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Refilling Canon CL-541 & CL-541XL Colour Ink Cartridges

Canon CL-541 Refill PositionsFor these cartridges we recommend injecting the following amount of cyan, magenta and yellow ink:

CL-541/5227B005AA: 4ml (12ml Total)
CL-541XL/5226B005AA: 7ml (21ml Total)

The fill holes of these cartridges are very small and you will have trouble getting a regular syringe to fit. I recommend using the tool provided with many refill kits, a 2mm drill bit or a square shafted awl to widen it.

We recommend sticking to the lower fill for the CL-541 as these cartridges have a smaller sponge and are physically restricted inside the cartridge. As such over filling them can result in ink spilling inside your printer.

Once this cartridge has been refilled your printer will retain the same ink level estimate it has previously. These cartridges have no way of knowing that they now contain fresh ink and only estimate ink levels based upon how much printing had been done previously. Eventually your printer will believe that the cartridge is completely empty and prevent you from printing until a small prompt has been given. More information on this topic can be found here.

This guide is intended purely to show where to inject the ink into these cartridges and how much we recommend using. For full refill instructions for these cartridges please click here.

Canon CL-541 Refill Video Guide

Canon CL-541XL Refill Video Guide

Compatibility

These cartridges fit a variety of Canon printers including the Canon Pixma MG2150, MG2250, MG3150, MG3155, MG3250, MG3550, MG4150, MG4250, MX375, MX395, MX435, MX455, MX475, MX515, MX525 and MX535.

Any further questions or comments please let us know below.

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Matthew Stevenson

I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.

5 comments

  1. aoa

    how to reset ink level in Canon Pixma MX525?

    1. RefreshCarts

      There is actually no need to reset the ink level estimate with these cartridges. Once the printer believes the cartridge is empty it will ask for a small prompt from you (holding down Stop/Reset/Resume for 5 seconds) and once this is done the printer will carry on printing until the ink in the cartridge has all been used.

      I hope this helps.

  2. andy

    Would that be the same in a pixma 3250?

    1. RefreshCarts

      Indeed. The Canon Pixma MG3250 takes the very same cartridges.

  3. H. Olave

    Thanks for been there with your experience and good will to help us. God bless you. Your guidance in this matter is very much appreciated.

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