- The refill ink cartridge is available for most inkjet cartridges
- Easy to install and very convenient
- Inks not considered toxic color printer ink
- Fast, safe, and easy to use color printer ink
- High qulity cartridge refill color printer ink
- Capacity: 100ml / 3.52oz
- Color: Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black
- Dimensions: 16.2 x 11.3 x 4.2cm/6.38 x 4.45 x 1.65 in(L x W x H)
- Inkjet printers ink comes with different colors including cyan, yellow, magenta and black
- Color printer ink is easy to install and very convenient, inkjet printers compatible with general inkjet style printers
- And this continuous color printer ink system for HP printers is designed specifically for continuous use
- Inkjet printers ink set comes with four syringes for easy refilling. A great choice for you
About Inkjet Printer Ink:
- Few components of a computer printer are less thought about than an inkjet's printing ink. The only time it even comes to mind is when it runs out or fades. But what is inkjet printer ink and how does it work to produce a range of printed products from photos to text?
- In the 1980s an engineer at Hewlett-Packard noticed that his automatic drip coffeemaker made coffee without mechanically moving the water. Heat moved the water from a reservoir to make coffee, and the same principle is what powers inkjet printer cartridges. Heat is applied via an electrical current to the nozzles of the cartridge, which allows a very small (about 15 picoliters) amount of printer ink to drop onto the page; thousands of ink droplets make a single word.
- Because printer ink works on the principle of heat induction to move ink, inks for pens are generally unsuitable because they are more of a paste than a liquid. Hewlett-Packard engineers developed a water-based ink, called pigment, that was thin enough to pass through the aperture but not so watery that it flowed out of the ink cartridge before heat was applied. Early inkjet printers offered only black ink because the process was expensive and black was a relatively easy color to manufacture.
- In the 1990s, inkjet printer technology advanced enough to reduce the price to a level average consumers could afford. As Hewlett-Packard was joined by other computer component manufacturers, such as Canon and Samsung, new competitive advantages had to be devised. Color inks began to be offered; cyan, magenta and yellow used synthetic colors dissolved in a similar water formula as the black ink. The result was three-color ink cartridges whose function was more sophisticated than the basic black cartridges.
- As inkjet printer technology advanced, the need for increasingly higher-resolution products forced changes in the makeup of inks. The apertures of cartridges has shrunk over time, with some of the smallest drops measuring 3 picoliters. These smaller apertures require increasingly pure inks; naturally occurring clumps and impurities can clog these more advanced cartridges. Engineers at the leading printer manufacturers, such as Epson, Hewlett-Packard and Canon, have devised their own strategies to combat these clogs.
- In a move to increase ink use efficiency, Epson has devised a new approach to color printing with its DURABrite process. Instead of a standard tricolor printer cartridge, there are three separate ink cartridges. The ink is specially filtered and designed to flow out of custom nozzles, increasing resolution. Hewlett-Packard has turned to a synthetic dye process and is beginning to eliminate water-dissolved pigments. This process, called Vivera, also involves several filtration methods to remove impurities. Both Hewlett-Packard and Epson have moved away from water-based inks and into water-repelling, or hydrophobic, inks and dyes, a complete about-face from previous technologies.
- Still, older technology printer ink and cartridges are used in homes and offices across the country. Many of these users have opted to ignore the technological advances and refill their printer cartridges from alternative ink sources: third-party manufacturers, fill-while-you-wait stations at drugstores and office supply stores, and even do-it-yourself ink refill kits. All of these use ink based on the formulas developed in the 1980s and 1990s. The result is a booming secondary market for refilled, remanufactured ink cartridges, a development that has cut into the profitability of ink sales for major manufacturers.
How to Refill Your Inkjet Printer's Ink Cartridges:
- Inkjet printer replacement cartridges are obnoxiously overpriced and sometimes a hassle to acquire, especially for older printers. The good news is you can refill them yourself at a fraction of the cost. Here's how...
Get an ink refill kit appropriate for your printer:
- If your printer is not color, this task is very easy. Walmart and other such stores sell black ink replacements in a very nice kit - see picture attached to this step.
- If your printer is color, it's likely it has a black ink cartridge as well as one for cyan, magenta and yellow. If your local store doesn't carry these (as mine didn't), you can pick the kit displayed in the picture dirt cheap on ebay.
- Many color printers have an extra large black cartridge (or sometimes more than one) along with smaller color ones. In this case, it's handy to purchase the black ink locally and get the others online. This was the option that made the most sense for us.
- Keep the replacement ink on hand so you can react quickly when your printer runs out of one.
Prepare your work area by laying out old newspaper:
- No matter how careful you are and no matter how many times you've done this, some ink will find its way onto your work area. Lay down a newspaper over your work area.
- Keep a few spare tissues nearby to quickly clean any ink that gets on your hands or on the outside of the cartridges.
- Although not required, I typically put a latex glove on my left hand since it comes in the most contact with the ink.
Gain access to your ink cartridges:
- You may have to refer to your printer's manual to see how to do this. On my Cannon printer, I only have to lift the cover and the printer moves the cartridges to an accessible location, as shown here.
- If you no longer have your manual, it's common that these manuals can be found online somewhere. One way or another, experiment until you gain access to your cartridges.
- Remove the cartridges:
- Carefully remove each cartridge and place it onto your newspaper. Your printer's manual should give details on exactly how to remove these. Typically this is a pretty straight forward process.
Insert the bottom refill plug:
- As shown in the picture, there will be a plug in your refill kit that should fit into the ink cartridge's dispensing hole.
- Press firmly until it slips into the hole - this will prevent your ink from running out as you're refilling the cartridge.
Create the refill hole, if necessary:
- You will only have to do this the first time. Typically there will a spot for refilling on your cartridge which will have some sort of obstruction in it. Use the little tool shown in the picture to first screw into and then pull out whatever is in this hole.
- This step can be a bit of a hassle but thankfully you only have to do it once.
- In the picture shown here, the tool is shown on the left. In this case, the obstruction did not need to be removed since this was done years ago.
Remove refill plug, if not doing this for the first time:
- Carefully pry up on the plug until it pulls out. Place to the side.
Refill the ink:
- As shown in the picture, carefully insert the end of the refill tube into the cartridge and squeeze until it fills up.
Replace refill plug:
- Re-insert the refill plug removed earlier, pressing firmly until it sets back into its original position.
- Most refill kits include these plugs if you're doing this for the first time.
- It's very important that you get this plug in all the way as failure to do so will create some wasted ink (and a mess) in the next step.
Put cartridges back into your printer:
- After ensuring you've securely replaced the refill plug in the previous step, remove the larger plug (used in step 5) and re-insert the cartridge into your printer.
- Repeat for each of your cartridges...
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- 4 x Refill Inks
- 4 x Syringes