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The Self-Sterilizing Loop (SSL) is a handheld, rechargeable battery-powered device designed for aseptic work with C. elegans, bacteria, yeast, and other organisms. Pressing the button causes an electrical current to be passed through a wire loop, heating it to around 800 ºC within seconds. The SSL can serve as a replacement for worm picks, inoculating loops, and other tools normally sterilized in an open flame.
In addition to the safety benefits of eliminating the need for an open flame, the SSL also improves productivity by allowing you to stay visually focused on your task. This is particularly helpful when working under a microscope.
This starter kit includes one SSL device, two replaceable loops (on Pt-Ir and one FeCrAl), charging cable and wall adapter. If you would prefer to receive two FeCrAl or two Pt-Ir loops please add a note to the text field.
Please review the entire user manual before use for important safety information.
Self Sterilizing Loop (SSL) Starter Kit
Width 11 mm Length* 122 mm Mass 23 g Battery life** 180 - 500 cycles Charge time < 2 hr
* With no loop attached
** Battery life, measured in number of sterilization cycles before recharge, is heavily influenced by the power setting (low, medium, or high), the loop material (FeCrAl loops require more power for longer than PtIr loops to sterilize), and how long the user presses the power button each time.
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