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Refill Instructions
Canon BJI-201 Cartridge

Also Apple M1949GA, M1950GA, M1951GA, and M1952GA Cartridges.

Many different Canon 600, 610, 620 and Apple Colorstyle, Color Stylewriter Pro Printers

Updated May 13, 1999.


The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge. However, the sponge only fills the lower half of the cartride. The upper half is an open ink reservoir.

It is important to avoid air bubbles from forming in the lower sponge, so we suggest that you insert the syringe needle through the exit hole and fill the sponge from the bottom up.

The precise location of the hole in the upper reservoir isn't important. What is important is that the seal be air-tight when you finish -- otherwise you'll have a slow leak.

This cartridge does not have a printhead -- only an ink reservoir.


Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

Step 2) Inject a small amount of ink into the sponge through the ink exit hole S-L-O-W-L-Y until the sponge is saturated. This will reduce the chance of an air bubble forming and blocking the ink flow.

Step 3) Remove the label and drill a 1/16 inch, 1.5 mm, or #55 hole directly opposite the original fill hole (the one with the steel or plastic ball).

Some people simply push the ball into the cartridge and fill through this hole. That's ok, but can make an annoying rattle.

Step 4) Inject the cartridge with about 8-9 ml of ink (about 1/4 of a syringe bottle. Fill S-L-O-W-L-Y to fill the entire cartridge. Rotate the cartridge as you fill to remove air bubbles.

Step 5) Seal the hole with hot glue, hot wax, silicone rubber, or (if desperate) electrical tape. You need to get a good air-tight seal or you will develop a leak. You also need to get the seal flush with the surface.

One of our customers recommends placing a 3/16" x 8-32 fillister head (pan head or round head will also do the job) screw to seal the original fill hole.

Step 6) Set on a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few drips -- the ink must drip for the sponge to be full. Cover all holes during storage to prevent leaks and evaporation.

If it Leaks

The most likely problem is that the seal over the fill hole is not air-tight. Check this seal. Also check for small cracks in the plastic.

If it Won't Print

The most likly cause is an air bubble trapped in the sponge, or between the sponge and the printhead. Remove the air bubble and you'll probably fix the problem.

To Clean the Printhead

Do not clean the printhead unless you get poor print quality.

Follow the directions in the printer manual.

Run the printhead cleaning software.

To Clean Your Sink

The ink is water-soluble. Use plenty of soap and warm water. You may also need to use Comet or a similar cleaner if the stains persist.

To Clean Your Hands

On hands, the best substance to use is Ink Be GoneTM, a specially developed hand cleaner available from ACSI Bulk Inks. (To place an order, Click Here.)

To Place An Ink Order

You can telephone us at 1-888-728-2465 (USA Tollfree) or 1+740-374-9949. You can also Order Online or by other ways including by Fax, or by Postal Mail, or by EMAIL.

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