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At Eurotone.de you can easily find the right drums for your printer. To do this, please select your printer manufacturer from the list. After making your selection, you will be redirected to the printer overview page, where you can conveniently select your printer model.

Buy drums for your laser printer from Eurotone

In addition to the toner cartridges, laser printers occasionally need a new imaging drum. Such a drum is also known as a photoconductor. This basic component is required not only in laser printers, but also in photocopiers based on electrophotography. If you own a laser printer and notice that the print quality has deteriorated, it does not always have to be due to a used toner cartridge.

In this case, you should also think about the imaging drum and replace it. Here at Eurotone.de you will find the right drums for almost all common printer models. You can purchase both original imaging drums and compatible drums. Buy drums cheaply at Eurotone without any risk and uncomplicated.

This is how an image drum works

As already mentioned, the coated surface of the drum is electrically charged with the aid of a high voltage source via the sliding contact using a so-called charging corona. Later, a negative of the print image is to be created on the image drum. To do this, the image on the surface is illuminated with a laser beam or a powerful LED. This causes the areas that the printed image discharges through a photoconductor.

With every rotation you get toner particles on the imaging drum. This sticks to the charged places on the drum. The toner itself consists of fine particles that have a slight magnetic effect.

The toner powder, which later creates the print image, is therefore held on the image drum by means of an antistatic adhesive. This is how the actual print image is created.

With the help of a transfer roller, the toner powder is transferred to the carrier material including the paper with every further rotation of the image drum. From there, the print image is permanently connected to the paper via a developer or fuser unit by supplying heat.

In the meantime, the image drum continues to rotate and is completely discharged with the help of a voltage on the erasing corona. The drum is then available again for another print page.

How is an image drum constructed?

Most drums consist of a thin, up to a maximum of 2 millimeter thick aluminum tube, the dimensions of which are precisely tailored to the respective laser printer. Drums are usually a little wider than the width of the paper, so that borderless prints are also possible. As a rule, the lateral ends of the drum are provided with special end pieces for suspension. As a result, the drums can be reliably fixed in the respective suspension device.

On one side there is an integrated drive with gear wheels. These ensure that the image drum can be moved continuously using a stepper motor. The surface of the drum consists of a photoconductive coating. The imaging drum can be electrically charged via the printer via a sliding contact.

Photosensitive materials are used in the manufacture of imaging drums. For example, the photoconductors of conventional laser printers and photocopiers use an inorganic material such as gallium arsenide or arsenic tellurium. These substances are highly toxic. Today mainly organic materials are used for environmental reasons. These are also known as Organic Photo Conductors or OPC for short.

The disadvantage is that the surface can be damaged by prolonged exposure to UV radiation. This is also one of the reasons why drums for laser printers and copiers in cardboard packaging are packed in light-tight film. In addition, you should never touch the surface of an imaging drum with your fingers. Otherwise, streaks or spots may appear on the printout.

The different types of picture drums

There are basically three types. Most laser printers use so-called disposable image drums. You can use it to create around 5.000 printed pages. The drum must then be replaced.

So-called permanent picture drums are much more durable. These come to at least 300.000 printed pages. These continuous drums are used, for example, by the printer manufacturer Kyocera.

Finally, there are the so-called semi-permanent drums. You have a print range of around 20.000 printed pages before they need to be replaced.

Drums for the color laser printer

While only one imaging drum is required with a monochrome laser printer, color laser printers use one drum for EACH ink. This means that a color laser printer is responsible for the printing inks

• Black,

• cyan,

• magenta


Each requires a separate drum. This way of working is also known as an inline printer system. Four drums sit one behind the other and transfer the colors to the paper in one operation.

The turret system is still used in more recent laser printers. The paper is fed past an image drum several times. With each pass, the colored toner image is temporarily stored on a transfer drum or a transfer belt. By overlapping the four basic colors several times, the colored print image is created later, which is then transferred to the paper and fixed.

With each pass, a developer roller with the respective printing ink is brought up to the image drum. Although this process is very precise, it takes significantly longer than the inline process. While the revolver system only requires one drum with four developer rollers, the inline printing system replaces four drums. For this purpose, modern color laser printers often have the drums integrated into the toner cartridge.

How should drums for laser printers be stored?

Similar to toner cartridges, printer cartridges and printheads, YOU should store image drums in their original packaging as dark and cool as possible. If you have an imaging drum in use in good time, you want to remove it and store it

As mentioned above, prolonged exposure to UV radiation and the desired handling of the surface of the imaging drum cause printing problems. You don't really have to pay attention to an expiration date with drums. As long as these are in the original packaging, there is no consumption or exchange.

How to find the right imaging drum for your printer

You can order your new imaging drum here from Eurotone with just a few clicks of the mouse. First go to the second menu item Drums. If you have already consulted the instruction manual of your laser printer, you can quickly find out which drums you can use for your laser printer or photocopier. In this case, YOU will be forwarded directly to the desired image drum via the professional search bar.

You can also use the practical input mask in the middle of our website. Here you must first select the manufacturer, the series and finally the model. From there you will also be redirected to the corresponding image drums. Below this input mask you will find the labels of the most important printer manufacturers. You can also click on them and you will then be forwarded step by step to the corresponding image drums.

It is interesting that at Eurotone there are several ways to get the drums you want. Before you list the compatible drums and the original image drums, you will find a small preview image of your laser printer or photocopier. This illustration is correct as YOU can find out if you really own this printer model.

Next to each drum you will find a list of all important article information. For example, the article number, the OEM or EAN number are important. This information can also be found in your printer manual. In addition, the information on the total print volume and the possible page prices must not be missing.

