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Old Sep 2, 2005, 4:57 PM   #11
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Well.. I screw'd up.

without a proper plug in the hole I created to fill.. All the ink dripped out.. I am sure I have shortened the life of my printer as it has needlessly had to absorb all of that ink.

I need to find some rubber plugs/stoppers and try to fill again.

inkjetgoodies kit has plugs etc... a bit more in price.. but more complete.

what an experience.
Well no you have the ink, and I presume syrenges, you can just buy refillable tanks. Inksupply I know had these for $5.00 a piece. I use them, they work. The rubber plugs on them are smallish and are hard to put in when you are wearing gloves... but they work... i use them. But don't feel badly, I tried and failed and bought the tanks.
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 6:39 PM   #12
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TVUONGPHAM wrote:
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Well.. I screw'd up.

without a proper plug in the hole I created to fill.. All the ink dripped out.. I am sure I have shortened the life of my printer as it has needlessly had to absorb all of that ink.

I need to find some rubber plugs/stoppers and try to fill again.

inkjetgoodies kit has plugs etc... a bit more in price.. but more complete.

what an experience.
Earlier TVUONGPHAM you mentioned, reusing Canon carts to refill ink and having to poke the plastic ball into the ink chamber, and you weren't sure if this will affect things.

In answer, first off it is definitely okay to reuse Canon cartridges. In fact you should be using them for refills cause not only does that save you money from having to buy empty carts, the Canon carts also work much better than the empty ones you can buy. You can continue to use the Canon carts for refills until either the sponges dried up or the carts got cracks on them. I have been reusing the Canon carts that came with my UK IP5000 for refills since I got them with no problems. And as for poking the 'plastic ball' into the ink chamber, that should not affect your ability to print or the qualtiy of your printouts. In fact, pushing the ball into the ink chamber is the correct initial proceedure to do refill, cause you can't pull the ball out.

As for proper plugs for the cartridges to keep refill inks from draining out...your best bet is the 'magic blue plugs' that Neil Shade been raving about. (" http://www.neilslade.com/Papers/inktest.html ")

These blue plugs from Computer Friends (also goes by Jet-Master) are better than the ones provided by MIS. They're bigger and easier to hold. If you already have a refill kit from MIS, you can still order these blue plugs separately from Computer Friends. They're like $3 for set of 12. (" http://www.jet-master.com/accessories.htm ")

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Here are my recommendations for ink refills for people looking for options:

1) If you do not want to bother with messy refills and can afford to pay a little more for ink, and of course still saving much more than buying original Canon carts, try ink cartridges from InkGrabbers (" http://www.inkgrabbers.com ") They are only $2.95 per cart.

2) If you want to save more money on ink and don't mind doing refills and are looking for a starter refill kit, buy refill kit from Computer Friends (" http://www.jet-master.com/canon_pixma_ip4000.htm ) . Their starter refill kits are better than MIS. It comes with everything you need--detail instructions, syringes, long needles, tool for poking ball into ink chamber of cart, gloves, ink, & of course 'magic' blue plugs. However, only buy refill kit from them, once you got that buy bulk refill bottles (ink only) from MIS for greater savings. It's not that Computer Friends' ink refill bottles aren't any good, in fact they're very good, except they cost way more than MIS.

3) Guess you can save even more if you do combo purchases, such as getting only blue plugs from Computer Friends, then get syringes & needles (accessory page) from MIS, and also ink refill bottles from MIS. (" http://www.inksupply.com/canoninks.cfm ").

4) If you have the dough and do a lot printing, you can try looking into continuous ink flow systems (CFM/CIS) for your Pixma..

Some of my recommendations may be same as what is already listed above. Also, I got some of these idea from Neil Shade's web site, which has been most helpful. Anyway thought to share my view. Happy printing. ^^
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