Refilling a laser toner cartridge?

  Diemmess 15:23 11 Jan 2007

I have an Epson EPL5800 now nearing the end of its second toner cartridge.

I found this site click here which offers (2nd from bottom) a bottle of refill toner.

Experience of refilling inkjet cartridges of old taught me what a messy and unsatifactory business that can be. Lookalikes are better value! As for refilling a photocopier ages ago, that was the normal way even if I did look like I had swept the chimney!

The existing 5800 cartridge has a clear polythene bung at one end, which I assume will need removal for refilling, but the ad clearly states "No instructions."

I would like to know what any intrepid DIY'ers experience has been. Unlike inkjets there is £50 to be saved if it is a practical process?

  Belatucadrus 15:58 11 Jan 2007

Depends a lot on the cartridge, some like yous have plugs in the end and it's simply a case of pulling the plug then topping it up, others are more complex. All I can say is that like you I've found filling inkjets messy and frustrating, topping up the toner on my Samsung ML-1210 is an absolute doddle, provided you're careful when pouring, saved me a lot of money over the past few years.

  n4165si 16:21 11 Jan 2007

you can also buy a compatable refil cartridge from
click here and click here
and a company called .Print-Rite

  Diemmess 17:34 11 Jan 2007

Thank you both, that about settles it.

I like the print quality and speed of this printer, but doubt its life span through apparent cheese paring to keep its cost down.

So when I run out of toner - - (I have already saved the recommended sites), I will only then buy, in case the thing stops working first leaving me with useless toner.
The inkjet (photos only these days) will have to cope if briefly!

  €dstowe 18:33 11 Jan 2007

Don't know about the Epson one specifically but many cartridges (if they don't have an obvious plug) have a lid running the length of the cartridge held by 4 or 5 screws. Unfasten these and you get to the toner reservoir which you can then fill.

  Miké 19:43 11 Jan 2007

hclick here It appears your cartridge has a plug, I use rrefills in my HP laser no probs.

  Diemmess 09:31 12 Jan 2007

It is a couple of years since I searched for the refill and I'm sure there is greater choice now.

The plug looks like needing care and determination to remove, it certainly isn't going to fall out!

I just wanted and received, assurance that refilling is both cheap and practical.

Experience years ago with a 13 page/minute Richo photocopier.... now that WAS messy.
Refill was the only way, and involved sliding out the old cartridge, tearing a strip off the side of the new one, and then "taking it by surprise" to tip and close up the whole thing.

  €dstowe 10:44 12 Jan 2007

I've been refilling the office laser printers for ages now. First we had Samsung 1210's then 1610's and now we have HP 1800's

I used to think it was messy but, once you get used to doing it and don't wear your Sunday best, it's generally easy.

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