Printer Cartridges are surprisingly costly. As an alternative, you can get it refilled at a store. The cheapest and effective alternative though is to refill it yourself. All it takes is a bottle of printer-ink and a syringe.

Step 1: What you need

1. Printer-ink. You can buy it from a computer store. In Bangalore, you can buy it from an ink-refill shop at the entrance of SP Road, near City market.
2. A 1ml disposable syringe. The smaller the needle, the better.
3. Your printer cartridge. My printer uses a HP56 cartridge. But the refill method is same for most inkjet cartridges.
<p>Can you be more specific about the size of the syringe? what size ml and needle?</p>
<p>just ask a chemist to give insulin syringe. I know it very well as my grandmother uses the same thing</p>
<p>Should i need to push the syringe needle into the sponge or the needle should be above the sponge,while refilling it with ink?</p>
<p>i have canon pixma 2470 inkjet printer. i refill black cartreidge 746 . after installing cartreidge black light did not stop. and computer open diogbox again ink empty low. i am very bothring i got stuck. canon catriedge price is very high. what i do please help me give the solution how can stop light and dilog box msg..</p>
<p>You can fill 15 ml ink into this cartridge. Always use pigment ink for this cartridge. I used inkclub brand ink bought from snapdeal &amp; it worked fine. After refilling use a suction tool to make the ink flow from sponge to the printer head. Check it on tissue paper &amp; install it in the printer. Happy printing!!!!</p>
I&nbsp;got some oil-based printing press ink the other day.<br /> Would this ink work???<br /> <br /> BTW, where do you buy syringes?<br />
syringes can be found in medical supply stores or farm supply stores.
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I tried that with my HP cartridge and regular ink I bough from Office Depot but it didn't work out. Is it because the ink is not thick? Is the ink different than the other inks? Thanks.
Your cartridge did not work because you did not get the ink to flow down to the piezo pumps. <br>The way the cartridge works is this:<br>The bulk of the ink is sitting in a sponge and this sponge sits on a slightly-permeable membrane that only allows it to drip though the pores. <br>The space under the membrane must be filled with ink and the ink must reach each of the piezo pumps. <br>When a pump is activated, it squirts a microscopic amount of ink onto the page to form a dot and this action draws more ink through the channel and draws ink through the membrane, from the sponge. <br>When the cartridge runs out of ink, the channels to the pumps run dry and by merely filling the sponge with ink, will not re-start the ink-flow. <br>What you have to do is remove the lid, fill the square with a small amount of ink and get the rubber from an eye dropper and sit it against the pumps (the micro holes) and draw the ink through the membrane to the pumps. <br>You can also remove the sponge and fill the square with ink and replace the sponge. This will push some ink through the membrane and gradually get the ink to the pumps. <br>In addition, you can flick the cartridge very sharply in an attempt to flow the ink through the membrane and through the channels to the pumps. <br>This all boils down to one thing. <br>The ink must be at the piezo pumps so that more ink can be drawn to the pumps as each dot is produced. <br>The cartridge works on a &ldquo;drawing motion&rdquo; or &ldquo;sucking motion&rdquo; and this has never been explained before. <br>You must have ink at the &ldquo;head&rdquo; to draw more ink to the head. <br>
Well, if you have used printer ink, there shouldn't be any problems. <br/><br/>In particular, did you allow the ink to set for a few hours ? Also, your HP printer software will invariably have features like: printing a test page, Clean your print cartridge etc. Try those<br/><br/>Further, What is your printer model, particularly the cartridge (number) ? Because as LasVegas has said (see below), some cartridges come with &quot;<strong>smart chips</strong>&quot; that tell the printer when the cartridge is empty. In such a case, simply refilling the cartridge wont help. If the chip is reset, then it will work. I have no experience with resetting :( <br/><br/>Try googling it!<br/>
I don't think that was a printer ink, I just grabbed refill ink from office depot and that was all they had. The cartridge is HP56 which is the exact one shown above. Printer is psc 1210 xi. I ordered a kit from ebay that is supposed to work as printer refill ink, item # 260185507269 and I am still waiting for the shipment to arrive. I will try it again with that ink and see what happens. I am shopping for a printer but haven't decided which one yet, I would like to buy one that is easily refilled. BTW, when I taped the chips with electric tape the printer didn't read that there was any cartridge installed.
Oh! But how will you drain the "refill ink" out of the cartridge ??
I like this , but now i prefer <a href="http://www.eco-inkjets.com/shop-by-cartridge-inkjet-cartridge.html" rel="nofollow">remanufactured inkjet cartridges</a> that are the same refilled inkjet cartridges but the refilling is done by professionals in their labs or workshops etc. and you do not have to get ino the mess of ink and anything. They also are very cheap as compared to other printer cartridges.<br />
&nbsp;HI Guys, Have HP Officejet Pro All-in One printer. Can I refill the cartridges (HP88) style. If I can, how can I get the printer to show &quot;Full&quot; cartridge??? Thanks, Chuck Winter
&nbsp;Found this link on <a href="http://www.refillinstructions.com/HP/H30.htm" rel="nofollow">google</a>
&nbsp;sharath, Thanks for information on filling HP88 cartridges but it doesn't tell how you can get your printer to show &quot;FULL&quot;
Ah!&nbsp; This reminds me of high school chemistry class where if you are not careful you get stuff on your hands and clothes.&nbsp; For the hands, go to Harbor Freight and get a pack of 10 Nitrile gloves, you choose the size, for $1.99 this way ony your glove's fingers turn various colors not you.&nbsp; As to the clothes sit at a table put down some plastic then a few sheets of old newspaper and wear your favorite grubbies as no matter how careful you try to be the clothes always take a hit.
