toner Life End" message appears, it refuses to print even one more copy. Offensive...until you show it who's in charge.

"Remove the cartridge and find 2 clear plastic port holes, one on each side. The printer shines a light through these to decide when to shut you off. But it's too sudden and too early.

"Cover one or both windows with a small piece of masking tape. You can put the tape on the outer drum unit holes if you prefer. I get about 3400 copies per cartridge instead of 2400.

"I really like Brother printers now that I have taught them some manners.

"To save even more money try 4 Pack Brother TN-350 TN350 Toner Refill Kit by Laser Tek Services." - C. MacPhail (Solana Beach, CA USA)

After reading that, I'm not in so much hurry to run around town. It's a really good trick and will definitely help me stay on my wife's good side. ;-)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:49:43 +0000

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