Refillable ink printers

Date Posted:5 March 2021 

The aim of this page is to help you buy a good value AND cheap to run printer.

Buying a new printer is not difficult, but trying to find a reasonably priced one that will do all you need and is economical to use as well - can be.

Note: For the purpose of this article, 'refillable' printer is one that comes with ink cartridges/ tanks that can be DIY refilled OR one that refillable tanks/cartridges are available for separately. 

Having trouble refilling your new printer?

If you already bought a printer and have trouble refilling it, contact us. There probably is some solution.

If you're looking at buying a new printer, you may find the following tips useful.

Refillable printer buying tips...

Tip 1: Laser printers are not DIY refillable. This can make them costly to operate and eco unfriendly. 

Tip 2: Undecided what brand printer to buy? Make it Canon! Canon ink printers are easy to use, most models are refill friendly and there is a decent range of refill products available (refillable ink cartridges, chip resetters etc).

Another valuable feature of Canon desktop printers is the ability to switch off the Canon ink monitoring utility. This is a big plus for refillers and continuous ink system users as it enables printing with cartridges registering as empty - without having to reset the ink chips. No other printer maker provides this feature! 

Tip 3: If you're considering buying an Epson printer to refill or fit a CISS to, make sure you can find a chipless firmware upgrade and some refillable cartridges for it first. There are no chip resetters or auto-resetting chips for majority of current model Epson printers, so refilling is generally not an option without the firmware upgrade. Expect to pay around $50 for the program and $20-$30 for a set of refillable ink cartridges - if available. Check here.

Tip 4: If you're shopping for a replacement printer, don't automatically assume that a later model will be as easy (or possible) to refill or accept the same cartridges as your last printer, even if it's only a model or two newer. 

Tip 5: Contact us to confirm your printer choice can be refilled and/or there are affordable ink or toner cartridges available for it - before parting with your money.

Tip 6: Be prepared to invest in some refill accessories (eg refillable ink cartridges, chip resetter, chipless firmware upgrade etc) - to be able to refill. While some genuine cartridges can be refilled ok, others may not be possible to fill (or reset).

Tip 7: Don't buy a printer just because it is cheap or on sale (unless you know what you're doing). Buying a discounted printer or getting some bonus ink cartridges or another sweetener with it, might seem like a good deal at the time, but could end up costing you hundreds more in consumables over time - so may not be the smartest move.

Tip 8: Don't expect any worthwhile advice from shop assistants.

Tip 9: Found a cheap printer online at a store you're not familiar with? Check around for some independent business reviews to see who you're about to send your money to. Can't find anything? Don't risk it and order somewhere else.

Tip 10: Considering buying a printer from a major retailer? Buying some printers from shops like Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Domayne, Joyce Mayne and possibly other retailers will effectively lock you into buying supplies (ink or toner)  exclusively from the same franchise.

So ... if you buy for example a Canon Pixma TS5360 or Pixma TR7060 printer from Officeworks, you will not be able to buy ink cartridges (PG660 & CL661) for it from your local computer shop, JB HiFi, Inkbank or anywhere else - except Officeworks.

You can buy refill ink from Inkbank and refill the 660/661cartridges, but will have to go back to Officeworks to buy new cartridges, when it's time to replace them. 
And be prepared to pay as much as 50% more for the cartridges than if you bought a similar Canon printer (eg TS5160) from a different shop. 

This only applies to few printers at time of writing, but that's likely to change. 

Note: This page is provided for your general information only and is not guaranteed to be accurate, up to date or comprehensive. 

Please contact us for more information.

Ok, let's check out few printers...

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Considering a continuous ink printer..?

Canon Endurance CISS printer
Canon Endurance G6065 CISS printer

Continuous ink printers don't use disposable ink cartridges (like most ink printers do) but come equipped with large, refillable ink tanks instead. Great!

But be careful, there may be a catch. All continuous ink printers cost considerably more than convential cartridge ones and many lack even basic features found on much cheaper (cartridge) ink models.

Don't assume that spending hundreds more on a continuous ink printer will buy you auto-duplexing, a decent LCD or even wifi interface with some models.

CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY !!!

Sure, a continuous ink printer will reduce your printing costs by 90 percent or so and make  your printing more eco friendly, but there are other, cheaper ways to achieve this without compromising on printer performance or equipment level (eg. refilling the ink cartridges or getting one of Inkbank's custom built, fully featured continuous ink printers. 

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Cheapest multifunction with auto duplexer

Canon Pixma MG3660 are a neat, printer, scanner, copier for home use that can be refilled. If you don't print a great deal and don't need an LCD display, you can own a unit like this for very small outlay.

Canon Pixma MG3660 printer

MG3660 are not the latest or the fastest printer in the world, but they are really good value. 

