What is toner?

Toner is a very fine powder that is used in laser printers and photocopiers - it is used for the creation of text and images on printed pages. The toner particles are heated by the printer's fuser unit and bind / fuse directly onto the paper.

In the past, toner powder could be poured directly into the correct place in the machine. Today ALL modern printers use a toner cartridge

A toner cartridge should not be confused with an inkjet cartridge. An inkjet cartridge contains liquid ink and is used in inkjet printers.

The Toner Cartridge

Just like an ink cartridge, the toner cartridge can be sold as three different type of products

OPC image drum

HP, Xerox and Samsung brands often incorporate an imaging drum with their toner cartridges while some brands like Brother and OKI have made the drum a consumable part in itself. The drum, opc or imaging unit, is an aluminum cylinder coated with a photosensitive semiconductor layer and is an essential element of the printing device. The drum is electrically charged and attracts the toner powder which allows the formation of the image.

Toner cartridges that do not incorporate the drum into one sealed unit are usually relatively easy to refill with toner powder.

The Toner Refill

Toner Refill

The toner refill kit is an economical method for prolonging the life of a toner cartridge at end of its set life simply by re-filling it with toner powder.

Still an unknown to many people, refilling your empty toner cartridge has found its place in the market thanks to a few companies specializing in the development and sale of the toner refill kit.

The composition of a toner refill kit varies with the type of toner cartridge you plan to fill. Certains cartridges, such Brother toner, can be refilled by removing the cap on the outside of the cartridge and refilling through the hole, other makes of toner such as HP or Samsung, require you to make a hole in the cartridge through which you will pour in the toner.

The essential components of a refill kit is (of course) a bottle of the correct toner powder, a refill spout, a replacement cap (if needed), illustrated instructions photo, gloves, and a reset chip if your cartridge must be reset.

Brother Toner Refill

Watch the example of filling a Brother toner cartridge : part number TN-2010 - suitable for the Brother DCP 7055, HL 2130, HL 2132 , HL 2135W.

Simply remove the cap to access the toner chamber. Next step, after emptying the waste toner left inside, simply fill the cartridge with the compatible toner powder.

Note Some Brother cartridges require the replacement of a reset lever..

This method is also called "unplug, empty, and refill". It also applies to other brands such as Konica Minolta, Xante, Intec and OKI.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3yAVzQ4q_AY?rel=0

HP Toner Refill

HP cartridges do not have an easily accessible cap. It is necessary therefore to use a hole making tool to create an opening in the outer shell of the cartridge.

Our video shows you an example of this method : https://www.youtube.com/embed/UI-iuLV0sCk?rel=0

Samsung Toner Refill

The old Samsung toner cartridges are filled in the same way as Brother cartridges. Easy access caps on the outside of the cartridge enables fast and easy filling - as is the case for the Samsung ML-1640:

Our video shows you an example of this method : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drfDc6KhSvc

New New cartridges models from Samsung often require you to make a hole in the cartridge such as the MLT-D116L series

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv6o8DSIikI

Toner refill DELL

Dell toner cartridges use a third filling method. There is, in most cases, no cap to remove or hole to be made. The method used is to disassemble the toner cartridge into sections and then refill the toner section - an example of this would be the DELL E525W series.

Video : https://youtu.be/TfUFeC58Db8

Where can i buy toner refill kits?


Toner refill kits can be bought on the internet. Care should be taken when buying compatible cartridges or remanufactured cartridges to find a local company rather than sourcing from China or the USA.

Companies like zinetic.co.uk are based in the UK and spend alot of money on researching and developing high quality toner refill kits. This investment involves purchasing the printer, empty cartridges, before properly testing the solution with the correct dedicated toner powder - before making it available for sale.

As well as a high quality product it is important that you get refill instructions written in english.