Refilling Ink Jet Cartridges

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Wendy, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    This is an odd topic for this site, so putting it here was Hobson's choice.

    I'm thinking of adding some external reservoirs to an HP ink jet cartridge. This may not work, the first thing I have to do is disassemble a old cartridge (which promises to be incredibly messy) to see if it is even feasible.

    I've seen something similar for Canon (or was it Epson?) inkjets, which are no longer available, but got me to thinking.

    The main logic behind it is a visible indicator when they need ink, I don't need depth. Spending $30 for a cartridge (just the color one, an HP78) does bug me though.
  2. hgmjr


    Jan 28, 2005
    For those not acquainted with the expression, a "Hobson's Choice" is defined above.

  3. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    Spoil Sport! :p
  4. thingmaker3

    Retired Moderator

    May 16, 2005
    It is certainly feasible to run supply tubes from external reservoirs. Commercial units are sold which do this. Not what I'd call aesthetic, but it does work.

    The only glitch: some printer models count the drops used, and insist the cartridge is empty when the count hits a certain value. One would need to figure a way around this inconvenience if one had such a printer.