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Laboratory Incubators Provide The Environment Your Tests Need, But Do You Know Everything You Need to Know?: Part 2

Friday, June 06, 2008

What Temperatures Can a Laboratory Incubator Create? In order to provide the right climate for the cultures or for the other materials you might be storing in laboratory incubators, you will want to choose a model with a wide range of temperature possibilities. Good models can give you temperature ranges from 5 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius. This allows you the opportunity to nearly freeze items as well as to heat them to higher temperatures. What's more is that most incubators are now equipped with digital readouts of the interior temperature, in addition to programming features that allow you to change the temperature as needed for your storage or for your testing parameters. How Easy are Laboratory Incubators to Sterilize? With the slick surfaces on the interior of a laboratory incubator, you will be able to simply wipe down the surfaces with a medical grade disinfectant. This also ensures that you won't have to worry about contaminants getting into the samples you are storing or 'cooking.' In addition, the glass windows are simple to clean so as to keep them transparently clear, but also to prevent contamination from a researcher's hands or another outside source. Make sure to clean the incubator regularly if you are concerned about contamination or if you want to ensure that your samples are in the cleanest environment possible. Just have two incubators - one for storage and one extra to make sure that you are keeping one completely clean at all times. What Kind of Warranty Should I Expect? With new models of laboratory incubators, you might be able to get up to a 5 year parts and service warranty, but with a used laboratory incubator, you might only get a one year parts and service warranty. That said, used incubators are a great value as they can be much less expensive and still work for years after their purchase.

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