Q55 Sonicator

Category Ultrasonic Homogenizer
Manufacturer Qsonica
Country of manufacture the United States
Average customer rating based on 3 reviews

The Q55 is a compact and cost effective ultrasonic processor with a smaller footprint than any ultrasonic homogenizer on the market.

This 55 watt unit is effective for standard cell disruption and many other small volume applications.  Probes are available in three different sizes.

The Q55 Sonicator can be purchased with or without a standard 1/8” diameter probe.  A variety of probe / horn options are available.

The Q55 Sonicator may be used on a stand or as a handheld device.

Please note: There is a 2 - 3 week lead time on all Sonicator units.  Expedited processing, which decreases the lead time to 5 days, is offered for an additional $150. stand is not included with purchase.

Key Attributes
Homogenizer Type Ultrasonic
Sample Throughput 1 sample
Sample Volume (min) 200 µl
Sample Volume (max) 50 ml
Usage / Placement Benchtop
Cooling No
Warranty 2 years
Noise Level
Weight 2 lb
Width 8"
Depth 7.5"
Height 5.75"
Manufacturer Specifications
  • Power Rating: 55 watts
  • Frequency: 20 kHz
  • Dimensions: 8″ W x 7.5″ L x 5.75″ H
  • Voltage: 110V, 50/60Hz

A demonstration of the two modes of operation - continuous vs. manual:


Does the Q55 have any mechanism that would allow it to be controlled remotely, such as by computer?

No, it does not. If you require remote control of a Sonicator, the Q500 and Q125 have a 9-pin D-sub connector which enables such functionality.


I have a high-temperature application. What is the maximum temperature that I can operate the probe in?

The probe itself can withstand temperatures as high as 140°F / 60°C. Higher temperature applications can be accommodated, but they require a custom probe. Please contact us with the details of your application to see if a special probe can be designed for it.


What are the probes made of?

Titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V.


How viscous of a substance can a Sonicator homogenize?

A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pour it then you can’t sonicate it. Substances with approximately the viscosity of honey (around 4000 cps) are the most viscous substances that a Sonicator can effectively process.


Is the Q55 UL listed or CSA approved?

Not explicitly, but all Sonicators are cTUVus certified. This certification combines the common UL and CSA standards for electronic equipment and is accepted as equivalent for most regulatory purposes.


How frequently does the ultrasonic horn (probe) need to be replaced?

Unfortunately that doesn't have a set answer. There are too many variables that effect the life of a horn and Qsonica has never done a study on the life span of a horn. Under light use and an application that is easy on the horn, an ultrasonic horn might last years. With continuous use and an unfavorable application, it might only last days.

The life span of a horn is dependent on multiple factors, including but not limited to:

  • The presence of solids. Particulate will wear the horn. The larger, harder, and more concentrated the particulate, the faster the wear.
  • Acidic solutions will wear the horn faster than neutral or basic solutions.
  • Using the probe at higher amplitude will wear the horn faster.
  • The size of the probe. Smaller diameter horns wear faster than large ones, as they operate at higher amplitudes and have less titanium available to wear.

Ultimately, you will need to empirically determine how long your horn will last in your application. You'll know it needs replacing when your processing starts to become less efficient.


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