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

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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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