All recent Canon printers with individual ink tanks use ink level chips. Each ink tank has a small IC chip attached to it. it's there to identify the ink tank to the printer and store it's ink level data. The chip is continuously rewritten as the ink gets used up. This information is displayed on-screen as the Canon ink monitor (ink gauge).
When ink level in any black or colour ink tank gets close to empty, Canon printers are programmed stop printing and present "Ink has run out" (or similar) error...
Ok...it's good to know how much ink you have left and nice of the printer to stop - before it runs out of ink. And if you are buying a new Canon cartridge/tank every time the ink runs out, the chips don't affect you very much. It's only if you want to refill the ink tanks or are using a continuous ink system (CISS), that the ink monitor/chips can become a problem.
Note: It makes absolutely no difference, how much ink there is in the ink tanks. If the cartridge chip says that ink tank is empty, you are not printing anything - until the 'offending' empty tank is replaced. Even if a cartridge is topped up well before empty, it makes no difference to the ink monitor. The actual ink level is not relevant! All ink information is provided by the chip(s).
So...what can you do about Canon ink chips?
This can be a confusing subject, due to the different options for various printer models. If you have difficulty taking it all in, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your printer model and have the best solution worked out for you.
There is number of ways to deal with the ink monitor, depending on your printer model and what's available for it.
1 - Disable the ink monitor This is the cheapest option that works with most Canon (chipped) printers. If you have a Canon for which a chip resetter is not available (eg Canon with 1 black and 1 tricolour cartridge), it might well be the only solution. Click here to learn how to disable Canon ink monitor. Disabling the ink monitor may be the cheapest option, but it is more of a temporary fix than a permanent solution. With the monitor disabled, the ink levels don't display any more and the printer will not stop printing - when out of ink either. Unless your printer is set up with continuous ink, or a chip resetter is not available...you want to see the ink level display - so you know when to refill each ink tank. Without chip resetter, the first indication you get is when the ink runs out.
2 - Buy refillable ink tanks This option applies to most Canon printers using individual ink tanks - not1 black and 1 tricolour cartridge. To cut long story short...refillable ink tanks are purpose built, easy to refill versions of genuine Canon ink tanks. The reset technology is either built into the chips themselves (auto-reset chips) or a chip resetter is used (manual-reset chips). Find Canon refillable ink cartridges here - with either manual or auto-reset chips.
3 - Reset the ink tank chips It may sound technical, but resetting Canon chips is really quite easy. It involves buying a chip resetter for your Canon model and using it - every time you refill each ink tank. The printer reads reset ink tanks same as full, new Canon ink tanks and the ink monitoring stays fully functional.
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How to reset Canon chips..?
Remove ink tank from printer, place it in the resetter cradle and gently push it down against the resetter contacts until the ink tank LED flashes. When the LED lights up solid (in few seconds), the reset is finished. The ink level is restored - to full. All you have to do then, is refill the tank with ink, fit it back in the printer - and resume your print job. That's it...
Note: Not allgeneric (compatible) chips are "resettable", but most do reset ok. Some non Canon ink tanks don't have the chip LED, so it may not light up in the resetter. This doesn't mean the chip doesn't reset. In most cases the chips still reset fine, just without the LED confirmation. Some tanks/chips may only flash once momentarily in the resetter and not light up solid. This still resets the chips ok in most cases.
Each Canon chip resetter comes with a removable adapter (see pics) to enable resetting of both the thicker black and thinner photo black and all colour ink tanks. The same resetter is used with either tank.
More Canon chip resetter info...
Ink tanks (chips) reset using a chip resetter perform exactly the same as new in all Canon printers that use them incl: iP3300/3500/3600/ 4200/4300/4500/4600/4680/4700/4850/4950/5200/6600, iX4000/5000/6650, MP500/600/800/900, MX600/700/800 series, Pro9000, MG5150/5250/5350/6150/6250/8150/8250 etc.
Even printers with ink monitoring disabled - will display ink levels again and work just like new after resetting the chips.
All chip resetters at InkBank are quality design and well constructed. They are reliable, easy to use and covered by one year replacement warranty, as well as 100% satisfaction guarantee. Instructions (in English) included with most models
There are 3 battery cells inside that should last for hundreds of chip resets. Can be replaced - if required.
Note: USB Canon resetters don't use batteries. USB (printer) cable is required.