The PG-40 / CL-41 Dilemma
(Same for HP Types)

Part I - The Basics (GENERAL)
Part II - Printer Stuff (GENERAL)

Part III - The PG-40 /CL-41 Dilemma (CANON / HP)
Part IV - DIY ezCISS (CANON / HP)

Some may have realised by now, that Canon has phased out the "Simple" cartridges with their current line of NEW Printer / AIO models.

These new PG40/PG50/CL41/CL51 Cartridges are rather similar to HP style cartridges in design and functionality with minor differences.  Why is that so?  Well, have you seen OEM cartridges for those models yet?  I doubt so, even if you do, It's REMANUFACTURED. i.e. 2nd hand Cartridges.

With the printhead built into the solid block cartridge, it thwarts the OEM market in offering affordable alternatives.  Thus, they (the manufacturer) reaps from the end consumer in the long run.

The Official SRP for PG-40 is RM65.90 and CL-41 is RM80.90!  Thus a new set will cost you RM146.80!!  How much did you buy your printer for again?

And to top if off.. you get a estimated printing mileage of 16ml for black and 6ml for each colour!!

Back to my original question posed, are you paying for plastic or ink? See below, the white material is SPONGE!


Sponge!!!!

 

 

 

Refill it!
 If you just need the refill ink, I can get it for you.

If you cant afford to fork out your blood money to print with the above printer. Below is an idea for you.  As usual, note that you do so on your own risk, I do not take responsibility for any misadventures!

 

1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

2. Drill a hole into the dimple just below the "B".

1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

2. Peal off the top label.

3. You will notice three small holes (too small for a syringe needle to get into). Drill each hole larger with a thumb drill.

3. Fill the syringe with 20ml of black ink.

4. Very SLOWLY inject ink into the hole OR until the sponge full. (using a fine syringe needle)

5. When finished, put a small piece of tape over the drilled hole.

6. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles

7.If necessary leave cartridge in printer for up to 24 hours, this allows the ink to flow to the print head.

 

4. Fill the syringe with 6 ml of each colour ink.

5. Very SLOWLY inject ink into each chamber OR until the sponge full. (using a fine syringe needle)

6. When finished, put a small piece of tape over each drilled hole. 

7. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles

8.If necessary leave cartridge in printer for up to 24 hours, this allows the ink to flow to the print head.

 

 

Each time the cartridge is removed from the printer an empty cartridge message appears and a blinking amber light will come on. 

 

IP1200 / IP1600 / IP2200

MP150 / MP170

In either case, pressing the RESUME/CANCEL button cancels the error indication and enables continuation of printing. However, error detection function is disabled after the error indication is canceled, therefore, Low Ink Warning message does not appear later on. When you install new FINE Cartridge, Low Ink Warning is enabled automatically.

 

In either case, clicking Black/Colour Button cancels the error indication and enables continuation of printing. However, the error detection function is disabled after the error indication is cancelled, therefore, Low Ink Warning message does not appear later on. When you install a new FINE Cartridge, the Low Ink Warning is enabled automatically.

 

SInce the Low Ink Warning message does not appear later on, you just have to consistently monitor your printouts, as you will not be know when your refilled cartridge will run out of ink.

Epilogue

Depending on how much you print, you have to repeat the above steps ever so often!  It is a cumbersome affair, but its an affordable alternative.  However, do note that the printhead was NOT designed for durability, thus eventually you would still have to get a new Original set of cartridges upon printhead failure.  That's just how it is.

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