|a tad pricy thermal paper source|
Message #1 Posted by Duane Hess on 6 Nov 2011, 9:30 p.m.
Must admit this is a self-serving post (but not of a monetary nature). Wanted to e-mail someone, but it wouldn't let me until I posted. So decided to copy a document I put on the HP Calculator Fan Club on FB concerning a possible paper source for HP-91/92/97 & HP-9810 printers.
received a question concerning how long the print will last before fading. I don't know. The PMC paper I've had only about 12 months. Things printed a year ago are still plenty dark and have been kept in a home environment in a folder. Tried to find some genuine 82045 listings, sure I have some somewhere that should be about 3 years old, but can't find them. hmmm.. IDK.
Saw a post on hpmuseum.org about HP-97 printer paper. As many of you know PMC-05233 is an equivalent. I called their tech support and verified it actually is an OEM equivalent to HP-82045A (other than paper width, length & color). Spoke to PMC's tech support as most Google-located thermal paper supply companies I called simply wanted to know the roll width/length and then declared it "OEM compatible". I specifically quizzed those reps & they didn't know if it was equivalent to HP-82045A, but assured me if it was the same width/length, then it would be OK. Maybe now-a-days all thermal paper is suitable with most everything as opposed to earlier days when 82175A paper shouldn't be used in a calc designed for 82045A.
I buy PMC05233 directly from a local office supply store, who has it in stock. Don't recall the price, but it was under $3 for a 3-roll pack and (obviously) there are no shipping charges as with Internet orders. i.e. don't forget your local suppliers.
Other info, which I've never taken advantage of, is Graphics Controls, Buffalo NY, 800/669-1535. Talked with their technical support and they claimed to be an OEM paper manufacturer; i.e. they are/were a supplier of HP labelled papers for many years. Last August they had part number 9281-0401 available in their catalog which is the HP part number for the paper used in the HP-9810/9820 built-in printer. Its a tad expensive at $8.14/roll, minimum order is 12 rolls, lead-time is approx 6(?) weeks. Their part number was 00595090. HP-82045A (blue) paper for the HP-91/92/97 was $4.99/roll minimum 12, same 6-8 week lead time; GC P/N 10149780. HP82175A (GC P/N 10134081) $5.50/roll, 6 roll minimum, forget lead time.
I am no way associated with Graphics Controls or any paper manufacturer/distributor, simply passing along information I learned. Due to health reasons and subsequent monitary diminishment, never persued the issue. I noticed the HP-9810A printer paper is no longer listed on their website, which is what originally lead me to them. The GC tech rep didn't know if they were an OEM supplier directly to HP for the 9281-0401 paper, but insisted it is equivalent with all specifications HP originally gave for the paper and GC is itself a paper manufacturer. Don't recall the shipping charges on any of the minimum orders listed above, but they were reasonable. about $5-$7 per minimum order. Never checked groups of orders.
Granted the per roll price may seem high, but compared with "TAS" they're cheaper than some sales I've seen.
www.graphiccontrols.com takes you directly to their web page, in the upper right simply enter:
and you'll see the HP-82045A paper. You'll have to call them for a price quote/lead-time info.
I used PMC-05233 paper in my HP-9810 and holy crap, it printed but black fuzz came off all over the place (presume from higher heat of print head compared to HP-97) The paper was also a bit thin to feed well. The HP-82045A worked well in the 9810, but only tried it just to see. Tried to find a direct equivalent to the HP-9810 paper (9281-0401) as I didn't want paper issues hurting the printhead. That's what originally lead me to Graphics Controls.
The above information was as of August 2010.