Wide format refillable cartridge kits come in a variety of designs and styles dependent on the printer model. They all offer the benefits of considerable cost savings compared to using original cartridges and increased productivity from longer unattended printing. All kits are simple and quick to install with no permanent modification required to the printer.
These kits feature specially developed refillable bulk ink feed cartridges that are installed exactly as normal cartridges, and the translucent design allows for easy monitoring of ink levels. As ink is used and the level drops, the cartridges are simply topped up directly from refill bottles. Installation of the kit takes minutes to complete and sets the ink monitors to always full. For printer models that use chips to control ink levels, the refill cartridges also include chips. On older Epson models such as the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 and 7600/9600, instructions are included with the kits that enable the chip readers on the printer to be turned off, so no resetting of the cartridge chips is required. For the Epson Pro 3800/3880, the cartridges include chips that set the ink levels to read always full. For the Epson Pro 4800, 4880, 7700, 7800, 7880, 7890, 7900, 9700, 9800, 9880, 9890, and 9900 a chip resetter is included with the kit that resets the cartridge chips to full each time they show empty. The refillable cartridges for the Epson Pro 4900 are fitted with auto reset chips so no chip resetter is required. Using Ink2image refillable cartridges and bulk ink saves around 70% compared to using original cartridges not to mention the added benefit of longer unattended production runs. The impact on the environment is also significantly reduced with less wasteful plastic to dispose of. For most Epson wide format models, we offer our new Cave Paint Elite and Elite Enhanced pigment inks which match the color performance of the Original Epson Ultrachrome, Ultrachrome K3, Ultrachrome K3 Vivid, and Ultrachrome HDR inks, and so can be used without re-profiling. All inks are equally as archival and have the same non-bronzing performance as the original inks.
The cost savings by using Ink2image bulk ink is similar for all models of wide format printer. The example below has been calculated for an Epson Pro 4800 running original cartridges compared to using Cave Paint Elite Enhanced inks in bulk. We have used a street price of $ 100 for an Epson 220 ml original cartridge. For a typical user who uses a set of eight original cartridges per month, they would use 8 x 12 = 96 original cartridges in a year at a cost of $ 9,600.00. The volume of ink in these cartridges would be 96 x 220 = 21,120 ml. To convert to using Ink2image bulk ink would require the purchase of a refillable cartridges starter kit at a cost of $ 880.00. This kit contains 8 x 500 ml bottles of ink or the equivalent ink as 18 original cartridges. An additional 17.12 x 1 Liter refill bottles would be needed through out the year at a cost of $ 165.00 per bottle = $ 2,824.80. Total cost for using Ink2image bulk ink is $ 880.00 + $ 2,824.80 = $ 3,704.80. Cost saving in the first year $ 5,895.20.
All prices are in USD.