How to Refill an HP 60 Ink Cartridge

By Robert Vaux

  • Overview

    An HP-60 is a common ink cartridge used in a variety of different Hewlett-Packard printers. It comes it two types: one holding black ink and one holding the three standard color inks (cyan, magenta and yellow). A number of compatible ink cartridges made by companies other than Hewlett-Packard can be used in the same types of printer. They can be expensive to replace--especially in the case of the color cartridge, which may still have ink in two of its inkwells, even if the third is empty. Ink refill kits can be purchased much less expensively than replacement cartridges and will allow you to use the same cartridge numerous times.
    • Step 1

      Place the newspaper on the counter or table top where you intend to work. You may also want to wear an old shirt in case any of the ink spills.
    • Step 2

      Disconnect the ink cartridge from the printer and lay it down on the newspaper. Remove the label on top. Beneath it, you should see a hole or series of holes. With the black cartridge, the hole will be in the center of the cartridge. With the color cartridge, there will be three holes: one for each color of ink. When facing you (the cartridge is pointed so that you can read the top label normally), the hole for the yellow inkwell will be at the top of the cartridge, the hole for the cyan inkwell will be on the right-hand side and the hole for the yellow inkwell will be on the left-hand side. This may vary slightly if you are using a compatible cartridge manufactured by another company.


    • Step 3

      Check the refill ink kit. It should contain either syringes full of replacement ink, or ink bottles that can be punctured and drained with a needle. Select the color you need from the refill kit and attach the needle to the bottle if needed.
    • Step 4

      Slip the needle tip or syringe tip into the appropriate hole on top of the cartridge. Give it a gentle squeeze and let the ink slowly fill the inkwell. For HP-60 color cartridges, each inkwell holds 6 ml. For black cartridges, the inkwell holds 10 ml. Jumbo cartridges or compatible cartridges from another company may hold different amounts. You can prevent overflow simply by being cautious and by stopping when the inkwell is 3/4 full or thereabouts. It will still print for quite a while at 3/4 full.
    • Step 5

      Remove the needle or syringe and replace the cartridge in the printer. You can put the label back on if you want, but it isn't necessary. Run a cleaning cycle through the printer and then print up a couple of color pages to make sure the ink is flowing as it should.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Used HP-60 black or color ink cartridge, or similar compatible model
    • Ink refill kit
    • Newspaper
    • Old shirt
    • Tip: Ideally, you should let the cartridge sit in the printer for a few hours after you have refilled it. The cartridge uses a sponge to help printing and the idle time allows the sponge to be properly filled with ink.

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