Review – Inside The HP 92 C9362WN Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)


A Look Inside The HP 92 Black Inkjet Printer Cartridge

We crack one open and have a look around.

HP 92 c9362wn retail price:

Retail price for the HP 92 c9362wn Hewlett Packard inkjet printer cartridge.

Retail price for the HP 92 c9362wn Hewlett Packard inkjet printer cartridge.

Inside the HP 92 c9362wn ink cartridge:

HP 92 ink cartridge c9362w removing top cover to expose the insides of the cartridge.  Lots of empty space.

Specifications:

*that 220 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage looks like) – printer manufacturer estimates are not very realistic in our experience.

+often paired with HP tri-color (color) cartridge HP 93 C9361wn

Cartridge specifications here on HP’s website.

Page yield info here  – (had to dig)

Used in these printers:

Cracked open – a look inside the HP 92 c9362wn cartridge:

About 60% of the HP 92 c9362w black ink cartridge is just empty airspace.  The (beige) sponge contains the black ink – a puncture hole indicates where the cartridge was injected with black ink.  Re-fillers should aim for that spot when refilling.

The HP 92 c9362w black inkjet printer cartridge does not much actual ink.  Looks like 60% of the cartridge is just air.

The HP 92 c9362w black inkjet printer cartridge does not much actual ink. Looks like 60% of the cartridge is just air.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

The HP 92 Print Head:

When in use, the print head on the HP 92 cartridge is cleaner.  Many refill attempts are foiled by a dirty or clogged print head.  When refilling cartridges, they should be refilled right before the ink is depleted, or immediately after they run out of ink.  The longer a cartridge sites, the more likely that ink will dry inside the print head and cause clogging.  If your print head becomes clogged, use a wet paper towel and gently clean off the print head surface.

Print head for the HP 92 inkjet cartridge - on the bottom of the cartridge.

Refilling?

If refilling this cartridge, here is a picture of the top, with HP 92 sticker removed.  Notice the 4 “phantom” holes.  Refill in top hole – where sponge is located, the other part of the cartridge is empty space.

Conclusion:

As you can see from the above pictures, the HP 92 inkjet printer cartridge does not contain very much ink.  If printing more than 100 – 200 pages per quarter, it would be wise to avoid printers that use this cartridge.  Hewlett Packard tries to trick their own customers with a deceptively low cartridge price ($14.99) without also mentioning that more than half the cartridge is empty.  This cartridge contains a measly 5ml of ink – there are better options out there.

If you are stuck with using this cartridge – look here for the best pricing.

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