I&nbsp;know you mentioned that you could buy refills at &quot;refill kits are available at shops at the entrance to SP Road, Bangalore&quot; but Is there a place online to just buy black ink? anyone?<br /> <br /> <br /> Thanks guys!<br /> Tweek<br />
I have no idea.. you need to check on your own/ask others.<br />
Ya I&nbsp;found some. thanks thought!<br />
what about refilling the color ink
No idea!
"P.S. Sorry for the poor image quality in this instructable. I ruined it by putting the camera too close to the objects." - sharath Actually it seems that problem was probably too little light available. Try shooting outdoors or near large windows on a sunny day.
Dear Sir, Will this procedure work for a HP Deskjet f380 ( 21 - Black)?
Yeah maybe
HI Friend<br/>just now some 4 days ago i bought one canon pixma ip1200 for 1300 rs it came with one color cartridge, and i bought one compatible black n white for rs 500 and refilling costs in my city aurangabad is 50 rs for black n 100 rs for color, so wanted to know that its advisable to get good ink filled from outside or buy refill kit n go thru all hassles of filling ink by urself, like which one is more easy n cost effective<sub> </sub><br/><br/>thanks in advance<sub></sub><br/>
hei guys ...where can i get refilling pack from.......wallmart,canadian tire,zellers?
Being in India, I have no idea. You can try your luck at Walmart I guess!
where have the printer ink from??? which type of shops sell such printer inks??? do stationary shops sell such inks? I live in mumbai....where can i get it?
You should be able to find small cartridge-refill shops in your local electronics market. (In Bangalore, SP Road is very famous for anything related to electronics/computers). Or you can get your cartridge refilled at some internet browsing centres for about 50 Rs/per refill Stationary shops do sell printer-refill-kits, but you have to try your luck since very few shops sell those. Don't forget to take your cartridge along!
printer-refill-kits, Dear Sharath, I am Rajesh, I read the reply of cartridge refill kit. Please tell me the where i can get refill kit. maill me . Regards, Rajesh
Check my earlier post!.. refill kits are available at shops at the entrance to SP Road, Bangalore
I tried to refill my HP 21 Black Cartridge using the above method. Before that, I got the cartridge refilled at SP Road Shop. It worked fine (print-quality was as good as original HP). But later when I tried to refill myself, the quality is not that good. Why it is so?
hi friends.............<br/>It is very nice article.This article tells printer refilling. the ink has primary use . I have yet to try the colored food collaring, but aside from the PFC appearing to be slightly wetter longer it looks the same to me. My printer uses Yellow, Cyan and Magenta so can I use the Blue for Cyan and the red for Magenta of should I be blending these? If this works, I intend to never buy regular ink again.<br/><hr/>tina<br/><br/>[URL=''http://www.concordsupplies.com/ink-cartridges.html]<em> Ink Cartridges[URL]</em><br/>
Just ran across this two days ago. Out of work and out of Black ink. I use a Cannon S750 which uses 3e cartridge. I am a diabetic so I have needles, but mine is fine and bent so I took off the needle itself but still use the syringe. I have yet to try the colored food collaring, but aside from the FC appearing to be slightly wetter longer it looks the same to me. My printer uses Yellow, Cyanand Magenta so can I use the Blue for Cyan and the red for Magenta of should I be blending these? If this works, I intend to never buy regular ink again. Great idea. Off the subject, but I have recipes for Laundry detergent and Fabric softener to tackle next.
Walmart sells black refills for $10.00 and you can get a black filled for $10.00 at Walgreen's. A generic dell A-920 a office depot is $24.95. I have had good results over the years filling both color and black cartridges for an HP. I think Walgreen's refills are $10.00 for black and $15.00 for color.
where did you get the syringe? i got mine from health departments for applying orla medication but i need one with a needle tip and it would be sespicous me a thirteen year old going up to the prescription desk asking for a syringe with a neeedle tip me: hi can i have a syringe with a needle tip person: sure... me: thanks person: picks up phone call 911 i think we may have a drug case here......
Don't forget some anti-histamines for that cold and some cleaning products for the floor. That would convince them you have good intentions =D<br/>
Thanks for the advice i just ended up making a makeshift using a bike pump needle. i sharpend the edges then heated it up and pulled on it to make it more narrower post script. thank gamernotnerd XD
I got mine at the pharmacist. I guess you can ask your mom/dad to get one. Show them my instructable. They may be convinced!
true..... that might just work thanks
What's the difference between Printer Ink & regular ink?
I guess its got to do with the thickness. Printer-ink is much thicker. By "regular", I think you are referring to fountain-pen ink. So, fountain-pen ink cannot be used as a substitute for printer ink. If i am wrong please correct me.
Thanks, Sharath I was told, that filling your own or else having it done, would mess up the printer or scanner. Is there any truth to this?
I have a CHEAP Lexmark- some printers like EPSON have an encoded program you have to hack in order to refill- My 29 dollar printer has 30 dollar cartridges. I have refilled up to 30 x with no damage to printer. I simply drill a hole and fill with a hypo that comes in a refill kit. Black is easy and color is only slightly more difficult. I print 400 pages on each refill at 30 cents each refill. You can buy this stuff by the Gallon if you want.. The difference is SOLVENT and special dyes. Use latex or plastic gloves when doing a refill, this is permanent dye, will wear off after awhile. Google the DIY sites for great free info.
good to hear that the above method works !

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