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CLI-226 & CLI-221 inks

I have 2 printers that use the 226 and 221 inks.  The cartridges look the same. Are they interchangeable?

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Registered: ‎01-16-2013

Re: CLI-226 & CLI-221 inks

Hi excolprof,


No, The CLI-226 are specific to the models listed on the box that the cartridges come in as well as the 221 being specific to its own list of printers.  The reason for this is that there is a chip on the ink tanks that the printer uses to determien whether the correct ink tank is in the correct slot, so if you use an incorrect ink tank, you will receive an error causing the printer not to work.

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Registered: ‎04-16-2019

Re: CLI-226 & CLI-221 inks

Thanks. I had the samw question and was happy to find an answer. But this does leave me with a remaining question:  why?? If the cartidges are the same size, why would you want to prevent one from being used in the other? My 221 just ran out of ink and I would have been very happy to use up the remaining ink in the 226 I found on the street. This would have better for me and at least a teeny bit better for the environment. Thank you!



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