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Reviews: How To Save Money With Inkproducts Continuous Ink Systems for Home Printers

Updated on May 4, 2011

Continuous Ink System

The Reservoir Tanks
The Reservoir Tanks
Bulk ink refill kit
Bulk ink refill kit

Always Running out of Printer Ink?

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Do you use your printer a lot? Are you constantly buying ink cartridges? Maybe you buy ink refills, but they just don't last long enough. Of course, there's always the money angle. Buying ink in bulk can save a tremendous amount over the cost of buying new ink cartridges. Whatever your needs are, if you're always running out of ink, there's a better way.

Several companies provide Continuous Ink Systems for home printers. I'm going to focus on one in particular, because I've used their system for years, and it works. They support a wide variety of printers from 4 different companies. The supported companies are:

HP
Canon
Epson
Brother

Quote from the website:

I think my last refill kit cost more than $35, but bottom line: still a huge savings!
I think my last refill kit cost more than $35, but bottom line: still a huge savings!

Lots to Choose From

There is a large selection to choose from, and printer reviews and recommendations on-site that help you choose what works best for you.  When I bought my continuous ink system, you could buy the printer with the system already installed.  Now, they only sell the kits, you have to buy the printer separately.  But everything you buy from them comes with very nice, clear instructions and color pictures.  I've always found their instructions easy to follow.  And if I ever email them a question, I get a rapid and friendly response.

Received the highest 5-star rating and compatible with the Continuous Ink System:

Following Instructions

I'm going to show you just how good their instructions are, and how simple the large ink reservoir system is to use.  You'll see the step by step instructions that they included with my purchase.  There will even be a video of me refilling one of the ink chambers in the reservoir.  It's a very easy process, made easier by the detailed guide included in your order.

My Printer:

My Epson Stylus Photo R380 with continuous ink system attached
My Epson Stylus Photo R380 with continuous ink system attached

The Epson Stylus Photo R380

I'll be demonstrating the procedures with an Epson Stylus Photo R380, since that's the model I use. I've been very happy with it. The only trouble it's ever given me was after years of use. It quit working, and had the message "Service Required, please contact Epson." I got the fix for that too... from this same company! (There'll be a hub soon showing what the problem was, and how to fix it.)

Make your printer stand up and dance!
Make your printer stand up and dance!

Introducing...

Before I get into the step by step review, I'm sure you're wondering who this company is.

Their website is INKPRODUCTS.COM.

I held off giving out the link at the beginning because their site can be a bit daunting at first glance. They have a confusing array of products and services. I was afraid if you jumped before reading a bit, you'd take one quick look and decide it was too chaotic to figure out. Now you've had a chance to realize it's worth the time to explore their site.

Emphasis on Product and Customer Service

By the way, Inkproducts has no affiliate program; they don't pay me to say this.  I've used them for years, and I like what they offer.  Before Inkproducts, I never knew you could 'hack' your printer!

Back to the website, though.  Their emphasis is on product and customer service.  Personally, I like their site design.  It may not be the most elegant, but it's all about functionality.  They offer a lot.  Visit their site, click on some of the links.  The layout makes sense once you've looked around.

Enough fluff.  Time to show you how to refill the continuous ink system:

Step 1:  The bottles should be refilled when they get a bout 3/4 empty
Step 1: The bottles should be refilled when they get a bout 3/4 empty
Step 2:  Put all the small plugs into the vent holes.
Step 2: Put all the small plugs into the vent holes.
Step 3:  Tip the reservoir onto it's back so it's laying flat.
Step 3: Tip the reservoir onto it's back so it's laying flat.
Step 4:  Pull out the larger plugs.  I like to place the whole thing on top of a paper towel in case any spills occur.  Monique uses disposable plastic gloves when she does this.  Keeps ink off her fingers!
Step 4: Pull out the larger plugs. I like to place the whole thing on top of a paper towel in case any spills occur. Monique uses disposable plastic gloves when she does this. Keeps ink off her fingers!
Step 5:  Slowly fill the bottles one at a time.  If you shoot it in too fast, the ink can bubble and splash.  Be careful not to overfill the tanks.
Step 5: Slowly fill the bottles one at a time. If you shoot it in too fast, the ink can bubble and splash. Be careful not to overfill the tanks.
Step 6:  Put the large plugs back in.  Stand bottles up, open the vent plugs (smaller ones on top) so air can enter as ink is pumped out.
Step 6: Put the large plugs back in. Stand bottles up, open the vent plugs (smaller ones on top) so air can enter as ink is pumped out.

Easy as ABC

The pics above were taken as photos directly from the full-color printed instructions that came with the refill kit.  They look very nice and crisp on the actual page.  Inkproducts instructions are amazingly clear and easy to follow.

Do NOT Blow Sharply to Clear Bubbles

The entire contraption needs to be on the same level as the printer.  We put ours on the desk right behind the printer.  A bit of free advice... if you manage to splash the ink too fast, and get a surface bubble near the top, do NOT blow on it sharply to burst the bubble.  I know someone who did this, and when he looked up at me, his face was covered in little black spots.  It's only funny as long as it's someone else.

High Quality Ink

About the ink:  Inkproducts clearly states "We have been selling inkjet refill kits for over 14 years. Our refill kits include our high definition UV ink, one syringe for every ink color , all necessary refill tools and step by step color photo instructions."  In all the years I've used mine, the inks have always been fine.

It's That Easy

Believe it or not, that's it! There's just not that much to write about, because it's really that easy to do. I love my refillable continuous ink system! It's save me lots of money, and with all the printing we do for eBay, packing slips, mailing labels, I have plenty of ink on tap.

A word or two about cleanup might be in order, but that's pretty much common sense. Clean the syringes right away, while the ink is still fresh. It's easier. Just use running water. Also, don't mix colors in the syringes. You want your colors crisp and clean.

Now go check out Inkproducts.com

Not fancy, just a quick vid showing how:

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