To refill your cartridges, you will need a syringe, a needle, ink of
course, some toilet paper or tissue and gloves (recommended!).
Turn the printer on, open the cover and remove the cartridges from the printer.
1. BLACK CARTRIDGE:
2. COLOR CARTRIDGE:
- Peel off the top label- you should see several holes.
- Fill the syringe with 10-15ml. of black ink.
- Slowly inject ink in any of the holes (the best way is to pour a bit in each hole, so the sponge inside can absorb more ink)
- If any ink starts coming out from the refill holes, remove 1 or 2ml of ink.
- Also, always check if there is ink leaking from the print head (The nozzle or print head is the porous metal piece at the bottom of the
cartridge). If there is, simply remove some ink.
- Gently wipe the electric contacts on your cartridge.
- Peel off the top label.
- You will see 5 holes. The one on the top is for yellow. The two
holes on the left are for magenta (red), and the ones on the right are
for cyan (blue). Here is a picture:
A few tips:
- Slowly pour 3-5ml. of each color in the appropriate hole.
- If ink starts leaking, either from the refill hole or the print head, remove 1-2ml of ink.
- Gently wipe the contacts on the cartridge.
- Always make sure that you do not insert air along with the ink, because there will be white streaks on your printouts.
- Once you have refilled your cartridges, your printer will give you a "low ink" message, which is normal, because the printer can't know that someone has refilled the cartridges. The printer "sees" your cartridges by their serial number, and the ink level will show again once you put in a new cartridge. I suggest you just ignore the message (the estimated ink level is never right anyway), and always look at your printouts- if the colors are faded, or one of the colors is missing, that is a sign that you should refill your cartridges again.
- Also, if you haven't been printing regularly (at least once a week), the print quality might be poor. You can do a software print head cleaning:
- Press the "setup" button on your printer.
- Use the arrow keys to select "Tools", then press the ok button.
- Select "Clean Print Cartridge", then press ok.
- Your printer will then print a test page, which you should examine. If the print quality is good, you're good to go.
- If the problem is still there, open the "printer toolbox":
-On your computer, open the Control Panel
-Double click on "Printers and Faxes
-Right click your printer icon and select "Properties
-Click on "Printing preferences
-Click the "Services
-Then, click on "Service this device
-The printer toolbox
-On the "Device Services
-Click on "Clean the print cartridges
", then follow the on-screen instructions. (there are three levels of cleaning available). Just bear in mind that software cleaning uses a lot of your ink!
You can also try cleaning the cartridge yourself:
- Place the clogged nozzles in warm water and soak them until the dried ink begins to flow from the nozzle.
- After a few minutes of letting the dried ink flow, remove the nozzles
from the water and dry it with a soft tissue.
- If that doesn't help, you might have some air left in your cartridge: try inserting air in the syringe and blow it in one of the refill holes (close the other ones with your fingers). A small amount of ink should be emitted from the nozzles upon
- Clean the print head and the contacts on your cartridge and pop them back in the printer.
Hope that will help!