Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies

Ciss and refillable cartridge systems

Depending on printer brand and model, there are lots of ciss (continuous ink supply system) solutions to buy.

Bare in mind, though, if you are planning to use printer heavily, there are other considerations you should think about:

1. If not used regularly, an air bubble may occur and it takes a while to pop it up. Also ink may dry in certain area and it's a mess to resolve.

2. The ink supply (depending on supplier) may not be good as the original; color depth and durability wise.

3. Cartridge recognition problems may occur from time to another, so it must be removed and inserted again.

4. CISS system usually have a chip to fool the printer and it may fail with any liquid contact.

5. ink pad inside printer fills quickly on heavy use, thus its wise to direct the pipe into an external tank (found inside and in the back of printer for Epsons)

In conclusion, if you intend to have more than 100 pages/month, consider compatibles or refillable cartridges. ciss is good for +200 pages/month.

e.g. (epson rx685 blanks out all 6 cartridges except for the black after 10x15 photo's in with high quality enabled)

Please note that these tips are based on experience with 4-6 cartridge systems for Canon and Epson printers.


If you find this informative, kindly vote positively for me to continue sharing. Good luck and thanks.

Posted by on

Office Equipment & Supplies Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

2 Answers

how to convert epson stylus nx125 to continous ink?


There a several continuous ink supply systems (CISS) on the market.
I suggest you Google search for these ink systems for your printer and you will get a price comparison from the various suppliers.

Jun 23, 2011 | Epson Office Equipment & Supplies

1 Answer

i have an epson c45 printer last year it was pefectly performed and print well but due to high price ink we keep it inside our stock room until now we decided to use it again. Light are ok and functioning well but when we put a piece of A4 and starting to print., there is no ink discharged after i print a document only a clean A4 bond paper was released from the printer no letters. Hope you can advise me what going to do. I already check nozzle, apply head cleaning but no results yet. Thank you.


The problem is non use. Once used the printer has ink in the printheads and nozzles which will dry up and clog if left for a period of time.

This could need several head cleans to clear and potentially empty the ink carts before it's cleared.

I have an epson R300 which has 6 ink carts and I do quite a lot of printing my solution was to by a continuous ink supply system (I've had it 4 years now) and my ink costs can be counted in pennies.

The initial set up cost was less than the price of carts from Epson.

This is just an example of what it is, I would recommend though that you do your own search in Google (Epson c45 CISS) or Ebay (Epson CISS), find a retailer in your country (helps if you have problems/issues) and if they don't list for your model then contact them and ask.

I can't rcommend a retailer as I don't know which country you are from but the vast majority are most helpful.

Hope this helps you to get printing again.

Sep 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I need a new CHEAP printer


Epson with Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) is my choice, you'll no longer injecting ink to your cartridge that will make your cartridge live short.

Mar 31, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

1 Answer

Refill system for used Epson Stylus C67 cartridges


Hi Edulfo - my advice is to buy compatible cartridges. These are not refills but new cartridges that will work in your printer, but are not made by Epson. See your local e-bay site for very low cost cartridges of this type.

In addition, there are "Continuous Ink Supply Systems" (CISS) which replace the cartridges with bottles of ink. See:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CISS-FOR-EPSON-C67-C87-CX3700-CONTINUOUS-INK-SYSTEM-_W0QQitemZ220307456327QQcmdZViewItem

for information about these. Once again e-bay is the cheapest source.

Mar 21, 2009 | Epson Stylus C86 InkJet Printer

1 Answer

Hi! I have the Epson DX4850 All-in-one printer. I just purchased a Continuous ink system for it and tried to install it. I followed the installation manual very carefully and when I had finished installing and waited for great results, guess what: nothing appeared to the paper. My mac is recognising the CISS cartridges, as it shows that they are full. Also the printer is not complaining anything, ie lack of ink, or any other fault. Then I tried to print with the original cartridges: un-installed the CISS system and put the originals back. the same continues: nothing comes to paper, even though the printer sounds and looks like it is printing. My Mac also tells correctly the ink levels of the original cartridges, so it seems to communicate with the chips of both systems. I'm wondering now what can be wrong and what could I do to fix it? I ordered the pigment ink CISS system from cityinkexpress uk. I need to stress, that before installing the CISS the printer printed perfectly fine.


IssueAn 0xc18xxxxx or 0xc19xxxxx ink system error code displays on the front panel. The printer cannot copy, receive faxes, or print. Solution
Press the On button to turn the printer off. 
Unplug the power cord from the back of the printer.
Remove all the ink cartridges.
Wait two minutes.
Plug the power cord into the back of the printer.
Press the On button to turn the printer on. 
Install the ink cartridges when prompted.
If the error code does not display, the issue is resolved.
If the 0xc18xxxxx or 0xc19xxxxx ink system error code displays on the front panel, service the printer.

Dec 25, 2008 | Epson Stylus DX4850 All-In-One InkJet...

Not finding what you are looking for?

298 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Office Equipment & Supplies Experts

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

k24674

Level 3 Expert

7993 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75822 Answers

Are you an Office Equipment and Supply Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...