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Inkjet Refill Kit Tips
Refilling your ink cartridge instead of replacing it seems to be a sensible way to save some money. However, it’s important to be aware of some pitfalls, so that you don’t damage your printer or give yourself unnecessary headaches.
PART I: Before you buy a refill kitBecause different printers use different techniques to get the ink from the cartridge onto the paper, the inks themselves have very different properties. It’s very important to use a refill kit that is specifically for your model of printer. You should be aware that many printer manufacturers will void your warranty if you use a inkjet refill kit.
If you own a printer in which the print head is built into the ink cartridge (such as an HP), be very cautious about refilling the printer cartridge. You can do it a couple of times, but if you refill more than that, you will begin to damage the print head and/or the printer. Be particularly careful not to let the cartridge run out of ink, as this can cause the print head to overheat.
Refilling your inkjet cartridge instead of replacing it seems to be a sensible way to save some money. However, it’s important to be aware of some pitfalls, so that you don’t damage your printer or give yourself unnecessary headaches.
PART II: Refilling Your Cartridge
Be sure to refill the printer cartridge before or as soon as it becomes completely empty. If you allow ink to dry inside the cartridge before refilling it, your print quality will suffer. If you try to print with an empty cartridge, you may do irreversible damage to the print head.
If you’re not sure if an inkjet cartridge is empty or which color is empty, print a test page to find out. You can do this by going into the control panel on your computer, and opening the “Printers” folder. Click or right-click on the relevant printer to get to the “Properties” box. Click on “Print Test Page.”
When refilling a printer ink cartridge, be sure to stop if ink starts flowing out of the print head or refill hole. That means it’s full! Some types of cartridges need to adjust to the change in pressurization that occurs when you refill them. Depending on the model, that may mean letting the refilled cartridge sit briefly or using a plastic bottle to blow air into the printer cartridge’s air hole. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with the inkjet refill kit.
When refilling a color inkjet cartridge, be very careful about getting the right color in the right chamber. Follow the instructions on the refill kit carefully -- the labels on the color cartridges themselves may sometimes be misleading.