Refill or New Cartridge ?

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Many printer users worldwide have no idea what cartridge should be refilled, and what should not be refilled.

For quick profit, printer ink sellers has been selling refill ink simply for quick profits. Most of them do not give a damn about if the user’s printer is damaged or not.

To understand what is refillable and what is not refillable,

 

read this:

 

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1) What is Inkjet Technology ??

A typical canon printhead contains 6144 micro nozzles. Ink droplet size is 1picoliter (1 billionth of a ml)
In each nozzle, there is a heater that heats (boil) the ink, creating a micro-bubble which forces the ink to spray onto the paper (hence called inkjet/ bubblejet)
Very pure ink is therefore required to prevent printhead damage.

A typical canon printhead contains 6144 micro nozzles. Ink droplet size is 1picoliter (1 billionth of a ml)
In each nozzle, there is a heater that heats (boil) the ink, creating a micro-bubble which forces the ink to spray onto the paper (hence called inkjet/ bubblejet)
Very pure ink is therefore required to prevent printhead damage.

2) Reasons for Printhead Damage

a) Printing with Air Bubbles

-Refilling cartridge creates air bubbles within spounge.
-Air causes printout to have white lines
-Prolonged printing without ink causes printhead to burn (like kettle boiled with no water)

b) Dried Ink Clog Printhead

-Used cartridge (refill) tend to have dried ink at cartridge nozzle.
Dried ink is transfered to printhead during reuse after refill. (if printhead and ink is seperated)

c) DIY Refill Process

-Dirt /impurities from bottle ink /needles.
-Printer nozzle exposed more than 3 seconds during refill.
-On average, 30ppm particles is formed /second from exposed nozzles.
-White lines will appear after 2nd refill if printhead and ink is seperated.

d) Printhead Short-circuit

- “Refillable cartridge” & CISS leaking into printer,
- printhead soaked in ink short-circuit

 

3) So what cartridge to Refill?

INK + PRINTHEAD     is    2 separate unit      —-          DO NOT REFILL

PERMANENT PRINTHEAD IN PRINTER (EPSON / BROTHER)

Upon cartridge taken out, residue ink on the ink cartridge holder once exposed to air will begin to dry up.
60ppm formed / second. These particles causes printhead to clog causing permanent white lines.
Changing cartridge should not take more than 3 seconds

E.g. Brother LC57 (40ml)
New Cartridge Cost: $5 (ORINK)
Refill Cost: $4/cart
Savings: $1

Cons:       Printhead will be damaged after several refills.
Printhead damaged = printer damage = Warranty VOID.

Conclusion:  Not Recommended

Highly popular in low GDP countries. Though there are still sellers for this in Singapore, this is a vicious cycle most users wish to avoid. Say no to refill and insist on factory made NEW cartridge under clean-room (zero dust) condition.

INK + PRINTHEAD     together      —-       TO REFILL

Printhead damaged after several refills.But this is OK since this printhead would have been thrown away in the first place. It does not damage printer in anyway.

E.g. HP56 / Canon PG40 (about 20ml ink)
New Cartridge Cost: $30
Refill Cost: $2/cartridge
Savings: $28

Conclusion:    Highly Recommended.

How to Refill HP & Canon ink cartridge in 60 seconds

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It is very easy to refill. Our refill kit is designed to enable refilling within 60 seconds: Here’s an overview:
Step 1: Remove top sticker
Step 2: Enlarge refill hole for Canon (HP not required) ——– 5 seconds
Step 3: Refill 10ml Black ink into cartridge ———————- 10 seconds
Step 4: Extract away the air bubbles within the printhead compartment —— 10seconds

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The Risk of Continuous Ink Supply CISS

Most of the time , users failed to ask / and Sellers negligently withheld information.

Let’s look at the risk of CISS systems:

a) As with all refilling, DIY refills always damage printhead.
You can read more here the 4 main reasons of printhead damage caused by refilling due to dirt.

It need to be warned that such CISS and DIY ink refill system had caused a unprecedented record number of printer (printhead) damage. Printhead lifespan had been shortened considerably due to DIY ink refill proliferation.

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b) CISS ink tanks leaking non-stop: (above picture)

As the printer prints, the ink level will never be in perfect equilibrium.

When the pressure from the ink tank is higher, ink will leak through the cartridge. 1cm of height = 40ml of ink leak. Many CISS user find their printer soaked in a pool of ink the next morning.

 

c) CISS ink backflow into tank.  Printhead damage. (above picture)

When the cartridge is higher level that the ink tank, the air pressure in ink tank is lower, ink will backflow into the tank, and air enters from the printhead into the cartridge.  When the printer prints without any ink at the printhead, the printhead overheats and burn.

As there could never be perfect equilibrium, 1) immediately after setup, 2) when the printer is in motion (during printing),  3) following a refill procedure (the plugs are opened and then closed, some / sufficient amount of ink needs to leak out until negative pressure exist in the ink tank)

 

Are there savings using CISS?

Absolutely NOT. If you have purchased the right printer from the beginning. If you have chosen a Brother printer, you would have realized that Brother ink cartridges consist of disposable plastic container filled with ink. The compatible cartridge for Brother printers are approximately $5 which is cheaper than the bulk ink and labour cost charged by vendors to setup such a system.

However, there are indeed savings when using refill kits when the right type of cartridge is refilled (i.e. those with printhead) read more here

 

So at what instance would CISS be useful?

Answer:
a) If you are a start-up running a printing house, but trying to save cost by printing on entry-level inkjet printer.
b) You print so much photos, several hundreds at each print job, so much so that it is a hassle to change cartridge.
c) And you can bear with occasional leaking.