Faqs / Counter Reset: How long does it last?

We get asked this a lot and the answer is really very simple if you consider that a proper reset tool (official Epson IPR tools do not apply*) will reset your Epson inkjet printers waste ink counter back to zero, the same value your printer had when it was first switched on.

By resetting the waste ink counter you effectively revert your printer to it’s “as new” state, so it should last as long as it did before it first hit the waste ink “service required” error. Hopefully a bit longer if you’ve read some of our other tips on reducing waste ink generation.

To give an example, if you purchased your printer in December 2012 and hit the “service required” error in March 2014, then you can expect to get around 15 months of use from your printer until you will probably need to reset the waste counter again.


*IPR (Ink Pad Reset) tools released by Epson America, do not reset the waste ink counter to zero. Instead they revert the counter backwards by a limited percentage. These utilities are not intended to allow replacement of waste pads or self-service of your printer. They are simply designed to allow use of any excess waste pad capacity that may still exist in the printers pads.

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