How to Refill Copy Machine Cartridges
In a business, expenses for office supplies, such as printer paper and copy machine toner, tend to add up quickly. If your business makes heavy use of a copy machine, you may need to replace the toner cartridges regularly. Depending on the model of your copy machine, the price of a brand-new toner cartridge ranges from $25 to over $100. Cartridge refill kits cost significantly less, and one kit typically allows you to refill a cartridge several times.
Cover your work area with paper towels or a dropcloth to prevent stains from spilled toner.
Remove the toner cartridge from the copy machine.
Locate the refill hole on your toner cartridge. The refill hole is usually found on the bottom of the cartridge. You may need to unscrew a faceplate to reach it. If your cartridge does not have a refill hole, use the burn tool included with your refill kit to make one. Hole location depends on the model of your cartridge. Your refill kit will advise you on where to make the hole.
Remove the plug or cap from the refill hole, if applicable. Set the cap on a paper towel.
Open the bottle of replacement toner. Attach a pour spout to the bottle to make refilling easier. Most refill kits include a pour spout.
Press the pour spout against the fill hole. Tap the side of the toner bottle to release toner into the cartridge. After refilling, gently rock the cartridge to evenly distribute the toner.
Replace the refill hole cap, if applicable. If you used a burn tool to create a hole, cover the hole with aluminum tape.