LifeECO Thermal Cycler

96-well PCR Instrument with a Gradient

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It’s simple – Affordable gradient PCR
The LifeECO is the gold standard for budget-friendly PCR. Sporting a fully adjustable heated lid, the LifeECO is compatible with a wide range of 0.2 ml PCR tubes (standard and low profile) and 96-well PCR microplates (fully-, semi-, and non-skirted). A thermal gradient of up to 30°C can be precisely generated so that the temperature of each well is repeatable cycle-to-cycle. And now with a gorgeous touchscreen interface and simple programming, this system is as easy to use as 1-2-3. Small and robust, the LifeECO can carve out a niche in any lab environment by providing years of reliable amplification!

Designed for today (and years to come)
Manufactured by one of the largest thermal cycler companies in the world, all PCR systems are powered by top-of-the-line thermoelectrics from the world’s number one supplier of these heat pumps. With nearly 10,000 units already shipped since 2005, and a reliability rate in excess of 95%, you can trust in Bioer’s well-tested design principles. We do! In our hands, these thermal cyclers have had less than a 2% rate of failure. We also offer a if it will take us more than 5 days to repair your unit. There’s no reason for you to worry about your thermal cycler anymore!

Big ticket performance
We invite you to read the specifications of any Bioer cycling system carefully, and compare them to the “name-brand” machines for which you’re probably paying almost twice as much. Pay particular attention to , and – the guiding parameters for fast and repeatable PCR results. We think you’ll agree; Bioer cyclers deliver the best value on the market.

It ain’t rocket science any more
PCR used to be considered an art, but in the 30 years since its general acceptance into scientific experimentation it’s become one of the best-characterized bio-enzymatic processes. To this end, we ask you this simple question: why pay prices that don’t reflect this fact? All of Bulldog Bio’s PCR products are priced fairly and promise satisfying results. It’s that simple.

Additional Information

Bioer is the Best Kept Secret in Thermal Cycling
Bioer is a company that has serviced Asia and Euorpe for years. The company, located in the High Technology district of Hangzhou, began as a joint venture with Ferrotec Ltd. The partnership was obvious, as Ferrotec supplies up to 80% of all thermoelectric used in thermal cyclers today. Since its inception, Bioer has designed six different lines of thermal cyclers, has developed several OEM relationships with well known companies, and has manufactured more 10,000 thermal cyclers. You may actually own a Bioer thermal cycler and not even know it.

We are happy that Bioer has teamed with Bulldog Bio to introduce its broad line of quality thermal cyclers to the US market!

Every Crisis Creates an Opportunity
We admit–at some point a thermal cycler will break. It’s likely to be years before you have any issues, but if it does happen we want to make sure that you know why you purchased from Bulldog Bio in the first place! That’s why we offer a two year standard warranty, including access to a loaner thermal cycler if we can’t get your system repaired within five days. And if your system is out of warranty, we offer a no-hassle “one price” repair that includes one year of extended warranty. If something does go wrong, you won’t be left in the cold!

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 the thermal cycler’s sample block. Without excellent thermal uniformity, small differences between incubation temperatures can lead to alterations 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. The unique design and highly-controlled assembly of Bioer systems avoids this problem neatly, leading to phenomenally little variation between wells.

Expect Consistent Results
Thermal accuracy measures the absolute temperature of a sample block, and is used to compare thermal performance between thermal cyclers. Poor thermal accuracy can lead to problems when transferring highly optimized PCR protocols between different systems, even systems of the same model. Bioer thermal cyclers are calibrated against internationally recognized standards and with a high degree of precision.

Win the Race to Target Temperature
One important parameter in determining the overall length of a PCR protocol is the transition time between denaturing, annealing, and extension temperatures. Bioer cyclers have been carefully designed to maximize ramp speeds while minimizing negative impacts on uniformity and accuracy.

Part Numbers BTC42096
Interchangeable Blocks No
Capacity 96x 0.2ml tubes (low profile and standard)or 1x 96-well microplate
Temperature Range 4°C – 99°C
Thermal Gradient Yes
Max Grad. Range
Min Grad. Range
Heating Rate ≥2°C/sec
Cooling Rate ≥1.7°C/sec
Thermal Uniformity  +/- 0.4°C (at 90°C)
Thermal Accuracy  +/- 0.3°C (at 90°C)
Heated Lid  Yes, Fully Adjustable
Heated Lid Temp  Adjustable 30°-110°C
Temperature Control Mode Block or Sample
Communication Ports USB
Display Full color touch-screen
Graphical Programming Yes
Programs ≥ 250 individual programs
Power Supply VAC 100-240, 50-60 Hz, 600W
Size 33.5 x 26.0 x 27.0 cm (LxWxH)
Weight 8 kg
Warranty 2 Years