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When and How to Replace Ink Tanks (iPF680/iPF685/iPF780/iPF785)

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Compatible Ink Tanks

ColorsModel numberInk TypeCapacity
Matte blackPFI-107 MBKPigment ink130 ml
BlackPFI-107 BKDye ink
CyanPFI-107 C
MagentaPFI-107 M
YellowPFI-107 Y

ColorsModel numberInk TypeCapacity
Matte blackPFI-207 MBKPigment ink300 ml
BlackPFI-207 BKDye ink
CyanPFI-207 C
MagentaPFI-207 M
YellowPFI-207 Y

Caution

Depending on the color, you can also use ink tanks of different capacities.

Precautions when handling ink tanks

Take the following precautions when handling ink tanks.

Caution

For safety, keep ink tanks out of the reach of children.
If ink is accidentally ingested, contact a physician immediately.

Caution

There may be ink around the ink supply section of ink tanks you removed. Handle ink tanks carefully during replacement. The ink may stain clothing.
Do not install used ink tanks in another model of printer. This will prevent correct ink level detection, which may damage the printer or cause other problems.
We recommend using up an Ink Tank in the course of printing within six months after breaking the seal. Printing quality may be affected if you use older ink tanks.
Do not leave the printer without ink tanks installed for extended periods (a month or more). Residual ink may become clogged inside the printer and affect printing quality.

When to Replace Ink Tanks

Replace or prepare to replace ink tanks in the following situations.

⋖If a message for checking the ink is shown on the Display Screen⋗

When there is little ink left, the [Message Lamp] is lit and "[Not much ink is left]." is shown on the Display Screen. You can continue to print, but prepare to replace the Ink Tank.

Caution

⋖If a message for ink replacement is shown on the Display Screen⋗

When ink runs out, the [Message Lamp] flashes, a message regarding Ink Tank replacement is shown on the Display Screen, and printing is disabled. Replace the Ink Tank at this point.

Caution

If little ink is left, there may not be enough for large-format printing, head cleaning, and maintenance, which require a lot of ink. In this case, replace or prepare to replace the Ink Tank before maintenance.

How to Replace Ink Tanks

The following steps need to be followed from Control Panel before replacing Ink Tanks. However, if a message requests you to replace an Ink Tank, press the [OK] button. In this case, you can skip the step [Access the menu for ink tank replacement]. Follow the instructions in [Remove the ink tanks].

Caution

Do not remove an Ink Tank during initialization immediately after turning on the printer, or during printhead cleaning. Ink may leak out.

Caution

Ink Tank replacement is possible even during printing, when print jobs are being canceled, or when paper is being advanced.

1. On the [Tab Selection screen] of the Control Panel, press or to select the Ink tab ().

Caution

If the [Tab Selection screen] is not displayed, press the [Menu] button.

2. Press the [OK] button. The [Ink Menu] is displayed.

3. Press or to select [Rep. Ink Tank], and then press the [OK] button. A message on the Display Screen requests you to open the Ink Tank Cover.

⋖Remove the Ink Tank⋗

1. Open the Ink Tank Cover and check the ink lamps. Ink lamps flash when there is little ink left.

2. Press the tip of the Ink Tank Lock Lever of the color for replacement horizontally and pull the Ink Tank Lock Lever up to open it.

3. Hold the Ink Tank by the grips and remove it. Press the [OK] button.

Caution

Do not turn off the printer while the Ink Tank is removed. It may cause the interior of the Ink Tank Cover to become soiled.
If there is still ink in the Ink Tank you removed, store it with the ink holes (a) facing up. Otherwise, ink may leak and cause stains. Put the Ink Tank in a plastic bag and seal it.

Caution

Dispose of used ink tanks according to local regulations.

⋖Installing Ink Tanks⋗

1. Before opening the pouch, gently agitate the Ink Tank once or twice. Agitate the ink in the Ink Tank by slowly rotating the Ink Tank upside-down and right side up repeatedly.

Caution

After installing an ink tank, do not remove and shake it. Doing so may cause the ink to leak out.
If you do not agitate the Ink Tank, the ink may settle, which may affect printing quality.

2. Open the pouch and remove the Ink Tank.

Caution

Never touch the ink holes or electrical contacts. This may cause stains, damage the Ink Tank, and affect printing quality.

3. Press the [OK] button and install the Ink Tank into the holder as shown, with the ink holes facing down.

Caution

Ink tanks cannot be installed in the holder if the color or orientation

is incorrect.

If the Ink Tank does not fit in the holder, do not force it in. Check the Ink Tank serial number, the Ink Color Label, the color of the Ink Tank, and the orientation of the Ink Tank before reinstalling it. Forcing the Ink Tank into the holder may damage the printer.

4. Push the Ink Tank Lock Lever closed until it clicks into place.

Caution

Do not push the Ink Tank in by hand. Forcing the Ink Tank into the holder may damage the printer.

If a 130 ml (4.4 fl oz) ink tank is installed facing the wrong direction, the rotating part of the Ink Tank Lock Lever come out of place. If this happens, open the Ink Tank Lock Lever to return it to the proper position.

5. Make sure the Ink Lamp is lit in red.

Caution

If the Ink Lamp is not lit, reinstall the tank.

6. Close the Ink Tank Cover.

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