05 December 2016

33xl Compatible Cartridges Epson Expression Premium XP 530 540 630 635 640 645 830 900 Printers

Compatible generic ink cartridges to replace Epson 33 / 33xl and for use with Expression Premium XP530, XP540, XP630, XP635, XP640, XP645, XP830, XP900 printers.

These cartridges are filled with high quality dye ink.  They contain microchips with the latest software so that they are recognized by the above printer models.

 All brand names and trade marks are the property of their owners and used for descriptive purposes only.  These products are Non-OEM (Not made by Epson).

04 December 2016

Best Printer to Refill - Part 1 (Cheap printer to refill / Cheapest printer for cartridges)

The most important elements making up the best printer for refilling are…

* Easy to refill.
* Cheap to refill.
* Good print quality.
* Medium to heavy duty construction.
* Convenient connection options.
* Initial printer purchase price.

Finding a printer that ticks all of the above boxes is almost impossible! Printer manufacturers don’t want printers to hang around too long anymore. Gone are the days that you could buy an Epson Stylus Photo R200 / R220 / R300 / R320 printer; plug in a CISS, and use it for the next ten years!
ciss printer

Modern day machines contain more plastic. Many of the heavy metal components have been replaced with, by design, mass produced parts with a very limited lifespan. Computer programs calculate the parameters for fine tuning the longevity of use and the inbuilt obsolescence of the hardware. The death certificate has already been written before the printer is born.

The last fifteen years have seen major changes in ink cartridge technology. Standard use domestic cartridges commonly contained 50ml of ink. Modern day cartridge capacities have been dramatically reduced, in some cases down to just 3ml, increasing the cost per print price. However, this does not take into account the counter balance argument being, the initial purchase price of printers is lower than that of fifteen years ago. Added to the equation, the technology included and the available features provided for under £150 are totally impressive. Printers can now communicate with smartphones and tablets, and it is now possible to print from any internet connected location in the world.

Ten years ago, print head and ink technology gathered a pace. Print resolutions improved, so did how the ink interacted with non-coated paper. Ink began to stand prouder on the surface, not soaking so much into the fibres of the paper. There were also advances in print speeds on some models, however, many remain painfully slow.

Manufacturers have discouraged printer owner from refilling their cartridges. One of the first to do this was Lexmark.  They introduced single-use ink cartridges which would not be accepted by the printer after being refilled.  Epson introduced the 'intellichip', which we were told was to provide the printer with intelligent ink level information. The downside being, once the monitor level read empty, the printer would no longer accept the cartridge.  Later Canon began to use microchips on their ink cartridges, and it was necessary to disable the ink monitor after refilling. Until three years ago Brother were the only manufacturer not to use smart chips on their cartridges. Sadly, this changed with the introduction of the LC123/LC125/LC127 series cartridges. Third party microchip manufacturers were slow to emulate the new Brother chips, and when they did, Brother used WiFi automatic firmware printer updates to change the codes, rendering compatible and refillable cartridges useless until the new version chips became available.

Over recent years Epson has employed firmware updates on many of their printers. They have also introduced new versions of popular cartridges like the T0801–6 series, meaning particular printer models would not work with older chips.

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03 December 2016

HP Envy 4524 Deskjet 3636 Officejet 4658 use HP302 Ink Cartridges

Three of the latest Hewlett Packard printers require the HP 302 ink cartridges.  Unfortunately these cartridges do not hold very much ink.  Much of the internal space is a blanked off empty space of air.  HP do not state how much ink is contained in the standard HP302 cartridges; instead they quote 190 pages at 5% coverage.  There is an internal sponge which holds a small amount of ink that is probably only a few ml. 

With the price of original ink cartridges going through the roof at the moment, it makes sense to refill your cartridges.  Of course doing this also saves on landfill!  Eco-Fill offer a dedicated refill kit for the HP302 printer cartridges which are used in the HP Envy 4524, Deskjet 3636, and Officejet 4658 printers, as well as the existing... HP Deskjet 1110, 2130, 2132, 2134, 3630, 3632, 3634, 3636, 3638, HP Envy 4520, 4522, 4523, 4524, 4527, HP Officejet 3830, 4650 printers.

The kit contains four bottles of ink (black, cyan, magenta, yellow), screw tool, suction tool, plastic gloves and instructions.  The Eco-Fill Professional Refill Kit for HP 302 is available from Premium Inks.

02 December 2016

Canon Pixma MX725 Printer Review

The Canon Pixma MX-725 inkjet printer was launched over a year ago, but there are still units available from various on-line retailers.   When first introduced into the UK market they sold for between £130 and £180.  Today you can pick one up for around £110.  
The advantage to buying an older model printer is that plenty of consumers have already tested the product and offered their feedback.  For a mainstream product like the MX725, there are plenty of reviews from numerous sources.  We will take a look at these to gauge whether this is a good product to buy.

Good points
* Easy to set up WiFi.
* Print from mobile phones and tablets using the built-in application.
* Excellent printing quality, partly due to the Canon self cleaning routine.
* Reasonably compact for the type of machine.
* Excellent duplex printing.
* Good 600dpi scanning facility with good software. 
* Stylish curvy design.
* Large 250 sheet paper tray.
* Very good price now that is has been reduced.
* Good build quality
* Cheap compatible ink cartridges and refillable cartridges available.

