How to Refill HP 88A Toner


The HP 88A is an inkjet printer cartridge which contains either yellow, magenta or cyan ink. If your current cartridge has run out of ink, you do not need to purchase an expensive replacement. Instead, you can inject replacement color ink into the cartridge's mylar bag and save yourself time and money. Once refilled, the HP 88A will perform as well as a brand new cartridge.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility blade
  • Ball remover
  • Syringe
  • Replacement ink
  • Remove the HP 88A cartridge from the HP printer, and turn it upside down. The cartridge is in the right position when the characters on the label are upside down.

  • Slice the label at the point where the body of the cartridge and plastic lid meet.

  • Pull off the plastic top lid.

  • Use the ball remover to withdraw the plastic ball from inside the refilling hole on the top of the cartridge.

  • Take the plunger out of your syringe and insert the tip of the syringe into the now opened refilling hole. Place your mouth on the top end of the syringe and blow to fill the bag within the cartridge with air.

  • Return the plunger to the syringe and fill it with 10 ml of colored ink.

  • Screw the needle attachment on the syringe.

  • Put the syringe into the refilling hole, and slowly release the 10 ml of colored ink.

  • Return the plastic ball to the refilling hole in order to reseal it.

  • Push the plunger into the syringe, then position the tip of the syringe into the outlet tube on the top of the cartridge.

  • Hold the cartridge at a 45-degree angle, and press the pump in the center of the cartridge several times to release excess air. Pull back the plunger on the syringe to draw out additional air.

  • Return the plastic cover to the cartridge and secure it with a few strips of aluminum tape. The cartridge is now filled and ready to be used in your HP printer.

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