5% Coverage

“How many pages do I get from this toner cartridge?”

“10,000 page yield at 5% coverage.”

“What do you mean by 5% coverage?”

We get that question often here at Cartridge Town. Customers are sometimes confused by this standard industry term “5% coverage.” Is it a scam? Does it mean sellers can get away by selling toners that failed to print out exactly 10 000 pages?

In fact, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) created a standard measurement that helps toner cartridge manufacturers to accurately inform customers how many pages their products can print. It also helps customers to cross compare different brands and different models using this standardized reference.  

If you take an A4 sized paper and colour just 5% of the area black, that will be an example of 5% page yield printing area for one page. Instead, if you use Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced; 5% page yield will be about 2 paragraphs with 2 to 3 sentences in each of them. That’s not a lot right?

We think the same way you do. Usually a full page printed with Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced, and multiple paragraphs is equal to about 30% to 40% page yield. That means a 10 000 page yield toner at 5% coverage actually can only give you approximately 3,500 fully printed results. However, since this standard is used by all major toner cartridge providers, at least we can learn about it and understand what we’re paying for.

Most of our customers prefer high yield toner cartridges in comparison to standard yield counterparts. High yield toners might come with slightly higher prices, however, they are usually more cost-efficient on a per-page basis. Furthermore, fewer times you’ll have to worry about replacing the toner units.

SOURCE: Toner-spot