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How to Refill Ink Cartridges Refill Printer Cartridges Yourself and Save Money
When the light flashes on your printer duly informing you that you're out of ink, this can only mean one thing. Well, two things actually. One that you're out of ink, and two that you're going to have to spend a small fortune replacing the cartridge.
In fact, the expense incurred by replacing a tiny little plastic cartridge filled with a minuscule amount of ink is more than outrageous. Its's scandalous at best and criminal at worst.
Can ink cartridges be refilled? Well, yes. You can learn how to refill printer cartridges yourself, or opt to have them refilled. Either way, you'll be saving a small fortune and adopting a green, ecofriendly practice, too.
The cartridges themselves can be used many times over, they are manufactured using a tough plastic which is durable and hard wearing. Sending them to landfill after just one use is quite unnecessary.
What You Will Need To Refill Your Ink/Printer Cartridges.
Initially, refilling ink cartridges yourself can be somewhat fiddly until you know exactly what you're doing. After the first attempt, however, it does become much easier.
You'll need to purchase an ink refill kit. Wait, before you roll your eyes and utter the words "not more money" might I point out that a refill kit will cost at least 20% less than one cartridge of either black ink or colored. Add to the equation that the amount of ink included in one kit will refill both black and colored cartridges at least 6 times, and the world suddenly looks quite rosy. Do the maths!
There are numerous ink refill kits to choose from, however, the one illustrated is quite generic and works well with all the major brands; Lexmark, Brother, Cannon, Epson, Xerox, IBM, Olivetti and Compaq to name but a few.
Don't Forget The Gloves and Re-setter If Required.
You May Also Need A Chip Resetter
You'll also need to invest in a pair of latex gloves, unless you're not adverse to multi-colored hands and clothing. Depending on the make and model of your printer, you may also need to purchase a chip re-setter for the tank.
Some manufacturers use a chip which will always signal that the tank is empty, even if you have refilled the tank. Thus, the printer will not print because it's being told that there is no ink to print with.
Generally speaking, Lexmark and Epson models are more likely to contain this chip, whereas other well know models such as HP, Cannon, Dell and Brother are usually devoid of such irritating pieces of technology. However, there are exceptions, so always check first. A straight forward Google search citing your printer's make and model should reveal whether your cartridge contains a chip.
How To Refill The Ink Cartridge.
Very general step by step instructions are listed beneath.
However, you should always follow the ink manufacturers instructions for your particular cartridge type. There are a plethora of instructional videos on YouTube, like the one beneath, to assist you further with the process.
Just type in the make and model of your printer and follow the step by step guide.
Work on a flat surface and use paper towels or an old cloth to protect the surface from the ink.
- Place the empty cartridge on a paper towel/cloth. Run your finger across the label to locate the holes (there are a different number of holes on different types of cartridges)
- Only one of the holes will actually lead to the reservoir, and it is the one which contains sponge.
- Use a pin or toothpick to pierce the refill hole at the top of the cartridge. (the refill kit instructions will indicate which hole)
- Insert the syringe supplied with the kit deep inside the hole, pushing the sponge down to the bottom. Inject the ink slowly so as to avoid creating any air bubbles.
- Stop as soon as you see any overfill. Draw a little of the ink back into the syringe and remove from the cartridge slowly.
- Gently daub the contacts over a piece of kitchen towel. Re-cover.
- Repeat the steps for each color of ink.
- Ensure the cartridge is not bleeding ink and then insert back into the printer.
- Print a test page.
How to Refill Printer Ink Cartridge
If refilling the ink cartridges yourself seems a little too surgical for your liking, you can opt to have the cartridge refilled elsewhere. Just type into Google "ink cartridge refilling" and a host of services will be presented in the results page. Whilst it is still cheaper to have the cartridge refilled by someone else than it is to buy a new one, it's not as cheap as doing the job yourself.
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