How to Refill an Inkjet Printer Cartridge

Color Cartridge

Printer ink is one of the most expensive things that you’ll run into when you set up your home office. You start out taking dozens of pictures with your new digital camera, download them onto your computer, print a few and then suddenly: the print cartridge runs out of ink. If you follow this how-to guide and refill your print cartridge instead of buying a new one, you can save literally hundreds of rupees in printer ink.

1. Purchase an ink refill kit at an office supply store:

Many office supply and discount stores carry this inexpensive kit. It usually costs about half the price of an average Cartridge printer. You can also find these kits at online retailers.

2. Remove the empty cartridge from your printer:

Remember to close your printer lid or door while you are working. Work over the paper towel to catch any leaking ink.

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3. Locate the fill holes on the top of the cartridge:

The depressions can be felt by rubbing your finger across the label. Some cartridges have more than one hole, but only one leads to the ink reservoir that you will refill. This hole will have a sponge in it.

4. Refill Hole:

Use a sharp pencil to penetrate the refill holes in the top of the ink cartridge Or you can take the top label off with a knife or screwdriver. Correct places can also be found in the kit instructions.

5. In addition to black, there are three colors of ink:

magenta, cyan, and yellow are the three Color Cartridge. Follow the kit instructions on which hole to insert each color OR push a toothpick into the holes to identify the colors as markings on the printer cartridge are sometimes there to fool you into putting the wrong colors into the cartridge ink chambers.

6. Refill Ink Bottle:

Insert the long needle of the refill ink bottle deeply into the correct hole penetrating the foam down into the bottom of the cartridge. It is important not to push air into the cartridge foam while refilling.

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7. Stop quickly as soon as you see a bit of ink oozing out of the hole:

Without letting go of the bottle, slowly release the air, sucking a little ink back out of the ink cartridge, before you remove the needle completely.

8. Cover the hole with a small piece of clear scotch tape:

This works better than the seal dots included in the kit. Make sure that no ink is leaking out of the top holes. That’s where the clear tape comes in handy. Be careful not to cross contaminate the colors.

9. Blot to get ink flowing:

After you have refilled all three colors, carefully blot (don’t wipe or rub) the cartridge print head on a folded piece of paper towel. You may need to do this several times. Do this until it stops bleeding and you see an even stripe of three colors showing up on the towel. If the blot shows the colors either faded or not at all, blot on wet paper towel and again on dry, to get the ink flowing

10. Print test:

Replace the ink cartridge into the printer. Never, ever install a leaking print cartridge. Immediately print something, just to get the ink flowing. Print several test pages, preferable photos with a lot of different colors.

Source: wikihow

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