Canon PGI-1600 & PGI-2600 genuine ink tanks - How to refill

Genuine Canon PGI-1600 & PGI-2600 ink tanks/cartridges are easy and economical to refill - if you know how and have the right inks and refill gear. You can find all you need somewhere on this page.

Refilling steps for Canon PGI-1600 & PGI-2600 ink tanks:

1) Remove empty ink tank/cartridge from printer. Find the ink outlet and the air hole on front of the tank.

CLI651 genuine outlet clip fitted

2) Securely attach the supplied adapter to syringe. Don't over-tighten the connection!

PGI1600 filling syringe & adapter

3) Push end of a cotton bud inside the air hole port - as far as it will go. This is to catch any ink spitting up the air hole during filling. If the bud is too big - compress it to fit. If you don't have any buds, use bit of rolled up tissue paper instead.

4) Stand and support cartridge - on it's end, so the ink outlet is pointing up.

5) Fill the syringe - by dipping the adapter in the appropriate colour ink and pulling on the plunger until full (or whatever amount is required). Don't pull plunger all the way out of the syringe!

Canon PGI-1600, 2600 fill volumes
Cartridge Colour Size Volume
 PGI-1600  BK  STD  12ml
 PGI-1600  BK  XL  35ml
PGI-1600  CMY  STD  6ml
PGI-1600  CMY  XL  12ml
PGI-2600  BK  STD  29ml
PGI-2600  BK  XL  70ml
PGI-2600  CMY  STD  10ml
PGI-2600  CMY  XL  20ml

Note: Standard and Setup cartridges can be filled to XL capacity or until almost full.

6) Push the adapter tip inside the ink outlet - as far as it will go and slowly inject the ink inside. When empty, draw back on the plunger few ml to release any pressure from the cartridge.
 

Canon PGI-1600 filling ink detail

7) If your cartridge volume is more than 12ml, repeat steps 5-6 until almost full. 

8) When finished, leave the adapter & syringe inserted and position the cartridge so it's sitting upright (as below).

PGI-1600 priming

9) Draw the plunger to 1-2ml mark - to remove air and prime the ink outlet, then withdraw the syringe assembly and discard the cotton bud. Stand the cartridge up as before (outlet pointing up)! There is no valve in the ink outlet, so ink could leak, if left sitting in upright position.

That's it! Another PGI-1600 refilled...

10) Refill other colours as needed - using clean syringe for each colour then return cartridge(s) back in the printer and print a Nozzle check or test print to confirm all colours are printing ok. Use the Cleaning utility (not Deep cleaning) to correct missing lines or colours. Clean syringes etc in clean tap water when finished.

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