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Bento Lab Pro

Your Portable DNA Laboratory

A mobile genomics setup, Bento Lab combines a portable PCR machine, a microcentrifuge, gel electrophoresis and a transilluminator. And it fits into any laptop bag, so Bento Lab can travel wherever your science goes.

What is the Bento Lab?

The Bento Lab is a mobile genomics setup combining all the essential tools for molecular biology.

The portable DNA laboratory is equipped with a thermal cycler, a microcentrifuge, a blue LED transilluminator, and a gel electrophoresis power supply used with an external gel electrophoresis container.

The system is operated using an intuitive graphical interface and is supplied with a convenient tube rack.

Use the Bento Lab to verify your samples in the field or inspire your students with direct biotechnology in the classroom.

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PCR Thermocycler

Temperature Range: 12 °C to 105 °C, supports touchdown

Block size: 32 wells, 0.2 mL tubes

Ramp rate: up to 2.5 °C/s

Temperature accuracy: ± 0.2 °C of programmed target

Temperature uniformity: ± 0.5 °C well-to-well

Lid temperature range: Ambient to 120 °C

Memory: Store up to 100 PCR programs


Variable Speed: 3,000 – 13,500 rpm

Variable RCF: 500 – 8,000 g

Modes: Quick spin or timed spin

Capacity: 6 x 2 mL tubes

Gel Electrophoresis

Variable Voltage: 30V – 120V

Gel tray dimensions: 91 mm x 78 mm

Gel volume: 25 mL gel, 30 mL buffer

Wells: 9 and 12 well combs

Inclusions: Gel Box and Imaging Hood


Surface Dimensions: 105 mm x 85 mm

Electronics Design: Blue LED array

LED wavelength: 468 nm

Material: Scratch-resistant acrylic plastic


Dimensions: 330mm * 214mm * 81mm (13in * 8.4in * 3.1in)

Weight: 3.5 kg / 123 oz

Universal Power: 110 – 240 V, 47 – 63 Hz

Memory LCD Display, Click-Dial Interface

WiFi for software updates and connectivity

Frequently Asked Questions

Bento Lab is designed to match or exceed the performance of traditional thermocyclers.

Temperature is controlled using industry-standard peltier modules, for high accuracy and speed. The Bento Lab peltier modules are specifically designed for robustness in thermo-cycling applications. For accurate temperature measurements, Bento Lab uses platinum resistance thermometers, the gold standard in temperature accuracy and reliability.

From the start, Bento Lab has been rigorously tested by our team of molecular biologists, research partners and independent testing houses. Bento Lab’s performance has been independently verified by scientists at world-leading research universities, institutes and commercial labs internationally on a broad variety of applications.

Avoid UV damage, and visualise DNA safely with Bento Lab, using green fluorescent nucleic acid dyes designed for blue-light excitation.

Bento Lab is compatible with a wide range of dyes, including GelGreen®, GreenView, SYBR Green, and SYBR Safe. Our recommended stain for beginners is GelGreen® from Biotium because of its improved safety profile.

Yes, Bento Lab works with standard reagents and consumables, from 0.2mL PCR tubes to 1.5mL microcentrifuge tubes. With 32 wells, Bento Lab can accommodate four 8-tube strips for sequencing prep.

The Biotechnology Starter Kit is our educational genetics kit. If you have a background in molecular biology, then get started with just Bento Lab.

For first-timers looking for an introduction to genetics, you can add a Biotechnology Starter Kit to your Bento Lab, which provides everything you need to learn about molecular biology and genetics hands-on.

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