Refillable Brother cartridges are designed for easy refilling. There is no need to drill any holes and there are no bladders or one way valves (as per genuine cartridges) to contend with. Filling Brother refillable cartridges is as simple as pulling out a rubber plug, injecting some ink using a supplied syringe, pushing the plug back in...and it's done.
NEW: LC133 and LC233 refillable cartridges now available with ARC (auto-reset) chips - no chip resetter required.
Some features of Brother refillable cartridges...
All long and some short style cartridges can be refilled in position (in printer)
Higher capacity than original Brother cartridges (up to 6 times higher ink volume than OEM)
Transparent body (easy to see the ink levels)
Easy to fill using a syringe and blunt needle - no special tools required
Ink outlet valve prevents leaks - when removed from printer
Fitted with compatible chip (chipped models only)
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Long / short refillable cartridges...what's the difference?
Most Brother refillable cartridges are now available in either short or long style. Long cartridges are 2.5 times the length of short cartridges.
'Long' cartridges hold lot more ink, so require less frequent refilling. It also means that the cartridge "door" will not close (with long cartridges installed) as they are longer than the cartridge compartment. This in turn means that the cartridge door switch has to be jammed in 'closed' position, or the door itself removed or modified - for the printer to work. More info on this is included with (long) refillable cartridges. The method for jamming the switch varies from model to model, but it's not difficult to do.
'Short' cartridges are the same shape & size as original Brother cartridges, so the cartridge door will close as normal. Short cartridges are similar volume to high capacity (XL) genuine cartridges.
Note: You can select either long or short Brother refillable cartridges (in product description) for most cartridge models. This applies to: LC-10, LC-12, LC-16, LC-17, LC-38, LC-39, LC-40, LC51, LC-57, LC-61, LC-65, LC-67, LC-71, LC-73, LC-75, LC-77, LC-79, LC-400, LC-450, LC-960, LC-980, LC-1000, LC-1100, LC-1220, LC-1240, LC-1280 and more.
Note: As there are no chips for 'long' LC133, LC135, LC137 or LC233 cartridges, only 'short' versions are listed/available.
Refillable (long) LC73 Brother cartridges fitted in printer.
Chips...or no chips?
Latest Brother ink cartridges (LC-131/133/135/137/139/233) feature chips on cartridges. This means a chip resetter is necessary for refilling any printer using these cartridges - unless they're fitted with auto-reset (ARC) chips. Find Brother chip resetters here. LC133 and LC233 refillable cartridges now come with ARC (auto-reset) chips.
Some recent model 'chipped' Brother printers seem to accept refilled cartridges - even with 'empty' chips. As long as there is ink in the cartridges, some models tend to work for one or two refills, before needing resetting. Not all models do!
Note: There are no compatible chips available for LC-131 and LC-139 refillable cartridges.. To use refillable cartridges in printers that only accept 131, 135, 137 or 139 cartridges - order the LC-133 set (or ink deal) and use the chips from your Brother genuine cartridges. It's easy to transfer the chips over. Except for the chips, refillable LC131/133/135/137 and LC139 cartridges are the same (high capacity).
Tip: If switching over to refillable cartridges, keep your empty Brother cartridges - for the chips. The chips are easy to swap over to the refillable cartridges - in case of a chip error or cartridge recognition problem.
Older Brother ink cartridges (any other cartridge number) printers don't use chips, so there is nothing to reset and no chip resetter required. Ink levels adjust back to full automatically, when a refilled cartridge is installed in printer.
More Brother refillable cartridges info...
Refillable Brother cartridges are simple to fill, easy to deal with and reliable. They fit well, are virtually trouble free and can be refilled again and again. Air locks can be a problem with any Brother printer, but if you follow the refilling instructions and use good quality ink, you shouldn't have any issues.
Tip: Due to the design of most late model Brother ink systems, any air introduced into the ink system can cause major ink flow problems that can be very difficult to rectify. Take extra care when refilling and try to avoid running out of ink with any Brother printer!
Brother refillable cartridges are sold without ink as SETS (empty cartridges + tools) or with ink as DEALS (cartridges + tools + ink). Once you use up the supplied amount of ink, or if you want different quantity, you can find bulk ink here.
Chip resetters sold separately here.
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