REFILLING EPSON CARTRIDGES
Epson Inkjets cartridges are called "Ink Tanks" meaning they do not have a
printhead fitted - All modern - current models are to this design where the
printheads are built inside the machine and not easily removed for
Epson inkjet cartridges can be classed into
three main groups
(1) Ink Tanks with sponges
(2) Ink Tanks with sponges and a Chip
(3) Ink Tanks with no sponge inside but with a
(If you are
filling an Epson cartridge you will need to seal the
ink outlet holes in the bottom of the cartridge with the tape or re-fit the
plastic clip that was originally supplied
With all of the recent Epson original make cartridges it is recommended to refill
before resetting. The reason we recommend this is that the Original make cartridges have mechanisms to detect that ink is present inside the cartridge.
"Universal" style inks will not
perform well in these cartridges. For good results, use our specific inks
designed to match
Always prepare an area that could tolerate a spillage e.g. spread out a newspaper and have some paper towels available.
Refill Epson T29 cartridges
In the early Epson categories the
black and colour cartridges are very simple being little more than
sponge-filled plastic containers. The black has a single chamber and the
colour cartridges is three or five chambered. We will deal with the
refilling method for this type first.
syringe with 15 ml. of black ink to fill the black cartridge. Push
needle through the label into the sponge, (position indicated) slowly
inject ink into the cartridge until the sponge is full.
For the colour cartridges fill a syringe
with 6ml. of color ink. Push needle through the label into the sponge of
the colour you are filling. Slowly inject ink into the cartridge until
the sponge is full.
Wash syringe thoroughly
between filling with each colour or contamination will result
Seal the hole(s) made in the top label
with tape. If the holes are not sealed properly the cartridge will
Unused ink may be returned to the bottle.
Clean the syringe with water and dry for future use, or use with a
different colour ink.
Run several cleaning cycles as per printer instructions. If necessary
leave cartridge in printer for up to 4 hours this will allow the ink to
flow to the print head.
Next Category Cartridges -
These units represent a significant change of
design from the Ink Tanks described above. Epson original cartridges no
longer make use of a sponge to hold the ink and the Epson design is
multichambered i.e. each individual colour is constructed with several
Here we describe a refill
method for the most common types of compatibles:-
is a more traditional "drill and fill" injection method.