4A Black cartridge
If you want to refill, you will need "A" version cartridges.
- Lexmark offers
for sale two different versions of the same cartridge:
- The regular
version #4 is not refillable. It is the
"Return Program" or "Prebate" cartridge. Supposedly, when you buy this
cartridge you agree to return the empty cartridge to Lexmark. In return,
Lexmark gives you roughly $5 off the retail list price of the cartridge.
- The "A" version
#4A can easily be refilled. However,
the price of the cartridge is roughly $5 higher than the regular
version, so most people unknowingly buy the regular version.
1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can
tolerate a spill.
2. Peel off the top label. (figure 1)
3. Fill the syringe with
15ml. of black ink.
4. The newer Lexmark
cartridges have very small vent holes and the needle will not fit into it.
So use the thumb drill provided and drill a larger hole into the upper left
vent hole. (figure 2)
5. Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject ink into
the hole you just drilled. (figure 3)
6. When finished,
you can either leave the label off or if you want to put it back on then put
it on a little lower so the drilled filling hole is still exposed.
7. 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.
A Refill Kit should include Ink plus
One 30cc Syringe
One Thumb Drill
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