Canon 250, 251, 250XL, 251XL Ink Cartridges — Printer Reset Procedure

TECH TIP: How an Inkjet Printhead Works — 4, 5 & 6 Ink Cartridge Printers:

TECH TIP: Canon Printhead Flush – MP, MG, MX & iP Printers (removable printhead):

TECH TIP: Canon PIXMA G6020 MegaTank Printer – Printhead Error, Ink Refilling:

TECH TIP: Canon PIXMA G3200 MegaTank Printer Operation & Replacement Ink:

Supported #Canon 250/251 ink cartridges:

PGI-250 #PGBK Black
PGI-250XL PGBK Black (high capacity)
CL-251BK Photo Black
CL-251C Cyan
CL-251M Magenta
CL-251Y Yellow
CL-251XL BK Photo Black (high capacity)
CL-251XL C Cyan (high capacity)
CL-251XL M Magenta (high capacity)
#CL251XL Y Yellow (high capacity)

If you have never refilled your cartridges before, the process is simple and usually takes less an hour. In addition to the money savings it is good for the environment since you get to reuse your ink cartridge over and over.

Refilling your Canon 250, 251, 250XL or 251XL ink cartridges allows you to re-use your ink cartridges over and over which saves on ink costs and supports the environment by reducing land fill.

Since the cartridge’s smart chip was NOT replaced during ink refilling, after the refilled ink cartridge is installed into the printer, you will observe various low ink and nuisance error messages, including red X warnings – this is completely NORMAL and you can simply bypass the various alert messages. NOTE: All of our retailers now reset the smart chips so ink level monitoring will be available.

The printer will NOT be able to track the refilled ink cartridge ink levels. The ink level indicator will falsely signal empty. As you just returned from your refill store, your refilled ink cartridges are not empty.

Your printer or computer will display ink alert messages, such as “remaining ink cannot be correctly detected” or “printing under the current condition may damage the printer”. Press “OK”, “Yes” or “Close” to dismiss alert prompts, or press “OK” on the printer.

Instead, press the “OK” or “Stop/Resume” button (down arrow/triangle-circle) on your printer, for 5-8 seconds, until the low ink indicator goes out, the power light stops blinking and/or the printer resumes printing.

After the low ink, empty and nuisance messages are bypassed, ink tracking will no longer be available…the refilled cartridge ink level tracking icons will appear greyed out or empty – this is NORMAL when using refilled ink cartridges.

You may continue to print until the print quality fades. If you are unsure which color is fading or empty, activate the printer’s internal self test print to evaluate which color, or colors, is currently out.

To help maintain printhead health, it is suggested to print on a regular basis using all colors, perhaps once or twice a week – this will become more important as the printer ages.

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Post time: Dec-15-2019
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