Is All Toner powder Same?

Frequently Asked Question: Is All Toner Powder Same? 2

How much is difference between toners of different printers?

What is Toner Powder? Is All Toner Powder Same?

Toner is a powder mixture used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the printed text and images on the paper, in general through a toner cartridge.

Mostly granulated plastic, early mixtures only added carbon powder and iron oxide, however mixtures have since been developed containing polypropylene, fumed silica, and various minerals for triboelectrification.


One of the main problems with replacing the toner is the fact that the particles themselves are extremely small and are almost impossible to clean up once spilled.

Be sure that you try to remove the powder from the toner in an area that can easily be washed. Next major problem could again be the toner particle size.

If the size is different than the one your printer uses, there will be quality issues with the print itself.

If the mass is higher, it could happen that less particles get attached to the drum.

They (in the worst case) can leak inside the printer and contaminate it.

This also has to do with the voltage of corona wire. If it’s too low, not enough toner will get attached to the drum.

Another major type of problem could be different fuser settings.

The fuser will bake paper at a certain temperature and if the temperature is too low for the toner you’re using, it may not stay properly attached.

Yet another type of problem could be the chip in the toner cartridge itself.

I’m not 100% sure how it’s done in this particular laser printer, but some printers may just stop working when the counter for remaining pages reaches zero even if there’s still toner in the cartridge.

I think that Brother and Samsung printers allow override for this, but I’m not 100% sure.

So your best bet would be to actually at first try to get some of the toner out of the waste toner bin and see if you can successfully use it.

If the cartridge is not leaking, when you spend the waste toner, you may try to get toner from another printer and use it.

When selecting replacement toner do pay attention to fuser temperature on your printer and on the other printer and try to match it if you can.

Also if you can, try to find some sort of toner refilling or re-manufacturing service and get them to refill the toner.

They may even have some generic toner available which could save you from buying entire toner cartridge for another printer.

From my experience it’s generally bad idea to open a toner cartridge outside of a laboratory specifically designed for that purpose.

As I said, the toner will get everywhere and into everything and may cause problems if you inhale it or if you try to use a vacuum-cleaner on it.

Also just because the printer reports that a cartridge is empty, it does not mean that it’s empty in actual.

I’ve seen “empty” toner cartridges that still had ~50% of powder compartment full. Expect it to start leaking everywhere as soon as you open it and breathe anywhere near the powder itself.

Types of Toner Powder

#1. Magnetic Toner Powder:

One of the major ingredients in modern printer like HP, Canon etc consist of laser toner cartridges for laser printers is magnetite, Fe3O4.

It is used a charge control ingredient, known as a triboelectrification agent. ‘Tribo’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘to rub’ (careful if you google that one), and essentially refers to the creation of static charge through friction.

This is required to have the printer particles stick to the paper. You can read about triboelectrification here. Magnetite, of course, is magnetic, and this is why your toner can produce a ferromagnetic fluid.

#2. Non-Magnetic Toner Powder:

The non-magnetic toner of the one-component developer is supported on a developing sleeve by electrostatic force. The non-magnetic toner is supplied to the substrate by being pressed with a supply roller to form a layer thereon.


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