Sunday , 20 May 2018

It’s Not Hip To Be a Hotwire.

I think all of my customers and soon to be customers have electric personalities!  But did you know that your sparky disposition can wreak havoc on an ink cartridge?

Many of my least favorite but widely owned inkjet and laser toner cartridges are made to include very sensitive, tiny computer chips and electronics.  The chips monitor ink levels and allow the cartridges to be recognized by your printer.  These little miracles are more complex and have more power that the computing equipment that sent our astronauts to the moon and back.  However, they do possess an Achilles heel…. They will succumb to static electricity!

This is particularly true during our winter months, when the furnaces are burning and sucking all the humidity out of our homes.

You know the scenario; you are all wrapped up in the Snuggy you bought yourself for Christmas and shuffling on the carpet in your socks.  Just like Dr. Frankenstein awakening the monster, you become positively electrifying!

Not coincidentally, this is exactly the time you sit down at the computer to print a recipe or pictures from your child’s holiday pageant.  And then suddenly, bam, you run out of ink.  Fortunately you have a backup supply, purchased at your friendly Rapid Refill Ink in McKinney.

But before you do anything, follow this advice:

1. Sit down and touch something metal to discharge any static electricity from your body.
2. Carefully open your cartridge packaging.  If you have to use scissors, cut very close to the edge of the anti-static bag so not to let metal scissor blades come in contact with the cartridge.
3. Remove spent cartridges from your printer and replace them with the new opened ones without touching any of the metal or chips on the cartridges

Voila! You are good to go again.  Now shuffle across the floor and hug your spouse or your dog.  They will get a real charge out it!

Trudy Whitney is a contributing writer to  She welcomes all comments, (there’s even a space for that below),and invites readers to ask questions about taking care of our planet.  It keeps her mind from going to potting soil!

Trudy and Bill Whitney are the owners of Rapid Refill Ink, an independently owned retail franchise that refills and remanufactures inkjet and laser/toner cartridges for office and home printers. In an effort to encourage recycling, empty cartridges are brought to the store that can be reused many times.  Sustainable and recycled products were utilized in the build out of the shop located in McKinney.  For more information call 972.548.9393 or email  And don’t forget to “like” us on facebook!

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