■ FIGURE 8
■ FIGURE 9
as possible. Keep in mind that it is almost impossible to
remove all the air.
• STEP 3: Remove the syringe from the exit port and squirt
any ink in the syringe back into the ink bottle. Open the
large fill hole and refill the tank back to the 3/4 mark. Plug
the fill hole and place one of the filters into the tank filter
hole as shown in Figure 8. Once all the tanks have been
filled, you are ready to insert the cartridges into the printer.
Installing the Ink Cartridges
• STEP 4: The cartridge cover on the printer must be
■ FIGURE 10
■ FIGURE 11
removed in order for the Niagara system to work properly.
The instructions given with the system do not apply to
the Epson R380. The only way I could make it work
was to pry the small tab up using a screw driver as shown
in Figure 9. Please note that in order to remove the tab
I had to break it, so removal of the cartridge cover is
• STEP 5: This is the point where the included
instructions start to get confusing. To install my cartridges,
I turned the printer on and told it I wished to change
a cartridge. This moves the cartridge tray into an
accessible position. I then removed the power cord from
the printer and by hand moved the tray all the way to
the left. This allowed me to insert the six replacement
cartridges through the center opening then back up
through the right opening. I then moved the tray back to
the right and inserted the cartridges as normal as shown
in Figure 10.
• STEP 6: It’s now a simple step to place the center
bracket dead center on the printer as shown in Figure 11.
Place the additional hold-down clamp on the right as
shown. Unfortunately, once the system is in place, the
cover no longer closes properly as shown in Figure 12.
This concerned me since dust could now get inside
To remedy the problem, I took a 1/8” strip of
plastic and mounted one of the small clamps that came
with the Niagara on the underside of the strip as shown
in Figure 13. I then used double-stick carpet tape to hold
the strip and tubing. I now can close the lid almost all
How Well Does the Niagara IV Work?
One of the features of the Epson R380 is the Claria
ink. While I no longer use the Claria ink, I have found the
prints to be indistinguishable from those made with the