Modification Kit for Making SPONGE Refillable Cartridge with Canon PG-210 CL-211 PG-240 PG-243 PG-245, PG-545, CL-241 CL-244 CL 246 CL-546 (AS-SPG-CBC)
Difficulty Level: 3 (Slightly Difficult)
Important: this kit is very hard to remove from an MX492 printer. We showed the problem and the solution in this video. Make sure to watch the video if you want to buy it for MX492. There is no problem reported for other models.
The process involves cutting with a sharp knife and glue things together. This kit should be bought by experienced refillers.
This kit can make Canon SPONGE Refillable cartridges. The sponge cartridges have these advantages:
1. Large volume: it takes more ink than XL. For example, if you have a PG-243 (a starter cartridge for PG-245) or a regular PG-245, the modified cartridge can take the same amount of ink as a PG-245 XL.
2. Refillable. Easy to refill.
3. Longer life. Cartridge lasts longer than regular refilled cartridges
4. Easy to unclog (if you glue the wall airtight.
However, it doesn't last as long as a spongeless cartridge because of the sponge fatigue factor. Also, the ink volume is about half of the spongeless cartridge, so it will print fewer copies per refill. However, it is much easier to make than a spongeless cartridge. The unit is shipped without ink.
Compatible: to all integrated Canon cartridges. An integrated cartridge is a cartridge and printhead built into one unit, such as PG-210, CL-211, PG-240, CL-241, PG-243, CL-244, PG-245, CL-246, PG-440, CL-441, PG-445, CL-446, PG-540, CL-541, PG-545, CL-546.
- 1 x Black Cover
- 1 x Black Sponge
- 1 x Color Cover
- 1 x Small Color Sponge
- 2 x Large Color Sponge
- 4 x Needles
This is a Level-4 Project. Please read our Beta Tester's Tip before proceeding.
1. How to make it
2. How to use it:
1. Use a piece of saran wrap to cover up the printhead.
2. Find the seam between the cartridge and cover. Put the cartridge on the table and push the knife down on the seam. Use the middle of the blade as a pivot, tilt the knife up and down, work your way gradually and cut off the cover. The cover should come off quickly.
Remove the sponge. (optional) Use the sandpaper to make the cartridge wall even on the top. You will need to glue this wall airtight to the new cover.
1) If you were able to glue it airtight, then you can unclog it with included priming syringe in the future.
2) If you weren't able to make an airtight bond, then you will need a priming clip (not included) or a house vacuum for unclogging.
You can wipe off the dust with paper towel. Or, wash the cartridge under hot water. There will be dust inside the cartridge if you do not wash it. The filter will stop the dust, but it is a good idea to remove it and have a clean cartridge.
3) Apply glue and put on the new cover. Before applying glue, do some dry-runs. The new cover's shape is a little different than original Canon's cover. Point the narrower side towards the top, which is the side with electronic ribbon. Apply a layer of super glue evenly. Make sure the adhesive covers the entire width of the wall. When the super glue is dry, it has to form an airtight bond. Install the cover. You can put the cartridge upside down and push some pressure on it, or use a clamp.
4) Fill up with ink. The original Canon uses 4 ml of black ink. Now the spongeless cartridge can take 10-12 ml of black ink and 5-6 ml color (each) easily. You can fill it all the way to the top. Clean the electronic ribbon.
5) For the first time usage, we need to remove air bubbles from the bottom of the printhead. Use the flat priming syringe, blow up to 1 ml of air into the hole. Ink should run down from the cartridge. Use a paper towel to dab and absorb the excessive ink. Do not rub the printhead with a paper towel. A gentle dab is enough. This method is also useful to remove clogging in the future. Put the cartridge in the printer and enjoy printing.
6) Turn off the ink gauge. The printer's ink indicator will not be accurate for refilled cartridges. Eventually, you will see the cartridge's LED light flashing; printer stops printing and claims there is no ink in the cartridge. Do not cancel the print, just press and hold the Stop button, which is a triangle sign. Hold it for 5 to 10 seconds, the printer will be back to work and will not track your cartridge's ink level anymore. You need to keep an eye on the print quality. In our experience, one refill lasts about 300 pages. Once you see the printout missing color, you can take the cartridge out and refill it. The printer will no longer bother you about ink level, and the cartridge lasts almost forever.
2 x Cartridge cover. One for black and one for color
1 X Sponge for black (the largest)
1 x Square sponge for Magenta (top)
2 x Rectangle sponges for Cyan and Yellow
1 x Flat-head priming syringe with a silicone tip.
Things you will need (not included in the package):
1. a set of working cartridge.
2. A 150 grit sandpaper, or a cement surface, like garage floor or driveway.
3. Super glue (e.g., Scotch or Gorilla). If you use Gorilla glue, use the clear glue with a white bottle. Do not use the brown type.
4. Some saran wraps.
5. A utility knife
7. A priming clip or house vacuum, in case you didn't seal the cover airtight.
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