About SureColor P6000, P7000, P8000, P9000 chips

Because the SC-P printers are locked-down in the North American and European market you must use one-time-only chips in these printers. They can not be reset, nor be used again in that printer if the ink % remaining is higher than when it was last used in the printer. Used Printer Buyers who purchase printers without a verified 3rd party chip history should read Note #4 below.

A chip can be shared between two printers; e.g. with PiezoFlush filled cartridges it is possible to flush one printer and then use the same carts in another printer that has not used these serial numbers yet. Then the chips can be used again in either printer until there is no % remaining as per the EPSON Status Monitor. In each case, the chip is never returned to the printer with more % ink remaining, as would happen if you try to use a new chip of the same serial number.

Each chip comes with a specific series marking (eg: LC #1, LC #2, etc). Mark the cartridge with the series that you are installing onto the printer (use a sharpie). 

Each chip comes with 100% remaining of a 700ml volume. If you partially fill the cartridge; e.g. with only 350ml ink the chip does not adjust. The cartridge will run out of ink when it is half empty on the LCD or EPSON Status Monitor. These printers when they experience a pressure issue in the ink feed will stop printing and alert you. BUT it is vital that you purge all the air out of a partially filled ink bag in the cartridge as per our instructions.

When it comes time to order a new chip (do this when the cartridge gets to 1/3 full on the printer’s control panel) make sure to order a different series #.

NOTE #1: When these one-time chips are ready to be replaced your printer may not say “ink cartridge empty replace cartridge” but instead may say “ink cartridge cannot be recognized.” It’s useful to turn the printer off and reboot it to ensure that this was not just a temporary chip contact issue. If the issue persists you know it’s time to switch the chips. 

NOTE #2: Epson is always working to defeat the third-party inkjet cartridge market. It is not inconceivable that Epson will update the firmware of the SC-P printers to lock out these chips in the future. We recommend that you NEVER let Epson update the firmware on your printer. When downloading the driver from Epson download the driver only and not any “Combo” options. The combo option forces you to agree to auto Epson firmware upgrades and this could lock your printer out until new chips are engineered for the new firmware. If you want to update the firmware please ask about the most recent firmware at community.inkjetmall.com and we will verify things.

NOTE #3: The latest firmware update for EPSON to use their new non-smart-chip ink cartridges is confirmed safe to use with our smart chips. 

NOTE #4: If you purchase a used SureColor printer that has previously been used with 3rd party chips you will need to know the chip serial numbers used in that printer. There are only 10 series in total produced prior to the world-wide chip shortage and we do not believe that there will be any more produced. But if you do not know the history of a used printer and it has been used with 3rd party chips you will be at risk purchasing our chips and we do not take chips back. So be certain before you order!

NOTE #5: If you have gone through all available chip positions your choices with this printer would be to use it for OEM inks, replace the printer main board with one from a printer that you know has not been used with 3rd party chips. From time to time we are able to source main printer boards from China region models which are allowed to be used with a simple chip resitter, but the costs are very high towards $1,800.