Filling toner into empty cartridges
on a HP 2600n (... and many other laser printers )
Update: At first I was a little bit disappointed with the result, but maybe I expected too much from the unoriginal toner..? Probably.
Here is a comparison between (from left to right)
1) The original PDF
2) A scanned print of it (made with the original HP toner)
3) A scanned print of the original PDF, printed with the toner from Dol-Auctions.

Actually not bad, especially when you consider the price difference.
I don't use my cheap laser printer for images or other documents that need best possible contrast/colors, but if you do, stick to the original, ridiculous expensive toner.
I'm sure it is possible to make adjustments to the document before you print (increase contrast and other adjustments) to make the print more like what you see on your monitor, but I just use one of my other printers.

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Download the full 3-page comparison here (PDF, 600 kb)

printer, very expensive toner cartridges...
I bought my 15th(?) printer a couple of years ago, a HP Color Laser Jet 2600n  for apprx. 250 USD. A week later the price was 150 US, but that is how this business work :-(
Never mind. It has been a reliable workhorse in my one-man-home-office.

There are not many of my computer gadgets I have bought since 1983 that has been trouble free, but this one has. I love HP printers...and Canon printers (and cameras)... but I hate Brother gadgets...

One of my sons work in large electronic retailer chain (Elkjøp). I therefore got 3 new color cartridges for the cost price, which was apprx. 350 USD. My jaw dropped to the floor when I heard the price. The cost price was very close to the retail price. Elkjøp's profit was marginal (HP are obviously in control of this...)

I'm quite well off, but I'm also a DIY-man, and I love to get things cheap, even if it means working for free for several hours.. :-)

Previously I had found a seller ( that solved a big ink-issue for my 44"-photoprinter. They offered a solution to my 1000-dollar-ink-problem for a fraction of what HP was asking.

So, I searched for a solution for these expensive toner cartridge as well. And, of course, I found one.

The solution can be messy, and it is not very easy. Probably difficulty level 5-7 on scale to 10.

But, if you want to try, here is how it's done:

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Step 1-7 is just the first time. Later refills are easier.

Refilling the cartridge can be done 3-4 times...?

1. Make two holes in the cartridge with the hole-maker-tool, so you can remove the rest of the powder.

The supplier obviously don't want their powder to be mixed with their own powder. Maybe you get a nuclear bomb...?

The blue handle will tell you which side we are working on now.

I assume the idea behind making two holes is to get it as empty as possible...when using the vacuum cleaner (see #5).

2. Remove the plastic disk from the hole-making-tool. Throw it away.

3. Clean the edges around the hole with a sharp knife.

4. Pour out the remaining powder. (If you are sharing your house/flat with Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, I would do this outside... or at least not in the sun. The whole room seems to get filled with toner dust....

5. Vacuum the cartridge clean. Shake/tap the cartridge while vacuuming.


6. Seal the holes with the included aluminum tape. It's really a strong tape, with fabulous adhesion properties.

7. Make another hole on the reverse side.)close to the circular "bump".

 Shake and empty well, including more vacuuming.

8. The bottle seems to be only half full. Shake the bottle well and screw on the funnel. It is not easy to empty it... and it can get very messy.

Be aware of reactions from your Mrs. Sherlock Holmes as the fine powder seeps out in the kitchen....



9. Pour powder into the cartridge. Tilt cartridge, pour gently, and shake it. This step can get very messy. Seal the hole with the aluminum  tape.


10. Cut away the molted plastic above the original chip in order to remove it. (The molted plastic is there to keep the original chip in place)

Step 10-13 is also a one-time job (until you have to buy new cartridges)

11. Remove the original HP chip.


12. Insert the new chip.


13. Secure the new chip.  The fit for the chip was quite loose, so I did secure it, with a hot glue gun). This step may be not necessary.


"Klar" means "Ready" in Norwegian.

Lovely! I have cheated HP...for a few hundred dollars...! It took me 1 hr or 2. Next time it will take me 20 minutes.

(P.s. I didn't refill the black cartridge for now. It was just 50% empty)
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I bought this kit on EBay: "4 Toner for HP 2600n CM1015 CM1017 Q6000A Q6001A Q6002A" for 57.00 USD (+ 20 USD shipping cost to Norway). New chips are included.

...and this tool:

"Hole-maker-tool" (3.00 USD + 5 USD shipping cost)

I forgot to ask for a 230 volt version, so it lasted only 1 minute..

I had to buy a standard 30w soldier pen at "Biltema" (≈10 USD) and moved the copper tip over to this new one. No hazel.

The Ebay-seller I bought the ink and tool from calls himself "Distribution-Online".

Search for that name if the links above doesn't work anymore. He has nearly 60.000 positive feedback, and that will certainly guarantee you a successful transaction.

I have been buying from EBay-sellers for the past 10 yrs, and are almost 100% satisfied (just don't buy cheap, rechargeable, unoriginal, Chinese batteries at Ebay)

HP Color Laser Jet 2600n
2 mill. units sold...? A real work horse, but the ink are very expensive.

HP Color Laser Jet 2600n with cover open

HP Hewlett Packard Laser jet 2600n toner cartridge replacement chip

Updated mars 20, 2011 15:21