D.I.Y. Highlighter Recharging
Here’s a list of what you’ll need to recharge your dried-up highlighters:
- One dried-up felt-tip highlighter with a felt ink reservoir (not the liquid ink tank kind)
- One bottle of highlighter ink (such as Noodler’s or Pelikan M205)
- One shot glass
Add a small amount of highlighter ink to the shot glass. Put the felt tip of the highlighter into the ink in the glass. Wait for at least an hour or more. If the ink in the glass runs dry, add more ink until the highlighter stops absorbing ink. Finished! A simple way to get more life out of your highlighters.
A few notes:
Your highlighter will take on the characteristics of the new ink. This could be good or bad, depending on if you have any special highlighting needs such as quick drying, inkjet safe, non-bleed through, etc. There is a small chance of some kind of negative interaction between your highlighter and the new ink.
This method works great if the felt tip on your highlighter is still in good condition. After awhile the felt tip wears down and gets mushy and shapeless.
This method of refilling a highlighter works with highlighters that store ink in a cylindrical piece of absorbent material. It does not work with highlighters that have a liquid ink storage tank.