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Refill Instructions
Canon BC-60, BC-61, BC-62 Cartridges

Canon 700J and 7000 Series Printers

Theory

The ink in these cartridges is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge.

Special Caution

The clear WJ811 fluid (print enhancer fluid) is particularly tricky to work with. If this fluid contacts the ink, the ink will instantly dry and be nearly impossible to remove.

Canon uses this fluid to create a quick-dry effect when printing on non-coated plain paper. Unfortunately, if a drop of this fluid gets on a printhead which contains ink (or vice versa), the material instantly forms a substance similar to acrylic in texture.

Use extreme caution handling this fluid near your printer and in handling inks near this fluid. Otherwise, you will find yourself with a clogged printhead!

A few other comments

  1. Our chemist ran tests using the original Canon cartridges with the original ink. He ran tests with over a dozen cartridges. In all cases, running full pages of black print, there were present white lines, streaks, and density variations when the print enhancing fluid was used. During this test, the black ink cartridge averaged 45 pages while the enhancing fluid lasted 105 pages on average.
  2. The black chamber and the clear chamber both have air detecting tubes which are used to sense when the chamber is empty. When refilling, occasionally there will be air bubbles remaining in these tubes after refilling, so there will seem to be enough ink, but the printer will beep that you are out of ink.

    We recommend never running these cartridges dry. Your refilling will be much better if you refill whenever you get to about a quarter of the cartridge remaining.

  3. If the clear chamber goes dry, it is almost impossible to refill successfully. Luckily, the clear chamber typically outlasts the black chamber by a ratio of 2:1, so we recommend topping off the clear chamber with 5-7 ml of ink every time you refill the black chamber.
  4. We ran a half dozen of the original Canon black cartridges out of ink and 4 of them experienced some permanent blockage of some of the print nozzles before running out of ink. This was during very heavy full page printing. We believe that this is due to overspray of the clear print enhancing fluid.

    We suggest that you not use the print enhancing fluid where possible. It is designed for use on plain paper -- as opposed to coated inkjet paper.

  5. The clear fluid will react with most metals -- except stainless steel. It also reacts with many plastics. We suggest that you only use syringes which are made of stainless steel, polyethylene, or polypropylene. Our syringe bottles are made of these materials. If you use another material, the fluid will form a cloudy mess that will eventually clog the printhead.
  6. Now that we've frightened you, let us add that this material is similar to Calgon water softener. In other words, it is non-toxic but may cause eye irritation. Wash with plenty of water.

    It's not that bad to people, but this fluid is a pain to work with around ink. Canon put it in -- we provide it as a service.

  7. If you have any questions, call us at 1-888-728-2465 or 1-304-622-5086.

Instructions

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

Step 2) For the Black/Clear BC-60 Cartridge, locate the large vent holes on top of the cartridge. These may be covered by a label. Insert a toothpick to determine which chamber contains clear and which contains black. Do not insert the same toothpick into both chambers!

Step 3) Inject the Black/Clear BC-60 cartridge with about 15-20 ml of WJ1008 black ink (about 1/2 to 2/3rds of a syringe bottle). Point the needle toward the front of the cartridge. Be careful not to get any ink on the clear fluid exit hole.

Inject S-L-O-W-L-Y to fill the entire cartridge. Be sure to remove and re-insert the needle a few times to expose the entire sponge to the ink.

Step 4) You only need cover the hole with a piece of electrical tape for extended storage or transportation to prevent leaking or drying out. Remove the tape when printing.

Step 5) Now, always top off the clear fluid with about 5-7 ml of WJ811 fluid (about 1/5th of a syringe bottle). It is vital that this chamber not be allowed to go dry. Reread the Special Caution above. Be sure not to get any clear fluid on the black exit hole.

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

Step 7) Take the color BC-61 or BC-62 cartridge. The BC-61 is a tri-color cartridge and the BC-62 is a 6-color cartridge. Turn over the cartridge. Look at the cartridge. The BC-62 has two rows of 3 holes each. These are the holes from which the ink flows and through which you will refill.

The BC-61 uses the following inks:

  1. Cyan (Blue) - WJ271
  2. Magenta (Red) - WJ666
  3. Yellow - WJ743

The BC-62 uses the following inks:

  1. Cyan (Blue) - WJ271
  2. Magenta (Red) - WJ666
  3. Yellow - WJ743
  4. Photo-Cyan (Blue) - WJ272
  5. Photo-Magenta (Red) - WJ667
  6. Photo-Yellow (Yellow) - WJ744

Hold the BC-62 pointing away from you in the same way it would be installed in the printer. The Photo inks are used in the front holes and the regular inks are used in the rear holes.

If you need to determine which color goes into which hole, take a toothpick and insert it into the hole. Then, match the ink on the toothpick with the ink from the bottles.

Step 8) Tape over the holes which you AREN'T filling to prevent ink contamination.

Step 9) Each Photo-color can only take about 5-8 ml (1/4th of a syringe bottle) when empty, so don't expect much. Inject the ink just below the surface of the sponge -- only 1/4 inch (6mm) or so for best results. Refill slowly as you did with the black cartridge. If you have time, simply dribble the ink onto the sponge with the syringe needle.

Step 10) Repeat the process with the other colors. The regular color chambers are larger and hold 8-10 ml (about 1/3rd of a syringe bottle). Since you will run out of one color far before the others, don't expect them to take more than 1/8th of a syringe bottle -- about 3-4 ml.

Step 11) You only need cover the hole with a piece of electrical tape for extended storage or transportation to prevent leaking or drying out. Remove the tape when printing.

Step 12) Set on a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few drips. Cover all holes during storage to prevent leaks and evaporation.

To Clean the Printhead

  1. Do not clean the printhead unless you get poor print quality,
  2. Follow the directions in the printer manual.
  3. Run the printhead cleaning software.
  4. Remove the printhead by removing the screws. Use plain water under moderate faucet pressure to remove clogs. If this clog is caused by the clear fluid, don't expect much success.
  5. Reinstall the printhead. Follow the cleaning directions in the printer manual.

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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