Canon Pixma iP4300 With CIS (Continuous Ink System):
The Canon Pixma iP4300 is a great little printer (same as iP4200, iP4500). Has a built-in duplexer so you can print to both sides of the page. When used with a CI system, or continuous inking system (aka CIS, CISS, or bulk ink) cost per page is way below a penny per print, and there are no more hassles with refilling or cartridges at all. Dual paper sources in the iP4300 (iP4200, iP4500) make it easy to print 4×6 photos, and simple letter documents all w/out changing the paper. Just a great little printer.
Canon CIS system contents:
This CIS, CISS, package includes pre-filled 5 chamber ink system (one chamber is left empty). Dummy cartridges with auto-resetting chips, and an accessory kit with gaskets, air breathers, and a metal tubing guide.
Hardware included with the CI system – breathers, gaskets, and a guide rail for the tubing. Very easy to install, and a very logical process. Cartridges snap in just like the originals. If you can change a cartridge, you can install the parts in this package.
Removal of the old cartridges, and replacement with a CIS, CISS, or continuous ink system for the Canon Pixma iP4300. Much of this process is the same for all of these printers – Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700.
Gasket install first:
Gaskets must be installed in the print head, which is easily accessable after the cartridges have been removed. Installing the gaskets is easy – simply place over the ink supply seals with the supplied plastic tweezers:
Remove cartridge covers…
After the gaskets are installed, you can now remove the orange cartridge covers and install the cartridges into the system.
Install cartridges like normal:
The internal optical sensors can get confused if to much light is getting into the “insides” of the printer. We got this error message after our install:
Simply closing the cover slightly and turning off the lights correct the issue. This is what prompted us to modify our case to accommodate the tubing with the lid fully closed.
Route the tubing.
We think this way works best (off to the right), but you can really route the tubing to the left or right.
The bracket and tubing do get in the way of the lid closing. If you look closely, there is a latch that needs to be “fooled” and forced into the down position to simulate the lid being closed. Before and after pictures below – click for larger image.
The finished product:
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We have also prepared a quick installation guide video and posted to youtube. You can watch below. A reliable system can be had for $85.00 – $95.00 including shipping and is available now. No need to refill cartridges, or buy expensive compatibles and OEM cartridges. Installation has a few extra steps (as compared to the Epson Artisan series), however it is quite easy and the system performs flawlessly. We actually like how this printer works with a CI system better than many Epson printers – the Canon CIS printing process, or movement of the print head is not as violent.
Overall this is a great system. 5 stars. Compatible with:
May also work with other printers that use the CLI-8, and PGI-5 cartridges in a 5 cartridge configuration. We have only tested in the iP4200, iP4300, and iP4500 printer series so far.
Installation video here:
Case modification (mod) for Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 printers here: