Poor print quality or not printing on the SendPro C Lite, SendPro C, SendPro+, SendPro C Auto

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Products affected: SendPro® C Lite, SendPro® C, SendPro®+, SendPro® C Auto  (2H00, 8H00, 9H00)


The device does not print the red ink meter stamp well or at all. The printed meter stamp may be blurred, fuzzy, or have streaks.

If you have issues with your black ink thermal shipping label, see Poor print quality with a w1110 (1E35, 1E40) label printer.


There is a problem with the printhead or the ink cartridge.


If you have print issues with your red ink meter stamp, try the solutions in order.


Solution 1: Watch the video

Watch this video to view steps to resolve poor print issues:

If you still need help, try Solution 2.

Solution 2: Check the ink cartridge

  1. Make sure you installed a genuine Pitney Bowes ink cartridge.
  2. If you need ink, order a genuine Pitney Bowes replacement ink cartridge:
order ink button

If you still need help, try Solution 3.

Solution 3: Run a test pattern to assess print quality

  1. Tap Settings on the toolbar.
  2. Scroll down to the Envelope Printer Settings section.
  3. Tap Mail Printer Maintenance.
  4. Tap Print Test Pattern.
  5. When the screen says Print Test Pattern?, feed an envelope or tape sheet into the device.
  6. Compare the printed test pattern to the ones on the screen.
    • If the test pattern looks good, like this sample good print:
      good test pattern
      1. Tap Done.
      2. Tap Home to return to the Home screen.
    • If there is no print at all, or if the test pattern has broken lines or smears like this sample bad print, then clean your print nozzle.
      bad test pattern
      1. Tap Clean Print Nozzle.
      2. The device prompts you to print another test pattern after cleaning.

If you do not see an improvement after cleaning the print nozzle, try Solution 4.

Solution 4: Clean the printhead

See Cleaning the printhead on the SendPro C Lite, SendPro C, SendPro+, SendPro C Auto


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UPDATED: July 22, 2021