How to buy the correct ink cartridge for your printer?

As we all know, different types of printers need to be used with different series of ink cartridges or toner cartridges. When a cartridge runs out of ink, you must replace it with the correct cartridge for your printer to work correctly. But for the users who first time to buy a printer cartridge, it will be a big problem to find the correct one for their printer. Is there any way for them to find out the correct model?

Check the package box your printer came in

The compatible printer cartridge model is clearly shown on most printer packages.

Ink cartridge Carrier

The printer’s cartridge number is usually printed on the top or front of the ink cartridge carrier on a sticker. The sticker also contains ink cartridge colors – black, magenta, yellow and cyan. If what your printer use is a color cartridge that combines all three colors (magenta, yellow, and cyan), the color cartridge contains a single number instead of three. The correct number can also be found on each cartridge itself.

Printer manual

Usually, you can find the corresponding model series of the printer in the printer manual or printer guide.

Visit the manufacturer’s website

You can also find your printer model on the manufacturer’s website. The appropriate cartridge should be listed on the printer page. Look for the part number of the ink cartridge on the specification sheet or under the supplies section of the printer page.

Search through browser

Enter your printer model in the search box of Google browser.For example,Search “HP Officejet Pro 6968” + “ink cartridge”, you will get the correct cartridge “HP 902”, “HP 902XL” and “HP 906XL” ink cartridges for your printer

Search it on

You can also search your printer model on A list of all of the compatible cartridges for your specific printer are included the printer page. It’s easy for you to get the correct cartridge and buy it directly. For example, if you search for ”Deskjet 2600” on our website and all products of “HP 65XL” will list on the page.

Contact us for help

If you still can not confirm your printer cartridge, please feel freely to contact us, we’d be happy to help you find the correct cartridge for your printer.

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How to Disable HP Cartridge Protection on Your Printer?

HP has introduced so-called cartridge protection settings on its original ink cartridges. The system locks the original cartridges in a specific printer, so you won’t be able to use them on other printers. If you have an Officejet Pro 6978 all in one printer and decide to purchase an Officejet Pro 6968 all in one printer which uses the same Ink Cartridges–HP 902 and HP 902XL, it will not work for the ink to use in the new printer. In addition, you will not be able to refill, recycle or use third-party compatible ink cartridges after the original ink cartridge runs out of, because HP and its ink cartridge protection system do not allow this.

Fortunately, there is a way to disable HP cartridge protection and make compatible ink cartridges work on your printer. What’s more, even if you don’t have any technical knowledge, you can do it yourself relatively easily.

How to Disable HP Cartridge Protection?

You can disable HP cartridge protection on the printer in a few simple steps.

If your printer does not come with an Internet feature, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Choose printer settings on the printer menu

Step 2: Find options that allow you to disable HP cartridge protection.

Step 3: Select the disable option.

Step 4: If necessary, click apply and save.

If your HP printer come with Internet feature, please perform the following steps:

Step 1: Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your HP printer on the search line.

Note: you can find the IP address of the printer through the following methods: Select the “printer settings”, and then go into the “network settings” option.

Step 2: The embedded web server of the printer opens. Go to settings, then go to HP cartridge protection.

Step 3: Select disable HP cartridge protection

Step 4: Click on Apply or Save.

Disable HP cartridge protection from Windows PC:

Step 1: Go to the control panel and select the printer and device.

Step 2: Find the printer in the list and right-click.

Step 3: Select “properties” and “software” tab in turn.

Step 4: Un-tick “automatically update” printer.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answer for HP 902 ink cartridge

Since the firmware update of HP 902 series printers in December last year, there has been a lot of customer consultation about HP 902. The v4ink customer service team extracted the following common and important questions and answers from the customer feedback, hoping to provide some help and guidance for you in the process of using HP 902 ink cartridge.

01. What printers work with the HP 902 ink cartridge?

Printer OfficeJet 6954/6960/6962, OfficeJet Pro 6960/6968/6975/6978 All-in-One Printer works with HP 902 ink cartridge.

02. Whats the difference between HP 902 and HP 902XL?

The major difference between HP 902 and 902XL is the page yield.

HP 902 is standard cartridge which can print up to 300 pages per black and color cartridge. HP 902XL is high-yield cartridge which can print up to 825 pages per black and color cartridge.

Also, HP 902XL will be larger, but they are both suitable for the same printer, and should install the same way as the HP 902 standard cartridge.