As with ink and toner cartridges, however, you should note that the yield refers to a maximum of 5% of the ink coverage. This is the average amount of toner an imaging drum uses per page. Understandably, if you print a lot of black areas or often color photos, the drum will be more stressed and the range may be reduced. After you have found your suitable drums, you can add them to your virtual shopping cart and buy them.

The compatible drum from Eurotone.de offers you these advantages

At Eurotone you can buy both original drums and compatible image drums at affordable prices. These consumables are delivered to you in environmentally friendly and sturdy cardboard packaging. To be on the safe side, each drum is wrapped again with light-tight film. The compatible models do not differ from the originals and have a one hundred percent accuracy of fit.

With our compatible products you do not take any risks. This has no influence on the manufacturer's warranty for your printer. 

One of the biggest advantages is of course the attractive price. Originals are significantly more expensive. Our compatible image drums promise you the same expectations in terms of print range and print quality. You can use it to significantly reduce your total cost of ownership and also minimize page prices. It also gives multiple printers a better overview of their printing costs. Many private and commercial customers already trust our compatible image drums.

Another advantage is that from a certain order value onwards, the drums for your laser printer or photocopier can even be delivered free of charge. Data protection plays an important role for us. Your order data will be transmitted with SSL encryption. At Eurotone you can choose from many popular payment options. These include, for example, on account, PayPal, Amazon Pay, Klarna, prepayment and VISA.

If you have any questions or suggestions, our customer service team is at your disposal 5 days a week. You can also use our free newsletter. Here you will find the latest news and be informed about special offers. If you no longer need the newsletter, you can simply unsubscribe.

How does the toner get onto the paper?

The special printers work according to the so-called Xerox process, a laser printing principle. It is interesting that the first devices were developed by the US company Haloid Xerox in the 1950s. This type of electrophotography was therefore also known as xerography. The printing process takes place in several steps, which are briefly explained below.

First the imaging drum needs to be loaded

The image drum or the actual photoconductor has a light-sensitive surface. This is electrically charged with a thin wire, the charging corona. Some laser printers charge the imaging drum with a charging roller.

The exposure of the imaging drum

With laser printers, the entire page is already created in the printer memory. This is why these printers are also called page printers. With a positionable laser beam or a light-emitting diode, the surface of the image drum is written with the later print image. All other parts of the imaging drum are unloaded. One revolution of the imaging drum writes the print page on the entire drum.

The developer unit

After the imaging drum has been exposed, it picks up the fine toner powder above the developer unit by rotating it. The antistatic toner powder adheres to all places and later the printed image also dies. In addition, the powder has minimal magnetic particles. At the same time, the developer unit prevents too much toner powder from sticking to the imaging drum.

The transfer on paper

In the next step, the print image is transferred from the image drum to the paper via the developer unit. Many printer models use a transfer roller or ribbon. Note that the fine toner powder is not yet bonded to the paper and is therefore not yet smudge-proof.

The fixation of the toner

In order to obtain a permanent and smudge-proof printout, the toner powder must be fixed on the paper. The fuser unit is responsible for this. This consists of two rubberized rollers, one of which can be strongly heated. The fine toner particles melt on the top of the paper and are therefore permanently bonded to the paper.

Closed works

The printout is output through the printer's paper tray. Understandably, it feels a bit warm here. The image drum is unloaded again inside the printing unit and is thus ready for the next print page.

This is what you should pay attention to when buying a drum

Understandably, there is a separate imaging drum for each laser printer. This differs in the housing design and also in the dimensions. Laser printers that can also use A3 print format have very long drums. Each printer manufacturer uses a different drive. On one side of the imaging drum there is a small plastic housing in which the gears for the drive are located.

As mentioned earlier, there are laser printers and photocopiers that require a separate drum. To change this, first remove the toner cartridge. Depending on the version, remove the other components such as the developer unit and fuser unit. Extensions are not always easy. However, you should find what you are looking for in the operating instructions.

The toner cartridges, which also contain the image drum, are much simpler. These are disposable cartridges or disposable drums. The print range is always linked to the range of the toner powder. Understandably, these combined toner / image drum cartridges are more expensive than the pure toner cartridges. Nevertheless, you always benefit from a preferred print image here.

Visually, these cartridges are somewhat wider than normal toner cartridges. After all, the holder for the imaging drum is still located here. Color laser printers are often equipped with these imaging drums. You not only get the right color toner cartridge for every printing color, but also the image drum in one housing.

The acquisition of an image drum is usually a bit expensive. However, especially with the built-in drums, one should consider that they are designed for many thousands of printed pages. You can save a lot with our compatible drums, which you can buy cheaply in the Eurotone online shop. You benefit from high print quality and a clear print image at a low price.

Can you clean a drum?

Dust and dirt can get inside through the openings in the housing of a laser printer. Remnants of stickers and other foreign bodies can also get stuck inside. The drums are not spared either. Some modern laser printers have automatic drum cleaning. The drum is carefully cleaned with a scraper. Sometimes you hear a strange running noise in your laser printer. This is because the imaging drum is moving against its normal direction of movement.

You can also clean the imaging drum manually. However, you must not use any sharp cleaning agents, sharp-edged tools or similar utensils. You should also avoid rubbing the surface with your fingers or scraping anything off with your fingernail. A cotton swab is a good tool. You can use it to remove debris from the drum without applying too much pressure. A little isopropanol from the pharmacy can help with stubborn stains. Please note that you should not expose the imaging drum to daylight for too long. If something goes wrong, here's how to remove toner.