My Go To computer repair person had an exceptionally great deal on a USED combo scanner printer ($30) [and he delivered it to my house]. You can't
have too many spare/backup printers, now can you (this makes No 5)?
The only drawback is that it uses inkjet cartridges. And this hardware will be 'hanging around unused' for long periods of time.
My other spare (and ancient) color inkjet printer has always had major issues with its cartridges drying up [due to not being used], and all that goes with that when I do want to use it.
So I came up with this possible idea of removing the cartridges between uses, and storing them in the frig in one of those sealable plastic bags. I searched Google for that, and I might as well have asked Google to tell me the meaning of life--there were lots of hits with all kind of if, ands, and buts. [by the way if that is ever done, the consensus was to wait till the cartridge(s) were at ambient room temp before using them--sounds likethat's a good plan].
So I'm posting this topic to ask if anyone on this board has actually tried storing their inkjet cartridges in the fridge and whether that worked out.
The problem with inkjets is not so much the ink drying out in the cartridge but ink drying out in the nozzles. So, unless you can store the entire printer in the 'fridge, I think you will be wasting your time. FWIW, I, too have several inkjets, all of whom have blocked nozzles.
I used to refill the ink on my cartridges, myself, from the kind of kit that had an injector (it looked like a medical syringe). I could do black ink
into a black ink cartridge, or I could do each color into the sections of a multi-section cartridge. I did this quite a bit for Canon cartridges.
For nozzle clogs, I used a cotton swab (in the US, they are called Qtips) and alcohol.
But, my last several printers have been HP. Perhaps three printers ago, instructions told me that the ink inside the cartridge was pressurized in some way, and I could not inject and get good results as I had, before.
I have now realized that I never checked to see if my HP printers after that also had the pressure function, which defeats my refill method, or if that was abandoned in favor of the older, simpler engineering. Perhaps someone here knows? I haven't seen the refill-it-yourself kits around lately (but, I haven't sought them out).
I understand Epson makes some printers that have an estimated two-year supply of ink that comes in or with the printer when you buy it. The ink
reservoir refills, but the printer cartridge does not need to be replaced.
Has anyone tried this?