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Page yields on ink and toner cartridges

Page yields

We get asked on the odd occasion, how many prints should my cartridge do.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) worked with the major printer manufacturers to come up with a singular way of calculating page yield/duty cycle between 2004-2006. So now it’s consistent across all manufacturers and gives customers a rough guide as to how many pages they can print up to with a printer cartridge.
This is shown on the product box, for example, 200 pages – THIS IS QUOTED AT PRINTING EVER PAGE AT 5% of the page.
If every page had 15% on and a cartridge was quoted at 200 pages, this would roughly print only 65-70 pages.
10% about 100 pages for example.