a) You can't put the wrong cartridge in the wrong slot anymore (it knows what colour it is)
b) If the cartridge leaks the chip will activate itself and let you know when the sponge is likely to be empty
c) When the ink in the spongeless side of the cartridge is registered as empty it'll warn you that your ink is running out
Unfortunately if like me you had a heart attack the last time you saw the price of a genuine HP cartridge (£40+) - which is unbelievably the cost of a brand new printer you may be interested in refilling or buying compatible cartridges. The chip allows you to:
a) Detect if you've refilled a cartridge that has already been identified as running low
b) Detect if the number of printhead jet firings has exceeded the number of expected shots
In summary they can detect if you're using a continuous ink supply system, refill ink or a non standard kit.
What Are Your Options?
1. Refilling your existing OEM/ Branded cartridges and accept the 'warranty invalidation'
2. Refilling your existing OEM/ Branded cartridges and use a Chip Resetter
3. Obtain compatible cartridges or a CIS system that require 'chip transfer' and acceptance of 'warranty invalidation'
4. Use third party chips' and/or cartridges
There a number of ways to refill your existing cartridges with one particularly effective approach being the 'German Durchstich' method. A quick search on google will provide you with steps to this approach as well as the necessary resources. As always look for a quality ink to handle the refilling and consider the need to purge cartridges on a regular basis to avoid cloggation (algae and ink residue build up).
Warranty Invalidation (Ink Monitoring Disabled)
If you refill, install a CIS or the printer recognises an inconsistency between its sensors and your cartridges. You will get the 'Warning' message that tells you the printer can 'no longer detect ink levels properly and whether you want to continue'.
You can choose to replace the cartridges or accept this warning three times before accepting a final warning that you're about to invalidate your warranty. If you continue you'll need to press the reset button for 5 seconds to accept this condition and continue printing.
On doing this you immediately lose the ability to track your ink levels for the affected cartridges and you'll need to monitor them manually or use one of the experimental ink monitoring tools that have been created to try and tackle this.
Low Cost 'Redsetter' (version 2) Resetters
It's now confirmed that the small 'redsetter' or chip resetters in the low £10 - £30 price bracket are now widely available and work as advertised. Unfortunately its hard to know which kits are which as so many clone kits have arrived on the market. For this reason your mileage may vary/ However overall feedback of working chip resetters are accurate and worth the money.
Third Party Chips
Recently some compatible chips have started appearing on the market. At the moment it is unclear whether these chips are Auto Reset Chips but certainly they provide a simple option for anyone who doesn't want to buy a new set of OEM cartridges just to get a new chip that's blown.
There are a number of 3rd party cartridges and CIS kits that can be used instead of OEM/ Branded cartridges but they do require you to remove the chips from your old/ original cartridges and transfer them to the replacements. This ca n work. However its important that you choose your cartridges carefully and carry out removal/ transfer without damaging the chips.
- Look for sellers that provide full instructions on how to remove the chips without damage
- Identify the proper way to install them correctly
- Ensure you put the correct chip on the appropriate replacement (e.g, black to black, magenta to magenta...)