Laserjet toner shelf life

Discussion in 'HP' started by SV, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. SV

    SV Guest

    I've read where the shelf life for LaserJet toner is 2-2.5 years. I have a
    couple of sealed 98A cartridges that were found by my uncle when he was
    cleaning out an empty office he manages after the occupant relocated. My
    hunch is that they're 3-5 years old. Any risk to the HP 4/4+ in trying one
    of them? Or am I just better off recycling them?

    Thanks for any help.
    SV, Nov 11, 2003
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  2. SV

    Ben Myers Guest


    AFAIK, there is no risk in trying an expired cartridge. If the printed result
    is substandard, get rid of the cartridge... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. SV

    GMAN Guest

    Since they were sealed, they should be ok. I am using one right now that was
    unsealed and is over 4 years old.
    GMAN, Nov 11, 2003
  4. SV

    Bob Headrick Guest

    They are probably OK as long as they were stored in reasonable conditions. HP
    cartridges have a limited lifetime warranty, and are covered as long as they
    still have original toner. See the following:

    Bob Headrick, not speaking for my employer HP
    Bob Headrick, Nov 12, 2003
  5. SV

    SV Guest

    Thanks for the input gentlemen. I'll give one of them a try.
    SV, Nov 12, 2003
  6. I've used hundreds and hundreds of cartridges in various Laserjets
    over the years, usually buying cheap, remanufactured, closeout and
    sale items. I believe HP warrants their cartridges for as long as it
    still has toner in it. I've frequently had bad cartridges from
    remanufacturers, but it is always a problem with faulty
    remanufacturing procedures, never age.

    A bad cartridge can't really hurt the printer unless the cartridge
    leaks toner. Otherwise, it either works or it doesn't. If it doesn't,
    toss it out. Unless it's a genuine HP -- then make them pony up a new
    one under warranty.
    Marek Williams, Nov 13, 2003
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