Physical Description, Unpacking and Servicing

This chapter of the Bento Lab user manual describes the main physical characteristics of Bento Lab, and notes on installation.

Bento Lab contains a thermocycler module (1) a microcentrifuge (2), a blue LED transilluminator (3) and a gel electrophoresis power supply used with an external gel electrophoresis container (4).

The system is operated using an intuitive on-board graphical interface (5), and comes with a convenient tube rack (6).

Interface Area

Bento Lab has three physical buttons. The blue round button (1) under the screen is the HOME button and always takes the user back to the overview screen from where all the different modules can be selected. The green button shaped like an arrow (2) is the BACK button and depending on the context takes the user back one step or undoes an action. In addition, there is an orange click-dial (3) which is used to select elements on the screen and change values.

You can find more about how the user interface works in the next chapter of the manual.

Physical Description - Sides

At the back, Bento Lab has a 4-pin power connector (1) and a physical power switch (2).

Bento Lab back with power switch and connector

On the right side, Bento Lab has vents for the active fan cooling of the thermal cycler’s heat sink.

Bento Lab Side Perspective focusing on the PCR air vents

On the left side, Bento Lab has red and black connectors for the gel electrophoresis power supply.

Bento Lab Gel Electrophoresis Box - all parts laid out: Orange filter acrylic lid, clear acrylic tank with red and blue electrodes, two shutters, a 9 well and a 12 well comb.
All parts of the Bento Lab gel electrophoresis box
Gel Electrophoresis box is plugged into the Bento Lab
The gel box is plugged into the side of Bento Lab. An indicator light is on when current is flowing.

Bento Lab comes with an external gel electrophoresis container with two rubber dams to create buffer zones during casting, a 9 well comb and a 12 well comb. The current for gel electrophoresis is run through the lid which connects to the Bento Lab gel electrophoresis power supply. The lid also doubles as an orange filter for the blue light transilluminator.

An external power supply for Bento Lab is provided.

Unpacking and Inspection

Carefully unpack the unit and ensure Bento Lab, including tube rack and gel box, and power supply are present. If the equipment appears damaged in any way, contact us at hello@bento.bio.
Please retain packaging to return equipment for servicing.

Bento Lab in packaging - retain packaging to return equipment for servicing 

Three orange ribbons are attached to the base of Bento Lab to secure the tube rack and the gel box when transporting. They can be stored by securing them around the foot opposite.

Easily store the orange ribbons by pulling them over the opposite foot as shown.

Ensure that Bento Lab is placed on a solid, level surface, which is able to support its weight.

Servicing

Bento Lab contains no user-serviceable parts. Refer all repairs to qualified service personnel. Opening the product voids the warranty. For servicing contact us at hello@bento.bio.

Troubleshooting

If you identify a fault with your lab, please contact us at hello@bento.bio.