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Refilling Canon PG-540 & PG-540XL Black Ink Cartridges

PG-540 Refill PositionsFor these cartridges we recommend injecting the following amount of black ink:

PG-540/5525B005AA: 12ml
PG-540XL/5222B005AA: 22ml

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 PG-540 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 PG-540 Video Refill Guide

Canon PG-540XL Video Refill Guide

Compatability

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 inkjet printers.

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.

7 comments

  1. Lisa

    What about the colour cartridge for the Canon Pixma MG4150?

    1. RefreshCarts

      I have also made a quick guide for the colour cartridge. It can be found here: http://www.refreshcartridges.co.uk/igloo/refillin

  2. Edwin

    Hi, I have CANON MX455. I refilled the cartridge (PG-540) when it was half full. But when the printer indicated that ink level is low I am no longer able to print. is there a way to reset or disable ink monitoring?

    1. RefreshCarts

      You cannot disable or reset the ink level indicator, but you can indicate to the printer that you wish to continue by holding down your printers STOP/RESET/RESUME button for 5 seconds. Your printer will then carry on printing until the ink physically runs out. More information can be found here: http://www.refreshcartridges.co.uk/igloo/the-infa

      I hope this helps.

  3. erik

    hi, i have mg2250 and a cartridge pg540. how can i reset the counter of printer pls? can you send me a list of steps?
    thanks a lot
    erik

  4. ikramul hasan

    hiii.my printer cartidge model PG540. when i am trying to refill in your way the ink is out from the print head way.. what can i do?? please reply

  5. JOHN HALL

    I have refilled my PG540-L Black cartridge but have had no low prompt and have had no results from pressing reset button on my PIXMA model. When I refilled I put the needle through the resistance the full length of the needle , Have I damaged the cartridge by doing that do you think? John

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