How to Refill Epson Ink Cartridges

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Most Epson printers use several ink cartridges in order to print out color and black ink documents. If you need to replace an Epson ink cartridge, you can save money by buying and using one of the compatible refill kits available.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Buy an Epson ink refill kit. A refill kit gives you all the tools you need to refill Epson ink cartridges. Kits typically include a syringe, rivets, ink, and instructions on how to refill the cartridge. You can find Epson ink refill kits on the Printer Filling Station along with instructions for each specific model (see Resources).

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    Cover your workspace with a paper towel and fill up the syringe with the ink color you need. Epson refill kits will either include black ink or the color combination cyan, yellow and magenta. On average, you'll need 10 ml of black ink or 5 ml of color ink for Epson ink cartridges.

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    Find the rubber seals on the back of the Epson ink cartridge. Insert the rivets into each seal.

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    Empty the contents of the syringe into the Epson ink cartridge. You'll want to perform this action slowly in order to avoid spilling or overfilling the cartridge.

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    Remove the rivets. Use tape to cover the holes you made in the ink cartridge. Return the ink cartridge to the printer. Allow the printer to go through several print cycles in order to ensure that the Epson printer operates properly.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a new Epson printer, you may have to reset the printer chip. You'll have to purchase a resetting device in order to make the printer operable after using a refill kit.

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