Black Color Not Printing Dark Enough on P100i, P330i and P430i Card Printers

Article ID: 58620590

Issue / Question

How to make the black print darker?

Applicable To

P100i, P110i, P110m, P120i, P330i and P430i

Resolution / Answer

Below are the typical procedures for each based off the printer model that you have:

Note:  It is always recommended to ensure that you have the current drivers and firmware for your printer to ensure that the problem is not caused by an issue corrected by more current firmware or driver releases.  

Updating Zebra Card Printer Driver and Firmware  Read More>>

Also, if you are using third party Card stock (non-Zebra brand), it is recommended to test with Zebra media to ensure the third party media is not the cause of the poor ink transfer.

Step one as always is to ensure you have the proper ribbon type selected in your driver within the printing preferences (this can be accessed after getting into the Printer's Properties).  The driver should detect the ribbon so long as the RFID chips on the ribbon and in the printer are properly functioning. You can also set the Black Panel Setting of the Driver to "Except in Color Picture".  This will tell the printer to print everything that is not a color picture using the black panel in the ribbon:

 

Once you have the proper ribbon selected and have the Black Panel set to "Except in Color Picture" attempt printing again to check the results.  

If you using Monochrome ribbon (one color, typically black) you can attempt sending a "+V" command to the printer to adjust the Black Print Speed (accepted values: 1-9).  The slower the speed the darker the black printing should be.  To set the print speed to 2, you would send a +V 2 command to the printer.  For more information on sending commands to the printer, click the following link.  Read More>>

+V command details  Read More>>

+ Applicable Products

  • P100i
  • P110i
  • P110m
  • P110m
  • P120i
  • P330i Card Printer
  • P430i Card Printer