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Still need inexpensive black ink for printers! Anyone got a recipe that has been tested and proven to work 100%.

dddNeed a proven recipe for black ink for cartidges. They cost so much. Need a proven recipe that worksa and is easy to make from components that are easlily found. Thanks. Someone must have this  out there!

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Z..7 years ago

Your first money saver is to make sure that your ink really is empty!

I am a complete novice, but I became suspicious that my printer was 'lying' to me, when it told me various inks were empty very frequently,-when I had used the printer so infrequently. (The inks were audibly swilling around when I shook the cartridge).

So I went looking...Apparently these gizmo's are cheap for what they provide (fair point), so the main money is in buying new cartridges. I know of two brands that give a deliberate false reading. I have one of them and Brother! it's a damn nuisance.

The advice is to cover the area where the tape type thing (sorry!!), is showing. (I can't print at all if it gives me the 'ink empty' symbol). I've just done this to my yellow,-it is now showing as full-( it isn't of course-but it wasn't empty either!).

I keep an eye on it, and when the yellow/black/blue/cyan goes pale;-THEN I change it.

phmanzano4 years ago
I know it's 3 years old. I still read pages that are more than 10 years old and I cam here with a search engine, so I guess this useful.

I have the same need and found a funny way: http://www.absolutely-unbelievable.com/?p=475
molbar5 years ago
hi i did use printing ink from printing company's but have since run out i'm thinking of trying indian ink the type that you would put in the old style nib or fountain pens
qwertydude6 years ago
It is possible to mix your own printer ink and have it work, it's a pretty neat experiment for homebrew chemists and perfectly safe. You'll need carbon black, glycerin and kodak photo flo as a surfactant. Follow these instructions to make a clear base and then add carbon black and brush the ink onto paper to test the darkness to your liking then refill. You should have a workable ink. Though if you really need to print lots of black and white you can also buy black pigment ink in bulk. I do myself and as added insurance I add a few drops of kodak photo flo to each little bottle I fill to aid in ink flow to the printhead. www.paulroark.com/BW-Info/Ink-Mixing.pdf I don't think bulk printer ink is too pricey 500ml of pigment black ink from stratitec is only about $30 and lasts literally thousands of pages, it's good for between 25-50 refills depending on cartridge size so $1 refills are pretty cheap. I doubt making your own ink will be more economical think of the amount of supplies you need to get started and experimentation needed, it's just more fun.
I haven`t yet spotted a successful attempt at this, though I have seen many attempts.  The best ideas that worked involved store-bought ink, ie. india ink diluted with alcohol.  But looking at the price of india ink where I live, you would be better off buying bulk inkjet ink online.  I bought a litre of black ink for my printer that actually prints better (cleaner, darker, less fading) than the stock ink.  I found it on ebay for $6 US...  I can`t imagine any homemade solutions being cheaper.

As for DIY suggestions... You might look around for other pigments that you can adapt.  Perhaps a black fabric dye, diluted with water.  Maybe you can extract and concentrate a pigment from coffee. 
triumphman (author)  DELETED_GuardianFox7 years ago
Thanks, but still need a recipe that works ! 
Z.. triumphman7 years ago
Thanks for Best Answer triumphman!

Good luck in finding the solution you want.., maybe Yahoo answers? or eHow?

Good printing.  Which is what we all hope for!
Re-design7 years ago
I have never even heard anyone ask if this is possible in all the years I've been using computers.  Nice question.

I used to have a friend who was one of the designers of the original Lexmark inkjet print heads.  He told me lots of stories.

I am 99.99% sure that home brew ink has no chance to work in an inkjet printer.  Some (all at one time) work by tiny jets of ink being boiled in a tiny chamber by an overloaded resistor.  The power of the boil will shoot out the perfect amount of ink to be deposited on the paper and dry at just the right rate so that it is not smeared by the head passing over it to print the next row of dots.  Dry too slow and it smears and gums up the printer.  Dry too fast and it won't stick to the paper.

For anyone at home to be able to hit on the correct recipe to boil at the right temperature, have the right consistancy, spreadability on paper and drying time to acutally work would seem a miricle to me.

But it wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong.

Good luck and don't spill that stuff on you mom's carpet!
triumphman (author)  Re-design7 years ago
Thanks, but still need a reliable recipe that works ! 
OKay, we're saying we don't know of any.  YOu'll have to come up with your own.