Refill kits are a great, cost saving alternative to original brand cartridges but they can be a bit tricky to use if it’s your first time. The refill kit instructions included here are universal for a few different HP ink cartridges, including the HP® 60, HP 61 and HP 901 standard yield and high yield cartridges. We recommend using a previously used original HP cartridge with our refill kits, as they will get you the best results.
This refill kit includes:
- A set of cartridge labels – which tells you where you need to insert the needle into the cartridge.
- One 3ml Syringe
- A Pair of Gloves
- One Fixing Base
- One Syringe Needle
- One Screw Plunger
- One Screw Bracket
Start by peeling back the original label of the cartridge so you have an idea of where to refill. If you peel back the original label, you will see a few different holes on the face of the cartridge. To refill the cartridge, make sure to insert the needle into the correct hole. A sticker is included with the kit that matches up with the proper refill hole. Make sure you choose the right sticker for your cartridge, as the placement of the needle and the amount of ink required for the cartridge is different for each series. Place the sticker on top of the cartridge where the label is fixed. When placed properly, the dot should line up directly above the refill hole. If the sticker is improperly placed, you will not be able to insert the needle into the cartridge.
Position the cartridge so that it is firmly secure in the back of the fixing base, with the nozzles facing straight down. Push the top of the cartridge down until it snaps into place.
Take the syringe, screw bracket and needle out of the package. Connect the syringe and screw bracket by twisting clockwise. Then, insert the needle into the top of the syringe and twist off the cap.
At this point, you will probably want to put on the gloves that are included in the kit, as this can get slightly messy. Lay out paper towels on your workspace and have a handful of them nearby too, just in case the cartridges leak a bit. Insert the needle into the cartridge using the template sticker as your guide. When you insert the needle, you will feel it pushing through the sponge inside the cartridge, so you will notice a little resistance but that’s okay.
Gently turn the plunger clockwise and slowly dispense the ink. Make sure you are filling the cartridge to the appropriate capacity. The HP 61 cartridge should be filled to roughly 4 ml. You can measure the amount of ink by the scale on the side of the syringe. Once filled, carefully remove the syringe.
This next step is very important as it helps clear the nozzles so the cartridge can print. Using the small syringe with the plunger fully pushed in, insert the plunger into the fixing base and gently remove .5ml-1ml. For the HP 61 cartridge, we will be removing 1ml.
Remove the cartridge from the fixing base and wipe the outside with the tissue to remove any excess ink. Now that we’ve refilled the cartridge, install it into the printer and run a cleaning. Keep in mind that you will not be able to monitor the ink levels with a refilled cartridge, but you should get a comparable amount of prints to a new cartridge since you filled the cartridge to the same capacity.
Be sure to refill your cartridge before the ink is completely used. If your cartridge is completely empty when you attempt to refill, the nozzle may be damaged and the cartridge may be unusable.
Always refill cartridges with correct amount of ink. Print quality will be affected if there is not enough ink in the cartridge.
Remember to perform a printer cleaning before installing your refilled cartridge.
LD Products sells a number of refill kits for HP and Canon printers. Make sure you buy the correct kit for your printer. The kits are not interchangeable, if you have the wrong kit, you won’t be able to refill your cartridge. You can find a complete list of our kits in the description.