This cartridge is often used with the HP 51625A Tri-Color Cartridge.
HP 51626A Cartridge
Updated November 15, 2001
Many different HP Deskjet and Copyjet Printers and Faxes, as well as
many other brands, including some Apollo cartridges and Encad cartridges.
The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge develops a
slight vacuum. If the vacuum is lost, the cartridge will leak.
DO NOT PUT ANYTHING SHARP IN THE TOP CENTER HOLE!
Use WJ-106 Black Ink or WJ-1010 Pigmented Ink from ACSI Bulk Inks
(Additional Archival Quality color pigmented inks are available for this cartridge when used with
Encad or other specialty printers.)
Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you
can tolerate a spill.
Step 2) Tape over the bottom maze-like hole and the top center
sure that the top center hole seal is particularly air tight. Use black electrical tape -- not
scotch tape or masking tape, since these are not air tight.
Step 3) Locate the top corner hole. Some newer cartridges don't have such
a hole. If your's does not, point the arrow toward you. On the top surface
of the cartridge in the left rear corner, drill a 1/16 inch hole.
you don't have a drill, you may melt a hole by unfolding a large metal
paper clip, heating one end with a lighter and melting a hole into the plastic
cartridge. Be careful not to burn your fingers with the paper clip or
Do not push the drill bit or paper clip deep into the cartridge, since you may snag
the bag and cause an irreparable leak!
Step 4) If your cartridge has a hole, push the ball in the top corner hole
into the cartridge with a ball point pen or similar device. Never insert
anything sharp into the top center hole!
Step 5) Inject about 40 ml (one and one-third syringe bottles) of the ink
into the top corner hole.
Step 6) Now you must seal the top corner hole air tight. We suggest using
hot wax or hot glue, or a plastic bead. Black electrical tape will often work. Whichever you decide to use, you
should squeeze the cartridge just before sealing to set up the vacuum.
(We sell the plastic beads if you prefer to use them. Hot glue is recommended if you
drill your own hole.)
Step 7) Remove the tape.
Step 8) Set on a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few
drips until the vacuum stabilizes.
If it does not stabilize within an hour
or so, take the cartridge, turn it upside down, take the needle off the
syringe bottle, lay the needle aside, and use the bottle to blow air into the (formerly top)
center hole. Then set aside to allow the cartridge to stabilize.
Troubleshooting a Leak
This cartridge can leak for the following reasons:
- If you stick something sharp into the top center hole, the cartridge will leak forever.
- If the seal applied to the fill hole is not air-tight, the cartridge will leak. Be sure not to
use scotch tape or masking tape, since neither are air-tight.
- If you have a leak around the bottom maze-like hole, this may be able to be fixed with
some glue. These leaks can be caused by a crack in the plastic around the hole, or caused by
a rip in the interior bag.
- If you have ripped or punctured the interior bag, the cartridge will leak forever.
To Clean the Printhead
Clean the printhead only if the cartridge doesn't print or prints in
- Follow the directions in the printer manual.
- If that doesn't work, here's a quick and easy method to try next:
- Turn on the hot water faucet and let the water get good and hot.
- Stick just the copper printhead under the hot water for 3 to 5 seconds.
- Remove the printhead and dry with a tissue.
- Re-insert in the printer and run the printhead cleaning routine.
- Print 2 pages. You should get dilute print for a half page or so and
then good quality printing.
- If this doesn't work, soak only the printhead in simmering water for
up to 2 hours. You may add up to 50 percent ammonia for tough clogs.
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.
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