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Canon 3/5/6/8 & 220/221, 225/226, 250/251, 520/521, 525/526, 550/551 Refill Tips

Cartridge Refill & Printer Care Tips

When refilling and using Canon 3, 5, 6, 8, 220, 221, 225, 226, 250, 250XL, 251, 251XL, 520, 521, 525, 526, 550, 550XL, 551 & 551XL ink cartridges (tanks) in your inkjet printer, it is suggested to follow these general guidelines to help maximize print quality output and maintain a healthy printer.

 

Cartridge Error Recovery Steps (i.e. printer rejects cartridge)

1) Return cartridge to refiller; re-program chip at base of ink cartridge (NOTE: Chip reprogramming DOES NOT apply to Canon 250, 251, 250XL, 251XL, 550, 550XL, 551 or 551XL cartridges – refer to Canon 250-251, 550-551 Refill Tips & Usage page).

2) Remove cartridge from printer and thoroughly clean gold contacts of cartridge chip (pictured below).

 

Canon 250-251 underside_polished with circles_sm

3) Inspect printhead electrical contacts, to which each ink cartridge mates with, for cleanliness (it is suggested to use a flashlight). Ensure no ink residues are on contact surfaces.

Canon MG5320 (225-226s)_Printhead-Carriage contacts_sm

 

How an Inkjet Printhead Works (4, 5 & 6 Ink Cartridge Printers):

Printhead Life – All 4, 5, & 6 ink cartridge Printers: 

The replaceable or semi-permanent PRINTHEAD will eventually fail over time with usage and age. Click here for more information.

Possible Printhead Failure? 

 

Canon 3e Compatible Printers: 

BJC-3000, BJC-6000, FAX C855, i550, i560, i850, i860, Multipass C755, Multipass F30, Multipass F50, Multipass F60, Multipass F80, Multipass MP700, Multipass MP730, PIXMA iP3000, PIXMA iP4000, PIXMA iP4000R, PIXMA iP5000, PIXMA MP750, PIXMA MP760, PIXMA MP780, 5400, 5450, 5500, 5520, 5530D, 5600. 5630, 5630 Network, 5750

 

Canon 5/8 Compatible Printers: 

PIXMA iP3300, PIXMA iP3500, PIXMA iP4200, PIXMA iP4300, PIXMA iP4500, PIXMA iP5200, PIXMA iP5200R, PIXMA MP500, PIXMA MP510, PIXMA MP520, PIXMA MP530, PIXMA MP600, PIXMA MP610, PIXMA MP800, PIXMA MP800R, PIXMA MP810, PIXMA MP830, PIXMA MP950, PIXMA MP960, PIXMA MP970, PIXMA MX700, PIXMA MX850

 

Canon 6 Compatible Printers:

BJC-8200, i860, i900D, i9100, i950, i960, i9900, PIXMA iP4000, iP4000R, PIXMA iP5000, PIXMA iP6000D, PIXMA iP8500, PIXMA MP750, PIXMA MP760, PIXA MP780, 5800, 5820, 5820D, 5830D, 5900, 5900D

 

Canon 220/221 Compatible Printers:

PIXMA iP3600, PIXMA iP4600, PIXMA iP4700, PIXMA MP560, PIXMA MP620, PIXMA MP620B, PIXMA MP640, PIXMA MP640R, PIXMA MP980, PIXMA MP990, PIXMA MX860, PIXMA MX870 

 

Canon 225/226 Compatible Printers: 

PIXMA iP4820, PIXMA iP4920, PIXMA iX6520, PIXMA MG5120, PIXMA MG5220, PIXMA MG5320, PIXMA MG6120, PIXMA MG6220, PIXMA MG8120, PIXMA MG8120B, PIXMA MG8220, PIXMA MX712, PIXMA MX882, PIXMA MX892

 

Canon 520/521 Compatible Printers: 

 

Canon 525/526 Compatible Printers: 

 

Canon 250/251 Compatible Printers: 

 

 

 

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