Is a Zebra printer a thermal printer?

The Zebra LP 2844 thermal label printer is one of the most popular and reliable direct thermal label printers .

What is the difference between thermal thermal and direct transfer?

Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat-sensitive media that blackens when it passes under the thermal printhead, while thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials.

How long does direct thermal last?

Typically, direct thermal labels have a life span of between 6-9 months, depending on the environment and the type of label used.

What is a direct thermal printer?

A direct thermal printer prints by applying heat to the material. It does not use any ribbon, ink or toner, but it requires a special type of heat-sensitive material that blackens when heat is applied. Because the label material is heat sensitive, it fades and the label can become hard to read and scan over time.

Are thermal printers worth it?

With recurring costs, the thermal printer will be worth the investment, and the recurring savings carry more importance than the one time cost of purchasing your printer. In the end, having a dedicated thermal printer makes a lot of sense if your shipping volume starts to increase, or is already very high.

Is thermal transfer better than direct thermal?

Generally speaking, thermal transfer labels will last longer and be able to withstand moisture, abrasion, and exposure to UV better than direct thermal labels. Direct thermal labels are a great choice when the labels ae used in controlled environments for simpler applications that have a short life span.

How long do Zebra thermal printers last?

around ten years
Thermal printers are durable and, provided they are properly maintained, should last around ten years before you will need to buy a new print head. In order to ensure the lifespan of your thermal printer is as long as possible, it’s important to clean the printer head regularly and correctly.

How long does a zebra printhead last?

A printhead should be expected to print up to ten million labels before needing to be replaced. However, without the proper maintenance and care, this can reduce to as little as one million. With attention and care, you can prevent this burnout and extend the life of your printhead.