My MAXIFY 5350 is on refill ink

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Hi Palombian,

So, it might be a good idea to try the Chinese refillables again?
And just refill them when the chip declares empty.

I remember you had some leak issues with them in the past?
Did you also have leaks/contamination when filling them when the ARC chip declared them empty?

Currently have the refilled oem with arc chip installed.
But might be tempted to try the chinese color carts again, when needed.
I notice some slight color contamination, when the printer has sit idle for a while.
It does however clear up, without much trouble.

Has the chinese black cartridge given trouble in the past?
I imagine there would be no problems of cross contamination with just using the Chinese BK cartridge?

Greetings!
Hi @steven.va ,

Since my previous post (after refilling all carts) I am printing with the CMY carts showing a red cross, but I did not observe any negative influence (other than not knowing the ink level).
No cross contamination at all.
I've seen contamination with OEM carts only when they become empty.
I continue to printing, at a certain moment the BK chip will show empty also.
Maybe contamination is a good sign to refill, with the additional advantage the chips will reset.
I print a lot of color and the ink levels go down more or less together, so every 2 refills I will see the ink level.

I remember having mixed chinese refillables with refilled OEM carts, but with the same type of chips.
Could be the recommandation not to mix is about the chips.
Since I refill OEM's (with ARC chips independent of the status) I never had any error message.

Note: I did not test if this is also true when continuing with the OEM chips empty, but I guess the Maxify has no sophisticated detection rules built in.

I conclude that for both cartridge types a sufficiently high ink level (and the equality between the carts) is the most important factor.
With refillable carts I observed serious cross contamination (where the cart had to be flushed) when these conditions were not present.

I would suggest to new readers not to buy chinese refillables, just refill the OEM setup carts with the volumes for a full XL cart (the carts are internally the same).
You can make a refill tool yourself following @The Hat 's instructions.

https://www.printerknowledge.com/threads/canon-pro-10-with-rebate-299.13710/page-2#post-119252

I didn't go on with the idea of refilling carts while in place yet, but I think it should be done with squeeze bottles, applying a tube is already half way a CISS.
 

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I had a B504 error last week. The OEM carts (with ARCS) did not show any indication of low level or empty but I "reset" the printer with a set of empty OEM's. I then re-filled the OEM's/ARC carts and the printer worked fine again. I'm guessing the printer does see a cart with no ink and indicates by showing B504 which is normally a "cart not recognised" error.
 

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I hesitated to buy a Maxify based on horror error message stories on amazon, but as you say with some reasoning it can be solved most of the time.
Only to dissuade refilling, most people do not make the effort.
Similar messages made the previous owner sell a PRO-10 with 100 pages to me at a quarter of the new price.

But it is not impossible Canon will take measures sooner or later.
 
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