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I have a Brother printer 5240.

Now my toner is almost finished and in my home country its toner is not available.

I want to know that what will happen if I use another printer toner inside that. I mean the HP printer one.

Will there be some blast or some real damage, or print will happen but quality may be bad, or printer will just stop working?

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First, toner cartridges are incompatible mostly because of shape. So, you'd be trying to move the toner from the HP cartridge to your Brother cartridge, which might or might not work. Second, it would make sense to me that different brands use different types of toners, with different particle sizes, different chemical characteristics, and each brands printer is tuned for their particular toner. Using an incorrect toner, even in the correct cartridge, has a high likelihood of damaging the printer. –  music2myear Dec 22 at 19:54

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One of the main problems with replacing the toner is the fact that the particles themselves are extremely small and are almost impossible to clean up once spilled. Be sure that you try to remove the powder from the HP toner in an area that can easily be washed.

Next major problem could again be the toner particle size. If the size is different than the one your printer uses, there will be quality issues with the print itself. If the mass is higher, it could happen that less particles get attached to the drum. They (in the worst case) can leak inside the printer and contaminate it. This also has to do with the voltage of corona wire. If it's too low, not enough toner will get attached to the drum.

Another major type of problem could be different fuser settings. The fuser will bake paper at a certain temperature and if the temperature is too low for the toner you're using, it may not stay properly attached.

Yet another type of problem could be the chip in the toner cartridge itself. I'm not 100% sure how it's done in this particular laser printer, but some printers may just stop working when the counter for remaining pages reaches zero even if there's still toner in the cartridge. I think that Brother printers allow override for this, but I'm not 100% sure.

So your best bet would be to actually at first try to get some of the toner out of the waste toner bin and see if you can successfully use it. If the cartridge is not leaking, when you spend the waste toner, you may try to get toner from another printer and use it.

When selecting replacement toner do pay attention to fuser temperature on your printer and on the other printer and try to match it if you can.

Also if you can, try to find some sort of toner refilling or re-manufacturing service and get them to refill the toner. They may even have some generic toner available which could save you from buying entire toner cartridge for another printer. From my experience it's generally bad idea to open a toner cartridge outside of a laboratory specifically designed for that purpose. As I said, the toner will get everywhere and into everything and may cause problems if you inhale it or if you try to use a vacuum-cleaner on it.

Also just because the printer reports that a cartridge if empty, it does not mean that it actually is. I've seen "empty" toner cartridges that still had ~50% of powder compartment full. Expect it to start leaking everywhere as soon as you open it and breathe anywhere near the powder itself.

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The toner cartridge shapes are going to be different to prevent you from installing the HP toner into the Brother system.

It may be possible to refill your current toner cartridge, but this is generally not a recommended practice and I would advise against it. I would look into the cost of importing the toner you neede vs. the cost of a printer that you can get toner for.

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+1 Good advice. Use OEM toner. Many new printers are less than a toner here in North America. My old IBM NP12 toner $200+ for toner. –  Dave M Dec 6 '11 at 15:16
    
+1 for "It won't even fit". Why would you ever think it would...? –  Shinrai Dec 6 '11 at 16:34
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what do u mean by don't fit. i am talking about the powder which we put inside the cartridge –  user105919 Dec 6 '11 at 20:04
    
Usually when talking about toners people are referring to the physical unit and not just the powder. You may be able to refill yours with another brand toner powder, but you may get print quality issues or it might not even work at all. That method of refilling a toner cartridge is not recommened by manufacturers unless the printer/cartridge is specifically designed for that. –  Melikoth Dec 6 '11 at 20:47

I've been refilling cartridges with loose toner for about 7 years now, with absolutely no problem. Loose toner comes with directions and there is a specialized tool available for making a hole in the cartridge. It is not even especially messy if you pay attention and take your time. About $8 for toner for each refill and I can refill 3 times before replacing the cartridge. There appear to be different toners by brand, though, so I would not suggest using Brother toner in an HP cartridge.

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