Before you get tempted to buy third-party refills for your Canon printer, make sure you understand why genuine Canon cartridges are recommended. A cartridge straight from Canon produces more vibrant colours, preserves fade-resistant prints, and minimises damage to your print heads.
What you need to know about Canon cartridges
There are two main types of Canon ink cartridges: black and tricolour sets and individual cartridges. Black and tricolour ink sets come with a built-in print head, and as their name suggests, the tricolour cartridges have three separate chambers filled with cyan, magenta, and yellow ink.
In comparison, individual ink cartridges come packed separately with four colours to choose from- black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. These cartridges are ideal if you use a certain colour more frequently, leading the ink to run out faster than others. However, your Canon printer will not operate unless you have all four cartridges installed.
How to install your ink cartridge
After opening your ink cartridge package, you might notice a plastic clip or a piece of tape attached to either end of the product. You must remove these components safely; otherwise, the ink could spill.
Although the installation process can vary depending on the Canon printer you own, these steps more or less apply to all:
- Open the top of your printer and wait for the old cartridges to centre themselves
- Lift the grey latch and pull out your old cartridge
- Place your new cartridges in their respective slots—there are labels if you forget which colour goes where
- Secure the latch and close the top of your printer
Before printing new documents, it’s best to check if your cartridges have been installed correctly by running the cleaning function on your printer.
Do you need to replace your old Canon cartridges? Make sure to buy genuine ink from an authorised distributor in your area!