asked Jan 27, 2002 at 1:14pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 740

Refill cartridge

How do I go about refilling my inkjet cartridge? I have an Epson Stylus 740 printer, uses injet cartridge S020189, and I want to refill it using the ink from an HP 51629A cartridge I have from an old HP printer that is defunct. I have an hypodermic syringe which I have used to suck ink out of the HP cartridge by sticking the needle in the soft spot on the top of the cartridge. So now I have a syringe full of black ink, how do I best go about injecting it into the Epson cartridge? There seems to be two soft spots on the top of the cartridge, one under a clear circle in the blue label just beneath the word "Epson", the other beneath where it reads "Made in USA" and above wheree it reads "Do not remove this blue label". Should I inject the ink through one of these spots (and which one), or through the hole in the bottom where the ink comes out? If I inject through the top, do I need to reseal the top afterwords by applying a piece of tape? And what happens if I remove the blue label?
I realize that not all inks are compatible, and that the Epson needs the proper ink to lubricate the print head. Is the HP ink close enough? I also have two HP 51626A cartridges that are new, never opened, that I would like to eventually use to refill my Epson (these were for another printer that went bad. I saw from another posting that an individual refilled an Epson 740 "5 or 6 times with no problem" before he had problems (possibly caused by using ink that was not compatible enough). I want to refill mine 3 times, and then return to using OEM or commercially refilled cartridges.
They want $26 for a cartridge at Fry's. That seems like an exorbitant amount for as little printing as I got out of the first cartridge. Is the 740 an unusually ineficient printer? It seems to go through a lot of operations each time I turn it on, and I imagine it is priming the print head and basically wasting a lot of ink just to warm up. Are there more efficient printers, and what are they? And are there more economical sources for replacement cartridges, and what are they?
I would think printers would be made with easily refillable resevoirs, certainly much larger than the dinky litte cartridges that they use now. I suspect the printer manufacturers are making most of there money from selling replacement cartridges.
Surely there must be a more economical cost per page solution to my one-off print at home needs?