But there's more to this Canon than a good price. MG3660 works with any OS from Windows XP to Windows 10 as well as macOS X v10.7.5 to X v10.12. This means you shouldn't have to upgrade your computer, if you run an older PC and operating system.

Note: Most new printers need at least Windows 7 or Mac X v10.10.5 these days.

Despite the low cost, this printer features two separate paper paths and auto-duplexer to minimise paper wastage plus wifi. air-print and USB connectivity.

MG3660 feature four colour, twin cartridge hybrid ink system (pigment black & dye colour inks) and will produce laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents as well as good quality photos. Print speed up to reasonable 9ipm B&W or 5.7ipm colour.

MG3660 ink cartridges are pretty easy to refill, even the initial set supplied with the printer. The included cartridges are small and only suitable for low volume printing. It is possible to double the cartridge volume using optional Inkbank refillable cartridge inserts for less frequent, easier and more reliable refilling. 

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (for refilling) which is handy as there are no chip resetters for the MG3660 cartridges. 

Want one? Please contact us for more info or to order one.

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Great value multifunction with LCD

Canon Pixma TS5160 are neat, multifunction (print, scan, copy) machines for home or micro business. If you have better things to spend your money on than expensive printers and can manage without ADF (auto-document-feader), it's well worth checking out!

Canon Pixma TS5060 printer

 

Canon TS5160 feature twin cartridge, four colour hybrid ink system with pigment black and three dye colour inks. Using combination of dye and pigment inks gives this printer great flexibility to produce high quality, vibrant colour prints as well as laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents at up to respectable 13 ipm in B&W or 6.8 ipm in colour. 

TS5160 are relatively cheap, yet packed with features usually reserved for more expensive models, including automatic two sided printing, two paper paths, 2.5" colour LCD and wifi

TS5160 ink cartridges are quite easy to refill, even the initial set supplied with the printer. The included cartridges are small and only suitable for low volume printing. It is possible to double the cartridge volume using optional Inkbank refillable cartridge inserts for less frequent, easier and more reliable refilling. 

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (for refilling) which is handy as there are no chip resetters for the TS5160 cartridges. 

For high volume printing, you can also buy this printer converted to InkBank precision continuous ink.

Interested? Please contact us for more info or to order.

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Home office fax multifunction 

Canon Pixma TR7660 are a reliable and refillable multi-function printer, scanner, copier with fax, ready for home, home office or small business work.

Canon PixmaTR 8560 printer
Canon TR7560 printer

TR7660 are priced well and packed full of useful features including auto-duplexer, 20 sheet ADF (auto document feeder), fax, two separate paper feeds (100/50 sheet), Wifi, Air print and more. 

TR7660 use five cartridge hybrid ink system with two black and three individual colour ink tanks. This makes for a really flexible inkjet capable of producing great photos and graphics as well as laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents at respectable 15ipm and 10 ipm in colour.

TR7660 ink tanks/cartridges are easy to fill, even the initial set supplied with printer. Alternatively you can upgrade to higher capacity (XL or XXL) genuine or refillable ink tanks - if you prefer refilling less often.

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (for refilling) which is handy as there are no chip resetters for the TR7660 cartridges. 

For high volume printing, you can also order this printer converted to InkBank precision continuous ink.

Interested? Please contact us for more info or to order.

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Home A3 multifunction printer 

Need bigger prints? This Canon A3 printer, A4 scanner/copier is definitely worth a look.

Canon Pixma TS 9560 printer

TS9560 are great value A3 MFC and packed full of handy features. This model specs, features and ink information pretty much mirror the TR7660 model (read above) except TS9560 supports A3 printing, direct CD/DVD printing and has a built in SD card reader.

For higher volume printing, you can also buy this printer converted to InkBank precision continuous ink.

Interested?  Please contact us for more info or to order.



Comments (3)

Wish I saw this review before I bought a printer

By: on 27 September 2020
Was in a rush for a printer earlier in the year and now have been caught by the Canon TS5360 printer - Officeworks scam. Not only can I only buy the ink from them it is never in stock!!!

epson xp-4105

By: on 14 August 2020
Before I throw this computer into the nearest recycling depot I'll try a few helplines. Bought the epson xp-4105 with the intention of refilling ink cartridges but was ambushed by the chip and software saying I'm empty. Have looked for a chip resetter but have only come across a couple in America cost big bucks. Oh for the days for my old printer... Is there a way of refilling the ink cartridges on this printer?

ink toner

By: on 27 December 2019
Thanks a lot for putting your thoughts on refillable ink printer. These shopping printer tips are amazing for those who are looking for new printers. Though I am here to find options to refill ink for my fuji_xerox cm405 printer as I know HP runs such program .

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