Need to refill a cartridge? Although all models of inkjet printers differ slightly from each other, the refilling of the cartridges is almost the same. Read on to find out how to properly refill the cartridge, regardless of your printer model.
Step 1. Make a note of the make and model number of your printer
To find the correct replacement cartridge, you need both the brand and model number of your printer. If you cannot find the model number, look for it in the documents that came with the printer.
Step 2. Turn on the printer and lift the cartridge cover
The cartridges should be centered in the printable area. To move the cartridges, you may need to press the ink drop button.
Do not pull the printhead out of the housing. It should move automatically either after opening the lid or after pressing a button
Step 3. Make a note of the cartridge number and type
The numbering and marking systems vary depending on the printer manufacturer.
Step 4. Buy new cartridges or refill old ones
Knowing the number of your cartridge, buy the same at a stationery store or online. You can also take your old cartridge for refills. If you are not sure which cartridge you need, take the old cartridge to the store and ask the seller to find the right one for you.
Be sure to buy cartridges from that manufacturer. Cartridges of different brands are not compatible with each other, the same is sometimes true for different models
Step 5. Carefully remove the old cartridge
Depending on your printer model, you will have several cartridges to choose from. The color of the ink in the cartridge must be indicated on the label.
- Clamp the cartridge. In some printers, there are special clips near the cartridges, pressing on which releases the cartridge from its tray.
- Pull the cartridge out at an angle from the connection point.
- Do not remove the cartridge from the tray unless you have a replacement ready for it. Do not leave the print head empty for long periods of time as this can dry out and render it unusable.
Step 6. Shake the new cartridge before unpacking it
This will help make the first few stamps better. Be sure to shake before opening the package to avoid spilling ink.
Step 7. Remove the protector that covers the ink dispenser
They differ from each other, but almost all cartridges will have a protective sticker or a piece of eraser above the dispenser, which must be peeled off before inserting the cartridge into the printer.
Step 8. Insert the cartridge into the printer
Insert it as in deletion, but in reverse order. Hold the cartridge at the correct angle and use slight force to insert it into the tray. Most new cartridges will snap into place automatically with little effort.
Step 9. Print a test page
This way, you can check that the cartridge is installed correctly and the ink flow before the first real print.
Step 10. Re-align the printer heads for better print quality
If the print is dripping, streaking, or smudged, it could mean the printheads are not aligned or need cleaning. Read your printer's manual to find out how to clean the cartridges for your model.