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Refilled 564XL for $2 instead of $30
on January 7, 2011
I have never refilled a cartridge before and I have used HP printers for over a decade or 2. Finally decided to take the plunge. When the new black cartridge went up in price to $30. Insane $30 and we are in a recession. I had previously visited a refill store to see what it would cost. The price I was quoted was more than 50% of the new item price, so I always just bought the originals -- never again.
In fact I also have a brother laser printer I use because the toner is actually cheaper than HP. For the laser printer I pay $40 toner for a few thousand pages. Compared to $27 for 800 pages (before the price increase).
I read and reread the instructions - put on the gloves (recommended) and spent 10seconds refilling the cartridge, I think my 4 year old could have done it. Tested a page and wondered why I have been donating to HP pensions for so many years. I have no idea how many pages I will get but if I can get even half the usual pages 400 instead of 800 I will be ecstatic because I just refilled the cartridge for $2, as each inkTec kit is good for 6 refills. Hmmmm $2 versus $30 -- no brainer. You will have to live with the limitation that the HP printer will no longer show you the actual ink levels anymore
Everything ran for a few days then black ink not printing anymore, cleaned printhead - had to clean a few times, then printing again but 2 days later problems re-emerged, this is not working out. Can't keep cleaning the print heads and adding ink. Perhaps it is my particular model of printer HP Photosmart Premium. I am going to keep this printer as a spare, move it to the basement buy the HP inks for it and rarely use it. I did the calculations per page for the kodak printers that was'nt so hot either. Anyway I just ordered a cheapo printer Brother mfcj265w and the continuous feed system going to try that out. Sorry I had to change the stars to 3 from 5. I am open to comments if anyone has suggestions I might be doing something wrong. I have also tried replacing the black cartridge with a previous old one I had (564xl).
I continued to try and find a cheap printing home solution, I have 3 kids and like to print worksheets for them. Bought a Brother mfc265w printer ($65) and the piano refill kit. Soon as I had the kit installed I printed out about 600 pages and print quality began to fade. I tried head cleaning etc... Nothing worked. I finally found a video on youtube on how to clean the print heads with water, and that worked like a charm after I applied the water with a syringe that came with the piano kit. I had previously wondered what the syringe was for. Anyway all that was about a month ago. Everything is working great now. I have not had to clean the print heads with water anymore, I do have to remember to occasionally do the auto clean once a week or so. Now I can print to my heart's content in both color and black and white cheaply. There is not too much information out there on printers and continuous feed inks.
So far my experience says: Avoid the HP printers + refill ink - particularly the HP Photo Premium. The brother mfc265w definitely works with the refill inks, the ink cartridges are much less high tech. By the way the mfc265w although relatively cheap has great features, it is wireless, fax, scan copy etc... The only limitation is it does'nt do duplex. But with such insanely cheap ink now, I do not bother with the duplex but auto-feed would be nice. I did not buy a more expensive printer because it was an experiment for the printer with refill ink. I can definitely say this combination brother mfc265w + refill ink (piano) works. This means that you can get really cheap prints but I would not use the cheap ink for photos. In addition, the software for the brother printer for scanning (that is, automatically scanning image to the laptop is much better for brother than HP). So the next printer I will get will be another Brother with same cartridges but with auto-feed features. I changed the rating to 1 star now cos I do have alternate working solutin. And basically this ink does not work with the HP Photo Premium printer