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Beads for the Bullet Blender® Homogenizers

Category Homogenizer Accessories
Manufacturer Next Advance

Beads are the components that strike and grind your samples resulting in tissue homogenization and cell lysis. We provide a variety of beads suitable for a wide array of samples. The general rule of thumb is to choose larger, denser beads for tougher samples.

Next Advance also offers some beads which are cleaned of RNase and tested to be RNase-free for better results in RNA extractions.

 

Beads are also available in sample packs of multiple bead types and in bead lysis kits with pre-filled tubes.

 

Untreated Beads

Untreated beads are sold by the pound (0.45 kg) unless noted and are offered in the following materials and sizes:

Glass
2.5 g / cc
~ 300 ml / lb
Zirconium Silicate
3.8 g / cc
~ 180 ml / lb
Zirconium Oxide
5.5 g / cc
~ 120 ml / lb

Stainless Steel
7.9 g / cc
~ 100 ml / lb

0.1 mm

0.5 mm

0.15 mm

0.2 mm

0.5 mm

1.0 mm

0.5 mm

0.5 mm

1.0 mm

2.0 mm

1.0 mm

0.9 - 2.0 mm blend

   

2.0 mm

1.6 mm

    2.5 mm

3.2 mm

     

3.5 mm "UFO"

4.8 mm*

5.6 mm* "UFO"

6.0 mm*

11 mm** (pack of 100)

"UFO" beads are shaped like flying saucers, and are especially good for tearing through fibrous material.

 

RNase-free Beads

RNase-free beads are sold in 4 ml quantities unless noted, and are offered in the following materials and sizes:

Glass
2.5 g / cc
~ 300 ml / lb
Zirconium Silicate
3.8 g / cc
~ 180 ml / lb
Zirconium Oxide
5.5 g / cc
~ 120 ml / lb

Stainless Steel
7.9 g / cc
~ 100 ml / lb

0.1 mm

 

0.15 mm

0.2 mm

0.5 mm

 

0.5 mm

0.5 mm

 

 

1.0 mm

0.9 - 2.0 mm blend

   

2.0 mm

1.6 mm

     

3.2 mm

     

3.5 mm "UFO" (10 ml)

4.8 mm* (10 ml)

5.6 mm* "UFO" (10 ml)

6.0 mm* (10 ml)

11 mm** (pack of 25)

 

*Do not use 4.8mm beads or any larger beads in 1.5 - 2.0 ml microcentrifuge tubes in the Bullet Blender.

**11mm beads are only for use with 50 ml tubes.  Do not use with 5 ml tubes or microcentrifuge tubes. 

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