Eco-Flo CIS System
THE WORLD’S BEST CIS BULK SYSTEM FOR THE EPSON SURECOLOR SC-P600 PRINTER! (as well as other Epson printers)
As some of you will know I have recently moved over to the PermaJet Eco-Flo CIS System using their Image-Life Inks.
I thought I would give an overview on my own experience of installation and use…
Below shows a photo of the system all in place and ready to print. To get to this stage requires around an hour or so, ensuring you go through the instructions supplied and exactly as described. It is also worth having a look at the YouTube videos that PermaJet have produced and/or the videos on the supplied disc.
A Drink & Some Music
A drink, some music and some undisturbed time will make the installation go very well 🙂
The whole installation process goes very well, so I will not dwell on this. However I did find one part tricky and this is worth looking at. As technical as the instructions are, the tricky part I found was also the simplest… transferring the ink into the relevant bottles.
Worried about spilling ink, as well as losing some of it, I placed some thick layers of card by a sink and transferred the ink from the supplied bottles into the system bottles. This requires a steady slow hand, and concentration. The first two colours I did manage to spill just a few drops of the ink. However by the third bottle I had mastered the slow steady poring, at the right angles, to prevent any further spillage. So 7 out of 9 were clean transfers, not bad for my first go 🙂
For the future this did give me some concern when transferring new ink into the system, especially when it is next to the printer. More on this at the end of this blog as I came up with a perfect solution!
The inks in use…
To get the inks into the jets requires some purging of inks. This can be done as suggested, by checking on profiles and output, for around 18 A3 prints. Considering the savings that the system offers, this is not such a problem. I do like to test print my images anyway so now and again I just re-checked my prints.
Another option is to colour purge on some cheap paper, just printing out the supplied colour purge charts. This way I would think that you would not need to push through so many pages as you are purging/printing pure colours.
Before going over to the P600 I used to print on an Epson 7800 wide format printer. Profiles for this I used to have made professionally and the prints were superb. Since I have been on the P600 (two years now) I have tried several types of papers, generic profiles and free profiles and always felt the output was never as consistent as my old Epson 7800 days. Thankfully this has now been addressed AND with non Epson inks!
Better Than Epson Advanced B&W Mode
It is important to have a profile for each of your papers as all individual printers are different. Make sure this is a personal profile, a free service from PermaJet. The profiles I have received are up to the standard of my old ones from the 7800 and come out extremely close to my calibrated monitor. More importantly I prefer the PermaJet Image-Life profile for printing in B&W than the Advanced Epson B&W mode. It is actually more neutral than the Advanced Epson option, something that is very important when considering the base colour of the paper stock you use for mono printing.
Cost / Quality
This does have to be mentioned.
Quality… easy, as good as and for me certainly better than Epson inks, with the personal profiles. End of!!!
Cost… One other key reason for the change. Currently with my discount code (contact me if you would like to be on my Envoy discount list – 15% plus FREE delivery on all Media and Image-Life inks) 125ml of ink is a few pence over £22. THAT IS CORRECT £22!!! That’s the same price for a single Epson cartidge of 25ml.
One thing that PermaJet do not mention but I think is relevant…
When your Epson cartridges say they are empty, they are not quite empty. There is always a a little more in there that does not get used up. I think savings of 80% on the system is a very fair estimate of the savings you will make.
Some Bad News?
Don’t worry it is a good problem… You will print more I think, a very good thing. We are photographers for a very good reason, we love our images. Too many of our photographs remain as digital files. We should print more, to enjoy the images we have made and to put them on show. This I think will happen naturally when your ink is not costing you the same as rocket fuel!
Want to see the system in action?
If any of my local photographer friends and Light Academy followers want to have a look at the system, just get in touch. I have some free samples of PermaJet paper, including some beautiful Baryta and Fine Art papers from PermaJet and would be happy to put a couple of your images through the system free of charge.
That final bottle transfer tip….
I am always looking for the easiest solution to help me with tasks. I found the perfect aid for transferring the ink to the bottles with a miniature metal funnel from Amazon. It has a long enough spout to allow me to keep the tube in the bottle, so no drips and a wide brim on the funnel allows the ink to transfer with no spillages 🙂 Just wash and air dry it well between inks.
I did this with a top up on all nine inks and had no spillages at all – Cost £3.59, a bargain that prevents mess from the less delicate handlers out there. It makes the whole task very easy without fully removing the caps from the printer bottles.
Here is the link to the funnel: https://amzn.to/2D5cZKb
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