Installing cartridges can be difficult if you’re not familiar with them. Although it may appear that installing the cartridges needs additional assistance, it isn’t difficult and can get performed quickly.
The installation of Canon PG-260 and CL-261 ink cartridges is straightforward and takes only a few minutes. You won’t have any trouble installing the standard or high-yield cartridges because they fit in the same way. The only difference between the two cartridges is the ink they contain.
Given below is a step-by-step guide on how to install Canon PG-260 and CL-261 ink cartridges.
How to Install PG-260 Ink Cartridges
In this tutorial, we’ll replace the PG-260 ink cartridge in the Canon PIXMA TS6420 printer. Installing a CL-261 color ink cartridge follows the same processes as installing PG-260. It can get used with any of the other compatible printers described below in this guide. It’s also worth noting that normal yield and high yield cartridges work in the same way in your printer.
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Follow these steps:
Step 1: Release the plastic wrap from the new cartridge and open it.
Step 2: Remove the orange tape off the cartridge’s side and discard it over a trash container. When the tape gets removed, the vent hole on the side of the cartridge is exposed, allowing it to work in the printer.
Step 3: Avoid touching the gold contact points while you’re prepping the cartridge. These contact points are susceptible, and if fingerprint grease or dust gets on them, your printer may display an error message. If you unintentionally touch them, use a lint-free towel to wipe down the contact spots.
Step 4: To remove a cartridge from the printer, open its top and wait for the cartridges to center before lifting on the grey clasp and pulling it out. The black cartridge is stored in the “B” latch, whereas the color cartridge gets stored in the “C” latch. Because the cartridges aren’t interchangeable, make sure you put the correct one in the appropriate slot.
Step 5: Place the new cartridge in the slot and secure it by pulling the latch back over it.
Step 6: Wait a few moments for the printer to initialize after closing the top of the printer. You can now begin printing!
What printers are compatible with PG-260 / CL-261 ink?
These printers accept Canon PG-260 / CL-261 ink cartridges:
- Canon PIXMA TR7020
- Canon PIXMA TS5320
- Canon PIXMA TS6420
How long does Canon PG-260 / CL-261 ink last?
- The standard yield black Canon PG-260 cartridge can print around 180 pages.
- The Canon CL-261 tri-color cartridge has a standard yield of 180 pages.
- About 400 pages get printed with the Canon PG-260XL high yield black cartridge.
- About 300 pages can be printed with the Canon CL-261XL tri-color cartridge.
The estimated cartridge page yield is based on 5% page coverage or prints with ink covering 5% of the page. In other words, if you only print on 5% of the page, you will get the full-page yield. You should expect the page count to reduce if you print half to total pages, full-color pages, or photographs.
We recommend printing at least once every couple of weeks for optimal results. This keeps your cartridges primed, extending their life and reducing printer cleanings, which can quickly deplete your ink supply if done frequently.
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What is the difference between Canon PG-260 / CL-261 and PG-260XL / CL-261XL ink?
The volume of ink within the PG-260 / CL-261 normal yield and PG-260XL / CL-261XL ink cartridges is the crucial difference. The XL cartridges are the same size as the standard cartridges and get installed in your printer in the same way, but they hold extra ink.
If you choose, you can print with two different cartridge sizes inserted (a PG-260XL high yield black cartridge, for example, will work alongside a CL-261 standard yield color).
If you print frequently, however, we recommend going with the high yield cartridges because the standard yield cartridges do not hold as much ink. With the XL, you not only get more prints, but your operational costs are also lower.
Although standard yield cartridges are less expensive when the cost per page gets considered, high yield cartridges provide a more excellent long-term value. Take, for example, the PG-260 black standard yield and PG-260XL high yield cartridges. The standard yield PG-260 costs $17.99* and can print up to 180 pages. The PG-260XL model costs $31.99 and can print 400 pages. Divide the price by the number of pages to get the cost per page.
Cost per page for Canon PG-260 standard yield black cartridge:
$17.99 / 180 pages =.099 or $9.9 cents per page
Cost per page for Canon PG-260XL high yield black cartridge:
$31.99 / 400 pages =.079 or 7.9 cents per page
The cost per page for the PG-260 standard yield cartridge is 9.9 cents, while the high yield cartridge is 7.9 cents – therefore, printing with the high yield is less expensive, and you receive more ink!
Is it necessary to have both cartridges put in my printer to print?
Yes, both cartridges are required to function your printer, and they can get replaced separately as needed!
Some Canon printers use individual ink cartridges, while others use a black and tri-color cartridge. Although both cartridges produce the same high-quality printouts, many customers prefer individual ink cartridges because they offer more flexibility and long-term savings.