Kodak may advertise a lower per-page printing cost than any of its competitors, but as any businessperson who prints a lot of graphic-intense documents can tell you, using a HERO or ESP printer on a regular basis can still put a dent in a company’s operating budget. One way you can cut down on the cost of ink cartridges is to purchase a refill kit, which allows you to replace the ink in your printer’s existing cartridges. Because each cartridge features a non-re-settable chip that needs to be replaced with each refill, recycling a Kodak cartridge requires a little more work than do other brands. But considering that the price of chips and six full refills is about the same as one cartridge, you might find it to be worth the effort.
1. Cover your work area to protect it from ink stains. Because ink absorbed by paper towels can still stain the surface, it’s a good idea to place a piece of wax paper under the paper towels.
2. Remove the Kodak ink cartridge you want to refill from your printer and peel back its label to expose the fill opening(s). Black ink cartridges have one opening, while color cartridges have five.
3. Select the first color you’ll be using. If you’re refilling a color cartridge, identify the proper fill opening on the cartridge and place a piece of tape over the remaining four to avoid accidentally mixing two colors together. The color cartridge openings are arranged as follows, from left to right: yellow, glossy, magenta, cyan and black.
4. Remove the protective cap from a needle and attach the needle to a syringe.
5. Insert the needle into the ink bottle containing the color you selected and slowly pull back the syringe’s plunger to draw ink into its chamber. Black cartridges take 10ml of ink, while color cartridges hold 5ml of each color.
6. Carefully remove the needle from the bottle and insert about a quarter-inch of its tip into the ink cartridge’s fill opening. Fill the reservoir with ink and remove the needle from the fill opening.
7. Remove the plunger from the syringe and hold both parts under running water until all traces of the ink have been washed away. Avoid allowing the needle to come into contact with you or any part of the sink.
8. Replace the plunger, depress it to expel water from the syringe and remove it again. Gently blow into the open syringe to help dry it out.
9. Repeat the steps for each remaining color you wish to refill.
10. Blot the area around the fill openings with a paper towel and seal the openings with cellophane tape.
11. Locate the chip, which resembles a tiny circuit board, on the back of the ink cartridge. It’s held in place with a locking clip that protrudes from the cartridge just below the bottom center of the chip.
12. Push down on the locking clip with a paperclip or pen. While doing this, push the top of the chip against the cartridge in a downward motion to release it from its chamber.
13. Remove the replacement chip from its packaging and, holding it by its bottom corners, insert the top end into the chamber on the cartridge. While depressing the locking clip, push the bottom end of the chip toward the cartridge until it’s fully seated in the chamber. Release the clip to lock the chip into place.