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Refilling Canon PG-510 & PG-512 Black Cartridges

Refilling Canon PG-510 & PG-512 Black Cartridges

For these cartridges we recommend injecting the following amount of black ink:

PG-510/2970B001AA: 9ml
PG-512/2969B001AA: 15ml

The air holes of these units are very small and you may have trouble getting needle of the syringe to fit. If this is the case I would recommend using the tool provided with many refill kits or a small drill bit to widen it.

We recommend sticking to the lower fill for the PG-510 as these cartridges have a smaller sponge and are physically restricted inside the cartridge. As such over filling them can result in ink spilling inside your printer.

Once this cartridge has been refilled your printer will retain the same ink level estimate it has previously. These cartridges have no way of knowing that they now contain fresh ink and only estimate ink levels based upon how much printing had been done previously. Eventually your printer will believe that the cartridge is completely empty and prevent you from printing until a small prompt has been given. More information on this topic can be found here.

This guide is intended purely to show where to inject the ink into these cartridges and how much we recommend using. For full refill instructions for these cartridges please click here.

Canon PG-512 Refill Video Guide

Canon PG-510 Refill Video Guide


These cartridges fit a variety of Canon printers including the Canon Pixma IP2700, IP2702, MP230, MP240, MP250, MP252, MP260, MP270, MP272, MP280, MP282, MP330, MP480, MP490, MP492, MP495, MP499, MX320, MX330, MX340, MX350, MX410 and MX420.

Any further questions or comments please let us know below.

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  1. Mirjana

    I'll definately try this at home :)) but is there a special ink for the kind of cartidge or it's universal ? And what about the black sticker after, it can be any kind of sticker? Tnx again , you're THE BEST ! 🙂

    1. RefreshCarts

      The ink doesn't have to be anything special. I recommend using a generic universal ink. The tape can be any kind of adhesive tape to. The only purpose of applying it is to restrict air flow, but it doesn't have to be air tight by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. Katherine

    Hi, when you say generic universal ink do you mean any kind of ink you can buy at an arts and crafts store? Or generic PRINTER ink? Is there a difference? Thanks so much for these tutorials, its great.

    1. RefreshCarts

      Apologies. It must be ink intended for use in an inkjet printer.

  3. Mury

    Best instruction I've ever found for MX330

  4. Celia

    Hi, This looks like a user-friendly guide! However, you say to fill the hole closest to the print head. I thought there was only ONE hole? Can you explain, please? Thanks.

  5. Steve

    Simplest video I've seen. Accurate and clear.

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