Bad points
* Printer regularly performs a self-cleaning routine before the first print. 
* Shiny black plastic case attracts dust and can scratch easily.
* No vertical rear paper feed.
* A tiny bit noisy.
* Original Canon ink cartridges are expensive.
The Canon Pixma MX725 has received higher than normal feedback scores...
4.3 /5 Amazon
8 /10 Trusted Reviews
8.8 /10 PC World
4.4 /5 Ebuyer

The Canon Pixma MX725 inkjet printer scores between 4.3 to 4.4 out of 5.  This is a good score for an inkjet printer.  The MX-725 offers good print quality, many useful features, and is cheap to run.  Both cheap replacement ink cartridges and refillable empty cartridges with ARC are available at a cheap price.  The only significant bad thing can be the slowness of  printing the first sheet.  Many Canon printers perform an automatic self-cleaning routine.


All brand names and trademarks are the property of their owners and are used here for descriptive purposes only.  The above are Non-OEM products.  Not made by Canon.

01 December 2016

Canon Pixma MX-925 Printer Review

Canon Pixma MX925 Printer Review
The Canon Pixma MX925 is coming to the end of its store shelf life, and prices have been slashed to make room for the replacement model printer.  It is currently selling for £120, so we investigate whether this represents real value for money?
This product has been out for a while now, so there is plenty of feedback available from experienced users of this machine.  Here are some of the most frequent comments...

Good points
* Easy to set up.
* Excellent print quality
* Reasonably compact
* Excellent duplex printing and scanning facility.
* Stylish design
* Good price
* Decent build quality
* Cheap compatible ink cartridges and refillable cartridges available.

Bad points
* First page dreadfully slow to print.  Printer often performs a self-cleaning routine before first print.  However, this does ensure a consistent print quality.
* Attracts dust.  Shiny black plastic is a magnet for dust.
* No vertical rear paper feed.
* Original Canon ink cartridges are expensive.
The Canon Pixma MX925 has received higher than normal feedback scores...
4.4 out of 5 on Google Reviews.
4.5 on Amazon
8.4 out of 10 at Currys
4.4 out of 5 at Argos

This printer looks like a good purchase as it offers good quality printing, is rich with features, and can use cheap replacement ink cartridges.  Refillable cartridges for the Pixma MX925 printer are also readily available at a good price.  The only real bad point seems to be the slowness of printing the first sheet due to the automatic self-cleaning routine.

Canon Pixma MX925 Refillable Cartridges and Bulk Refill Ink

All brand names and trademarks are the property of their owners and are used here for descriptive purposes only.  The above are Non-OEM products.  Not made by Canon.

29 November 2016

Epson Strawberry 29 xl Ink Cartridge Refill Instructions

It is completely possible to refill the Epson Strawberry 29 xl ink cartridges with ink.  Unfortunately, they contain a smart chip that monitors the use of the cartridge, and once it reads empty, it sadly cannot be reset.  The end.

If you are looking to save a little money, fortunately, we can point you in the direction of some compatible generic replacement cartridges for use with the Epson Expression Home XP-245, XP-332, XP-335, XP-345, XP-432, XP-435, XP-445 Printers.

If you are looking to contribute to saving the planet and reduce landfill, there are no refill products currently available to replace the genuine Epson Strawberry ink cartridges.  A mystery surrounds why after more than a year, auto resetting chips are still not available?  Only compatible one-use chips have so far been developed for the latest Epson Expression Home XP models. If and when a chip resetter becomes available we will post ink refilling instructions.

What many owners of the above models are doing is storing their printers until the refillable or CISS products become available.  Particularly those who bought them for use with different types of ink.  However, if you are considering doing this, be careful.  Leaving a printer to stand for several months with ink inside can cause a print head blockage.  Don't be tempted to remove the cartridges before putting the printer back into the box.  Ink inside the print head nozzles may dry up if left open and exposed.

What is the best model Epson printer to buy for refilling the cartridges?  Epson Workforce printers using either 16 series or 27 series cartridges can be successfully refilled, but you will need a chip resetter, however, we recommend buying special refillable cartridges with ARC chips.  With the exception of the WF-2750WF printer which is problematic with reset chips, most other models will work well with this type of set-up.  A good printer to buy is the WF-2510WF which uses T1631-4 refillable cartridges.  Refillable cartridges work very well with this machine. Epson Workforce WF-2510WF printer review.

All brand names and trademarks are the property of their owners and are used for descriptive purposes only.

27 November 2016

Canon Pixma MG5750 MG5751 MG5752 MG5753 Ink Refill Kit by Eco-Fill

Eco-Fill has just released a new refill kit for refilling Canon PGI-570BK Black and CLI-571 BK/C/M/Y Colour cartridges and for the Canon Pixma MG5750, MG5751, MG5752, MG5753, MG6850, MG6851, MG6852, MG6853, MG7750, MG7751, MG7752, MG7753 printers.

With the recent price increases in the costs of original ink cartridges, and the higher than normal costs of replacement compatible cartridges for these models, this refill kit should be very popular.
Eco Fill PGI-570BK CLI-571 BK/C/M/Y Refill Kit
Instead of drilling a hole in the top of the ink tanks, this kit recommends dropping ink onto the exposed sponge at the bottom and underneath the cartridge.  The disadvantages of this method are that each refill only adds 4ml of ink.  This doesn't sound like very much ink, however, it's far more than is contained in many modern day ink cartridges.

The kit comes with 3x 28ml bottles of black dye, 28ml of cyan, 28ml, of magenta, and 28ml of yellow.  Enough ink to refill the original Canon cartridges 7 times!

One important thing to remember is that Canon printer ink levels cannot be reset, but must be disabled so that the printer will allow printing with a refilled cartridge.  Instructions are included in the kit on how to disable the ink monitor.