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Bulk Ink Refill Instructions
Updated July 30, 1999
Many different Lexmark/IBM Printers
also Compaq, Sharp, Olivetti, DEC, NEC,
and many other brands.
- Lexmark 13400HC, Black, use WJ1010 Black ink
- Lexmark 1361400, Black, use WJ1010 Black ink
- Lexmark 1361760, Tri-color Photo Cartridge
- Lexmark 13619HC, Tri-color
- Lexmark 13620HC, Black, use WJ106 Black ink
- Lexmark 1380479, This Black cartridge uses Canon BJI-642 instructions and WJ137 Black ink
- Lexmark 1380490, Black, use WJ162 Black ink
- Lexmark 1380491, Cyan, use WJ241 Cyan ink
- Lexmark 1380492, Magenta, use WJ634 Magenta ink
- Lexmark 1380493, Yellow, use WJ708 Yellow ink
- Lexmark 1380619, Tri-color
- Lexmark 1380620, Black, use WJ106 Black ink
- Lexmark 1380630, This Black cartridge uses Canon BC-02 instructions and WJ114 Black ink
- Lexmark 1381400, Black, use WJ1010 Black ink
- Lexmark 1382050, Black, use WJ106 Black ink
- Lexmark 1382060, Tri-color
Many other cartridges, including those from DEC, Olivetti, Okidata, and others
use cartridges with a similar design to the Lexmark/IBM cartridges. Do Not
use these instructions for HP 51626A or 51629A cartridges.
There are two basic cartridge designs:
- Black or uni-color cartridges hold black ink or ink of a single color.
- Tri-color cartridges hold 3 seperate colors
The ink in these cartridges is retained because the cartridges have internal
sponges. These cartridges are similar in construction, except that
some have a single black or uni-color chamber, whereas the other tri-color
cartridges have three chambers for cyan, magenta, and yellow.
- In general, black and uni-color cartridges have a small hole in the top.
- In general, tri-color cartridges have a red cap which must be removed.
Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you
can tolerate a spill.
Step 2) We must remove the plastic top from all tri-color (red) cartridges.
You may use either of two methods:
- Gently clamp the cartridge bottom in a vise or similar device. Grab the
top with a large wrench or set of pliers and crack off the top. This will
likely break some plastic, but this is generally cosmetic damage.
- Lay the cartridge on a solid surface and put the edge of a sharp knife
at the intersection of the different colors of plastic. Hit it sharply with
a hammer. Then pull off the top. You will see three different fill holes.
- For the black and uni-color cartridges, take a syringe bottle and
fill it 1/3 to 1/2 full of ink -- about 10 to 15 ml.
- For the tri-color cartridges,
you will only need about 5 ml of ink -- about 1/6 of a syringe bottle.
- The black and uni-color cartridges require a single fill hole. You can
create this fill hole by drilling or melting a 1/16 inch (2 mm) hole on
the lower level of the top surface, 1/3rd of the way from either side of the
- For the tri-color cartridge, test which hole takes which color by
inserting a toothpick or an empty syringe needle into each hole, removing
the probe and looking at the color. Draw a diagram so you'll remember which
hole takes which color. Tape over two of the holes so the ink won't
accidentally contaminate the other two colors if a chamber overflow while
Step 5) Insert the needle fully into the appropriate hole. Inject
the ink very S-L-O-W-L-Y and watch until the sponge is saturated. You must
insert the needle deep into the cartridge to avoid trapping air under the
ink. The end of the needle should be near the bottom of the cartridge.
(Some colors will not be empty, so don't expect the sponge to absorb the entire
On the color cartridges, if you notice a drop of ink hanging under the cartridge
as you fill, blot the drop away immediately. Otherwise, it may migrate up into
a different, less filled chamber and cause cross-color contamination.
Step 6) Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 for the other two colors with different
Step 7) Remove the tape on the holes of the tri-color cartridge.
Step 8) Put the tri-color's red top back on and tape down in place.
Step 9) Set above a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few
drips. It is important at this step to keep the cartrige from touching the towel,
since the towel will draw out the ink.
To Clean the Printhead
- Only clean the printhead if you get poor print quality or no print.
- Be sure that you don't have an air bubble problem.
- If cleaning the printhead causes the situation to get worse rather
than improve, you probably have an air bubble problem.
- If you have an air bubble problem, you need to re-inject some ink
very deep into the cartridge.
- Follow the directions in the printer manual to run the cleaning routine.
- If this doesn't work, take the cartridge to the nearest hot water faucet.
- Turn on the hot water. Let it get hot.
- Put only the printhead portion (where the ink comes out) under the hot
water for 2 to 3 seconds
- Dry off the cartridge using a soft tissue.
- Re-insert the cartridge into the printer.
- Run the normal cleaning routine a few times.
- 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 really 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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