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While bead baths and water baths may look very similar and perform similarly, each uses a different heating mechanism to provide a uniform temperature. Because of the differences in how they heat, it has not been easy for a lab to simply convert their current water bath into a bead bath. The new Benchmark Scientific B2410 BeadBath Duo 10L Dual Function Water and Bead Bath With Hinged Lid makes is possible for a lab to use the same bath for both water or bead based heating.
Use the mode selector to change from water to beads and the internal heating mechanisms align to produce the best results for that heating medium. Bead baths are gaining in popularity for thawing, heating and incubating media and lab samples because they require very little maintenance.
There is no water to evaporate, no heating elements to burn out and they can be run constantly with little supervision. Bead baths are far less prone to water borne contamination. The new Benchmark Scientific B2410 BeadBath Duo 10L Dual Function Water and Bead Bath do not come with beads. 10L bead bath will use 8L of beads.