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Ergonomic Pipettes

Ergonomic pipettes differ from traditional manual pipettes in that the design offers a way to reduce the force required to perform the pipetting task.

For example,

  • a lightweight pipette makes it easier to hold;
  • a finger hook lets you rest your hand and use a lighter grip;
  • a magnetic latch holds the plunger down reducing the need to exert continued thumb pressure;
  • a multi-channel reduces repetition and
  • an electronic pipette eliminates most of the pipetting forces altogether.

In addition to these features, there are new designs which drastically reduce dispensing and ejection tip forces.

There are a variety of ergonomic pipettes available. Sales representatives for the different manufacturers can provide samples for you to try. This can help you decide if an ergonomic pipette is applicable to your needs. Contact your Principal Investigator to find out what your laboratory’s policy is for purchasing and using different pipettes. Keep in mind that purchasing a different pipette will usually require purchasing different tips.


Ergonomic Pipettes

Ergonomic Solution Features Procurement

Rainin Pipet Lite LTS (Manual) Single Channel  
Rainin Pipet Lite LTS (Manual)
Single Channel

Pipet Lite reduces ejection forces by 70%
Magnetic assist helps locate and hold zero position for improved results
LTS® LiteTouch Tip Ejection for ultra light tip ejection Reduces your risk of RSIs. Uses LTS® tips only

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Thermo Finnpipette Novus Single Channel (Electronic) 
Thermo Finnpipette Novus
Single Channel
(Electronic)

Lightweight electronic pipette.
Bright and clear graphical backlit display.
Adjust the finger rest, with over 60° of movement, to fit your hand exactly. 
Ten different pipetting functions and nine pipetting speeds to choose from.
Lightweight, long life battery can be fully recharged in only one hour.

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Eppendorf Research Pipette Single and Multi-channel (Manual)
Eppendorf Research Pipette
Single and Multi-channel
(Manual)

Separate tip ejection (2 button operation)
Reduced operating forces
Four figure volume display is magnified for improved visibility
Autoclavable lower section
Single handed operation

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Biohit mLINE (Single and Multi-channel)
Biohit mLINE
(Single and Multi-channel)

Biohit mLINE is light weight and has a short length Plunger depression and tip ejection forces are low
Volume locking button 
Patented Optiload tip loading mechanism for perfect tip sealing and effortless tip ejection
Clear and easy-to-read display with big numbers and small increments
Volume range colour-coding for easy pipette selection and 5 colour-coding caps

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VistaLab Ovation Manual and Electronic Single and Multiple Channel Pipettes
VistaLab Ovation
Manual and Electronic Single and Multiple Channel Pipettes

 

Unique design of Vistalab Ovation relaxes the shoulder and upper arm and minimizes forearm and wrist rotations
Works best with low profile containers
Low-force, form-fitting plunger manually controls aspiration and dispensing speeds with minimal effort
Light tip ejection force
Adjustable finger hook 
Disposable battery

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