EcoTank, Epson's Mainstay Printer Ink Saving Technology

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Epson is a leading printer maker based in Japan. This manufacturer is considered one of the largest computer printer companies in the world as well as scanners and copiers. One of the brilliant innovations issued by Epson is the Eco Tank printer.

Epson has a flagship technology for saving ink, called EcoTank, which is embedded in a number of its printer series. For example, the L and M series products. The L3210 and L3250 series have print, scan and copy capabilities with USB and WiFi connectivity. Meanwhile, the L5290 has additional fax and ADF features plus an ethernet connection.

Based on the 2019 Brand Track SEA Survey Report by Intuit, almost 70% of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) stated that they prefer environmentally friendly office printers. Increased awareness of environmentally friendly digital solutions such as hardware footprint and technology's impact on the environment continues to grow among office consumers. Environmentally conscious SMEs should consider the benefits of the eco-friendly Epson EcoTank printer solution.

What are Eco Tanks?

EcoTank, Epson's Mainstay Printer Ink Saving Technology

EcoTank is a popular line of computer printers that apply innovative ink cartridges to reduce waste while making ink refills easier. Previously known as the Ink Tank System L and M-series printers. Then came the successor, the EcoTank printer, which also brought a new design with an integrated ink tank, with a simpler shape plus a creative spill-proof ink bottle.

EcoTank L-series printers generally have a set of 4 ink bottles with each bottle capable of printing up to about 4,500 black and white sheets and 7,500 color sheets, while the Epson Monochrome EcoTank series can print up to 6,000 black and white sheets.

The latest Epson EcoTank Printer series from Epson and other brands also have their respective advantages and advantages. Like the latest generation printer from the Epson L3110, it is a replacement series for the Epson L360 and Epson L380 printers.

Then the Epson L3150 printer became the successor to the Epson L405 series. Then the Epson L5190 is the successor to the Epson L565 printer. The Epson M1100 and Epson M1120 series are the successor series to the Epson M100. The price of the Epson Eco Tank series printer is quite affordable compared to the advantages it offers.

Eco Tank Technology

There are various models of EcoTank printers including monochrome and color models, A3 and A4 sizes, as well as printers designed for photo printing purposes. Unlike ordinary inkjet printers, the Epson EcoTank printer removes the ink cartridge component and is replaced with a unique refillable ink tank system.

EcoTank printers offer a large capacity ink mechanism that continuously supplies ink to the printer. So, instead of replacing the ink cartridge, all the user has to do is refill the tank when it runs out and then continue printing.
  • Spill-free ink technology
  • Unlimited Printing Technology
  • Multifunctional Technology

Epson Heat Free Technology on EcoTank printers

Epson's EcoTank printer consumes much less energy than a typical office laser printer in the same class. A typical laser printer can consume almost 27 times more electricity than an Epson EcoTank printer. Laser printers also use bulky toner and imaging cartridges that produce more physical waste compared to EcoTank ink bottles.

1. Less Energy

Epson's Heat-Free piezo-electric printhead technology used in inkjet printers uses far less energy than traditional laser printers in the same class. Unlike laser printers, Epson's Heat-Free Technology delivers ink directly to paper to create black-and-white or full-color images. Since no heat is generated, this reduces electricity requirements substantially.

In contrast, laser printers use a process consisting of several steps including preheating the fuser, then filling a rotating electrostatic drum, exposing the drum to a laser beam, inflating the drum with toner, transferring the toner to paper and finally using the hot fuser to adhere the toner particles. onto the page. All of these steps require energy, especially the warm-up and fixation steps. See image below.

2. Epson EcoTank Heat Free Technology vs Laser

Epson EcoTank Heat Free Technology vs Laser

Saving electricity by using Epson's EcoTank Heat Free Technology is a significant cost savings for SMEs while also helping SMEs achieve environmental goals by reducing the amount of electricity that must be generated and consumed.

Energy Consumption: Epson EcoTank versus Regular Laser Printer

EcoTank, Epson's Mainstay Printer Ink Saving Technology

a. Less Waste

Another environmental benefit for SMEs as a result of using Epson's EcoTank Heat-Free piezo-electric technology is that EcoTank printers will produce far less waste than traditional laser printers. EcoTank printers use ink bottles with special nozzles to fill the printer with ink.

On the other hand, laser printing is a complex process as described above. Equipment and parts required in the process are expected to wear out with use. To keep the printer working, many of these parts are stored in toner or imaging cartridges that are replaced by the user. 

b. About Cartridges

The cartridges and accompanying packaging are bulky and users typically have to replace toner cartridges repeatedly to provide the same number of pages that an EcoTank printer can print in a single refill. Laser printers typically produce large amounts of waste material that needs to be produced and disposed of.

As an added benefit, EcoTank printers require less user intervention than laser printers. For just one EcoTank ink bottle refill, to print the same number of pages on a laser printer, users typically need to reorder and replace the toner cartridge five times.

Less Waste on EcoTank Printers versus Regular Laser Printers

Less Waste on EcoTank Printers versus Regular Laser Printers

Estimated equivalent cartridge set based on print output including Black and Color ink bottles compared to laser printers with similar features in October 2018. Note: Image is not to scale. Toner cartridges are much larger than ink bottles

It's clear that Epson's smart EcoTank is a better choice for the environment while saving electricity costs as well as time and hassle for SMEs.

How to Fill Eco Tank Ink

On every printer equipped with an ink tank, there is information about the height of the ink capacity displayed on the front/right side of the transparent tank tube in each EcoTank printer, so users can easily monitor when the ink will run out. When the user finally has to refill the ink tank, what must be done is to do the following 8 easy steps:
  1. Make sure the printer is not in a state of printing (it doesn't matter in the ON position with the power light sign, or in the off mode). If at the beginning or when using the printer a notification is displayed on the screen about refilling the ink level, then just click the OK button.
  2. Open the cover of the ink tank cover, open the ink tank cover and then position it in place.
  3. In the new ink bottle that you buy as much as possible after opening the ink bottle (don't throw it away if you have because there may still be leftover ink that can be refilled later), carefully open the ink bottle cap (usually there is still a seal inside) and remove it protective seal. Then close the bottle again with the plastic cap.
  4. Pour ink and position the ink cap funnel snugly with the hole above the tank (each EcoTank ink bottle has a unique spill-resistant funnel design), Refill the ink level to the upper limit of the ink tank, ink filling will also stop automatically once the ink tank is full.
  5. Once full, close the ink bottle securely using the end of the ink tank cap bottle cap. Repeat the same procedure for the other empty ink tank cartridges.
  6. Done, your inktank/ecotank printer can be used again.


Epson's EcoTank Printers using Heat-Free Technology perform to the standards of traditional laser printers in terms of usage requirements, reliability and features while offering a clear green alternative for businesses, using less energy and producing less waste to the environment.

That's all from us about a brief explanation of what an ecotank printer is or what people often know as an inktank printer, hopefully it can give you a little reference. Thank you...!!!

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