The Mini-Beadbeater-24 disrupts 4 to 24 microbial or tissue samples with better than 95 percent efficiency. Cells are disrupted quickly and safely in the sealed system. The apparatus is easy to clean, has a small footprint and is essentially maintenance free. The machine offers advanced electronics for enhanced motor function and variable shaking speeds of 2000-3450 strokes/min.
Cat. No. 112011, Mini-BeadBeater-24, 115 volt, with safety shield and 2 ml vial cassette.
Cat. No. 112011EUR, Mini-Beadbeater-24, 230 volts, with safety shield and 2 ml cassette.
NOTE for European buyers! The Mini-Beadbeater-24 is CE certified.
The Mini-BeadBeater-24 disrupts microbial cells and plant and animal tissue by violently agitating four to twentyfour 2 ml screw-cap microvials containing small glass, ceramic or steel beads and 0.1 to 1 ml disruption buffer. Even resistant samples like yeast, spores or fibrous tissue are completely homogenized in 1-3 minutes. The non-foaming, aerosol-free method preserves enzymes and organelles. In the presence of nucleic acid extraction media such as phenol, Gu-SCN or a commercial kit solution, DNA or RNA is recovered in the highest possible yield. The method is ideal for PAGE, PCR applications, and diagnostics using antibody or oligonucleotide probes. Because the beads and vials are disposable, there is absolutely zero cross-contamination between samples - essential for PCR techniques.
Protocols developed using a different model of the Mini-BeadBeater are transferable with minimal modification. The performance of the Mini-BeadBeater equals or exceeds that of any other type or brand of cell disrupter.
The Mini-Beadbeater-24 can also be used for dry grinding. Here, steel beads are added to hard samples such as hair, bone, teeth, seeds and minerals and are completely powdered in 10-60 seconds of operation. Softer materials such as biological tissue, rubber or plastics can be powdered by pre-freezing the sample to liquid nitrogen temperatures (cryo-grinding). Dry gringing requires using special microvials resistant to breakage. When dry grinding with ceramic or steel beads at room temperature our 'XXTuff' microvials are recommended. Our stainless steel microvials are available for dry grinding with steel beads at cryo-temperatures.
- Power: 115 volts, 60 Hz, 7.5 amps or 230 volts, 50 Hz, 3.7 amps
- 10' D X 18' W X 12' H, 50 lbs
- Shaking pattern: Uses proven, more efficient near horizontal vial orientation
- Capacity: four to twenty four screw-cap microvials (0.5, 1.5, and 2.0 ml) each containing to 400 mg (wet weight) bio-sample
- Shaking speed: Continuously variable (analog slider), 2000-3450 strokes/min
- Throw or stroke displacement: 0.75 inches
- Timer: 0-5 minute digital, with auto reset
- Removable vial-holding cassette
- No imposed motor cool-down-time between each sample run
- The Mini-BeadBeater-24 uses standard screw-cap plastic microvials. Stainless steel microvials or special reinforced polypropylene microvials ( XXTuff vials ) are available for dry- or cryo-milling with steel beads. Eight larger capacity, 7 ml vials can be processed using an accessory vial-holding ring (see Parts and Accessories below) .
BioSpec Products manufactures five models of beadbeater cell disrupter. Several other manufacturers also sell similar cell disruption machines. Providing that their shaking speeds are at least 2000 rpm and the throw (or displacement) of the 2 ml microvial is at least 3/4 inches, shaken in a 'top to bottom of the vial' motion, the performance of all of these machines will disrupt cells in a reasonably short time. However, there is confusion on shaking settings in some machines...
What is meters/second?: 'I am trying to adapt a published protocol that uses a FastPrep™ machine at speed 4.5 m/s. Can you estimate what speed to set the MiniBeadbeater to approximate the 4.5 m/s ?'
Answer: The FastPrep cell disruption performance settings of meters/second attempt to take into consideration shaking speed and microtube displacement of their machine and express it in a single term. The term is not based on sound scientific concepts and does not help researchers to objectively compare experimental cell disruption methods with other laboratories having different bead mill cell disrupters. Contrast that with, for example, centrifuges. Centrifuge performance is expressed in g-force, not motor speed. Scientists can reproduce centrifuge performance no matter how the device is designed or who manufactured it. Unfortunately, there is no similar performance term for shaking cell disrupters. The factors influencing cell disruption performance are diverse and complex and cannot be expressed in a comprehensive, definable singular term. It is suggested that the following guide-lines be followed when when using a bead mill designed for cell disruption that offers a choice of shaking speeds:
Operate the shaking cell disrupter machine at its maximum speed setting. Specialized applications that genuinely require operation of a bead mill at lower speeds are rare. In other words, if the objective is to disrupt cells, crank up the rpm of the machine to maximum and get the job done. The time of beadbeating depends on the nature of the biological sample and will vary. Generally, 2-3 minutes gives close to 100% cell disruption. If you are doing PCR work with nucleic acids and can settle for less than 100% cell disruption, shorter periods of beadbeating may suffice. Other important variables which determine efficiency of cell disruption are bead size, bead composition and bead load in the vial, vial orientation during shaking and vial shaking pattern (linear vs compressed figure-8).