How to Refill Epson Ink Cartridges

By Chris Moore

  • Overview

    Most Epson printer ink cartridges are the same, using a multiple-chambered container for color cartridges (Some even have black ink with the three colors all in one.) A handful of cartridges, like the 20062 and 20118, use a Mylar bag system. While both cartridge types are refilled using a traditional syringe bottle, the procedure is different. You must create your own fill holes in a standard cartridge to fill the tub-like chambers. With a bag cartridge, you will use the cartridge's access port to the printer paper. You must also be careful, as the bag is delicate.
  • Standard Cartridge

  • Step 1

    Tape over the outlet holes at the bottom of the cartridge.
  • Step 2

    Use a pin or toothpick to poke a hole in the Epson label above each ink chamber. Besides creating a refill hole for each chamber, this will let you check which color ink is in each chamber.
  • Step 3

    Refill a chamber with its correct ink using a plastic syringe bottle. Five to 8ml should be enough for each chamber. Remember to wash out and dry the syringe after each color refill.
  • Step 4

    Once each chamber is filled, reseal all the fill holes in the label using the same adhesive tape. The label cannot be removed.


  • Step 5

    Place the cartridge back in the printer, with the tape still on the outlet holes. Run one to three cleaning cycles on the printer. Check the printer manual for the recommended number of times.
  • Step 6

    Let the cartridge sit in the printer overnight so the ink can settle to the outlet holes. It shouldn't need to sit for more than 24 hours.
  • Mylar Bag Cartridges

    • Step 1

      Check the cartridge label to see what color ink it contains. It only contains one, be it black, cyan, magenta or yellow. Find the access port, which should be on the left side if you hold the cartridge right-side up in front of you.
    • Step 2

      Fill the syringe with the correct color of ink.
    • Step 3

      Insert the syringe needle carefully into the access port. Don't insert the needle more than 3/4 of the way, or you could puncture the bag inside. Inject the ink slowly into the bag.
    • Step 4

      Repeat until you have deposited about 90ml of ink into the cartridge.
    • Step 5

      Place the needle back into the port with the bottle empty and the plunger down. Retract the plunger to draw all air out of the bag.
    • Step 6

      Clean the syringe immediately, whether or not you currently have more cartridges to fill.
    • Step 7

      Place the cartridge in the printer and run a priming cycle. Check the manual for specific instructions.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Replacement ink
    • Syringe bottle
    • Tape
    • Toothpick/pin

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