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What are refillable printers?

You might be wondering just what does the term refillable printer mean? Maybe you stumbled upon this article while searching for an answer to the question “what printers have refillable cartridges?”. Or perhaps you’re in the market for a new printer and are thinking you might be interested in a continuous ink tank printer.

Today we explain a little bit about what refillable printers are, some of their benefits, and give five examples of ones you can purchase in Australia. 

 

What are refillable printers?

 

To put it simple, a refillable printer is one that has an ink tank that can be refilled with ink. These machines are sometimes referred to as continuous ink tank printers or simply a continuous ink printer. These printers do not require a new ink cartridge when they run out of ink, you simply refill the ink in the existing ink tank. This can simplify the ink changing process and also cut down on plastic waste – win-win! As you might have guessed, there are quite a few benefits of refillable printers.

If you’re interested in learning a little more between ink tank vs ink cartridge, we’ve written a full article on the topic that you can have a read of!

 

Benefits of refillable printers

 

There are many benefits to continuous ink tank printers. These include: 

 

Easy to use

 

One big benefit of refillable printers is that they are easy to use. If you’re someone who struggles with the process of replacing your printer’s ink cartridge when it runs out of ink, then investing in a continuous ink tank machine could save you lots of hassle and stress. With refillable printers, you simply refill the printer’s ink tank using a bottle of ink (and following the instructions in your printer’s manual). 

 

Save money

 

Refillable printers can be a good way to save money with printing. Over time, with a continuous ink tank printer, you will generally save more money than with an ink cartridge printer. Some continuous ink tank printers, such as the Epson EcoTank printers also include a set amount of free ink with each printer purchase. 

 

Better for the environment

 

With a refillable printer, you don’t need to replace plastic ink cartridges each time you run out of ink. This means less plastic waste as you don’t then need to dispose of a plastic cartridge when you replace the ink in your printer. A refillable printer can be one way to cut back on waste (something we should all be striving to do).

Tip: Be sure to regularly stir the ink in your refillable printer. If left still for too long, sediment can get into the printhead of your printer, which isn’t something you want!

 

Examples of refillable printers

 

Want to know which printers have refillable ink? Check to see if they use terms such as continuous ink, continuous ink tank printers, and printer with refillable ink cartridges.

Below are five examples of refillable printers available in Australia. 

 

Epson EcoTank ET-2700


The Epson EcoTank ET-2700 is a printer with copying, scanning, and Wi-Fi Direct capabilities. As with all EcoTank printers, it comes with enough ink for printing 6,500 black or 5,300 colour pages. It is capable of producing borderless 4” x 6” photographs and can print colour pages at speeds of 5 ppm and black and white pages at speeds of up to 10.5 ppm. As of December 2020, the ET-2700 retails for around $449. The Epson EcoTank ET-2700 uses the T502 EcoTank Ink Bottles available at InkStation.

 

Epson EcoTank ET-4700

 



This printer is suited for either home or office printing. The Epson EcoTank ET-4700 can print, copy, scan, fax, and also has Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct capabilities. It has a 1.44” LCD screen and can print colour pages at speeds of up to 5 ppm and black and white pages at speeds of up to 10 ppm. The ET-4700 weighs 5kg and can print pages up to A4 size. As of December 2020, this printer retails for around $499. 

 

Brother INKvestment MFC-J5845DW

The MFC-J5845DW can print pages up to A3 size and scan pages up to A4 size. This printer can be used either for home or in a small business setting and comes with up to 2 years of ink when purchased. The MFC-J5845DW can print monochrome pages at speeds of up to 22 ppm and colour pages at speeds of up to 20 ppm. It also has automatic two-sided printing. As of December 2020, this printer retails for around $594. The Brother MFC-J5845DW uses the Brother LC-3337 ink, available at Ink Station.

 

HP Smart Tank Plus 555


This printer is suited for businesses and can print, scan and copy. It has a 1” LCD screen and comes with 2 years of ink. The HP Smart Tank Plus 555 can print colour pages at speeds of up to 5 ppm, and black and white pages at speeds of up to 11 ppm. It also has an A4 flatbed scanner, built-in Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth LE, and USB port. As of December 2020, this printer retails for $499. The HP Smart Tank Plus 555 uses HP31 as a standard yield ink bottle, and the HP 32XL high yield ink bottle.

 

Canon PIXMA ENDURANCE G6065


This printer can print, scan, copy, and is Wi-Fi compatible. The Pixma Endurance G6065 can print colour pages at speeds of up to 6.8 ppm and black and white pages at speeds of up to 13 ppm, plus has automatic two-sided printing functionality. Each purchase of the G6065 comes with ink to print up to 18,000 black pages or 7,700 colour pages. The G6065 has a 2-line LCD and weighs approximately 8.1kg. As of December 2020, this printer retails for around $599. The Canon Pixma Endurance G6065 printer uses the Canon GI60 ink bottles, available in Genuine Canon and Canon Compatible ink bottles at Ink Station.