How to Refill Canon PG 830

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How to Refill Canon PG 830
Ink is inserted into the cartridge with a syringe. (syringe image by NatUlrich from

The Canon PG-830 is a black ink cartridge used in various Canon inkjet printer models. When the ink level of the PG-830 cartridge gets low, it can be refilled with ink. Refilling the cartridge is a less expensive alternative than replacing the cartridge when it runs low on ink. It is important to follow the correct steps when refilling the PG-830 cartridge to avoid causing damage to the printer it is installed in or damaging the cartridge itself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Black inkjet refill ink
  • Paper towels
  • Drill with 1/16-inch drill bit
  • Syringe

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  1. 1

    Place the cartridge on a level surface over some paper towels to absorb any spills.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole in the dimple on the top of the cartridge directly under the "B" on the label.

  3. 3

    Fill a syringe with 10ml. of black inkjet refill ink.

  4. 4

    Insert the needle of the syringe into the drilled hole. Slowly inject the ink into the cartridge.

  5. 5

    Replace the cartridge in the printer. Let the cartridge rest for eight hours before using it to allow the ink to soak into the sponge inside the cartridge. Run one to three print head cleaning cycles on the printer to get the ink to flow.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear disposable gloves to keep hands free of ink.

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