Epson R280 cheap ink?

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#1

Can you get cheap ink for this printer online?


#2

The R260/280/380/580 all use tanks that are subject to different chip revisions. Printers made after April '07 will need a later revision of tank. This is Epson’s way of messing with compatible tank makers. If your printer was made before April-'07, it will use any type tanks. The serial number on the printer uses a code for the date of manufacture.

Most ink sellers don’t have a clue about this, so you need to be sure you’re getting the right tanks. Get a guarantee up front that they are selling 2nd revision tanks with the right chip. Apart from that, you’re just looking for Epson 77/78 compatibles. I get them from http://www.inkjetsaver.com/. I’ve had 2 other sellers swear that they had the right tanks, then send me the wrong ones. You should be able to get them at around $5 each.


#3

i’m thinking about buying my from printonadime.com and getting the refill kit. What do you guys think?


#4

How about this? http://www.alotofthings.com/viartshop/product_details.php?item_id=1519
They seem to be knowledgable from everything I’ve heard so you shouldn’t get problematic cartridges.


#5

[QUOTE=chaosoffar2k;2011769]How about this? http://www.alotofthings.com/viartshop/product_details.php?item_id=1519
They seem to be knowledgable from everything I’ve heard so you shouldn’t get problematic cartridges.[/QUOTE]

The refill kits seem to be OK, but I haven’t used them for Epsons. Be sure to read all the fine print about the self-resetting chips. You’d also want to confirm that the chips used are indeed compatible with the 2nd revision printers.


#6

CDan, do you know if this chip resetter really does work with the latest Epson tanks for the R280 series?

I can’t seem to find ink tanks listed for this model (skips fro R260 to R380) on most sites; would be interested in reasonably priced OEM high yield or reputable refills/non-OEM that use a decent dye-based ink that won’t clog the heads and performs nearly as well as OEM in terms of saturation and disc printing drying time. Are both G&G and inkjetsaver.com reputable suppliers of ink that meet these requirements?

Thanks!


#7

[QUOTE=RWP;2012166]CDan, do you know if this chip resetter really does work with the latest Epson tanks for the R280 series?

I can’t seem to find ink tanks listed for this model (skips fro R260 to R380) on most sites; would be interested in reasonably priced OEM high yield or reputable refills/non-OEM that use a decent dye-based ink that won’t clog the heads and performs nearly as well as OEM in terms of saturation and disc printing drying time. Are both G&G and inkjetsaver.com reputable suppliers of ink that meet these requirements?

Thanks![/QUOTE]

Drop them an email and they’ll let you know about the chip re-setter. All R260/280/380/580 printers use the same tanks. The R280 replaced the R260 and is identical inside.

I’ve gotten both G&G and some generic tanks from CompUBiz/Inkjetsaver and have seen no difference compared to Epson tanks. In fact, I’ve had one Epson tank fail to work at all, and none of the compatibles have failed.

I used to do a lot of re-filling, but got tired of the hassle and mess. If I can get a compatible tank for around $5, I go that way. If you’re a heavy printer user, look at CIS systems. But unless you’re replacing tanks every week, IMHO, re-filling isn’t worth it.


#8

[quote=CDan;2012222]I used to do a lot of re-filling, but got tired of the hassle and mess. If I can get a compatible tank for around $5, I go that way. If you’re a heavy printer user, look at CIS systems. But unless you’re replacing tanks every week, IMHO, re-filling isn’t worth it.[/quote] So the chip resetter is just for refilling an OEM tank and not necessary if buying compatibles or refills?

Thanks for all the great advice in this and other threads BTW… :bow:


#9

[QUOTE=RWP;2012337]So the chip resetter is just for refilling an OEM tank and not necessary if buying compatibles or refills?

Thanks for all the great advice in this and other threads BTW… :bow:[/QUOTE]

AFAIK, a re-setter will work on any chip, Epson or compatible. Compatibles come with re-set chips already, as do re-manufactured tanks.


#10

The resetter technology on the latest Epson carts is a bit dodgy at the moment to be honest. They generally only work on Epson OEM carts and certain compatibles. Also I think they have to be more than 30% full when you reset, otherwise they don’t work.

Refilling the Epson OEM carts is also complicated due to the many chambers inside them. I have managed to do it sucessfully but I am not sure how viable it is for most people.

I would say use compatibles or a CIS if you do a lot of printing.

If you like refilling then stick to Canon, Brother or HP printers.


#11

How have you done it, refilling the EPSON ones?


#12

711-714 Refill Instructions available at http://www.disc-info.com/downloads/jr-refill/epson/jr-epson-t0711.pdf

All the rest of the instructions I am putting together are at http://support.medea.co.uk/index.php?action=kb&category=22

I still don’t recommend that people refill those carts but I got asked so often I tried this way and it appeared to work ok.


#13

Thanks!

I see, many of them are hardly refillable because of the many chambers used…


#14

Try inksupply http://inksupply.com/
their carts have “auto reset” chips, there website is kind of confussing. You probably want the spongeless carts, i think they come filled and have a plug to be refilled. They also have the refill ink. I found it once then I can not find it again. They also have the CFS ( continuos feed system) too. Maybe call them. From what I understand the ink in R280s is ultr tone or something like that. Some kind of special brew, so maybe finding the cheapest might not be a good idea. I have used the above company for spongless CLEAR carts for my Epson R300. I also have an R280 that I got sort of FREE. I bought one for my Mom and her friend up the street. The one for the friend up the street , the printhead was jammed. I called Epson, they checked some stuff. Epson said we will send you another and you do not need to return the other one. I took it apart and put back together and it works fine. also try googling r280 refills, r280 refillable carts …etc. I would not recommend drilling into the OEM carts to fill.


#15

Where is the cheapest place to buy ink for an Epson R280 Photo Printer?


#16

what country?

Have you checked ebay? They normally have lots of cheap ink for sale, although godknows what the quality will be like.


#17

usa


#18

Perhaps reading the previous thread that you started on the same topic would be of some assistance?


#19

[quote=CDan;2017903]Perhaps reading the previous thread that you started on the same topic would be of some assistance?[/quote] Thanks for noticing; threads have now been merged.


#20

http://www.meritline.com/epson-r260-r380-rx580-cis-plus-ink.html

What do you think of this?