How to Find the Date on an HP LaserJet Print Cartridge Box


Replacement toner cartridges are expensive, so when you buy one you want to make sure that the toner inside is fresh. While genuine HP toners do come with a limited lifetime warranty, returning a defective toner cartridge can be time consuming, so check the date on the side of the box to make sure the cartridge was manufactured recently. HP uses a code instead of a straight date, so you will need to do some interpreting to get the date it was manufactured.

  • Turn the box over and look on the short side. Look for a code that starts with a number and then a letter.

  • Check the first digit in the code. This is the year of manufacture. So a cartridge manufactured in 2009 would have a 9 as the first digit.

  • Look at the second digit of the date code. This is the month of manufacture, but it is expressed as a letter and not a number. For instance, the letter A means the toner cartridge was manufactured in January, while a B indicates a February manufacturing date.

  • Check the next two digits of the code. These digits are the date the toner was manufactured. For instance, a toner with a code of 9B25 was manufactured on February 25, 2009.

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