How to Refill a Lexmark 28 Ink Cartridge

By Laura Hageman

  • Overview

    The Lexmark 28 cartridge is not refillable. They allow a choice of the 28 or 28A cartridge. The difference is one is refillable while the other isn't. The 28A is the more up to date cartridge for the printer and will cost a little more than the 28. However, the 28A is less expensive in the long run. With the 28 cartridge you will be able to return it to Lexmark and receive a new one for a 10 percent discount. The 28A is refillable and the bottle of ink will cost lest than the cartridge itself.
    • Step 1

      Remove the Lexmark 28A cartridge out of the printer. Place it onto newspaper in order to prevent ink from spilling and staining things.
    • Step 2

      Puncture a hole on the top of the cartride. Use a knife to cut a hole about 1/16-inch round (big enough for a needle to go into). You can also heat up the tip of a paper clip which will enable you to puncture a hole through its heat.


    • Step 3

      Use a small syringe to insert the ink into the cartridge. Put the syringe into the ink bottle and pull the ink out of the bottle by pulling up on the syringe's tip.
    • Step 4

      Put the syringe into the cartridge hole and insert the ink. Press down on the tip of the syringe to push the ink into the cartridge.
    • Step 5

      Leave the cartridge to sit for two hours. This should give enough time for the ink to absorb into the cartridge's sponge. Then seal the hole with tape. Place the cartridge back into the printer.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Knife or paper clip
    • 28A refill bottle
    • Newspaper
    • Small syringe
    • Tape
    • Tip: To avoid spills insert the ink slowly.

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