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TN221BKCTS

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Cartridge Comparison Guide
  • Cartridge Types
  • Ink & Toner Basics
  • Number of Pages & Shelf Life
Cartridge Type
Genuine or OEM (Original) Cartridges Remanufactured Cartridges Compatible Cartridges
Description OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, meaning the cartridge was made by the same company that made your printer. Original brand cartridges are very reliable and sometimes the only option if your printer is new to market or uncommon. Remanufactured ink is a genuine brand cartridge that has gone through one cycle of use. After use, the cartridge is recycled, acquired by a remanufacturing facility and put through a rigorous professional refurbishing process. During the refurbishing process the cartridge is disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and tested for quality. It's then carefully refilled, tested again and brought back to life. Buying remanufactured prevents one less cartridge from ending up in a landfill. A compatible cartridge is a brand new ink cartridge built by a manufacturer other than your printer. It's like buying the generic version of the genuine brand. Most are uniquely designed to differentiate from genuine cartridges. Despite any structural difference you may notice, the cartridge will still fit in your machine and print a full yield, just like the original brand.
Price Factors Many printer manufacturers follow the razor-and-blades business model which may result in higher priced genuine cartridges. Remanufactured ink is much cheaper than the original brand ink. It's far more cost effective to refurbish a previously used cartridge than create a new OEM from scratch. Compatible ink is much cheaper than the original brand. Compatible suppliers don't have to worry about the additional costs that hinder OEMs like new printers or firmware, which lets them keep prices low.
Quality Original cartridges work extremely well and are covered under a warranty by the printer manufacturer High quality remanufactured ink will match the quality of the original, but not all remanufactured ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results. High quality compatible ink will match the quality of the original, but not all compatible ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results.
What's the difference between ink and toner cartridges?
Ink Cartridges Toner Cartridges
Printer Type Work with inkjet printers Work with laser printers
Material Liquid ink Dry powder
How it works Inkjet printers use a series of nozzles that spray tiny drops of ink directly on the print suface Laser toner printers use static electricity and heat to bond dry toner powder to a page
Commonly used by Casual home users, small business and photographers Large businesses and schools
Number of Pages You Can Print A cartridge's page yield is the estimated number of pages you can print. Page yield is based on 5% page coverage. This means that the quoted page yield is based upon printed pages where only 5% of the page has been imprinted with ink. For example, a short memo has approximately 5% coverage. If you have a cartridge that has a yield of 500 pages, it can print 500 pages of that short memo. If you are printing letters, photos or graphics, your coverage will vary greatly and your page yield will drop significantly.
Cartridge Warranty and Shelf Life Most ink and toner cartridges include a warranty or "best by" date on their box. Remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges can last 12-18 months unopened, and toner cartridges can last up to 3 years.
Cartridge Care and Storage Only open a cartridge when you need it. Opened cartridges will eventually dry out, especially if the protective tape or clip has been removed. If you have an open ink cartridge around and would like to try and prevent it from drying out, place it nozzle side up in a plastic airtight tub. If your cartridge came with protective tape or a clip reapply both before storing. Place a damp cloth or paper towel in the tub, next to the cartridge and keep it stored in a cool, dark place.

Brother TN221BK Black Compatible Toner Cartridge (2,500 Pages)

Black
Page Yield: 2500

Reg. Price $59.99

Our Price $19.99

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Buy 3 or More Black for $17.99 each (save $6.00+)
Replaces Brother TN221BK black laser toner cartridges. This is a compatible toner cartridge guaranteed to perform with your Brother DCP-9020CDN, HL-3140CW, HL-3150CDN, HL-3170CDW, HL-3180CDW, MFC-9130CW, MFC-9330CDW, and MFC-9340CDW laser printers. Prints 2,500 pages of rich, dark text. Get the same reliable print performance at a much lower price.

The compatible replacement TN221BK laser toner cartridges and supplies are specially engineered to meet the highest standards of quality, reliability and exceptional yields that meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards for the TN221BK and offer high-quality printing results. Our compatible toner cartridges are manufactured brand new and are an economical alternative to expensive OEM TN221BK Brother laser toner cartridges and supplies. The use of compatible replacement laser toner cartridges and supplies does not void your printer warranty.
We offer a 100% Quality Satisfaction Guarantee on our compatible TN221BK laser toner cartridges and supplies.

Compatible Printers

DCP Series

HL Printers

MFC MultiFunction Printers

Specifications

TN221BKCTS Toner Cartridge Brother Brother TN221BK Black Standard Yield 2500 0.80 cents 24-36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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  • Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner

    Q:

    Why does printer not recognize new toner cartridge as being full?
    Asked on 4/1/2017 by Robert from FL

    1 answer

    • A:

      We truly sorry for any trouble and inconvenience! It is normal for non-genuine cartridges to read with empty or low ink levels since the manufacturer can block third-party technology for that feature. You can usually bypass ink status error messages by holding down the "OK" or "Resume" button for 5 seconds on your machine. If that does not work, try a quick hard reset. If the steps was not successful please let us know so we can assist you efficiently. Feel free to reach us through email, live chat or call us at 888-321-2552 for immediate assistance. We'll be happy to help you!

      Answered on 4/3/2017 by Maria
  • Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner

    Q:

    Is this product liquid or powder.
    Asked on 1/31/2016 by Mel

    1 answer

    • A:

      This cartridge is filled with toner, which is powder.

