While the old 3-valve pipette filler and pipette bulb is great in its simplicity, newer motorized pipette controller technology provides a myriad of benefits for your laboratory. If you are looking to upgrade your pipetting game, an ergonomic controller will save you time in the lab and reduce fatigue. Controllers are a great way to pipette large volumes of solutions in an efficient manner.
The Pipette.com team has listed the top 5 things you need to know when looking for a motorized controller. Reviewing the speed, ergonomic design, accuracy, convenience and cost of a controller will ensure that you pick the right product for the job.
1. Aspirating/Dispensing Speed
The main benefit of using a motorized pipette controller is its’ ability to reduce your time pipetting. Using a slow controller can put time sensitive experiments at risk and leave you pipetting your day away. Ensuring that you select a reliably fast controller is crucial to productivity. The CAPP Motorized Pipette Controller, for example, will aspirate 50 mL of solution in less than 10 seconds. Depending on your experimental needs you should check if your controller offers the ability to set your own speed.
2. Motorized Pipette Controller Ergonomics
A controller that causes strain after long periods of use will not only diminish your productivity, but increase its likely hood of becoming an expensive paper weight. When shopping for a motorized pipette controller, consider the weight of the item. Holding even half a pound can fill like a ton after a day of working in a laminar flow hood!
Another way to achieve maximum comfort when using your controller is to examine the handle of the controller. Many manufacturers have molded their controllers to have ergonomically designed handles, ensuring a comfortable grip during use. Pipette.com offers many motorized pipette controller specifically designed with your comfort in mind. For example, using a Drummond Pipet-Aid XL when pipetting under the hood will significantly reduce shoulder strain and RSI.
3. Pipetting Accuracy
An inaccurate pipette will always generate inaccurate data, which wastes your time and money. Knowing that you are working with a controller that provides constant accuracy is crucial in an experiment. The Electronic Break System (EBS), a feature offered by the CAPP Tempo Pipette controller, allows you to “pipette at maximum speed without compromising accuracy.” Giving you the maximum control over your motorized pipette controller, EBS allows you to slow down aspiration and dispensing speed at the last second.
4. Battery Life
A good controller will work with your needs. This can best be accomplished by providing the least amount of downtime as possible. When looking at a motorized pipette controller make sure that the battery life is long and the charging time is short. One of the best products to decrease down time is the Eppendorf Easypet 3, which has the ability to charge while in use. This lack of downtime will remove any fear of your controller dying just when you are in the middle of an experiment.
While all the above features are necessary to ensure you pick out a dependable controller, the final decision for most people is based solely on the cost. The Pipette.com team understands the pains of shopping on a budget and so we are constantly offering great products at a great prices. Check out our current special on the AccuHelp Motorized Pipette Controller – buy one get one free. You can also check out the reliable Drummond Pipettes, which are currently discounted up to 44% off of retail price.
Find the Right Pipette Controller and Optimize Your Lab Productivity
To optimize productivity in the lab the right controller will have the speed, ergonomic design, accuracy, and convenience you need, all at the right price. When shopping for your motorized pipette controller, these 5 features will help you filter through all the products that don’t fit your pipetting needs. Compare all of our great motorized pipette controller for the features you need at http://www.pipette.com/motorizedcontrollers!
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