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Refill Instructions
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:

  1. Air has filled the exit tube.
  2. You refilled too quickly.
  3. 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 SO20093 Instructions.

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.

Step 4) 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. (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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