Image Drum Units

Search by cartridge or printer...

...or choose your printer manufacturer

Advent products
Show Filters

What is the image drum unit in a printer?

The image drum unit of a printer contains a rotating drum that is coated with a photosensitive material. The drum is used to transfer toner onto the paper during the printing process in some laser printers. The image drum unit is an essential part of the printing process, helping to produce the final printed image.

How long should an image drum unit last?

The lifetime of an image drum unit varies depending on the printer and the amount of printing being done, although it is usually at least 10,000 pages and can be upwards of 50,000 pages or more – sometimes close to the lifetime of the printer itself. The quality of the prints can also affect the lifetime of the image drum unit. If you are using high-quality paper and toner, and you take good care of your printer, the image drum unit may last longer.

How should I know when to replace the image drum unit in my printer?

There are a few signs that you may need to replace the image drum unit in your printer:

  • Your printer stops printing or produces faded or incomplete prints: If you notice that your printer is no longer producing clear, crisp prints, it could be a sign that the image drum unit needs to be replaced.
  • Your printer displays an error message or warning: Many printers have a built-in system that monitors the status of the image drum unit. If the image drum unit is running low or needs to be replaced, your printer may display an error message or warning on the screen.
  • The quality of your prints starts to decline: If you notice streaks, smudges, or missing sections in your prints, it could be a sign that the image drum unit needs to be replaced.

How should I store an image drum unit?

If you cannot store the image drum unit inside of your printer, then follow this advice. This advice applies for storing a lot of other printer components too. In general, it’s a good idea to store new or used image drum units in a cool, dry place, away from extreme temperatures, direct sunlight or artificial light (if possible) as the film on image drum units is photosensitive. Avoid exposing the image drum unit to moisture or humidity. If you will not be using the image drum unit for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to store it in it’s original packaging.