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Finding and understanding Cartridge Numbers
Finding the Cartridge Number
In order to get the cartridge number you need to open up your printer and get the cartridge out. The cartridge number is nearly always found on the outside of the ink or toner cartridge. The number is actually not always a number since it may also be mixed with letters. Examples of cartridge numbers are: 006R01011, 1369A009AA, LC01C and BCI10.
Decoding the Cartridge Number
Cartridge numbers may look slightly different in the ending compared to yours. Most often you can still use the cartridge for your printer.
Adding extra information to the basic cartridge number is something most larger printer brands do but it’s especially used by HP. The added extra letters might be combined together so that both extra letters indicating capacity, region and color are added to the end of the cartridge number.
Cartridge codes applicable to HP Printers
Below added extra letters are only applicable for HP cartridges.
- xxxxA where A indicates that the cartridge is filled to its full capacity.
- xxxxD where D indicates that the cartridge is filled 50% of its capacity. Please not that this code is not used any more.
- xxxxG where G indicates that the cartridge is filled to ~30% of its capacity. Cartridges with this capacity were always only starter cartridges that were included in newly bought HP printers. Please not that this code is not used any more.
- xxxxE where E indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the European market
- xxxxEE where EE indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the UK market
- xxxxL where L indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the Latin American market
- xxxxN where N indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the North American market
- xxxxP where P indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the Asian-Pacific market
- xxxxW where W indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the Western hemisphere markets
- xxxxWL where WL indicates that the cartridge is aimed for the Mexico market
Cartridge codes applicable to All Printer Brands
Please not that it’s quite common for many printer brands to let the first initial set of cartridges following the newly bought printer to not be 100% filled to its capacity. The reason for this is of course to get you back to the shop to buy new ink or toner.
- xxxxBK / xxxxK / xxxxB where BK/K/B indicates that the cartridge is Black color cartridge
- xxxxY where Y indicates that the cartridge is Yellow color cartridge
- xxxxM where M indicates that the cartridge is Magenta color cartridge
- xxxxC where C indicates that the cartridge is Cyan color cartridge
Other letters that might be used:
- xxxxX might indicate different things depending on the context. Some ink stores like to put an extra ‘X’ letter in the end of the cartridge number to underline the compatibility of a HP or Lexmark cartridge ending with a ‘A’. HP toners might also sometime end with an ‘X’ to indicate that they are High-Yield cartridges which essentially translates to that they will last longer.