Can you use pigment black for MX870 in a MB5120?

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I've got some ink that was for a Pixma MX870 and I am wondering if I can refill a Maxify MB5120 with it?
 

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The Maxify printers use all Pigment inks.

Your Pixma MX870 uses only one Pigment ink - the CLI-220 Black. The other color inks of the CLI-221 cartridges (CYM) are Dye-based inks and not for use in the Maxify.
 

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The Maxify has only one black ink used for plain paper and (eventual) photos.
I printed some photos with the OEM ink on glossy paper and was amazed by the quality.
Also the octopus.de replacement is rather glossy, making full black surfaces on plain paper less attractive.

But since most people will use the Maxify for office work a matte black ink could be considered.
The Maxify is rather picky for ink, there is no guarantee it will work.
 

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I've got some ink that was for a Pixma MX870 and I am wondering if I can refill a Maxify MB5120 with it?
So long as you don’t print photos.. The maxify uses BK black only..
 

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The Maxify printers use all Pigment inks.

Your Pixma MX870 uses only one Pigment ink - the CLI-220 Black. The other color inks of the CLI-221 cartridges (CYM) are Dye-based inks and not for use in the Maxify.
Yeah, I know. That's why I'm just asking about the black ink. Do you think it would be ok? Should I be concerned about causing damage?
 

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Should I be concerned about causing damage?
This is unknown as I do not have knowledge of the CLI-220 ink used in a Maxify. It is possible that one of several scenarios may appear from different cooling characteristics, leaking, too much ink flow, or a bizarre reaction between the residual Maxify ink and the CLI-220 ink. If the pigment particle size is larger than what the Maxify is made for then you may get clogging. Keep watch on the prints and stop printing immediately if you see an issue such as loss of ink on the printed page.

@palombian 's words carry much weight. He has been refilling the Maxify for some time. My words are theoretical. Pal's are practical, earned from experience.

My general thought is it should work as long as the ink is not much different than the Maxify ink. Unless someone with working knowledge comes forward and says not to, I would give it a try if I had a sufficient quantity of CLI-220 ink. But I am not you.
 

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This is unknown as I do not have knowledge of the CLI-220 ink used in a Maxify. It is possible that one of several scenarios may appear from different cooling characteristics, leaking, too much ink flow, or a bizarre reaction between the residual Maxify ink and the CLI-220 ink. If the pigment particle size is larger than what the Maxify is made for then you may get clogging. Keep watch on the prints and stop printing immediately if you see an issue such as loss of ink on the printed page.

@palombian 's words carry much weight. He has been refilling the Maxify for some time. My words are theoretical. Pal's are practical, earned from experience.

My general thought is it should work as long as the ink is not much different than the Maxify ink. Unless someone with working knowledge comes forward and says not to, I would give it a try if I had a sufficient quantity of CLI-220 ink. But I am not you.
Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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You're welcome.
 
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