When size matters
The FastGene Ultra Cycler is designed to save valuable bench space within the laboratory. Unlike other 96-well instruments, the Ultra Cyler boasts a tiny footprint of only 18 x 28.5 x 19 cm (W x D x H). And weighing in at just 5.5 kg, this machine is highly portable making placement on the tightest lab bench nook a snap.
The sample block is designed for the use of 96 individual PCR tubes (0.2 mL), 12 PCR 8-well strips (0.2 mL) or 96-well PCR plates (0.2 mL).
Built to run fast and outlast other cyclers
At the heart of the FastGene Ultra Cycler end-point PCR machine lie six fully-independent sets of thermoelectric pumps, three temperature sensors and state-of-the-art control electronics. When combined with a composite-alloy block this powerful engine is capable of driving thermal ramp rates averaging 5 °C/s. The well-considered design has proven to provide longer thermoelectric life and phenomenal thermal characteristics including incredibly low well-to-well temperature variation across its entire 96-wells.
The Ultra Cycler comes standard with a 24 °C range thermal gradient feature. This function allows a lab to optimize for the best annealing temperature for any combination of primers and template.
You can rely on Uncle Albert to get your PCR done
Albert is a built-in PCR assistant that enables any lab member to configure easy to moderate complex profiles in just moments. All the thermal steps which occur in a typical profile are included and the parameters may be adjusted in just a few clicks.
The Manual Profile editor is very helpful for the creation of even the most difficult profiles. The screen displays the current experiment profile in a ‘tree list’ format with a graphical representation of each thermal step. You can add, modify or delete additional steps easily.
The Litmus Test for Quality Design and Construction
Thermal uniformity — also known as block temperature homogeneity — measures the maximum variance in temperature between any two wells of a thermal cycler’s sample block. Without excellent thermal uniformity, small differences between incubation temperatures can lead to variance in amplification efficiencies and non-uniform results for PCR.
Thermal uniformity is often the most challenging parameter to hone, as it tends to be reciprocally related to thermal ramp rates – fast systems tend to produce broader variations between wells, and thus poorer thermal uniformity.
|Capacity||96 x 0.2 mL tubes (low profile and standard) or 1 x 96-well microplate|
|Temperature Range||4°C – 99°C|
|Heating/Cooling Rate||Average ~5°C/sec|
|Thermal Uniformity||±0.3 °C, 30 seconds after target (range 40 °C – 90 °C), typically < ±0.1 °C at 60 °C|
|Thermal Accuracy||±0.5 °C over full range, typically < ±0.1 °C at 60 °C|
|Heated Lid Temp||Adjustable 60°-115°C|
|Temperature Control Mode||Block or Sample|
|Communication Ports||USB for:
1) Windows-based PC
2) file transfer to and from USB memory stick –
3) mouse/keyboard connection
|Display||7″ Color touch-screen|
|Internal Memory||256 MB, enough for 10,000+ saved profiles|
|Power Supply||VAC 100-240, 50-60 Hz,|
|Size||28.5 x 18 x 19 cm (LxWxH)|