Bento Lab

Your Portable DNA Laboratory

A mobile genomics setup, Bento Lab combines a portable PCR machine, a microcentrifuge, gel electrophoresis and a transilluminator. And it fits into any laptop bag, so Bento Lab can travel wherever your science goes.

 

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How is Bento Lab used?

Use Bento Lab to verify your samples in the field, or inspire your students with hands-on biotechnology in the classroom. 

Combining all the essential tools for molecular biology, Bento Lab includes a portable PCR machine, a microcentrifuge, gel electrophoresis and a blue LED transilluminator.

Professionals around the world are using Bento Lab to identify fungi in Wales, detect pathogens in Cambodia, and environmental monitoring in Malaysia.

What’s inside?

Explore detailed technical specifications for Bento Lab

PCR Thermocycler

Block size: 32 wells, 0.2 mL tubes

Ramp rate: up to 2.5 °C/s

Temperature Range: 12 °C to 105 °C

Temperature accuracy: ± 0.2 °C of programmed target

Temperature uniformity: ± 0.5 °C well-to-well

Lid temperature range: Ambient to 120 °C

Memory: Store up to 100 PCR programs

Centrifuge

Max Speed: 13,500 rpm

Max RCF: 8,000 g

Modes: Quick spin or timed spin

Capacity: 6 x 1.5 mL tubes

Gel Electrophoresis

Voltage: 50V – 120V

Gel tray dimensions: 91 mm x 78 mm

Gel volume: 25mL gel, 30mL buffer

Wells: 11 and 15 well combs

Transilluminator

Surface dimensions: 105 mm x 85 mm

Electronics Design: Blue LED array

LED wavelength: 468 nm

Material: Scratch-resistant acrylic plastic

System

Dimensions: 330mm * 214mm * 81mm (13in * 8.4in * 3.1in)

Weight: 3.5kg / 123oz

Universal Power: 110 – 240 V, 47 – 63 Hz

Memory LCD Display, Click-Dial Interface

WiFi for software updates and connectivity

Big capacity, small footprint

Isothermal Thermocycler

Fast, repeatable PCR results with accurate, uniform block temperature for routine PCR. Equally useful as a block incubator with or without heated lid.

Precise, rapid temperature measurements using platinum resistance thermometers, the industry gold standard.

Intuitive graphical PCR protocol editor on-screen. No need to connect to a phone, tablet or laptop to edit your protocols. Save up to 100 PCR protocols.

Validated design with performance verified by researchers at world-leading research universities.

Fully compatible with standard plasticware and reagents.

Safe Gel Visualisation

Blue Led Transilluminator

Visualise with blue light to avoid DNA damage

Document with your phone

Wide range of compatible dyes

Quick spins and cell seperations

13K Microcentrifuge

Speeds up to 13,500 rpm (8,000 xg)

Safety auto-lock closure system

Maintenance-free motor

Powerful, compact and cold-room compatible

Rapid DNA separation

Mini Gel Electrophoresis

Cast and run your gel in the same tank with no need for tape or extra parts

Platinum electrodes for clean operation and durability

Moulded gel tank to prevent leaks with a vented lid to dissipate heat during electrophoresis

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Can I use standard consumables with Bento Lab?

Yes, Bento Lab works with standard reagents and consumables, from 0.2mL PCR tubes to 1.5mL microcentrifuge tubes. With 32 wells, Bento Lab can accommodate four 8-tube strips for sequencing prep.

Do I need the Biotechnology Starter Kit?

The Biotechnology Starter Kit is our educational genetics kit. If you have a background in molecular biology, then get started with just Bento Lab.

For first-timers looking for an introduction to genetics, you can add a Biotechnology Starter Kit to your Bento Lab, which provides everything you need to learn about molecular biology and genetics hands-on.

What is the Bento Lab warranty?

All Bento Lab products are backed by the Bento Lab Limited Warranty, which covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. Check our Terms and Conditions for more information.