How to Refill Kodak Printer Ink Cartridges

“In this article you will find information about how to refill Kodak cartridges. However we do not recommend trying to refill Kodak ink cartridges for the novice user because they are smaller in size, more fragile and it is hard to find the right refill ink to finalize the process. It is best to use recycled and already refilled original brand Kodak cartridge or generic replacement cartridge that will be compatible with your Kodak printer or an original brand OEM Kodak cartridge that might be on sale to use in your Kodak Printers.”

Recycling printer cartridges has some vital benefits for society in general. The consumer gets to save money and help the environment all in one shot (hooray!). Recycling cartridges is a means to save money and fuel, reduce garbage and prevent pollution.

Many printer and cartridge companies have taken the initiative to recycle by refilling or remanufacturing their cartridges. Hence, one way of recycling is to send the cartridge back to the place from where the cartridge was purchased. Another easier way is to refill the cartridge and reuse the recycled one.

Recycling or refilling of some printer cartridges is extremely easy and virtually anyone can do it but in some cases refilling can be messy and difficult.

Kodak Printer Ink Cartridges (One Color)

In Kodak printer ink cartridges, the ink is retained by an internal sponge in the cartridge.

What you will need:

  • A drill with the smallest possible drill bit or heated pin (a drill is probably best)
  • A syringeAbsorbent material like paper towel or newspaperTape

The following steps can be used for the easy refilling of these cartridges:

1. Put down some absorbent material like a newspaper or a towel in order to avoid a mess (and find a place where making a mess won’t be a huge deal if you do).

2. Create a hole in the top, lower flat surface using a drill with a very small drill bit or a heated pin. Drill a hole 1/3rd of the way from the edge. Make the hole where the letter ‘K’ is written.

3. Fill 1/2 of a syringe bottle with about 10 to 15 ml of ink.

4. Insert the needle of the syringe into the cartridge and inject the ink slowly into the sponge. Inject deeply so that the sponge gets saturated.

5. Reseal the hole with tape.

6. For greater results leave the cartridge overnight.

Kodak Printer Ink Cartridges (Colored & Photo Cartridge)

The colors of ink used in these cartridges are:

  • Red(or magenta)
  • Blue(or cyan)
  • Yellow

What you will need:

  • Sharp knife
  • Toothpick
  • Three Syringes (one for each color)
  • Absorbent material
  • Electrical tape

The first step for refilling remains the same:

1. After you put down your absorbent material, the cartridge lid has to be removed. This can be done with a sharp knife at the intersection of the colored and black plastic. Be careful when doing this! Remove the lid.

2. Insert a toothpick into each hole in order to check the different colors in chambers.

3. Fill the syringe bottle about 1/8th with ink which, is 5ml for each chamber.

4. Insert the needle into the cartridge and slowly inject the ink so that the internal sponge gets saturated. All colors may not be completely empty so the sponges may not soak fully.

5. Repeat the 2nd and 3rd step for the other two colors and fill the chambers. Remember to use different syringes so the colors don’t mix!

6. Place the cap back on top and tape it.

7. For best results leave the cartridge overnight.

Kodak Printer Laser Toner Cartridge

The refilling of Kodak laser toner cartridges should be done in a well-ventilated area with no breezes (from fans or open windows, for example, exhaust fans would be preferred) or open flames.

The three basic types of Kodak laser toner cartridges are:

  • Canister: tube for holding toner
  • Drum: cartridge with gears and a drum with a gelatin coating
  • Toner and developer: similar to drum cartridge but uses toner and developer both.

Kodak Canister Cartridge

What you will need:

  • A drill (maybe)
  • A funnel
  • Absorbent material
  • Electrical tape (maybe)

1. Spread some absorbent material like a towel or newspaper.

2. Find the plug at the end of the canister cartridge.

3. Remove the plug. If you don’t find it then create a small hole with a drill that is not in the way of the paper path (the smooth plastic surface).

4. After creating the hole, if necessary, carefully remove the shavings.

5. Shake the bottle of toner well and pour the entire bottle into the cartridge with a funnel.

6. Put the plug back and seal it (or the drill hole) with black electrical tape.

7. Install in the printer.

Kodak Drum Cartridge

These are complex printer ink cartridges. The drum may have one of three different colored coatings: red, blue or green.

What you will need:

  • A drill with a small drill bit (maybe)
  • A vacuum cleaner (maybe)
  • A funnel
  • Absorbent material
  • Electrical tape (maybe)

Before refilling, locate its toner and waste hopper following these directions:

1. Remove the entire cartridge from the machine following the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Lay the entire cartridge down so that the drum runs from left to right in front of you.

3. The larger side is the ‘toner hopper’ and the smaller one is the ‘waste hopper’.

Now to refill, follow these steps:

1. Locate the drum in the cartridge but do not touch it. It might be under a shutter.

2. Find the toner hopper. You will see a translucent plug on one side. Remove it. If you do not find it then create a small hole in the toner hopper away from the paper path using a drill.

3. Vacuum the drum of shavings, if necessary, but do not touch the drum.

4. Shake the bottle of toner well and pour the entire bottle into the cartridge with a funnel.

5. Seal the hole with the plug or electrical tape.

Kodak Toner & Developer Cartridges

This cartridge is similar to the drum cartridge but it has two plugs. The larger one is for toner and the smaller one for developer.

What you will need:

  • A medium sized flat screwdriver
  • A Phillips head screwdriver
  • A drill with a small drill bit
  • Electrical tape
  • Absorbent material

1. After you’ve spread some absorbent material, find the waste box at the end of the cartridge and remove the screws. There is a sliding door for the waste box.

2. Behind the waste box is a plastic plate held by a single screw. Arrange it so that the green colored part is towards the upper right and the screw is towards lower left. Unscrew it.

3. You will see a clip above the green side. Push it with a flat screw driver to release the plate.

4. You will now see a large cap for the toner. Take off the cap or make a hole in it with a small drill bit.

5. Fill the cartridge with toner. You can use either a syringe or a funnel depending on the size of the hole.

6. Seal it with electrical tape.

7. Towards the left center is a small plug for the developer. Remove the plug or make a hole in it with a small drill bit.

8. Fill with developer using a syringe or funnel and seal with electrical tape.

9. Place the plastic plate back on the waste box and screw it in place.

10. Shake the cartridge softly.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry Articles.

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