Switch Epson printer on or off when it is not used? What is the best way to avoid clogging?
This question comes up from time to time in the forums.
#1 print and sell photos every day.
#2 try the following:
To avoid clogging of the print head I recommend the following,
in case the printer is not used for a time longer than a week.
(1) Connect the power cable of the printer to a time switch.
(2) Program the time switch that it is automatically ON for 10 minutes every second day, e.g. MO, WED, FR 07:00 a.m.
(3) Of course switch on the power button of the printer
(4) Fix the load/eject-button on the printer the way that it is pressed down. This causes printing a test pattern, when the printer is switched on. I took a cover plate from a computer for that and bend it the way that the button is fixed. So there is no need to drill a hole and you can easyly detach it, if #1 occurs...
(5) Put some old/used paper in the paper tray.
So the printer will switched on every 48 hours for a short while and print a nozzle check pattern.
This will use a veeery small amount of ink, but it is nothing compared to a cleaning cycle.
Tested on Epson 1400.
It will also work on Epson r1900, r2400, 2880... which have the same setup for the buttons (especially the load/eject-button).