Printing can be exceptionally expensive. Once you've chosen your printer you then need to consider the ink or toner. You can opt for a continuous ink supply system, a toner cartridge or a standard ink cartridge. If you opt for the last option, then you're going to discover pretty quickly that replacing ink cartridges can be a costly affair. That's why many of our customers choose to refill their ink cartridges themselves, using our extensive range of cheap ink refills. Refilling your ink cartridges can be a little tricky, however - which is why we've put together a handy step by step guide for you to follow after you've purchased your refill kit from City Ink Express.
Step 1: Gather your ink kit, some paper towels and some clear tape and make sure you have a large, flat surface to work on
Step 2: Remove your empty cartridge from your printer. We'd recommend wearing some disposable gloves because the ink can be extremely messy! Always remember to keep your printer lid closed when you're working
Step 3: Always work over a folded paper towel to avoid any nasty spillages of ink
Step 4: Locate the fill holes on the top of the cartridge. You will be able to locate the holes by feeling for the depressions across the label. Some cartridges might have more than one hole, but only one will lead to the section you need to fill with ink. This section will contain a sponge
Step 5: Use something sharp to pierce the holes carefully
Step 6: As well as black ink, there are spaces for cyan, yellow and magenta. Make sure you are inserting the correct ink into the designated reservoir. A good way to do this is by inserting a toothpick into each hole to check you have the correct colour
Step 7: Insert the needle of the ink refill syringe deeply into the reservoir making sure to penetrate the sponge appropriately.
Step 8: Slowly fill the ink
Step 9: Stop quickly when the reservoir is full
Step 10: Carefully dab the bottom of the cartridge on the paper towel to get rid of any excess
Step 11: Cover the holes with a small piece of see-through tape
Step 12: Repeat the above for each colour
Step 13: When you have finished filling the cartridges, carefully blot the cartridge head on your paper towel
Step 14: Replace the ink cartridge once the cartridge head has stopped leaking
Step 15: Print a few things immediately as tests
Note: Our cheap ink refills contain only the actual ink, and not the syringe required to refill the cartridge with. This will need to be purchased separately.