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Canon PG-510 Black Ink Cartridge Review

Canon PG-510 Black Ink Cartridge Review

This cartridge is a standard capacity unit supplied with a variety of printers and many people don’t realise there are any alternatives when it comes to buying a replacement. However this cartridge contains less ink than the PG-512 cartridge also available for all compatible printers. In fact if you open up the cartridge (as demonstrated in the video below) the sponge inside only fill half of the cartridge meaning even if you decide to refill the cartridge yourself it is still restricted.

How much ink is in the PG-510?

This cartridge contains 9ml of black ink.

How many pages will the PG-510 print?

You can expect to get approximately 220 pages from this cartridge if you are printing with an average page coverage of 5%. However in reality it is likely to be less than this as 5% is a pretty light coverage for an average user.

For more on page coverage please check out our article on the subject here.

What are your thoughts on this cartridge?

As all machines that accept this cartridge will also take the Canon PG-512 that contains more ink it should always be more cost effective to shell out a little extra for the high capacity alternative. Those looking to save a little more should bear in mind these cartridges can also refilled or remanufactured.

What printers is this cartridge compatible with?

Canon Pixma iP2700
Canon Pixma iP2702
Canon Pixma MP240
Canon Pixma MP250
Canon Pixma MP252
Canon Pixma MP260
Canon Pixma MP270
Canon Pixma MP272
Canon Pixma MP280
Canon Pixma MP282
Canon Pixma MP330
Canon Pixma MP480
Canon Pixma MP490
Canon Pixma MP492
Canon Pixma MP495
Canon Pixma MP499
Canon Pixma MX320
Canon Pixma MX330
Canon Pixma MX340
Canon Pixma MX350
Canon Pixma MX410
Canon Pixma MX420

If you have anything to say about this cartridge please do so in comments below.

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  1. Alison

    Hi Matthew, im standing in Asda, getting frustrated as i urgently need

    Printer cartridge for my canon mp 600

    Rather than go nuts or buy the wrong thing im going home. Can uou

    Recommend the best value cartridges for me and a good supplier.. ?

    Im going to order online i think?!!!!



  2. Mirjana

    Hi there … i ahve Canon MP280 printer and my cartridge needs to change, can i refill pg 510 cartidge or can i buy some that is cheaper and comatible for this one … because canon cartridges are more expensive then buying new printer 🙂

  3. Mirjana

    can i buy compatible cartridge for pg 512 and use it instead of pg 510 ?

    1. RefreshCarts

      That is correct. Any printer that takes the PG-510 ink cartridge is fully compatible with the PG-512.

  4. Mirjana

    Thank you sooo much … you saved my printer from going to garbage … because here where i live, i Macedonia, there are no compatible cartridges for PG 510, and "experts" says that they cannot be refilled, and my printer Canon Pixma MP 280 is cheaper to buy a new one, then buy original cartridges from Canon :))

    But i think i can find a compatible cartridge for PG 512 that will probably solve my problem 🙂

  5. Benny

    Hi Mathew,

    I just bought a CANON PIXMA printer from WILKINSON and want to know how to go about the most cost effective method of rep[acing the cartridges.

    Colour is CL-511 (16.97 GBP)

    Black is PG-510 (12.97 GBP)

    Is there any other cartridges apart from the above 2 that can be used for this printer.

    I am a student at the reading uinversity.



    1. RefreshCarts

      This printer can also take PG-512 and CL-513 ink cartridges. They contain twice as much ink and make running the printer much more cost effective. You can try refilling the Canon originals to save money, but the results are not always consistent when refilling at home. There are also remanufactured versions of this cartridge available that are professionally refilled Canon originals and much more reliable.

      I hope this helps.

  6. Vivien albano

    I have a canon mp495 printer. I want to replace cl511 color and 510 black. Unfortunately, these are not available in the Philippines. Please advice for the replacement code. Awaiting for your response.

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