Replacing a Canon cartridge can be expensive. If you have a color printer, you have to spend a lot on ink. Most Canon cartridges are refillable, so you can save a lot by refilling them yourself. To refill Canon cartridges at home, you will need to purchase a refill kit.
Method 1 of 4: Checking the Cartridge
Step 1. Make sure the cartridge is empty
- Most Canon printer cartridges contain an electronic device that counts down with each character printed.
- When this number drops to zero, an error message will appear on the printer.
Step 2. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to remove the cartridge from the printer
Step 3. Check if the ink tank is empty
If there is still ink in the tank, replace it, and if you get the error again, press the OK key to continue printing
Step 4. If the cartridge is empty, refill it with ink
Method 2 of 4: Refill the cartridge
Step 1. Buy a refill kit from a computer supply or office supply store, or order it online
To refill the cartridge, you will need a 30 ml syringe with a needle, a drill, and printer ink.
Step 2. Place the cartridge on newspaper or paper towels
When refilling the cartridge, ink may leak from the cartridge.
Step 3. Select ink
For example, if you are refilling a cartridge for yellow, use yellow ink.
Step 4. Insert the needle into the yellow ink bottle
Method 3 of 4: Replacing the ink
Step 1. Find the hole where the ink comes out
It is where the sponge is located.
Step 2. Squeeze a few drops of the desired ink into this hole so that the sponge absorbs them
Step 3. Cover this hole with duct tape to prevent ink from leaking out of the cartridge when refilling
Step 4. Take a drill, insert the smallest drill bit and drill a small hole in the cartridge under the sticker
- Look for the letter for the ink color on the cartridge. There is a circle with a depression under it.
- If you want to refill a cartridge, drill a hole right in the center of this recess.
Step 5. Insert the needle into the punched hole and gently squeeze out the ink
Watch the cartridge while refilling to avoid spilling too much ink.