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Choosing the Right Pipette

Pipette Selector

Are you using the right pipette for your needs?

A pipette is one of the most extensively used tools in a laboratory.
In addition to transferring liquids accurately and precisely, pipettes have many other benefits that can help you work more efficiently.
Use our Pipette Range Selector to find the best pipette for your application, your workload or your budget.

 

Tacta: The premium mechanical pipette that’s perfectly balanced for optimal comfort and reliability. mLINE: The advanced mechanical pipette with excellent ergonomics, performance and safety. Proline Plus: The dependable pipette that combines durable construction with ease and lightness of use. Proline: The first & original Biohitfamily mechanical pipette. alpha+: Accuracy, performance and value in the most robust design Picus NxT: The perfect electronic pipette for regulated laboratories Picus: Enjoy pipetting like never before. eLINE: An established leader in electronic pipette technology.
Designed with your comfort in mind to make pipetting effortless and safe, while producing accurate and reliable results time after time A unique combination of novel features in an ergonomic design for effortless accuracy and precision Smart, modern styling comes with advanced technology for excellent, all-round performance A laboratory favourite across the globe with consistent reliability, durability & value Designed to be lightweight, easy to use and robust, even in the most challenging environments The most sophisticated and ergonomic electronic pipette packed with many features and including ISO 17025 accredited calibration as standard The most ergonomic and sophisticated electronic pipette for laboratory professionals Delivering superb analytical performance & ergonomics for the last decade
Tacta offers superb ergonomics and reliability to provide a refined pipetting experience that is second to none:

  • Low pipetting cycle forces reduces the risk of WRULD (Work Related Upper Limb Disorder)
  • Ergonomic design for comfortabe pipetting
  • Optiload feature in both single and multichannel models for easy and light tip loading with perfect tip sealing
  • Optiject soft tip ejection feature detaches the tip in a smooth, controlled manner
  • Optilock’s dual-function volume locking prevents accidental volume changes
  • Easy-to-read, four-digit volume display helps to set exact volumes
  • Safe-Cone Filters available for models above 10μl with convenient built-in filter ejection mechanism
  • Fully autoclavable without disassembling
  • Simple to clean and maintain with only three parts to disassemble
  • Easy calibration adjustment with simple key and scale
  • High chemical and UV-resistance to ensure a long life span for the pipette
mLINE has significantly lighter pipetting forces than other mechanical pipettes. It's recommended by Health & Safety officers as an effective way to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

Ideal for:

  • High throughput work & long pipetting tasks
  • When consistency of results is paramount (low hand fatigue even after several hours)
  • High accuracy applications
  • Low volume PCR work
  • Handling biological fluids (fully autoclavable without disassembly)
  • RSI sufferers
Proline Plus is versatile in research & routine applications where a modern, lightweight but accurate pipette is required.

Perfect for:

  • High accuracy work
  • Pipetting into narrow-necked sample tubes due to slim tip ejector collar
  • Both left-and right-handed users
  • Handling biological fluids (fully autoclavable without disassembly)
  • Repetitive tasks with reduced risk of strain injuries
  • Use by novices
Proline is the model of choice for basic pipetting applications where simplicity and durability are paramount.

It's great for:

  • Teaching
  • Routine Work
  • Budget-conscious labs
  • Rough handling
alpha+ provides unsurpassed accuracy at a very affordable price for true quality and economy within an attractive modern design:

  • Calibration report according to ISO 8655:2002 part 6 enclosed with every pipette
  • Ensures high accuracy and precision
  • Body grip made from TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) insulates the pipette to minimise transfer of body heat to maintain high accuracy even in continuous use
  • Ergonomic design for minimum fatigue of hands and fingers
  • Light weight soft-grip body
  • Soft plunger movement for reduced thumb stress
  • Finger hook for support
  • Easy model volume identification through colour coding
  • Click-stop digital system for volume setting
  • Autoclavable
  • UV resistant
  • 3 year warranty
Picus NxT has the same standard features of the Picus but includes many more functions to support regulated laboratories:

  • Delivered with a certificate of accredited 3-point calibration per ISO 17025 and ISO 8655 standards. ISO 17025 Accredited Calibration guarantees all measurements are traceable to national and international methods and standards
  • Separate password protection for administrator and user profiles prevents unauthorised modifications to settings
  • The pipette locking feature prevents the pipette being used while awaiting service or repair
  • Can be programmed with service and calibration reminders according to time and/or cycle intervals
  • RFID-enabled to support asset management and record keeping
  • Create and save custom pipetting protocols for up to nine pipetting series at a time. Enables you to carry out an entire workflow simply by pressing a button
Picus is a new, award-winning electronic pipette range. Exceptionally small and light, it is designed to ease your workload, prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSI) by ensuring optimal working posture and delivering exceptional pipetting results.

