How to Refill a Brother Printer Ink Cartridge

by Diane Dilov-Schultheis; Updated September 26, 2017
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Brother makes a large assortment of printers for you choose from. One of the only downfalls about a Brother printer is the cost of the ink for it. You can spend a fortune on purchasing ink for your printer, but you do not have to. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to cut down on the cost of printer ink is to refill your Brother printer cartridges yourself. This will save you a lot of money.

Items you will need

  • Brother printer
  • Brother printer manual (optional)
  • Brother ink cartridges
  • Brother refill kit
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Old shirt
  • Scotch tape
Step 1

Establish your Brother printer ink requirements. You must be exact on which model of printer you have. The assorted varieties of Brother printers use dissimilar ink cartridges and refill kits. For this reason, you have to confirm the model and/or the precise ink cartridge required. This information should be on either the front, top, side or back of your Brother printer. You can also find it in your manual or on the actual ink cartridges. Remember the Brother printer’s specific name and ink cartridge number(s).

Step 2

Obtain your Brother printer refill kit. Get a refill kit that will work specifically with your Brother printer model. The ink cartridges of the different printers are frequently dissimilar; therefore, the Brother printer refill kits may be also. The kits include precise tools essential for every type of cartridge and you need to have the one for your exact Brother printer.

Step 3

Understand the refill directions. The refill kit will include thorough directions on how to correctly refill the ink cartridge. It is very important that you know every part of the instructions first. Review areas of the instructions another time that you do not grasp the first time.

Step 4

Organize your work area. If this is the first time you ever attempted refilling ink cartridges, you need to understand that this process can turn into a very messy task. You should place several layers of newspaper on a flat surface, be dressed in an old shirt and wear some rubber gloves. Set the kit's contents on the newspaper and have a roll of paper towels close at hand to clean any spills.

Step 5

Refill your Brother printer ink cartridges. Take out the ink cartridges. Each model could vary slightly, but the fundamental process of refilling the cartridges will consist of creating a hole in the cartridge with a tiny tool supplied, or widening an accessible hole or by means of taking off a cover over a hole. Use the syringes supplied to gradually refill the Brother ink cartridge. Do not allow the ink to overflow. Cover the hole with a cover or apply scotch tape. Reinsert the cartridge into the printer.

About the Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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