Resources to help you use a micropipette
Micropipettes are a commonly used in laboratories to aspire and dispense liquid, usually down to 0.1 uL. They’re an essential part of the laboratory and if you work in a lab its very likely that you’ll have to use one. Whether you’ve never used one or you’ve utilized one for years, its always good to to refine your skills. Not only is a micropipette a crucial part of the lab, it is also an expensive one. Be sure to take care of it and have it calibrated at least once a year.
To help you use a micropipette, we’ve compiled a set of resources to help you improve your pipetting skills.
How to correctly utilize a micropipette
Key points within the University of Leicester video, include:
Common Things to Avoid
- Don’t use a pipette without a tip attached
- Don’t use a pipette past its volume limits
- Don’t jam the pipette tip into the pipette
It might seem like common sense, but do not aspirate liquid into a pipette without a pipette tip attached. This will not only ruin your results but inevitably damage the interior of the pipette. That means having the pipette calibrated and repaired, costing you extra time and money.
Using a pipette past its volume limit will give you inaccurate results and possibly damage the pipette. It’s not worth pushing the micropipette past its limits to save time. Switch to an appropriate pipette that will allow you to work with the volumes you desire.
Lab technicians that have jammed the pipette tip into the pipette have said they do it because it needs to be attached more securely. That is the indicator. If you continuously do this, do not continue to jam the pipette tip, it will break the shaft and cost you repair fees.
The proper technique to have while using a micropipette
Here is a list on how to use a micropipette by BioNetwork:
Steps to follow when using a micropipette
1. Select the volume
2. Set the tip
3. Press and hold the plunger at the first stop
4. Place the tip in the liquid
5. Slowly release the plunger
6. Pause for a second and then move the tip
7. Insert the tip into the delivery vessel
8. Press the plunger to the second stop
9. Pause for 2 seconds
10. Remove the tip
11. Release the plunger
12. Eject the tip into the waste container
To add to the list, don’t forget to pre-wet the pipette tip 2-3 times before using aspiring a sample. This will increase the humidity within the pipette tip and minimizing sample evaporation. Remember to check our Proper Pipetting Resources article for advice by major manufacturers on how to properly pipette.
If you have any questions regarding how to use a micropipette, contact Pipette.com at 800-243-3232 or info[at]pipette.com.