[QUOTE=TheCoffeePolice;2136870]I’m sure the OEM sellers are laughing their butts off when they read my posts. :o
How are you at re-filling?[/QUOTE]
I suppose I get by.
For the spilling issue try something that will keep the bottles and carts upright, no matter how ham-handed one may be.
Some like to use light-duty spring clamps to stabilize the bottles and carts.
Make sure that the spring is light (some are adjustable) and the size is “in scale” with what you are doing (1"-2" jaw) Examples:
Save the orange plastic snap-offs and rubber band one to the cart you are going to refill. IOW, stopper the exit port of the cart.
Tape off (close) the cartridge vent before refilling
Fold back on one end for easy opening-closing.
The object is to saturate the sponge about 3/4 of the way up, just like a new Canon cart.
After the first injection of new ink (3/4 full on the reservoir side) simply grab the tape at the handle you created by folding and let some air bleed out.
This allows the ink to flow into the sponge area. Close it when the ink is 3/4 the way up.
Now fill the res. side to 3/4 - 7/8 full…don’t go above the sponge level.
Install the new Hobbicolors plug in the 1/8" hole you provided.
Now “milk” the cartridge as Dave describes, with the tape and orange stopper removed and over the appropriate bulk ink container.
Install the cartridge and run a test print.
Once you have a procedure down, it will take only 3 min or so to refill a cart.
Here is a video from defcon2k, showing some very efficient home refilling using the German method. My description above is pertaining to the conventinal “top fill” method.
You mentioned “other” snafus…what were they ?