      Answered on 2/4/2016 by Sophia from LDStaff
  • Compatible Brother TN225Y High Yield Yellow Toner

    Q:

    will this cartridge work in a brother HL3170CDW printer?
    Asked on 5/15/2015 by jimbir

    1 answer

    • A:

      Yes, the brother TN225Y will work in your HL3170cdw printer. You can search for just your printer model on our site and see all the options for your printer. Here is a part number for a set of all 4 toners TN225SETBB. Need help ordering please call 888-321-2552

      Answered on 5/26/2015 by Patrick from LD Staff
  • Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner

    Q:

    why no tn225bk high yield? I use more black than color...
    Asked on 4/3/2015 by kbeasliffe from Lewistown, PA 17044, USA

    2 answers

    • A:

      At this time Brother doesn't make a high yield TN225 black cartridge. But if they do make one we will be sure to offer it.

      Answered on 4/3/2015 by StaffLD from Long Beach, CA, USA
    • A:

      Brother's doesn't make a high yield at this time

      Answered on 12/30/2016 by tool guy from lakewood, CA
  • Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner

    Q:

    how many sheets will this ink print?
    Asked on 9/1/2014 by Anonymous

    1 answer

    • A:

      The TN221BK cartridge has a page yield of 2,500.

      Answered on 9/2/2014 by Shoshana
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Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner
 
4.4

(based on 212 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful Support just after a year

I bought a Brother Color laser printer just about a year ago. A few weeks later, I bought compatible replacement cartridges. This is my first time not buying OEM cartridges on any laser....Read complete review

I bought a Brother Color laser printer just about a year ago. A few weeks later, I bought compatible replacement cartridges. This is my first time not buying OEM cartridges on any laser. I've been skeptical about service, and quality, not that you can't run into problems with OEMs. I ran out of black toner at just one year and replaced the cartridge from my previously bought LD Cartridges. The printer would not clear the "out of toner" message. So I got online, and "chatted" with an service person. After a very short review, they sent me to their tech's via phone. This was an easy transition and they already knew my problem when I spoke to them. It was determined the new cartridge was defective - this can happen to any cartridge. They told me a new one would be shipped out that day and asked me to send back the old one, in the same box, and included a prepaid label. Frankly I was skeptical but I did what they asked. The new cartridge came within a couple of days and I installed it without a hitch. And, in fact I had to replace the other three colors within a couple of days also and they were all fine. I loved the personal service and the fact they did what they said they would. I'll buy from LD CARTRIDGES again, in a heartbeat.

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High hopes, low performance

I was am sadly disappointed with 4InkJets' TN 221 toner cartridge. I purchased this for my Brother laser printer after I ran out of toner in the middle of printing an important wedding invitation...Read complete review

I was am sadly disappointed with 4InkJets' TN 221 toner cartridge. I purchased this for my Brother laser printer after I ran out of toner in the middle of printing an important wedding invitation order. Despite every possible adjustment to get the best possible print (paper thickness for slower input speed and longer heat time, resetting the drums) I had consistent problems with shadowing, toner dust, and flaking. Even for casual printing this is unacceptable. I am shipping the toner back for a refund.

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5.0

Second order

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

Use everyday and I can't tell the difference between these and the OEM except of course the price.

 
5.0

Great product, great price!

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

These work perfectly in my Brother printer! Can't beat the price, quality and shipping. Highly recommended!

 
5.0

Great

By Don

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

Same as review for the multi-color pack.

 
5.0

I would buy this item again

By Clarence

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

Great price, fast service

 
5.0

A great deal!

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

The Brother cartridges are about $75 each! For a 4-color printer that's $300 to refill. These LD are great and are a 3rd of the price. Fast & free shipping are a plus too!

 
5.0

Gotta' Love It!!!

By CYNTHIA

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Compatible Brother TN225Y High Yield Yellow Toner:

Works great! Didn't have any error messages or any other hiccups! I'll be back!

 
5.0

VERY COMPATIBLE!

By susan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

This product is working just fine even though it is only compatible. The price is fantastic. Only wish it was able to make more copies from one Cartridge

 
5.0

VERY GOOD QUALITY

By Ira

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

Functions well.

 
4.0

product review and customer service report

By Bernard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

This item was a replacement for an inexplicably defective one.
Over the years I have purchased dozens of different toner cartridges and this was first time my Brother color laser would not recognize it.
I am grateful for the courtesy and solid customer service by LD to honor product guarantee.

It was not necessary to install the replacement provided, because I always buy a small group to get the much appreciated volume discount, and thus had one cartridge already available in hand. I anticipate it will function as has been the rule, not the exception. Again, thanks to LD for making discount through volume purchase possible.

So far, it seems to be a very good option providing good value. At this point I have only ordered the black replacement, none of the colors.

If I could request one improvement --- assuming it were doable without risk of complications to performance ---- is to have the same, but available for a bit more money but as a high yield option. The cartridge is a decent amount of prints generated, but an ample more amount of prints generated for an acceptable price increase would be the greater and more desired bargain.

Keep the good stuff coming, LD!
Finally, thanks again for the great customer service.

 
5.0

Great Buy!!!

By sandra

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN221BK Black Toner:

Worked great with my brother printer.

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