Refill Instructions
Canon 220 and 221

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. Peel back the top label just enough to expose a dimple in the cartridge. The dimple is just below the hole with a plastic ball in it.

3. Use the thumb drill provided to drill a hole at the dimple into the cartridge. This will be your filling hole.

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

5. Slowly inject approximately 9 ml of Black Ink or 4 ml of Color Ink slowly into the filling hole until the chamber is full. Unused ink may be returned to the bottle.

6. Seal the hole using the small set screw and allen wrench provided.

7. Remove the orange outlet seal (or your finger, or the vinyl tape) from the outlet hole (unless you are storing the cartridge for future use).

8.  Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages: for Black for Color 

Note: On the 220 and 221 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:

On some Canon printers, simply click through the error message and the various warnings. The printer should then print fine. Notice that you will need to do this again when the other cartridges run out of ink.
On other Canon printers, hold the RESUME or RESET button for about 10-15 seconds. This should reset the printer so that it will print with the refilled cartridge.
On still other Canon printers, do the following:
Turn off printer
Hold RESUME button then press and hold POWER until it BEEPs.
Hold POWER and release RESUME
Press RESUME twice
Release POWER button
When the indicator light is steady, press RESUME three (3) times. The indicator should be orange.
Press POWER to set data


A Refill Kit should include Ink plus the following:
3 Syringes for Color with needles
3 small set screws for Color
1 - 10cc Syringe for Black with needle
1 small set screw for Black
1 small allen wrench
1 Thumb Drill

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