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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is Bento Lab?

Bento Lab is the first portable DNA laboratory, suitable for applications from professional research to education.

It combines with a mini-centrifuge, a PCR thermocycler, and a gel electrophoresis box and power supply with blue LED transillumination – small enough to fit into a laptop-sized bag.

Is Bento Lab for academic research or for education?

Bento Lab is geared towards both professional research and science education. Our users are using Bento Lab for everything from preparing samples for nanopore sequencing in the field, to running science outreach activities on the go.

What applications are suitable for Bento Lab?

Check out what our academic research users are doing on our Research Applications page. If you are an educational considering Bento Lab for learning, take a look at our educational Stories page. 

Is Bento Lab available outside the UK?

Yes. We are happy to ship Bento Lab to customers in countries outside of the UK as a direct import. If you are based outside the EEA, your country may impose customs duties, or taxes on imported items. As the importer, you are responsible for these costs. Please check our Terms and Conditions for more information. For other questions, or to place an order, please contact our sales team.

Technical Capacity

How does Bento Lab compare to traditional thermocyclers?

Bento Lab is designed to match or exceed the performance of traditional thermocyclers.

Temperature is controlled using industry-standard peltier modules, for high accuracy and speed. The Bento Lab peltier modules are specifically designed for robustness in thermo-cycling applications. For accurate temperature measurements, Bento Lab uses platinum resistance thermometers, the gold standard in temperature accuracy and reliability.

From the start, Bento Lab has been rigorously tested by our team of molecular biologists, research partners and independent testing houses. Bento Lab’s performance has been independently verified by scientists at world-leading research universities, institutes and commercial labs internationally on a broad variety of applications.

“The PCR module of Bento Lab has been rock solid for our sequencing project”

David Harries

Which DNA stains are compatible with Bento Lab?

Avoid UV damage, and visualise DNA safely with the Bento Lab, using green fluorescent nucleic acid dyes designed for blue-light excitation.

Bento Lab is compatible with a wide range of dyes, including GelGreen, GreenView, SYBR Green, and SYBR Safe. Our favourite stain is Cyber Green from AAT Bioquest.


How do I get support with a technical issue?

If you have a question outside the scope of our manual, schedule a 20 minute call with our technical team. We will help you diagnose the problem, and find a solution.

What is the warranty for Bento Lab products?

Bento Lab products are covered by the Bento Lab Limited Warranty, which covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. The warranty does not cover wear and tear to components resulting from normal use of the products, nor does it cover failures caused by incorrect use, negligence, alterations, or damage caused by intentional or accidental misuse of equipment.

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