03.What is the function of the chip?

The chip is used for printer to identify ink cartridge and record the consumption of the ink.

After each task, the printer will calculate with the original record of the cartridge chip according to the amount of ink required for the task (different tasks use different amount of ink, such as cleaning, printing text, printing pictures), and then update to the chip.

The printer reads the data recorded by the cartridge’s chip. Thus, the printer will remind no ink when the chip detected the original toner running out. 

If you add ink by yourself, you must crack the ink cartridge chip after adding ink, otherwise the printer may not recognize the ink.

Due to the existence of the chip, non original ink cartridge also has the risk of being unrecognized by the printer.

04. Why does HP need firmware upgrade?

The purpose of HP’s firmware upgrade is to improve the performance of the system and hardware carried by HP laser printer and to repair the bug.

05. Can we prevent the printer firmware from updating automatically?

We can turn off the printer firmware update settings to prevent printer from automatically update.

Step 1: Swipe down the screen and press the “Setting” icon on the control panel.

Step 2: Scroll up the screen, choose “Printer Maintenance”.

Step 3: Scroll up the screen, then choose “Update the Printer”.

Step 4: Press “Printer Update Options”.

Step 5: Select “Do Not Check”.

Step 6: Select “No” to turn off auto firmware update.

Click Here for video instruction.

If your printer has been upgraded automatically, you can also restore the printer firmware to the previous version by downgrade the firmware.

Here is the method.

06. Can I Replace Ink Chip by myself?

6 Steps for Replace Ink Chip

Step 1: Purchase ink replenishment kit and smart chip compatible with ink cartridge used in printer. Typically, you can find a kit containing smart chips at an office supply store or online retailer.

Step 2: Turn off the printer, and then remove the ink cartridge according to the instructions in the user’s guide or the label on the inside of the maintenance door cover.

Step 3: Refill the cartridge according to the instructions in the ink refill kit.

Step 4: Adjust the orientation of the ink cartridge so that you can access the smart chip at the bottom. Use tweezers or art knife to gently pry the smart chip until it breaks away from the plastic tab that holds it in place. Or, if the chip has an entrance that allows you to slide it out of the housing, use tweezers to pull it out from under the tab. Remove the old smart chip and set it aside.

Step 5: Insert the new chip into the slot or under the tab at the bottom of the cassette. Gently push the chip down into the tab or slide it into the slot until it is fixed.

Step 6: Turn on the printer and use it normally. After using the tool to reset the smart chip on the ink cartridge, the printer application will no longer display the “ink cartridge used up” or “ink cartridge nearly used up” warning messages.

07. What to do if HP 902 leaking ink?

Replace the ink cartridge. Don’t try to repair it, otherwise, the printer will be damaged as if HP can’t provide service for the printer during the warranty period.

08. What if the printer doesn’t recognize the HP 902 ink cartridge?

Step 1: Remove your new cartridge and replace it with the old one. Leave your printer and go and do something else for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Replace the old cartridge with the new one again.These two steps alone often resolve the issue, so see if your printer now recognizes your new cartridges. However, if you’re still having trouble…

Step 3: Remove the new cartridge. Make sure you place it in a clean and safe place where the cartridge or the surface won’t be damaged.

Step 4: Turn the printer off.

Step 5: Unplug your printer at the wall. It’s important to do both steps 4 and 5 separately, as some printers can remain in sleep mode if you’ve only switched off the power button on the printer control panel. Leave your printer like this for about 10 minutes or so.

Step 6: Plug your printer back in at the wall (but don’t press the power button just yet).

Step 7: Insert your new cartridge.

Step 8: Press the power button on your inkjet printer to restart your printer.

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How to downgrade HP 902/952 Firmware

To fix some printer problems and limit the use of third-party ink cartridges, HP often upgrades printer firmware. If your printer is unfortunately faced with the problem that the ink cartridge cannot be used after upgrading, your ink cartridge may be able to continue to use by demoting or restoring the firmware to restore your HP printer version to the previous version of firmware.

The following instructions apply to HP 902 / HP 952 series printers.

How to downgrade the firmware version:

01. Make sure the printer is in good condition and Automatic Firmware Update is turned off. (How to turn off Automatic Firmware Update) Turning off the Automatic Updates help protects your cartridge from future firmware updates.

