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Tips for Refilling Ink Cartridges
Posted by Ink Oasis on 11/27/2011 to Inkjet Printer Ink
If you cannot afford the price of new or refurbished cartridges, you may need to refill your own ink cartridges. Once you know how to perform this task, you can easily refill a single cartridge for less than $2.00 per refill.  As an added bonus, when you refill cartridges, you can easily reuse the same cartridge dozens of times without seeing any signs of reduced print quality. That said, learning to refill ink cartridges can be both difficult and tedious if you take the wrong approach.

Buying a Station for Refilling Ink Cartridges

Many people that want to learn how to refill ink cartridges do not want to spend the money for a dedicated refill station. Basically, this is a set of plastic stands and tools that will give you just about everything you need to refill cartridges safely and efficiently.  This includes a chip resetter as well as information on how to tap into the tank on your specific cartridge in order to refill it. When choosing a refill station, you should select one that:

    Lists that it is suitable for use with your printer cartridge
    Guarantees ink compatibility
    Provides full instructions opening the tank, as well as preventing ink poisoning.

Finding the Best Ink for Ink Cartridges

Once you purchase, and successfully use a refill station, eventually you will need to buy more inkjet ink. Contrary to popular belief, you will not need to buy a brand new station in order to achieve this goal. On the other hand, you will still need to research various ink brands to make sure they are compatible with the ink cartridges that you want to refill. Overall, you will find that it is much easier to match black ink cartridges than color ink cartridges. Without a question, if you need to do quality printing, even a very slight variance in ink quality or color can wreak havoc on a color job.

Managing Sensors in Ink Cartridges

As you may be aware, almost all printers will tell you before you start printing if there is enough ink in the cartridge. Unfortunately, this measurement is not based on the actual ink level in ink cartridges. Rather, there is a chip on the cartridge that calculates the number of pages printed, and then estimates the ink remaining. Even if refill ink cartridges, the chip will still report an empty cartridge in case you do not use a chip resetter.  You can usually purchase these as a part of refill stations for your printer, or buy one at an office supply store.

No matter how you look at it, refilling ink cartridges is always going to be cheaper than purchasing new, generic or refurbished ink cartridges. While you may be able to save money, you should also be prepared to practice and spend a good bit of time on this task. That said, if you keep a few basic tips in mind, and buy the right equipment, you can easily save a good bit of money on ink cartridges for sure.
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