Epson T007, T015, T017, T026, T028, T036, T038, T040 Cartridges
Updated April 8, 2002
Epson Color Stylus 777, 777i, C60 Printers
These instructions may also apply to 780, 870, 875, 1270, 2000P and other Epson printers.
The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal
sponge. This cartridge also has a chip which complicates the refill process.
For best results, never
leave your Epson printer without an installed cartridge -- even an
empty one -- for more than
an hour or so, because the ink -- the original or our refill ink --
will begin to gel to the consistency of honey, which will require
multiple cleaning routines to clear.
The most common problems when refilling this cartridge are air
bubbles trapped in the sponge because:
- Air has filled the exit tube.
- You refilled too quickly.
- You did not angle the syringe needle properly.
Purchasing a Chip Resetter
You may wish to purchase a chip resetter. A Chip Resetter makes the refill process very simple. These can be purchased here. If using the resetter, skip the section below titled "Exchanging Cartridges in the Printer". If you don't wish to purchase a Chip Resetter, you may use the more complicated method described to Exchange Cartridges in the Printer.
Exchanging Cartridges in the Printer
You must have a spare cartridge on hand before you start.
DO NOT turn off the printer during the following procedure. You may turn off
the printer after the process has been completed. Turning off the printer during this procedure
may cause the software to read the chip and reject the cartridge.
Step 1) Remove the old cartridge from the printer.
Step 2) Locate the lever. Insert the spare (new) cartridge into the printer. The printer should cycle and
move the new cartridge to the resting (parked) position under the printer cover.
Step 3) Refill the old cartridge as described below under "Cartridge Refilling Instructions".
Step 4)Using a long pen or pencil, reach back to the parked cartridge and flip the lever. Alternatively, you may remove
the 4 screws which hold on the cover of the printer (2 in front/2 in back) and access the
cartridge after removing the cover.
Step 5) The cartridge should be able to be moved to the center.
Step 6) Replace the new cartridge with a refilled cartridge. Keep this new cartridge in a safe place in a zip lock baggie,
since you can use it many, many times to reset the counter chip.
Step 7) Move the cartridge back to the parked position and flip the lever closed.
Step 8) Print a test document.
Cartridge Refilling Instructions
Note: These instructions are for refilling original Epson Cartridges. The original cartridges
have neat little valves in the bottom of the cartridge which prevent ink spillage. Some
generic cartridges do not have these valves, and should be refilled using the
Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you
can tolerate a spill. Wear old clothes. You may wish to wear rubber gloves
if you don't wish to temporarily stain your fingers.
Step 2) Place the cartridge so that the ink exit hole is pointing down and are flat on the
surface in front of you. There are two vent holes under the label on the
top surface of the cartridge.
Step 3) Locate the vent holes on top. They
may be under the label or taped. Locate the second vent hole nearest (above)
the ink exit hole. (This row is best to use, but either row may be used.)
You may need to peel off the label.
Open the holes if they are under the label or taped and place the cartridge
back on the table surface as in Step 2.
Fill the syringe bottle 1/3rd (10 ml) full with the correct color of
ink and insert fully
through the hole on top which is closest to the exit hole.
Angle the needle toward the exit hole. It is very important that the needle
penetrate deeply and get under the sponge.
Step 5) Important Angle the needle toward the exit hole
and inject the ink very S-L-O-W-L-Y.
Too fast and you will "vapor lock" the foam because air
bubbles will form. You must get the needle to the bottom of (under)
the sponge and fill to remove all of the air from the cartridge.
Step 6) Wipe off any spilled ink and put
the cartridge into the printer. Remove any tape from the top holes to print.
If further questions,
check our Frequently Encountered Problems page at:
If the Printhead appears clogged
The most likely problem is that you have an air bubble in the exit tube
of your cartridge. Remember that the absence of ink is the same as an air
bubble. You can confirm that this is the problem if the printhead cleaning
routine actually makes the problem worse.
What is happening is that a small air bubble expands under the vacuum of
printing to form a large air bubble, which blocks the flow of ink to the
printhead. This problem usually occurs after printing 1 or 2 good pages.
To clear the problem, you may wish to let the printer sit without printing
for several minutes, while tapping on the top of the cartridge. This may
get the air bubble to move to the top of the cartridge. It may not.
Another idea is to remove the cartridge and try again. Also, try putting a
single drop of ink directly into the point where the cartridge is plugged
into. But be very careful not to spill the ink!
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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