What is EasyFill®?
The new EasyFill® ystem by Vermont PhotoInkjet is a brand new concept in reusable and refillable inking systems for EPSON desktop printers that use either Claria or DURAbrite inks.
EasyFill offers improvements by separating the wet components from the electronic components.
The new system combines easily replaceable ink capsules with keys that are inserted into the printer where cartridges are normally installed. The key is semi-permanent (meaning lasts a long time but can be removed) and the chip auto resets when an ink capsule runs empty.
Share one ink supply among many printers
The new EasyFill capsule, because it is universal, can be shared amongst any printer using the EasyFill semi-permanent key that fits the ink capsule. Sets of keys are available for wide ranges of EPSON desktop printers allowing shared ink resources as well as increased productivity by sharing hardware resources. For example, the same 68-77-79 ink capsule fits into EasyFill 77, 79, and 99 keys allowing one source of ink to be shared amongst 18 different printer models.
- 77 Keys fit EPSON Artisan 50 and EPSON Photo R260, R280, R380, RX580, RX595, RX680 printers
- 79 Keys fit EPSON Artisan R1400, 1430 printers (USA models)
- 99 Keys fit EPSON Artisan 700, 710, 725, 730, 800, 800, 810, 835, 837 printers
The keys have attached chips that auto-reset when a capsule is exhausted.
Capsules are easily exchanged. One set of ink capsules will fit the entire range of 77, 79, 99 Claria model printers.
Pre-filled Ink Capsules
InkjetMall is offering pre-filled ink capsules with the new InkThrift CL dye ink that replicates the EPSON Claria ink color space and offers similar fade-resistance. InkThrift CL is significantly more fade-resistant then InkThirft PRO. Rather than being intended for short-term graphics as is InkThirft PRO, the InkThrift CL is designed for photographic reproduction.
Easy to Use
The system is very easy to use. If you choose to use pre-filled ink capsules, they are easily inserted into the key. The vent tab is pulled prior to inserting into the printer. When the ink supply is exhausted you can either refill the ink capsule or replace with a new one. InkjetMall sells ink capsules in complete sets (1 of each color) or sets of 3 (3 of one color).
When you remove the key from the printer and fit another ink capsule into it, the chip on the key will reset to full when it is reinserted into the printer. There is no need for a chip resetter as long as you allow each capsule to exhaust. The printer will tell you when its time to replace a capsule.
InkThrift CL, although a premium ink, is priced as low as 24% of the cost of EPSON Claria ink. Individual 15ml ink capsules are less than $5.00. InkThrift CL offers similar color gamut (can be used with existing EPSON ICC profiles) and similar longevity.
EasyFill is the ultimate ReUse inking system. Empty capsules (we call them My Capsules) are available for users who wish to reclaim ink from “empty” EPSON cartridges. For example, an 80ml EPSON 3800 or 3880 cartridge still contains 15ml or more usable ink when it reads “empty”. This ink, otherwise slated for disposal, is free ink for the taking. This ink can be easily extracted and filled into EasyFill capsules. Using color management, users can print with EPSON pigment inks in their EPSON dye printers.
Likewise, a defective EPSON cartridge can be repaired by emptying the contents and filling an empty capsule for use with the keys.
To reclaim ink, you just need 1) fit a slip tip leur syringe deeply into the ink outlet port on an Epson cartridge, 2) tilt at a slight angle, and draw out the remaining ink. It is easier with a full syringe to place a blunt tip needle on it for filling into the capsule. 3) Remove the silicone plug from the fill hole and 4) gently push the ink into the capsule with the syringe. 5) Put the silicone plug back into the fill hole. 6) Fit the filled capsule into the key starting at the top by angling it in and then 7) squeezing the two parts together. When you are ready to print, 8) remove the vent tab before inserting into the printer.
Ultimate Ink Experimentation
My Capsules are also perfect for those who wish to experiment with inks in their EPSON desktop printers. They can be filled with any dye or pigment ink suitable for EPSON print heads. Some of the inks available are Piezography, PiezoFlush cleaning solutions, InkThrift PRO, InkThrift CL, InkThrift DB. If you have a PRO printer you will be throwing away tons of ink in "empty" carts that can easily be recycled into use in desktop models. The only caveat is that when you change to a different color space ink - you need to produce ICC printer profiles or make some kind of modification to your workflow. The Epson printer driver produces color with the expectation that the printer has the correct color space ink. InkThrift CL is the correct color space ink for Claria model printers. If you elect to use other inks - you need to provide yourself with ICC profiles or a new workflow to make the inks produce predictable results.
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