Refilling HP ink cartridges is pretty straightforward and can save you a LOT of money instead of buying original HP cartridges every time. Here are the things you need:
- Bottle/s of ink
- Injection Needles
- Pair of plastic gloves
These are all usually included in refill kits you can get online. The amount of ink and materials you need will depend on how many cartridges you need to refill.
We strongly recommend refilling ink cartridges that just ran out of ink as soon as possible and refrain from printing on an empty cartridge as this will damage your printhead.
For this article, lets’s go over how to refill HP 60 cartridge series which includes the HP 61, 62, 63, and 65.
These are the steps if you purchased LD brand HP 60/ HP 901 refill kits or the LD refill kit for HP 61 ink cartridges from 4inkjets.com Refill kits from other places may have slightly different instructions.
- Insert the nozzle part of the cartridge into the refill clip and push the top of the cartridge all the way in until you hear it clicking into place.
- Attach the supplied injection inlet sticker on the label of the cartridge cover in the right direction.
- Open the cap of the ink container and connect the ink injection needle.
- Insert the injection needle deep into the ink injection inlet market on the sticker with the needle directed toward the nozzle.
- Pull up the injection needle about 5 mm backward.
- Inject the recommended ink volume by pressing the piston of the ink container for about 20 seconds then pull out the ink container.
- Connect the supplied suction syringe tot he rubber hole on the bottom of the refill clip, and slowly suck out about 0.5 ml of ink. Then remove the syringe.
- Remove the cartridge from the refill clip and clean the excessive ink around the nozzle, dabbing the nozzle part of the cartridge on some sheets of soft tissue.
- Install the cartridge in the printer and then run the head cleaning process before use.
- We recommend leaving the cartridge in the printer for at least 8 hours before use to allow the sponge more time to soak up the ink.
Reminder: Most of the time, printers don’t read the new ink levels so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a full reading on your ink levels. Only if your cartridge has a smart chip or when you buy a brand new OEM cartridge will your printer show accurate ink levels.
Below is another way to refill HP 60 ink cartridges using other HP refill kits. Be sure to consult with your refill kit’s manual before you proceed.
- Prepare the work area. Put some paper on the surface where you’ll be working to catch accidental spills.
- Peel the top sticker label off of the old cartridge.
- Fill the syringe with 15ml of black ink. If you are refilling the high yield cartridge, you’ll need to fill the syringe with 25ml of ink.
- Carefully inject the ink into any of the three top white holes. Do NOT inject it into the 2 black holes as they won’t go anywhere.
- After injecting the ink, do not re-apply the sticker as the holes need to be uncovered when printing so it can pull in air.
- Install the cartridge into your printer and run a few cleaning cycles.
- We recommend leaving the cartridge in the printer overnight so the sponge soaks up the ink more.
Another Way To Save Money on Ink Cartridges
Refilling your own ink cartridges may save you a lot of money but if you’re looking for another way to save your dollars without the mess, compatible cartridges are also a logical option. They cost only a few dollars more for the convenience of being able to just pop them into your printer and start printing!