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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Toner & Printer Drums

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Laser Toner

Is Laser Toner Cheaper Than Ink?

There is a common belief that a cheap printer means cheap printing. However, this isn’t the case. While there may be more upfront cost for a laser toner cartridge than an inkjet cartridge, the cost per page is less with laser printing. When all of the costs are considered, laser printing is cheaper in the long-run, especially for large-scale business printing as opposed to home printing.

If you need to print papers on occasion at your home, then there is nothing wrong with purchasing an inkjet printer. However, for large-scale business printing, our laser toner in San Antonio gets you far more bang for your buck.

Does Laser Toner Expire?

Not really.

Our San Antonio laser toner has a far greater shelf life than ink. It doesn’t “dry out” in the same way. Really, there’s no liquid involved to dry out in the first place. Laser toner is essentially comprised of plastic and other materials that are melted onto paper by the laser printer’s fuser. 

Inkjet cartridges need to be used up fast – they can dry out in a matter of months. And while most laser toner cartridges will come with a “best by” date, there is usually longer, unadvertised shelf life to them.

As a matter of fact, you’re likely to get quality printing using laser toner that is a couple years past its official expiration date – the same can’t be said for ink.

When purchasing our San Antonio laser toner for your business, school, or other needs, you can expect a very long shelf life.

What Is Laser Toner Made Of?

Early on, toner was made of a mixture of carbon powder and iron oxide. Later, people began to melt-mix the carbon with a polymer for better print quality. 

Today, laser toner, including our laser toner in San Antonio, is mainly comprised:

Is Laser Toner Toxic?

EPA testing of laser toner from January 1987 through December 1988 found that the potential for skin irritation was very low. There is the potential for eye irritation if laser toner gets into the eyes but there were no cases indicating permanent eye damage. 

Tests for respiratory problems also yielded little reason to worry. Laboratory rats were exposed to ink toner dust at 10, 30, and 50 times the levels experienced during the manufacturing process. No ill effects were found in the first two rat groups, while rats exposed to 50 times normal factory exposure only displayed minor increases in lung density. 

So, even in the unlikely event of high amounts of our San Antonio laser toner being exposed to the air, the result would be classified as a “nuisance”, rather than a “hazard”.

Why Choose Laser Printing For a Business?

Laser printing is far more affordable for large-scale printing that would be required at an office, corporation, or university. While laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers, their cost-per-page is far less expensive.

Laser printing is also faster and more efficient, so it should be your first choice if you need both high quality and high quantity print outs. 

Our San Antonio laser toner will make that happen.

Printer Drums


What Are Printer Drums?

The printer drum is a cylinder comprised of photoconductive material that can be discharged by photons. In other words, it’s made of material that can be given a negative or positive charge via electromagnetism; laser printing is accomplished through the use of negative and positive charges. 

In your printer, the San Antonio printer drum is given a positive charge. It then begins to revolve as a beam assigns to it negatively charged points – these points create the text and images sent in data form to the printer from the computer.

The laser toner is given a positive charge and is then applied to the printer drum. Since opposites attract, the positively charged toner adheres only to the negative points on the positively charged printer drum.

The printer paper is then given a negative charge greater than the negative charge on the electrostatic text/image points on the drum, meaning it’s strong enough to pull the toner off the drum. 

From there, it’s just a matter of melting and fusing the toner to the paper, and voila! Your print out is complete.

How Long Do Printer Drums Last?

Our San Antonio printer drums, like most printer drums, typically give you 10,000 to 50,000 high quality print outs. 

If your printer drum is beginning to deteriorate and will soon need replacement, your printer will alert you.

How Do I Clean a Printer Drum?

While your printer cleans your San Antonio drums automatically to a degree, there will eventually come a time when you need to clean it manually. 

Watch for faded text or images, or dark streaks across the page. When this happens, it’s a good sign that you need to clean your printer drum.

  1. Turn off your printer (unplug it, to be precise). Then remove the paper trays and give it about fifteen minutes to cool down.
  2. Put down some newspaper or a towel near the printer where you can put your printer parts. These are likely to have some toner on them which can stain the carpet.
  3. Remove the toner cartridge and set it on the covered surface.
  4. Apply a flat-head screwdriver between the first print roller and one of the locking clips, then gently pull back on the screwdriver. This will disengage the clip. Do the same thing for the opposing clip. Then you can lift out the roller. Do the same thing for the other two rollers.
  5. Now lift your San Antonio printer drum out, being careful not to bump it into any hard edges in the printer as this can damage its surface. Set it on the covered floor area.
  6. Now to clean. There are special toner cloths for just this task. Before use, grab each end of the toner cloth and pull outward, stretching it out; this activates microfibers made to pull toner particles off the drum. If you don’t have a toner cloth, a lint-free cloth will work too.
  7. Use a cotton ball moistened with 99% pure isopropyl alcohol to clean specific areas where toner has gotten stuck.
  8. Clean the print rollers.
  9. Clean any toner that has spilled anywhere in the printer. This can be done with a washcloth and soft-bristled paintbrush.
  10. Put it all back together.

And there you have it! Your San Antonio printer drum is clean and ready to go.

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