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2016 Product Resource Guide: Pipettes

Pipettes help power almost every lab. We help you get started in your pipette purchase

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8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Pipette

  1. What key ergonomic features does the pipette have? How do the ergonomic features compare to other providers’ pipettes?
  2. What are the accuracy and precision specifications of the pipette and how were they determined?
  3. What types of services are offered for this product? Preventive maintenance? Calibration? Repair?
  4. Where was the pipette manufactured?
  5. Does the company offer programs to help improve the user’s pipetting technique?
  6. Does the company offer pipettes that can be used for volatile and viscous solutions as well as aqueous solutions?
  7. Does this pipette come in a range of volumes and, if so, what are the volumes?
  8. What types of pipettes does the company offer? Multi-channel, electronic, 96-well plate, or automated?

Our Readers’ Main Causes of Pipetting Errors:

Human Errors 57%
Liquids Stick to Tip 49%
Viscosity Reduces Accuracy 40%
Surface Tension Reduces Accuracy 27%
Immersed Tips Carry Over Liquid 25%
Pipettes Take Up More Liquid 18%
Liquids Evaporate 8%
Liquid temperature 6%
Other 6%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look For When Purchasing a Pipette

Consistent performance and accuracy of product 91%
Durability of product 78%
Availability of tips and accessories 73%
Low maintenance/easy to clean 59%
Designed to permit recalibration 57%
Price 56%
Ergonomic operation 47%
Service and support 47%
Warranties 41%
Leak detection 39%


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