How to Refill HP C9396a Ink Cartridges

By Catherine Johnson

  • Overview

    Replacing empty printer ink cartridges is an expensive and inconvenient task for households that rely heavily on their printers. Refilling your ink cartridges with one of the widely available printer-refill kits is simple and far more cost-effective. By extending the life of your plastic cartridge, you also help reduce environmental waste. Most cartridges can be reused several times. That's certainly the case with the ink cartridges for the HP C9396a printer.
    Recycle your printer cartridge by easily refilling the ink.
    • Step 1

      Remove the cartridge from your C9396a printer and place it on top of the paper towels.
    • Step 2

      Using the scissor blade, cut the front sticker on the cartridge along the horizontal indentation that cuts across at the bottom. It should be located where the two plastic parts of the cartridge are connected.


    • Step 3

      Pull apart the two sections of the cartridge. Set aside the smaller cap, and hold the larger section of the cartridge with the exposed side facing up. You should see the pump (in the middle), the nozzle (it looks like a pipe) and the filling hole.
    • Step 4

      Prick the small rubber ball located inside of the filling hole with a pin or sharp knife. Gently pry the ball out of the hole. Set the ball aside and do not lose it.
    • Step 5

      Place the syringe from the refill kit (without the needle) on top of the filling hole and pump once to inject some air into the inside bag.
    • Step 6

      Attach the needle to the syringe. Fill the syringe with 20ml of ink. Insert the syringe needle 1/4 to 1/2 inch into the filling hole, taking care to not pop the bag. Slowly and carefully inject the hole with ink.
    • Step 7

      Replace the rubber ball into the filling hole. Press down firmly until you hear the ball click into place.
    • Step 8

      Place the smaller plastic cap back on top of the cartridge, making sure that it snaps back into place. Re-insert the refilled cartridge into your HP C9396a printer.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Printer refill kit
    • Paper towels
    • Scissors
    • Pin or sharp knife
    • Tip: Once you have refilled your cartridge, double-check the nozzle to make sure no air is trapped inside. If you see an empty air pocket at the top, insert the syringe needle into the nozzle and suck out the air.
    • Tip: Clean any spilled ink with soap and warm water.

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