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Refill Instructions
Canon PGI-5, CLI-8 Cartridges

Black & Color Cartridges

1. Cover the outlet hole with the orange outlet seal that came with the cartridge (a rubber band will hold this in place) or with your finger over the outlet port while wearing latex gloves or with some vinyl tape to prevent ink loss during refilling.

2. Use the "L tool" provided to push the Sealing Ball into the cartridge (tap on the 'L tool' if the ball is stuck). If you can't see the ball just above the "push" then peel back the top label on the reservoir side of the cartridge to expose the Sealing Ball. This is the ball Canon used to plug up the hole after they refilled the cartridge. (As an alternative you can drill a small hole into the reservoir side.)

3. Attach the needle to the syringe and fill with the correct color ink.

4. Slowly inject approximately 13 ml. of Black Ink or 6 ml of Color Ink slowly into the filling hole until the chamber is almost full. Unused ink may be returned to the bottle.

5. Seal the hole using the Green Plug. Put your finger on the green plug and twist until it is seated well in the hole. If you drilled a small hole then seal it with a drop of hot glue. This hole must be sealed air tight or all your ink will drip out.

6. Remove the orange outlet seal (or your finger, or the vinyl tape) from the outlet hole.

7. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages:
http://www.refillinstructions.com/black.htm for Black
http://www.refillinstructions.com/color.htm for Color 

8. If you have trouble getting your cartridge to print and the sponge side of the cartridge looks dry then drill a hole (or burn a hole with a hot paper clip) into the top of the sponge side of the cartridge. Stick the syringe needle into the sponge and fill with ink. You do not need to seal this hole.


If you are filling cartridges to use later, leave the orange outlet seal rubber banded onto the cartridge. This will prevent your sponge from drying out.

Note: On the CLI-8 and PGI-5 series cartridges, there is an electronic counter embedded in a small computer chip/board. This counter starts at a high number and decreases for every character printed. Eventually, the counter reaches zero. At this point, an error message is generated by the printer. If you click "OK" to the error message, the printer will continue to print. See Here
If you have trouble getting your printer to print because it thinks the cartridges are empty. Look on your printer for an orange blinking light. This is your reset button, usually the paper feed button also. Hold this button in for 5 seconds until the light goes out
. Note: this will not reset the ink level back to full.
If you are having any problems go here:

If you want to reset the chip back to full then you will need to purchase a Canon Chip Resetter located here:

A Refill Kit should include Ink plus the following:
3 - 10cc Syringes for Color with needles
3 Green Plugs for Color
1  - 10cc Syringe for Black with needle
1 Green Plug for Black
1 L Tool

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