July 06, 2011

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).

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