Video - How To Refill Your Laser Printer Toner Cartridge
Transcript plus my comments:
New toner cartridges can cost from $100.00 to $400.00. Why waste your money buying
new toner cartridges when, depending upon how much you print, you can save thousands
of dollars by extending the life of your toner cartridges?
Some instructions tell you that toner is toxic and that you must wear a dust mask
and latex gloves when refilling a toner cartridge. I've refilled dozens of toner
cartridges, and although I wouldn't purposely inhale toner nor have it for lunch,
toner is not really dangerous. However, you don't want to spill toner on a carpet,
so it's better to work over a tile floor.
Some instructions claim that you need to pour out remaining toner and use a special
vacuum tool to extract any remaining toner from the cartridge. If the new toner
that you're adding is not chemically exactly the same as the old toner remaining in
the cartridge, this could slightly affect print quality. But this is only important
if you need perfect print quality or in production environment such as a toner refill company.
This video shows you how easy it is for you to refill your own toner cartridge
Uni-Kit toner refill kit The Uni-Kit toner refill kit comes with toner,
a funnel, detailed step-by-step instructions on how to refill all types of toner
cartridges, as well as a plug (if applicable) and a hole making tool (if applicable).
Different toner cartridges refill in different ways and every model is explained
in the detailed instruction guide. Even though different toner cartridges look and
feel a little different, there are general principles involved in refilling toner
cartridges. Every cartridge has a refill port through which you can add toner.
Some cartridges have a chip which may need to be replaced.
With all Brother monochrome toner cartridges as well as many other types, the refill
port is easily identifiable on the side of the cartridge. That refill port is
covered by a plug. That plug can be easily removed by prying it off using a flat-blade
screwdriver. The toner can then be added through that refill port.
In order to pour the toner into the cartridge you attach the funnel to the toner
refill bottle and pour the toner into the cartridge. When the cartridge is full
you can plug the cartridge back up with the same plug.
Other toner cartridges, like color toner cartridges by HP, don't have a visible
refill port. You need to create a refill port. For this you use the toner cartridge
hole making tool. The hole making device is either sold with the kit or sold
separately. You plug the hole making tool into an AC power outlet and let it rest
on it's stand while it warms up. You want to be careful not to burn yourself with
When the tool is heated up, hold the tool by the handle and make a hole in the
toner cartridge in the location shown in the illustrated instruction guide. 30
seconds of applying heat to the cartridge with the hole making tool should make a
perfectly round hole. The hole is your refill port where you'll be able to add
toner. You're kit will come with a plug to seal the hole.
Some toner cartridges come with a chip that recognizes how much toner is in the
cartridge. When the cartridge is empty the chip will read empty. Many printers
will not function unless the chip is replaced. To replace the chip, you slide
it out and replace it with a replacement chip which is sold as a separate accessory.
Most toner cartridges can be refilled by the same principle; finding the refill
port or creating a refill port, adding the toner, and resealing the port. And,
in some cases adding a replacement chip.
Make sure you select the Uni-Kit toner refill kit that is applicable to
your specific printer model, and follow the detailed step-by-step instruction
guide to refill your specific toner cartridge.