ACSI Refill Instructions
Note: Ignore all numbers and letters on your cartridge part numbers after the first 4 digits, such as T060xxx. There is no
effective difference other than the color of the ink used.
Epson T060 Cartridges
Please note that these instructions do not apply to non-Epson versions of these cartridges,
since the internal design and chips on non-Epson cartridges have a different design.
Updated July 28, 2006 - Tech Support 1-888-728-2465
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Epson C68, C88, CX3800, CX4200, CX4800, CX7800 Printers
These instructions also apply to many other Epson printers. If your cartridge is listed, the instructions are applicable.
The ink in this cartridge is retain through a complex siphon design.
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.
Note: It is very important not to put incompatible inks into these cartridges, since incompatible inks will cause a chemical reaction with the ink residue remaining from the previous fill of the cartridge. This will cause damage to the cartridge and the printer. Do NOT use any inks other than the ones listed below, which have been specially tested for use in the cartridges.
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Purchasing a Chip Resetter
You will need to purchase a chip resetter. These can be purchased here.
Without a chip resetter, these cartridges cannot be effectively refilled.
Cartridge Refilling 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) Reset the Chip using the chip resetter.
(The Chip is the small green and metal item on the lower right side of the cartridge.)
Step 3) Place the cartridge so that the ink exit hole is pointing down and is on the
surface in front of you. The Epson Label should be pointing towards your chest. This is the Front side of the cartridge.
Step 4) On the top of the cartridge is a Bull's Eye Label with a bull's eye and the word "PUSH". Just above the word "PUSH" is a change in the angle of the plastic. Between the word "PUSH" and the Angle Change, draw a straight line across the narrow width of the cartridge from back to front.
Step 5) With your pencil, travel along the line from the backside of the cartridge past the bull's eye label towards the Epson Label side of the cartridge.
Halfway between the centerline of the cartridge (Bull's Eye Label) and the Epson Label side of the cartridge, make a mark. This mark is where you will make your refill hole. Make the hole just BELOW the letter "S" in the word "PUSH".
Do NOT make the hole towards the back of the cartridge or in the center of the cartridge, as this will create a permanent leak.
To make the hole, you may use one of the following tools:
Important: Do not drill the hole using a drill, since the shavings may migrate through the cartridge and cause printhead problems. Instead, melt the hole into the cartridge.
- Soldering iron
- an unbent large paper clip, heated in a flame.
The hole should be just a little bit larger than the syringe needle.
If you notice, looking from the front of the cartridge, there are two layers of plastic that you will need to penetrate. The cartridge will refill easier if you go through
another layer or two, melting the hole down two-thirds of the way into the cartridge.
Step 4) After making the hole, put the cartridge back into the printer to refill. It is much less messy this way!
Step 5) The black cartridge will accept up to 25 ml of ink. This is roughly 3/4 of our syringe bottle.
The color cartridges will accept up to 10-12 ml of Ink. This is roughly 1/3rd (10 ml) of our syringe bottle. (1 ml = 1 cc).
Fill your syringe with the appropriate amount of ink.
Step 6) Keep a tissue ready to catch any overflow. Put the syringe into the hole which you have made. It will only penetrate about 1/4" (1 cm) before it hits another baffle unless you
have made the hole extra deep.
Step 7) Fill your cartridge very s-l-o-w-l-y with the appropriate ink. The ink has to have time to run into the various internal chambers. Air and ink bubbles will come out of the hole. This is normal. Do not overfill.
Important: These cartridges take some time to receive the ink. In some cases, it may be necessary to gently rock the cartridge back and forth to "burp" the cartridge of air blocking the ink flow.
Step 8) Sealing the hole is optional and only necessary if you plan to transport the cartridge or if you have extremely dry air. If you decide to seal the hole, we suggest some hot glue.
- If the cartridge is recognized but does not print, then the most likely problem is that the siphon is not working appropriately.
- Run the nozzle check and clean the printhead.
- If that didn't work, stick your needle in the ink exit port, and suction out some air. This should get the ink flowing.
- If the cartridge is not recognized by the printer, did you remember to reset the cartridge using the Chip Resetter?
- If you reset the cartridge and it is not recognized, try resetting a second time. Some
non-Epson cartridges can not be reset.
- If the cartridge is still not recognized, then an electrical contact may be dirty or bent slightly and not making contact with the printer. Inspect the electrical contacts and fix if needed.
- Occasionally a cartridge will have an electrical failure and become non-repairable.
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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