02. Check if the printer is connected to the computer through USB cable.

03. Download and run the old version of the firmware installation package on the computer. Find the correct link from the list of printer models below.

The downloads below work for printers that use HP 902XL ink cartridges and printers that HP 952XL ink cartridges.

HP 902XL Printers

 HP OfficeJet Pro 6954 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6950 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6960 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6962 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6970 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 Downgrade Download firmware

HP 952XL Printers

 HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 7730 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 / 8216 / 8218 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 / 8715 / 8718 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 / 8725 Downgrade Download firmware
 HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 / 8740 / 8745 Downgrade Download firmware

04. Open the downloaded firmware degradation software. Wait for the software to search your printer automatically.

05. Once your printer is detected, the name will be displayed on the title bar of the software window. (Take HP Officejet Pro 8710 for an example.)

06. Check the printer you want to downgrade, and then click the “update” button to start the process.

07. Make sure that the printer and computer are always powered on and will not be interrupted beyond this point.

08. When the degradation process is complete, it will display a notification that the printer has been successfully updated. Click OK to close the notification.

09. Now that your firmware has been downgraded successfully. You will be able to see the new firmware version shown below. Click exit to complete and close the software window box. After that, you should be able to start printing again with a compatible cartridge.

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The Best All-in-One Printers in 2021 | v4ink Guide

With the increasing number of people working at home, it’s crucial to choose a effective and suitable printer. You may find that if you are not working in the office, what you need may not only be a printer, but also a scanner and even a fax machine. Thus a All-in-One printer would be your good choice.

This is the source of our best All-in-One printer purchase guide. On this page, you’ll find honest and direct purchase suggestions for the best All-in-One printers.

Brother MFC-J805DW

Best Budget All-in-One Printer With Cheaper Ink

If you only care about the cost and not about the printing speed, then brother’s entry-level AIO brother mfc-j805dw should be your best choice. It only costs only 0.9 cents for black and white printing and 4.7 cents for color printing. Not only is it cheap, but it can also produce beautiful printed and scanned copies.

The high-capacity ink tank cartridges together with an internal ink storage tank and a smart Page Gauge help provide convenient and continuous printing for up to 1 year without the need to purchase ink.As long as you have no requirement for its printing speed, it is definitely the most cost-effective printer for your choice.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6968

Best All-in-One Printer for Upgrade pick

Hp OfficeJet Pro 6968 is the upgrade version of the HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, which integrate copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, two-sided printing and scanning, color touchscreen, automatic document feeder in one.

Hp OfficeJet Pro 6968 is designed for business, which produce fast professional-quality color for 50% less than lasers. It is suitable for office or home user who is in pursuit of high quality printing effect.

HP 902 standard cartridge and HP 902XL high-yield cartridge are both compatible for HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 printer. If you print more frequently, HP 902XL high-yield cartridge would be a better choice because it can print more and save you more.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

Best All-in-One Printer for Black & White Documents

Brother MFC-L2750DW is a compact laser printer, with high printing speed, 36 pages per minute, which is designed for busy homes or small offices.

It’s a very well-built, monochrome printer with an outstanding cartridge system. Brother TN730 TN760 Toner Cartridge are compatible for this printer model. TN730 Toner Cartridge can only print 1,200 pages per cartridge, it need to be replace more frequently. TN760 is considered to be more affordable, because it can last longer and can print up to 3,000 pages per cartridge. You can get clear and crisp printing result with v4ink compatible TN760 Toner Cartridges. But don’t forget that TN760/TN730 Toner Cartridge need to use together with DR730 Drum Unit.

Canon Pixma iP8720

Best All-in-One Printer for Photos

Canon Pixma iP8720 is an outstanding photo printer which designs for bold color reproduction on any high quality inkjet paper, the ip8720 is a photo printer that graphic designers, agents, business users and greeting cards should consider.

Canon ip8720 uses ChromaLife 100 + dye based ink, model CLI-251.

CLI-251 ink has standard size and XL size. You can save even more if you choose XL size. V4ink Canon PGI-250XL CLI-251 Compatible Ink Cartridge 18-Piece including 6 PGBlack, 3 Black, 3 Cyan, 3 Magenta, 3 Yellow costs only $45.99. They can print up to 550 pages per black ink cartridge, 5,000 pages per Pigment Black ink cartridge and 680 pages per color ink cartridge based on 5% coverage (letter/A4).

