This cartridge has a chip which needs
an Epson Chip Resetter.
You will need to purchase a chip resetter.
You can get one from
Without a chip resetter, these cartridges cannot be effectively refilled.
Cartridge Refilling Instructions
1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a
2. Locate the black or gray rubber seal(s) on the bottom of the cartridge.
3. Insert the "Epson Rivet(s)" into each seal and press down firmly.
Alternatively, you may seal the outlet hole(s) in the base of the
cartridge with the aluminum tape provided.
4. Fill the syringe with 10 ml. of black ink or 5 ml. of
color ink. Push needle through the label into the sponge of the correct filling
From Left to Right the color inks in the Photo cartridge will be:
Cyan - Photo Cyan - Magenta - Photo Magenta - Yellow
From Left to Right the color inks in the Standard cartridge will be:
Cyan - Magenta - Yellow
(You can check each hole with a toothpick if you are not certain of which color
goes into each hole) Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject ink into the sponge until the cartridge
is full. A little ink might come out of the top when full, so cover up the other holes
while filling one
3. When finished, seal the Filling Hole(s) made in the top
label with tape. If the holes are not sealed properly the cartridge will leak.
4. Important - Next, remove
the "Epson Rivets (or tape) from all exit ports.
5. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as
per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages:
For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.
The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge.
For best results, never leave your Epson printer without an installed cartridge
-- even an empty one -- for more than an hour or so, because the ink -- the original or
our refill ink -- will begin to gel to the consistency of honey, which will require
multiple cleaning routines to clear.
The most likely problem is that you have an air bubble in the exit tube of your
cartridge. Remember that the absence of ink is the same as an air bubble. You can confirm
that this is the problem if the printhead cleaning routine actually makes the problem
What is happening is that a small air bubble expands under the vacuum of printing to
form a large air bubble, which blocks the flow of ink to the printhead. This problem
usually occurs after printing 1 or 2 good pages.
To clear the problem, you may wish to let the printer sit without printing for several
minutes, while tapping on the top of the cartridge. This may get the air bubble to move to
the top of the cartridge. It may not.
Another idea is to remove the cartridge and try again. Also, try putting a single drop
of ink directly into the point where the cartridge is plugged into. But be very careful
not to spill the ink!
A Refill Kit should include Ink plus
1 Rivet for Black
3 Rivets for Color
5 Rivets for Photo Color.
1 Syringe for Black
3 Syringes for Color
5 Syringes for Photo Color.
Printer ink and Refill kits for your Printer