Page Yield Explained
- Established by the OEM – indicates how many pages should be expected to be produced from a given cartridge’s life cycle
- All Page Yields are based upon 5% Page Coverage
- The 5% measurement was created by the International Organization for Standardization or ISO. In the document, ISO/IEC 19798:2007, they determined that an average business letter printed on A4 paper would be covered by 5% of standard black toner.
- If Page Coverage averages greater than 5%, then Page Yield is going to be less than stipulated
- If Page Coverage averages less than 5%, then Page Yield is going to be more than stipulated
So, what is 5% Page Coverage?
- Approximately one page of text, double spaced with a 1” border – at normal density (darkness)
- Therefore, if a given cartridge has a Page Yield rating of 10,000 pages, it should be able to produce 10,000 pages if all of those pages average about the same 5% page coverage.
- Averaging more than 5% Page Coverage will directly lead to actual Page Yield to decrease
The Relationship between Page Yield & Page Coverage
- As one goes up, the other must go down
- The more toner that is used, the less pages the cartridge will Yield and vice versa!
Page Yield Page Coverage
Expected 10,000 5%
Actual 5,000 If 10%
Actual 2,500 If 20%
Actual 1,000 If 50%
What can you do to try to maximize your yield?
- Print using the most simple lay out when possible.
- Cut down on the large print, bold sections, impressive borders and extra graphics.
- Use smaller fonts to reduce the amount of toner used. Calibri, Arial, Verdana & Century Gothic, are some examples of smaller fonts that can save you toner.