Autoclaving Big Beakers and Flasks? Use the Vacuum Function!

If you’re regularly autoclaving large Erlenmeyer flasks, graduated cylinders, or beakers—and it’s not practical to run the entire load lying horizontally—a vacuum function is vital to your consistent success. Why Autoclaving Containers is a Hard Autoclaving any container is inherently challenging—even when that container is open.  Why?  Dense cold air tends to pool at the … Continue reading “Autoclaving Big Beakers and Flasks? Use the Vacuum Function!”

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Autoclave Gravity Cycles (but were afraid to ask)

Making the jump from a little “semi-disposable” tabletop sterilizer to a true research-grade autoclave means getting a handle on a slew of new terminology. One piece of jargon seems to particularly trip up lab managers and others researching their autoclave options: “Gravity cycle.” What the heck is a “gravity cycle”? Short answer: A “gravity cycle” … Continue reading “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Autoclave Gravity Cycles (but were afraid to ask)”