Many of us know that having a printer is a very costly thing to have. In matter of few months the color ink cartridge is empty or black ink cartridge is empty. These cartridges themselves already cost most of the time around 20-40 euro's or EVEN MORE. So your kids may want to print a paper or two for their school project, or you may want to print one or two things to teach something to your children (for example Arabic alphabet)..you name it. As i have found that having something on paper is way better for your eyes and is more comfortable than reading from a screen.
What i have noticed is that a lot of Allah(swt) blessings come from knowledge and observation that He gives you. As in my other projects in the past i would NEVER have come up with such an idea as many i have just found on the internet. I would have spent money on the SAME kind of products, while now suddenly all that money stays in my own pocket...or in other words i spent and spent on NECESSARY stuff, but it isn't decreasing but stays the same and it is even increasing. Sub'han'Allah.
Things to buy:
- CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System)
- Printer that supports a CISS.
- Plastic gloves because it is a messy job sometimes especially when you just started doing it.
- Paper :D.
: Buy a printer that supports a CISS. Before buying such a printer, first look what kind of functionality you want it to have. As i myself have a Brother DCP-J4120DW
, which supports scanning and printing as that is all what i need in my case. Also remember WiFi functionality or just a network cable if you would like instead of WiFi. There are printers that still have the option of USB connection. So look in to that. Btw, i would also STRONGLY RECOMMEND a printer that doesn't use up that much of electricity as the printer will be on 24/7 even in sleep mode. Why 24/7? Because it needs to clean it self or else the ink in the printer would dry up and will become useless. (Happened with my previous printer when i was moving to another apartment. I didn't turn it on for like 2-3 months. Totally forgot about that)
: If you have found the printer that supports CISS or even your current printer, go buy the CISS that is especially made for your printer. In my case with this new printer of mine, i either would have spend €60 for the CISS or look online (aliexpress.com) and found one a bit different but for €21 euro's (free shipment). REMEMBER to buy one with ARC-chip. This chip resets itself as far as i have understood it. As printers now a days have been protected against such use(clone cartridges), but this chip bypasses this protection :D
: Buy some gloves like the one in the picture and buy ink. This ink is very cheap compared to the ink that those companie$ charge you.
In my case:
- Black ink (120 ml) - €3.49 while broth€r would charge me €17 for 11.8ml (€172 for 120ml)
- Color ink (40 ml for each color) - €3.49 while broth€r would charge me for each color (3 colors) €10.50 for 5.9 ml. Which would be a total of €213,24 to have about 40 ml of each color.
In other words i already have saved €378,26
. They CLAIM their ink is of superior quality, however for us(normal people) isn't about how lovely something needs to look, we just want something to be printed on paper that is readable right?
: Buy paper if you haven't already. Paper is cheap. It costs me about 500 paper sheets for like €2.50 - €3.
: You need to use the syringes with the needles (in my case) to suck up the ink in the small ink bottles (as the picture above) and put in in those containers that are attached to the cartridges via tubes. Do keep in mind to NOT fill it up. I would say fill it up about 50%. Also keep the containers on the SAME level as the printer. Not higher as you will flood the cartridges or lower as it will be difficult to suck up the ink to the cartridges.
: Priming of the CISS. Priming is when you get all the air out of the tubes, so you will see a continues ink line without air pockets between them. Here you see an example of somebody doing it.
Some other pictures and the CISS. As you also can see i have made a hole in the printer to let the tubes out.
About my other project with the continues reward i am still waiting for the sd-card to arrive. In'sha'Allah before the summer i will be able to post about that DIY-idea.