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Does Quiet Mode Work ?

Discussion in 'Canon InkJet Printers' started by The Hat, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Nov 18, 2014
    The Hat

    The Hat Printer VIP Moderator

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    I have decided to take a leaf out of one of our members’ book and set all of my printers to use Quiet Mode, it’s slower but what’s time to a pig anyway !

    I think it was @jimbo123 who reckons it helps keep the head temp down which as we all know is what does most of the damage to a hard working print head.

    Now it may not do anything to preserve the life of my print heads but if it can even saves one from an early heart attack while doing a long print run then it will be worth it, I reckon prevention can only be a good thing.
    ... Quiet.jpg

    Am I barking up the wrong tree... ?
     
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    stratman

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    I don't know about barking up the wrong tree, but, you do leave your mark on every tree. :lol:

    Sounds like a good plan. What could go wrong?
     
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    3dogs

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    If the process of laying down ink is electronic, one might assume that regardless of the mode, current required would be constant. Thus, added time is counter productive (question)

    Added.

    Constant current = heat build up.....slow process down = added time = head is heated for longer periods of time = counter intuitive = counter productive ( question) cos I don't know the answer
    cheers
     
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    mikling

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    Quiet mode spits the paper out smoothly and slowly, and it lays on a neat pile at the end. This is for the newer printers with hardly any tray to hold the output. Normal output speed has the printer spitting the paper out quickly and it ends up in a not so neat pile at the end and sometimes over the floor as a result. This is only applicable in the newest x50 and x51 based machines. There also appears to be less errors in paper handling in this mode as well but it is considerably slower. If you have the printer in a distant spot printing something out e.g. through the network or wireless. I would recommend this mode as paper won't be all over the place when you arrive to get the prints. Since time is used up to get to the printer, the slow printing won't matter anyways. It'll be fresh off the press.
     
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    turbguy

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    I recommenced "quite mode" several times. The current flow is reduced as THE NOZZLES ARE FIRED AT A SLOWER SPEED AS PRINTING SPEED IS REDUCED. While each nozzle heater firing takes a specific pulse of current, the overall average current is thus reduced.

    Less average current flow to the nozzles means slower heating. Slower heating means more time for the accumulated heat to dissipate (to the un-fired ink, to the LSI chip that contains the nozzles and de-multiplexing electronics, and the heat sink on the head.

    Less heating means lower peak operating temperatures for most print jobs. Lower operating temperatures for electronics means longer life.

    That said, a long print job (say many hundreds of pages), may eventually raise the head temperature to the "interrupt printing for head cool down" point anyway...

    This "logic" applies to both piezo and themal print heads, but has a greater impact on thermal heads, as the inherent mode of operation requires pulses of concentrated heat applied to a small volume of fluid. Piezo heads do not use heat, but rather pulsed chamber "shape/volume change", which generates much less (but not zero) thermal loss.

    Do Epson's even HAVE a "quite mode"?
     
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    i've been using "quiet mode" on my two MP830's i've used over the past 7 years.

    my first MP830 died with a logic board failure at 22,000 pages

    current MP830 is now at 58,000 pages, waste pads changed once at 37,000 pages(see below), waste pads now showing 56% used

    http://www.printerknowledge.com/thr...-pad-replacement-at-37-000-pages-w-pics.7646/

    "quiet mode" is a bit slower but much quieter, not sure it it helps, but sure seems to work for me.

    i also use the "lazy method" as far as refilling, using only one set of carts(see below)

    http://www.printerknowledge.com/thr...a-details-named-by-the-hat-and-stratman.8621/

    more numbers:
    - three of my CLI8 carts are original, over seven years old and have over 80+ refills each.

    - my current PGI5 cart is at 145 refills. it just keeps going and going....​

    pages printed and refill count numbers are a true testament to the build quality of the older canon printers and ink carts.

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    Hmm, maybe I should switch over to quiet mode.

    I swear @jimbo123 is like a drug dealer and his posts are printer crack. Gots ta get me more!

    Jimbo gets a 1000 Likes.
     
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    This makes things quite clear for me - thanks.

    My Epson printers have very effective quiet mode, reduces ambient printer noise by 33% - Turn my hearing aids to OFF:old

    On a serious note the 3880 speeds/slows paper feed print head travel and ink density so it has a quasi Quiet Mode I guess.
     
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    "Quiet mode" can be combined with some other methods.

    Drying time slider can be used to cool down printhead before next print.

    Also new discovery - how "prevent paper abrasion" works - can be relevant:
    Ł.
     
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    True! For large multi-page jobs, setting the drying slider can have a similar impact on print head heat load!
     
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