If you are lucky your cartridge will have a visible,
existing filler hole for the toner chamber. In that
case you have only to remove the plug and pour in
the toner. Our instructions will say something like
"Unplug and pour". You may need to use pliers
to remove the plug and you should be careful not to
damage it or it will leak. Overall though, these cartridges
are extremely easy to fill.
Often manufacturers have not been quite so kind. (Bear
in mind that their main income is from selling expensive
cartridges!) You may have to undo some screws and
remove a cover or some other complication before you
can get at the filler hole. Usually this is not very
complicated. If it is we will suggest Method C instead!
Quite a few cartridges, especially
for the popular Hewlett Packard and Canon machines,
have been designed to make them difficult to fill.
These are marked as "Melt hole and pour".
Our starter kit of tools is available to help you
do this quickly and efficiently, priced at £9.50
In the toolkit we provide a specially designed soldering
iron with a cutting tip. You just plug the tool in,
wait for about 3 minutes for the iron to heat up,
and then hold the tip gently against the cartridge
in the appropriate place for a few seconds. It will
cut a neat disc of plastic from the cartridge wall
giving you a filler hole.
The key tool in our starter kit is a standard soldering
iron with a specially designed tip. This makes it very easy
to make a hole in the cartridge.
Replace the cartridge into its lightproof
plastic bag. Clean away any spilt toner and you are done!
Note that you have done nothing to disturb
the cartridge. If it had packed up because it had run out
of toner you should have it back in action without affecting
We provide a few extra tools in the
kit which you will not routinely need but can be handy on
occasion. In case the plastic disc you have removed in melting
the hole falls inside the toner chamber, we provide a screwdriver
and a pair of long nosed pliers so you can locate and remove
it. We also include a pair of latex gloves to keep your
hands clean, a duster to help you clean any spills, and
a couple of sheets of newspaper in case you have none handy
to work on!...... Oh yes!...... there is also a small surprise
to keep you occupied whilst you wait for the tool to heat
should choose our "essentials only" toolkit which
includes only six grommets and our special soldering iron
tip to be used with a locally purchased soldering iron.
This is cheaper and fits in with local voltage. Select by
choosing Manufacturer = Other and Model = Other in the product
There are a few models where it
is not possible to top up the toner yourself, perhaps because
the old toner and new toner shouldn't mix or because a chip
deep inside the cartridge must be changed. In these cases,
where possible, we supply a complete cartridge. We currently
do not supply remanufactured cartridges on a general basis.
You have probably got
the idea now that the manufacturers are doing their best
to protect their large toner cartridge profits from people
like you who want to refill their own cartridges and from
the remanufacturers who offer a better priced replacement.
In recent years they have added electronic chips to some
cartridges which monitor how much toner is left. It would
be fine if that was all they did but most of them also close
down the machine when it goes low....... and refilling it
won't reverse that. So for some machines you need to screw
or plug in a new chip before your refilled cartridge will
work. We supply the chips seperately where it is always
needed or else, where one chip lasts for several refills,
we draw your attention to this so you can choose if you
want to replace it or not.
Some models use a separate
developer as well as a toner. In that case we normally supply
both together. Developer is the magnetic mediun that transports
Other models use a carrier
which we supply in a separate bottle. This is mixed with
the toner in the toner bottle before refilling. Again the
carrier is the transport medium for the toner itself. This
reason it is bottled separately is usually to ensure that
the precise amount need is used. If premixed toner and carrier
are bottled together there is a danger of uneven distribution
of the heavier carrier affecting the performance.
Clearing up if you
have an accident!
If you spill some toner
whilst filling, the chances are it will be on both the cartridge
and your work surface. We suggest you deal with the cartridge
first. Finish filling it, gently brush the excess toner
off the cartridge onto the newspaper on your work surface.
Wipe round the filler hole area and seal with grommet or
tape. Now you won't spill any more! Take the cartridge outside
(out of the sun) and blow off the remains of any toner.
A final wipe with your duster and it can go back in its
bag. For the work area brush any toner onto the newspaper
if necessary. Fold the newspaper in on itself and throw
it away. Clean any residual small amount of powder with
a duster or vacuum cleaner. If you have toner on your hands
or clothes wash with cold water. Hot water melts the toner
and will set it.
There are answers to
a lot more of the questions that you may have on our Frequently
Asked Questions page.
It does not cost
a lot to try out TonerTopUp so why don't you go to our Product
Selector page and buy a trial bottle of toner for your
machine right now.