The life expectancy of ID card printers can vary widely based on several variables that affect their performance. For example, how many cards you print annually, how often your print, and how often you service or maintain your ID card printer will have an effect on how long it will last. This is why no ID printer manufacturer will ever state how many cards their printer is expected to print over its lifetime. There are just too many things that can affect its longevity.
Just like with your car or truck, things wear down over time and with use, and need either replaced or fixed. In most cases, just like with an automobile, it won’t be how many miles you put on a vehicle (or cards you print with your printer), but more likely due to the maintenance schedule and how many people are using the printer.
Most manufacturers warranty their ID card printers for 2 years, so you can expect to get at least that from your printer. If you need a more professional system, choose a retransfer printer rather than a direct to card printer. Retransfer printers come with a lifetime print head coverage, while print heads are a consumable product with direct to card printers.
There are a few thing you can do to extend the lifetime of your ID card printer, however. Here are a few tricks to help you get more time with your printer:
IDSecurityOnline offers 1, 2, or 3 year extended warranties on our ID card printers that will buy you some peace of mind. With an extended warranty, you know you’ll get expert service in a timely manner so that you can meet your business needs without a lot of downtime. Extended warranties include toll-free technical support, all parts and labor, and even an optional printer loaner while we service your printer.
If this makes sense for your printer needs, contact one of our experts today to discuss an appropriate warranty or maintenance plan for your situation.