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How to Initial Fill Your Printer

An Initial Fill Cycle is necessary for flushing all channels simultaneously when changing inks, or when installing PiezoFlush for cleaning or long-term storage.

Before doing an Initial Fill Cycle, make sure 1. all cartridges contain enough ink or flush to avoid running empty, and 2. you have a spare waste tank on hand (or, even better: reuse and reset your waste tank). Note: the R3000 and P600s do not have removable waste ink tanks (all other printers listed on this page do), but an external waste ink bottle can be attached to divert waste ink to a bottle, which can be emptied as needed (instead of waste ink going into the bottom of the printer, which requires the pads be replaced by a service tech), and waste tank sensor reset using the Windows Epson Adjustment Program or Mac Waste Pad Reset (WIC Reset) Program.


Epson SC-P600:

  • Epson P600 PrinterPurchase and download the Adjustment/Service Program specific for your printer model from www.2manuals.com

  • (NOTE: Adjustment Programs are only PC compatible)

  • Open the Adjustment/Service Program, and select “Ink Charge” or “Ink Eject and Initial Charge”.

  • When complete, close the program.


Epson R3000:

Epson R3000 Printer
  • Purchase and download the Adjustment/Service Program specific for your printer model from www.2manuals.com

  • (NOTE: Adjustment Programs are only PC compatible)

  • Open the Adjustment/Service Program, and select “Ink Charge” or “Ink Eject and Initial Charge”.

  • When complete, close the program.



Epson 3800/3880:

  • Epson 3880 Printer

    3-4 Power Clean Cycles can be done thru the printer’s control panel, which is the equivalent of doing 1 Initial Fill Cycle

  • To do a Power Clean Cycle, push the Menu button on the printer, scroll down to select Maintenance, then scroll down to select Power Clean, then push the center circle button to start the cycle. NOTE: Power Clean Cycles will only flush the black ink channel that the printer is currently in the mode of (where as the Initial Fill will purge ALL channels at once, including both blacks)


Epson P800:

  • Epson P800 PrinterNOTE: 3-4 "Heavy" Clean Cycles can be done thru the printer’s control panel, which is the equivalent of doing 1 Initial Fill Cycle

  • To do a Heavy Clean Cycle, push the Menu button on the printer, scroll down to select Maintenance, then scroll down to select Heavy Clean. NOTE: Heavy Clean Cycles will only flush the black ink channel that the printer is currently in the mode of (where as the Initial Fill will purge ALL channels at once, including both blacks)

  • Purchase and download the Adjustment/Service Program specific for your printer model from www.2manuals.com

  • (NOTE: Adjustment Programs are only PC compatible)

  • Open the Adjustment/Service Program, and select “Ink Charge” or “Ink Eject and Initial Charge”.

  • When complete, close the program.


Epson Pro 4000:

  • Epson 4000 Printer

    Start with the printer power OFF

  • Hold the Left, Down and Up buttons while turning the printer on. The printer will start in “Self Testing Mode”.

  • Scroll to and select CLEANING.

  • Scroll and select INIT FILL.

  • When finished, exit Self Testing Mode by turning the printer off, then back on regularly.


Epson Pro 4800/4880:

  • Epson 4880 Printer

    NOTE: 3-4 Power Clean Cycles can be done thru the printer’s control panel, which is the equivalent of doing 1 Initial Fill Cycle

  • To do a Power Clean Cycle, push the Menu button on the printer, scroll down to select Maintenance, then scroll down to select Power Clean, then push the Menu button to start the cycle.

  • Hold down the PAUSE, RIGHT, DOWN buttons while turning the printer back on to start it up in “Self Testing Mode”.

  • Press the MENU button.

  • Select CLEANING.

  • Select INIT FILL.

  • When finished, exit Maintenance Mode by turning the printer off, then back on regularly.


Epson 4900/5000:

  • Epson 4900 Printer

    Purchase and download the Adjustment/Service Program specific for your printer model from www.2manuals.com

  • (NOTE: Adjustment Programs are only PC compatible)

  • Open the Adjustment/Service Program, and select “Ink Charge” or “Ink Eject and Initial Charge”.

  • When complete, close the program.


Epson Pro 7600/9600:

  • Epson 9600 Printer

    Start with the printer power OFF

  • Hold the Down, Up and Cut/Eject buttons while turning the printer on. The printer will start in “Diagnostics Mode”.

  • Push the Menu button, scroll to and select CLEANING.

  • Scroll and select INIT FILL.

  • When finished, exit Serviceman Mode by turning the printer off, then back on regularly.


Epson pro 7800/9800 and 7880/9880:

  • Epson 7880 Printer

    To do a Power Clean Cycle, push the Menu button on the printer, scroll down to select Maintenance, then scroll down to select Power Clean, then push the Menu button to start the cycle.

  • *The printer MUST be started in regular mode to accept the “NON-OEM” cartridge message FIRST, then turned off and follow the instructions below:

  • Start with the printer power OFF

  • Hold the Down, Right/Menu and Center Cut/Eject buttons while turning the printer on. The printer will start in “Self Testing Mode”.

  • Scroll up to CLEANING, and select by pushing the right/Menu button.

  • Scroll and select INIT FILL.

  • When finished, exit Self Testing Mode by turning the printer off, then back on regularly.


Epson Pro 7890/9890 or 7900/9900 or 7700/9700:

  • Epson 7900 Printer

    Start with the printer power OFF

  • Hold the Menu/Right, Paper Feed/Down and OK buttons while turning the printer on. The printer will start in “Serviceman Mode”.

  • Push the Menu button, scroll to and select CLEANING.

  • Scroll and select INIT FILL.

  • When finished, exit Serviceman Mode by turning the printer off, then back on regularly.

  • We have published an article about how to Cancel the Initial Fill Process here.


Epson P6000/P8000 or P7000/P9000:

  • Epson P600 Printer

    Purchase and download the Adjustment/Service Program specific for your printer model from www.2manuals.com

  • Launch the Epson Service Adjustment Software and click on the ADJUSTMENTS(Individual).

  • Click on Ink Charge on the Ink System Menu. In the Ink Charge screen click on the RUN button. The printer will now perform the original ink initialization. It takes several minutes. Between 15ml and 45ml of ink in each position will be charged through the system. Do not interrupt the printer or system. You will see a confirmation that the ink charge has been completed when it is finished.