Friday, 7 October 2011

How to Refill Printer Cartridges

How to Refill Printer Cartridges

Buying a fresh cartridge for your printer every time you run out of ink can burn a hole in your pocket. A much better option is to refill your cartridges at a printer refill shop, or at home using an ink refill kit. Not only is this cheap, but it also prevents your cartridge chips, sponge and plastic frames from getting wasted.
Basically, all inkjet printer cartridges are filled following the same instructions with slight variations based on the manufacturer and model number of the printer. You can use the help of the internet to identify the individual location in cartridges for different ink colors.
If you use a black cartridge, it usually has only one hole for filling while most color cartridges have 3 or more holes. Moreover, as different cartridges use unique types of ink, make sure you buy and use the right ink that is specific for your inkjet cartridge.
If required, drill a hole. Now that you have your ink and know where the holes are in the cartridge, you first have to remove the cartridge from the printer. While doing so, make sure you don't dirty the electrical parts of the printer with your fingerprints or ink.
Set the cartridge on a work area that takes spills and remove the label from the top of the cartridge. You now have to locate the hole in the cartridge for filling black ink. If there is no hole, drill a new one using a finger drill.
Next, fill a syringe with black ink and insert its needle into the hole while pressing into the spongy material found inside it. Slowly inject the ink into the cartridge until excess ink comes out of the hole. Your cartridge instruction booklet should mention how much ink you should inject into your cartridge.
Repeat with color cartridges. After cleaning the cartridge top with a rag, replace its top label and if necessary tape down its edges. Without contaminating the electrical contacts of the printer, slowly clean the bottom of the cartridge using a rag.
You next have to reinstall the cartridge into the printer, and repeat the same steps with your color cartridge. Just make sure you identify the right holes to inject the respective ink colors. Once you have refilled your color cartridges, reinstall them in the printer as well.
Run a few test pages. Make sure you clean all your syringes with water or the solvent that accompanies the refill kit once you are done refilling your printer cartridges. Run a test page, or perhaps several cleaning cycles to ensure there is no spreading of ink from the cartridges.
Sometimes, your computer's printer utility may register that your cartridge is still empty even after refilling it. Don't worry in such situations - all you have to do is read the instructions that accompany your inkjet cartridge to find out how to reset it so that your computer recognizes it as filled.
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