Bento Lab, Bento Bioworks, UK

Bento Lab

You’ve got the whole lab in your hands.

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.



How is Bento Lab used?

Use Bento Lab to verify your samples in the field, or inspire your students with hands-on biotechnology in the classroom. Combining all the essential tools for molecular biology, Bento Lab includes a portable PCR machine, a microcentrifuge, gel electrophoresis and a blue LED transilluminator. Professionals around the world are using Bento Lab to identify fungi in Wales, detect pathogens in Cambodia, and environmental monitoring in Malaysia.

Selected Product Citations

Chang, Jia Jin Marc, et al. “Takeaways from Mobile DNA Barcoding with BentoLab and MinION.” Genes 11.10 (2020): 1121.

Kambouris, Manousos E., et al. “Point-of-need molecular processing of biosamples using portable instrumentation to reduce turnaround time.” Biosafety and Health 2.3 (2020): 177-182.

Knot, Ineke, et al. “DNA barcoding of nematodes using the MinION.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2020).

Hu, Yiheng, et al. “Pathogen detection and microbiome analysis of infected wheat using a portable DNA sequencer.” Phytobiomes Journal 3.2 (2019): 92-101.

“Bento Lab.” Nature Biotechnology 34 (2016): 455–455.

What’s inside?

Explore detailed technical specifications for Bento Lab

  • PCR Thermocycler
    • Temperature Range: 21 °C to 99 °C
    • 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
  • Centrifuge
    • Fixed Speed: 7,000 rpm and Variable Speed: 3,000 – 13,500 rpm
    • Fixed RCF: 2,700 g and Variable RCF: 500 – 8,000 g
    • Modes: Quick spin or timed spin
    • Capacity 6 x 1.5 mL tubes and  Capacity: 6 x 2 mL tubes
  • Gel Electrophoresis
    • Fixed Voltage: 50V and 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
    • Gel Box and Imaging Hood included
  • Transilluminator
    • Surface dimensions: 105 mm x 85 mm
    • Electronics Design: Blue LED array
    • LED wavelength: 468 nm
    • Material: Scratch-resistant acrylic plastic
  • System

    • 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

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