How to Refill Ink Cartridges on a Canon PIXMA MP150

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How to Refill Ink Cartridges on a Canon PIXMA MP150
Refilling Canon PIXMA MP150 cartridges. (Used ink cartridges for recycling image by itsallgood from

The Canon PIXMA MP150 is a photo all-in-one printer that uses the PG40 black cartridge and the CL41 colour ink cartridge, which are refillable. By refilling your own ink cartridges, you can save money. Each refill kit can be used to refill a cartridge up to ten times. The process of refilling an ink cartridge will take about 15 minutes from start to finish.

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Things you need

  • Colour refill kit
  • Black refill kit
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Remove the supplies from the refill kit. The colour kit will contain a thumb drill, three syringes (one for each colour) and three bottles of ink (magenta, cyan and yellow). The black refill kit will have one syringe, a thumb drill and one black ink bottle.

  2. 2

    Place the cartridge on a piece of newspaper. Remove the top label from the colour cartridge to expose the fill holes. The magenta is the top centre fill hole, cyan is on the bottom-left side and the yellow is on the bottom-right side. The black ink cartridge refill hole will be at the bottom of the cartridge right below the label.

  3. 3

    Use the thumb drill to open up each fill hole. The holes are smaller than the injection needle and must be made a little larger. Place the tip of the drill on the hole and twist back and forth to open the hole.

  4. 4

    Insert the syringe needle into the ink bottle. Pull up on the piston to draw 6 millilitres of ink into the syringe. Do this for each colour, using a separate syringe for each colour. The black cartridge will need 20 millilitres of ink.

  5. 5

    Place the needle in the correct colour fill hole, while covering the other two holes with your finger or a piece of tape so excess ink does not run into the other colour fill holes. Press down on the piston to inject the ink into the ink cartridge slowly. If the ink starts to bubble out of the hole, stop. Some cartridges may not need the full amount of ink because the cartridge was not completely empty.

  6. 6

    Use the paper towel to wipe up any ink from the top of the cartridge and fill the next two colours, repeating step 5, or move to step 7 if filling only the black ink cartridge.

  7. 7

    Place the newly filled ink cartridge in the printer and run two to four test pages to cycle the ink before running any printing tasks.

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