Key points for selecting All-in-One printers

In fact, many people do not need AIO printers, but sometimes an AIO printer can bring you a lot of convenience. An AIO printer can cover all the functions of a printer, a scanner and a fax machine. However, before choosing AIO printers, the following things must be consider.

1. Identify the functions that you are most concerned about

No matter what kind of printer you buy, please be clear about the functions you are most concerned about. If you are most concerned about the printing capacity of the printer, please give priority to the option of printing more pages per minute or providing better printing results. If scanning and copying are more important to you, consider whether you want to use the feeder that runs the page in the copier or the top shelf.

2. Pay attention to your budget

There is no doubt that the price of the AIO printer is higher than that of the printer only with printing function. The more functions, the higher the price. So keep your budget in mind before choosing an AIO printer.

3. Focus on your space needs

Last but not least, don’t forget your space needs. AIO printers are often larger than its single function or multi-function alternative products. Before selecting a printer, make sure you know where to put the printer and how much real space you are willing to offer.

Now do you know how to choose an All-in-One printer?

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TOP 3 Best Printers Under $100 in 2021

Printer is not only the favorite of the office, but also used in almost every households. A good printer can not only solve many problems for you, but also become a good helper in your work and life. Since the price of printer is uneven, how to choose a printer in a more saving way?

V4ink recommends the best printers under $100 for you. They are not only reasonable in price, but also can provide high-quality printing effect and more importantly, save you more.

Top 3 Best Printer Under $100 at a Glance

The Best Laser Printer Under $100:Brother HL-L2300D

The Best Compact Printer Under $100: HP DeskJet 3755

The Best Home Use Printer Under $100: HP OfficeJet Pro 6968

The Best Laser Printer Under $100Brother HL-L2300D

Can I buy a laser printer within $100? Yes, you can. Brother HL-L2300D is definitely No.1 in black-and-white laser printer. It’s light and compact, and it doesn’t take up space.

Although only black-and-white printing is supported, the printing speed is up to 27 ppm, and support automatic two-sided printing. For the average family and small office, it is a good choice.

Not only is the printer affordable, but the toner cartridge it uses is also cost-effective. Both standard TN630 cartridge and high-yield TN660 cartridge are suitable for this printer. The standard TN630 can print 1200 pages, and the high-yield TN660 can print 2600 pages. In addition, both TN630 and TN660 toner cartridges need to be used together with the DR630 drum unit. The service life of the drum unit is longer than that of the toner cartridges. The drum unit usually needs to be replaced after the use of 3-4 toner cartridges.

The average cost per page is only $0.006 for using v4ink high-yield TN660 toner cartridge, which is your best choice to save money.

The Best Compact Printer Under $100:HP DeskJet 3755

You can find it at Amazon for $69.99! You won’t think of a printer that supports black-and-white and color printing at such a low price. It is also a multi-in-one printer, supporting copying, scanning, wireless printing and airprint.

With HP smart application, you can easily set up the printer, scan via smart phone, and print through icloud, Dropbox and Google cloud hard disk. It is also a wireless printer, which can meet the needs of any space, any occasion.

HP deskjet 3755 printer uses HP 65XL ink cartridge, which is expensive. However, you can choose compatible ink cartridge to reduce the cost. V4ink HP 65XL series ink cartridge which contain OEM print head can save you more, because its OEM print head can be reused up to 3 times. A HP 65XL black combo pack contain 1 reusable print head and 3 black replacement ink cartridges can print up to 1,440 pages for only $44.59.

If you’re looking for a simple compact printer that costs less than $100 and can produce beautiful photos, this is a good choice.

The Best Home Use Printer Under $100: HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

With the functions of color printing,collection scopy, scan, fax, wireless printing, two-sided duplex printing, color touchscreen and automatic document feeder, HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 is an integrated printer, which is the best choice for home users.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 printer produce fast professional-quality color in 50% less ink than lasers, save paper, and handle more tasks without slowing down.

HP 902 standard cartridge and HP 902XL high-yield cartridge are both compatible for HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 printer. We recommend that customers who print frequently choose HP 902XL high-yield cartridge, which can is more affordable.

Smart ways help you print more and spend less

Use Compatible Cartridges

If you’ve been using the OEM cartridges, it’s very likely that you’ve spent far more money on printer cartridges than on the printers.

