Jump to:



General Instructions

Cleaning Solution Instructions

Chip Resetter

Tools required:

Buy this cartridge rather than refill it.
WARNING: Failure to follow these instructions precisely can ruin your printer!

It is vital that you do not let a refilled #02 cartridge run out of ink!

These cartridges contain a microchip which counts the amount of ink used. Under normal conditions, the cartridge is replaced when the ink has been used. A normal cartridge will still have ink remaining when the level reads "ink out". This is important because the printer does not have a backup method of determining when the cartridge is out of ink! When you refill the cartridge, the ink level display will no longer be accurate. You can't trust the display with a refilled cartridge!

If the cartridge truly runs out of ink, air will be pulled into the printhead, possibly causing a "fatal printer error". Therefore, it is important to not let your refilled cartridges run out of ink!

You must not let the refilled cartridges run out of ink!

If this warning concerns you, we suggest that you purchase a remanufactured cartridge, which contains a new microchip and will be able to give proper ink level readings.


Refilling the #02 cartridge

Refilling this set of cartridges is a very simple procedure.


The #02 cartridge design is quite simple. It is an empty plastic shell with a microchip. We will make a hole into the top of the cartridge, fill the empty ink chamber completely, and seal the hole airtight. These cartridges can be refilled many times successfully.


WARNING: Letting your refilled cartridge run out of ink can ruin your printer!
  1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill. Working over a sink is a good idea.
  2. Look at the top of the cartridge. Locate the small dimple on top.
  3. Melt a hole through the plastic into the main chamber. (The exact location is not critical, but we suggest making the hole through the dimple.) We suggest using a soldering iron or wood-burning tool. If you don't have one, take a large paper clip or small nail to a flame, heat it up, and melt your hole with this item. Be sure to hold the nail or paper clip with pliers or something similar since it will get hot! Do not drill this hole since the shavings will clog the ink flow.
  4. Fill the cartridge using the ink bottle.
  5. On this cartridge, it is important to fill the cartridge completely full.
  6. Seal the hole airtight! A good way to do this is to use a dab of hot glue. Another solution may be to use black vinyl electrical tape. But don't use masking tape or ordinary "scotch" tape, since these don't form an airtight seal.
  7. Set above a paper towel for a few minutes as a drip precaution. Do not allow the cartridge to touch the paper, since the paper will draw out the ink.
  8. For best results, let sit overnight before using to make sure it doesn't leak.
  9. For longterm storage, store in a zip lock bag.

Ongoing Issues

Remember that this printer does not know when you are getting low on ink. Therefore, is important that you check your cartridges regularly to see if the ink level is getting low. If you see a cartridge getting low on ink, refill it.


Cartridge Capacity

According to HP materials, the black cartridge has a theorectical printing capacity of 480 pages, while the color cartridge have a capacity of 350 pages. But be warned: this capacity is under an ideal printing situation, usually measured by normal business letters. If you are printing graphics or photos, you may only be able to print a few dozen pages -- perhaps less than 30 or 40 pages.

Don't rely upon the printer to stop when it is out of ink!

Check your ink levels regularly.



To use the syringe and needle in the kit:

  • Lock the needle into the syringe with a twisting motion.
  • Remove the ink bottle cap.
  • Insert the needle through the bottle seal.
  • Draw the ink up into the syringe.
  • Insert the needle into the inkjet cartridge. SLOWLY push the syringe plunger down to inject the ink into the cartridge.
  • Inject any excess ink in the syringe back into the ink bottle.
  • Rinse the syringe and needle with warm water after use to prepare the syringe for the next color.

Please review before attempting refill procedure

  • Ink bottles have a dot label on the bottle identifying the color.
  • Work in a suitable area so that any spillage or drips are contained.
  • Ink is permanent and will stain clothing, etc.
  • Read the complete instructions for your cartridge before beginning the refill procedure.
  • Do NOT touch any of the electronic contacts of the cartridges.
  • Do NOT let ink cartridge dry out. 
  • Refill the cartridge immediately after removal from the printer.
  • Inject ink very slowly to avoid injecting air bubbles. Do NOT overfill.
  • Always recap partially used ink bottles for storage.
  • Exposure to air for long periods of time will cause the ink to deteriorate.
  • If cartridge leaks after refilling, let the cartridge stand in an upright position for 5 minutes on a dry paper towel.
  • Immediately install the refilled cartridge in the printer.
  • More than one cleaning or printing cycle may be required for some cartridges.