Now, with all this said, I know there are those of you out there that fear taking on a task such as refilling your own ink cartridge. But fear not - the kits come with very detailed instructions and are simple and easy to use. My personal favorite kits are those "As Seen On TV" Universal Inkjet Refill Kits from Ontel.
The condition of your ink cartridge will determine the success or failure of your refilling experience. If your cartridge has been dried out for quite a while, forego the refill and get a new cartridge or new printer, whichever is cheapest in your case. If your cartridge just ran out of ink quite recently, you should have better results. The pads in the cartridge will still be moist and eager to accept the refill.
Even with the most careful hand, some problems may occur and your printer usually is the one to suffer from it. The worst possible scenario is that you overfill your cartridge and cause it to leak inside your printer. Not only is it a royal mess to clean up, but it could seriously damage your printer if it isn't detected immediately.
I've been pretty fortunate in only having two refilling mishaps. I had one cartridge that was too dried up for a refill and another one that leaked. A smeared printout tipped me off about the latter and I was able to get it cleaned up before any real damage was done to the printer.
Before you embark on an important printing task, remember to first check those ink cartridge levels. If they're low, save yourself some cash and try your hand at refilling them yourself.
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