Like the principle of razors and blades, razors are sold at a low price and blades at a premium. In fact, you don’t need to use blades in high price , because the compatibility effect is the same. The same applies to printers and consumables. The compatible ink cartridges can usually save you 50% – 70% more than the OEM ink cartridge.

V4ink sells thousands of compatible printer cartridges for each major printer brand. Check your budget and change to a compatible product immediately!

High-Yield cartridge would be better

Printer cartridges generally have standard and high-yield version. If you print more frequently, high-yield cartridge must be your best choice. Not only because it provides more ink, but also is more cost-effective.

Take the HP 902 and 902xl for example. The OEM HP 902 standard black ink cartridge costs $17.99 and can print about 300 pages. The OEM HP 902xl high-yield cartridge costs slightly more, at $38.99, but can print 825 pages. The price of high-yield ink cartridge is about twice that of standard one, but the page yield is almost three times that of standard product.

You can save even more if you choose high-yield compatible ink cartridges. V4ink HP 902XL 4-Piece Combo Pack costs only $39.99, an average ink cartridge is less than $10, but the printing effect is the same as the OEM ink cartridge!

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5 reasons for why have to buy v4ink HP 902xl Ink Cartridges

v4ink launched their latest version of HP 902xl earlier this month. What are the highlights of this product? It is said that there are 5 reasons why you have to buy it. Do you want to know what it is? Let’s have a look!

First. Premium Material

v4ink hp 902xl are made of high-quality materials. The products have passed the ISO 9001 / 14001 certification to ensure that the products are qualified and can match your printer perfectly without any damage to the printer.

Second. Print More Spend Less

v4ink hp 902xl ink cartridge can print more and save you lot’s of money. You can get high-quality printing effect here, which costs less than half of the original price. You can get up to 825 pages per black 902xl and per color 902xl ink cartridges 5% coverage (A4/Letter).

Third. Ink – High definition printouts

Compared with other remanufactured ink cartridges, v4ink‘s Ink Cartridges has better printing effect, bright colors, clear and vivid pictures. v4ink’s Ink Cartridge use environmentally friendly ink, which has longer service life, better printing effect can help you complete lots of outstanding files and charts.

Fourth. Newest Upgraded Chip

v4ink HP 902xl is equipped with the latest upgraded IC chip and can be used for HP printers with the latest firmware version: Officejet 6954 all in one, Officejet 6960 all in one, Officejet Pro 6960 all in one, Officejet Pro 6968 all in one, Officejet Pro 6975 all in one, Officejet Pro 6978 All in one, whether your printer has been updated or not, is highly compatible with your printer.

Fifth. Multiple Protected Package

As the ink has the characteristics of fluidity and easy leakage, v4ink, which pays attention to user experience, has put a lot of attention on packaging.

v4ink hp 902xl ink cartridge is packed in four layers, each set of HP 902xl is wrapped in a light shielding bag, with a layer of inflatable protective film on the outside. Finally, it is put into a strong paper case and sealed completely to ensure all v4ink products are safe and stable during transportation.

HP 902 series firmware upgrade, has your ink been upgraded?

HP announced on August 24 that it will upgrade 902/952 series products, and on December 1, HP fulfilled its promise to upgrade the HP 902 and 952 series and the firmware of 2024 / 2025 / 2026 / 2039 / 2042 / 2043 printers have been upgraded. In this upgrade, HP’s previous generation ink cartridge and compatible ink cartridge products from other manufacturers on the market are unable to use. A large number of users were affected and suffered huge losses.

After HP announced the above announcement, v4ink immediately took measures to closely monitor the firmware update and update their 902xl series chips immediately, which make v4ink ink cartridge products will not be affected by this upgrade. Therefore, no matter which firmware version you use (including the latest firmware released in December 2020), the printer will always be able to use v4ink compatible ink cartridge. This helps customers resist the impact of upgrades and avoid losses.

V4ink also develops a reasonable compensation scheme for customers who have previously purchased v4ink HP 902xl series products. As long as the HP 902xl series ink cartridge you purchased is not opened before December 2020, it can be returned to v4ink, which will send the latest upgraded version of ink cartridge to you unconditionally, effectively making up for the loss of users.

At present, the HP 902xl series sold by v4ink are the latest version after upgrading (applicable to the latest firmware released in December 2020). If you encounter any problems in the process of using v4ink products, you can contact customer service for after-sales consultation, and v4ink will solve the problem for you as soon as possible.