Great for:

  • Long duration pipetting when comfort is key & RSI is a risk
  • Users with smaller hands
  • Pipetting into microplates - tracker function keeps check on progress
  • Novices or irregular users - intuitive to program & electronic operation ensures unbeatable accuracy regardless of experience
  • When time is of essence - fast programming with one-handed adjustment
  • Both left & right-handed users
  • GLP labs - stores user ID & service / calibration dates
eLINE is impressive in its pipetting performance. Fully electronic operation offers fast, accurate & precise results regardless of user experience. A wide range of program modes and storage for user defined methods makes this a universal pipetting tool.

Superb for:

  • Multi-user applications- fully electronic operation gives user independent results
  • Highest accuracy & precision work
  • High throughput work & long pipetting tasks (avoids hand fatigue)
  • Eliminating RSI problems (electronic tip ejection gives the lowest operating forces)
  • Multi-channel applications such as microplate filling & multi-dispensing
  • Both left-and right-handed users

Consider your budget and the type of work you will be doing with your pipette. Some models are better suited to certain tasks than others. Ask yourself:

  • Do you pipette for long periods?
  • Do you handle bio-hazardous samples?
  • Do you performing multi-dispensing routines?
  • Will the pipette be subjected to rough treatment?
Volume range
Variable volume single channels 0.1µl-10ml 0.1µl-10ml 0.1µl-10ml 0.1µl-5ml 0.1µl-10ml 0.2µl-10ml 0.2µl-10ml 0.2µl-5ml
Fixed volume single channels     5µl-10ml 5µl-5ml 2.5µl-10ml      
Variable volume 8- and 12- channels 0.5µl-300µl 0.5µl-300µl 0.5µl-300µl 0.5µl-300µl 0.5µl-300µl 0.2µl-1200µl 0.2µl-1200µl 0.2µl-1200µl
Program modes

Pipetting

Multi dispensing          
Diluting          
Reverse pipetting
Sequential dispensing          
Manual pipetting Single Channel Models Only
Automated dispensing          
Multi aspirating          
Post-delivery mixing in pipetting & diluting modes          
Single point calibration          
Multi point calibration            
Memory places for favourite programs          
Titration            
Tracker mode            
Counter mode            
Excess volume adjustment            
Repeated blow out              

Ergonomics & Performance

If comfort is of prime importance or you are using your pipette for lengthy repetitive tasks, you will want to be sure of its handling features.

Likewise, if your accuracy and precision of your results are critical, the performance aspects will be key.

 

Ergonomics
Finger support
Smooth, volume adjustment
Low force tip mounting (Optiload) Multi-Channels only Multi-Channels only Multi-Channels only
Pipetting & tip ejection forces Extremely Low (12N) Extremely Low (12N) Very Low (15N) Low (20N) Low (20N) None None None
Pipette weight (1000µl 1-channel mode) 79g 77g 82g 84g 85g 100g 100g 171g
Easy left & right handed use
Tip ejection Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Electronic Electronic Electronic
One-handed operation
Performance
Thermal insulation of internal components to improve accuracy
DC Motor-controlled piston movement for highest accuracy          
Fully electronic operation eliminates user error          
Sartorius tips available for optimum fit & performance  
Adjustable for accurate pipetting of viscous fluids        
Programs for accurate, repeat & multiple dispensing          
Convenience Tacta mLINE Proline Plus Proline alpha+ Picus NxT Picus eLINE
Volume locking button avoids accidental changes            
Large, clear numerical display for easy reading      
Volume range on pipette barrel
Colour-coding plunger caps for easy identification
Safe-cone filters for pipette protection  
Starter kits available          
Direct charging with mains adaptor          
Aspirating & dispensing speed selection           9 speeds 9 speeds 9 speeds
Storage of user programs          
Low battery indicator          
Microwell plate tracker          
Password protection           2 level Admin  

Service & Calibration

Keeping your pipette well maintained and calibrated will deliver best results and extend its life. Each range offers features to help you do this yourself.

Alternatively, for complete peace of mind, why not use our Alpha Pipette Service., the calibration and service professionals.

Service & Calibration
Fully autoclavable   Lower parts only Lower parts only Lower parts only
Disassembly without tools  
UV resistant High Medium High High High      
Warranty duration 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years 2 years 2 years 2 years
Safe-cone filter ejection            
Calibration tool included      
Storage of service and calibration dates            
Calibration adjustment 1,2 or 3 points 1,2 or 3 points Single point

Pipette Calibration and Service - Use The Experts

Regular service and calibration will ensure that the precision and accuracy of your pipettes are maintained so that your results are not compromised. Alpha Laboratories offers a comprehensive range of service and calibration options covering all popular brands of pipettes and dispensers. These can be performed either on-site or by sending them to our fully equipped workshop.

For further details, click here. 

Accessories

Sometimes it's those extras that make the difference between one range and another. Whether it be a sophisticated stand or just a coloured cap, you'll find it here.

We also provide a comprehensive range of spare parts. Use the enquiry form to request details of your specific requirements.

Accessories Tacta mLINE Proline Plus Proline alpha+ Picus NxT Picus eLINE
Linear stand
Single charging stand          
Carousel stand for multiple pipettes        
Carousel charging stand for multiple pipettes          
Pipette holder        
Calibration tool      
Safe-cone filters  
Colour-coded caps