Refill Canon Cartridge

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Printers are fairly commonplace in homes and small offices today with prices coming in to reach of most people who already own a computer. However, a problem arises when it comes to replacing ink cartridges, with the majority of authentic cartridges costing almost as much as the printer itself. Even taking your empty cartridge to a refill station will cost your around 50% of the price of a new one.

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Whether you are living on a tight budget, or just want a more cost effective way to replace the ink for your Canon printer, refilling the ink yourself is a great alternative to replacing your cartridge or paying for a refill. Check out the simple steps below to find out how to refill your cartridge with basic tools that you can find right now in your own home.

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Materials / Tools Required

  • Ink (You can purchase ink packs online or check out your local computer store).
  • The empty ink cartridges that you want to refill.
  • An electric drill.
  • Four syringes (one for each ink color).
  • Tissue.
  • Some toothpicks or small wooden skewers.
  • A suction tool (optional).

Instructions

  1. 1
    Take the empty cartridge out of the printer and peel off the sticker, keeping it in good condition (you will be putting this back later).
    This will give you a good look at the spot you are to drill the hole.
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  2. 2
    Using the drill, bore holes in to the empty cartridges.
    Use the below image as reference on where should you make the holes in your cartridge.
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    1. If you don't have an electric drill or a small drill bit, you can use a pair of sharp scissors with thin tips, a needle or the sharp tip of a knife. Take care when making the hole as this method will require extra force to be applied to the cartridge.
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  3. 3
    One you've made your holes, insert a toothpick in to each one.
    You will be using the toothpick as a dipper to check which color of ink to put into which cartridge.
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  4. 4
    Using the syringe, draw 10 ml of black ink to be refilled.
    Black has a larger compartment and it can hold almost 10 ml of ink, while the other colors (cyan, yellow and magenta) will hold 5 ml of ink each.
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  5. 5
    Gently refill each of the cartridge using the syringes.
    Do this slowly making sure you don't overfill and spill any ink.
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  6. 6
    After refilling, use the suction tool to remove the small amount of ink on the print-heads.
    If you don't have a suction tool, just use some tissue to blot up any ink on the heads.
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  7. 7
    Replace the stickers you removed, covering each hole.
    If the sticker is damaged or will not stick, use some duct tape or masking tape to seal the holes. Regular scotch or cello-tapes won't adhere for long and can get stuck and jam your printer, so avoid using these.
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  8. 8
    Put the cartridges back into the printer.
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  9. 9
    Initiate a print head cleaning cycle from the printer driver (go to Start, then Printers&Faxes on your Windows PC).
    Alternatively you can consult your manual and activate the cycle from the printer's control panel.
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  10. 10
    Initiate a test print.
    If your printer still indicates the cartridge is low on ink, even after refilling, just press hold the resume button or reset button for 5-10 seconds and your printer will begin printing.
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Ink Suction Tool Cost

You can find the Canon ink suction tool in computer or print stores for under $10. You could also find one on eBay or other online retailers.

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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • On some cartridges, you can insert the new ink directly from your syringe. Check if the factory fill holes are large enough for manual refilling.
  • Do not use the printer after the cleaning/adjusting and print test for at least 8 hours. This will allow the new ink to fully saturate the cartridge sponge for proper operation.

Questions and Answers

How to check if the cartridge is damaged?

How to check if the cartridge is damaged

As printing quality is not always the fault of the cartridge, you have to take out the cartridge and inspect it visually. Here are obvious signs that your cartridge is damaged:

  • a missing silver or golden contact. Some companies refill cartridges through one of the contacts and this may even lead to the cartridge getting stuck in the printer. To avoid this, use an eraser and duct tape to cover the hole until you get a new cartridge (the eraser will provide seal, and the duct tape will keep it in place);
  • rotate the rollers carefully to see if the cartridge roller and gears are intact. There must be no scratches or unevenness on the roller;
  • for cartridges with printheads, check it for any obvious dirt or damage;
  • some cartridges may have a chip. Refer to the cartridge manual for its location. It should be in place and intact. While you are reading the manual, see if the cartridge is actually compatible with your printer just in case;
  • check the body. The plastic body must have no cracks;
  • check the springs and their action.
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Some printers will warn if a cartridge is damaged. Follow the on-screen instructions of the printer to replace one of the cartridges (for color printers) or just replace the whole cartridge.

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