Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer by BioTek Instruments, Inc.

4.7
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5.0
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Epoch 2 is a compact microplate spectrophotometer that combines modern touchscreen technology with excellent performance for UV-Vis measurements in 6- to 384-well microplates, cuvettes and in micro-volume samples with the available Take3™ plate.


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Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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Average Rating: 4.7
12 Scientists have reviewed this product

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    Reviewer
  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Cdx



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    5 out of 5
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A robust and intuitive instrument for precise measurements
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area: Cell culture

"Epoch 2 is a powerful equipment that allows users to work with nucleic acids, proteins, and cells. I love the easy way to get results. And the software is pretty intuitive, allowing me to set different assays."

Review date: 16 Apr 2019 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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  • Member since: 2017

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Overall Excellent Device for conjugation, protein quantification and biological labs.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Protein/Ab/Conjugate Analysis

"We took advantage of a recent special allowing us to get the fully featured Epoch 2 TC (touchscreen plus cuvette port) and a Take 3 for less than the cost of a base model Epoch 2. Having used it pretty extensively at this point I can say a few fundamental things about it. First off, it is an absolute dream to work with. The software is VERY powerful and the reads very fast. The software alone is going to allow us to dramatically decrease the amount of time our production personnel use for this step. Let alone the fact that the calculations will reduce potential sources of error. My only critique, I would say the touchscreen is a bit of a gimmick. In the lab with gloves on, you end up needing a keyboard and mouse anyways. As such, it offers almost no advantages over a separate PC system. It, in and of itself, is simply a tablet mounted to the top of the device. The only major advantages for the touchscreen being the slight space savings. Essentially, if you can afford the space, just go with a separate control PC. As for the other features, most have been huge improvements over the original Epoch. The cuvette port has allowed us to transition SOPs over with very limited changes to the protocol. It has also proven to be VERY useful for calculating buffer coefficients (for pathlength detection, which further decreases error). The built-in heater (can set the temp from RT to 65°C) allows for elevated temperature assays. We recently performed a multi-hour kinetic assay which required a constant 37°C over the time of the assay, something which previously would not have been possible with our other readers. Additionally, the integrated shaker has proven VERY useful at decreasing variation in materials which might be aggregating or settling. By creating a shake step before the read, we can ensure that materials are uniformly dispersed when taking our reading, reducing the CV from run to run. Other things of note, the carrier tray is now machined metal instead of the plastic in the original Epoch. They still utilize the same strobe lamp system, which allows for the instrument to remain on 24/7 without worrying about lamp life. Personally, I find this instrument to be incredibly top notch and well built."

Review date: 31 Oct 2017 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: UT Health Science Center San Antonio



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    5 out of 5
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Great product. I would recommend it to anyone.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:ELISA's for immunological samples

"This plate reader is easy to use and produces great data with high reliability."

Review date: 31 May 2016 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: Université Laval



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    5 out of 5
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Excellent product!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area: Bradford protein assays and enzymatic assays

"Very easy to use, allows you to read microplate and cuvette, very good software to analyse the data."

Review date: 25 May 2016 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Assam University



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    Value for money
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Really good to have it in lab.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Protein quantification

"BioTek product Epoc2 is really an awesome instrument for the operation of broad spectrum of work. We are really happy with their service and support, which I think is the most valued part of the company work theme. Thank you. "

Review date: 03 Dec 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Vanderbilt University



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The BioTek systems are a favorite in our lab. The Epoch 2 is great quality for the price, reliable, and easy to use.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Growth Curves and basic absorbance assays

"The BioTek systems are a favorite in our lab. Our newest edition is the Epoch 2. It is great quality for the price, reliable, and easy to use. The support staff are fast and friendly, too. You can't go wrong with a BioTek product. The sales people will find the product that suits your needs and the technical staff will show you how to use it and troubleshoot the equipment."

Review date: 10 Aug 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: CEA



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Microalgae cultures density

"Very effective and quite easy to use but sometimes have issues."

Review date: 28 Jul 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Taipei medical university



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Analyze metabolites in tissue samples e.g. blood & liver

"Fast and easy to use. Can correlate data. Power export sheet is useful."

Review date: 28 Jul 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: University of Alberta



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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:endpoint & kinetic protein assays, kill curves

"I find the software very intuitive, easy to use and versatile. I also like the ability of the machine to read a wide variety of plates."

Review date: 24 Jul 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Haemonetics Corporation



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Rating: 5.0
"The Epoch 2 microplate reader from Biotek is the best product out there for its ease of use, accuracy and very user friendly software. I have used other microplate readers and as a matter of fact I still have two fairly new ones from highly reputable companies. However, everybody in my lab finds the Epoch 2 the best and easiest to use of all the microplate readers that we have in the lab. "

Review date: 09 Apr 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer


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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: South Pointe High School



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Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:Cytotoxicity assay Cell proliferation assay and Spectral scanning

"Although I have only used this product in other colleagues labs, I have found it very efficient, extremely easy to use, and the right fit for a small but complex and diverse lab environment. I asked this device to serve in many capacities, including cytotoxicity assays and spectral scanning, and several off-market applications, such as the identification of anomalous samples from various crime scenes I was assigned to work."

Review date: 31 Mar 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Grand View University



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    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:We are using this product to monitor enzyme reaction.

"The Epoch 2 was very easy to use. We have had a number of undergraduates using the instrument with great success."

Review date: 31 Mar 2015 | Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer

Epoch™ 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer offers excellent performance for UV-Vis measurements in 6- to 384-well microplates, cuvettes and in micro-volume samples with the available Take3™ Micro-Volume Plate. The optional touchscreen interface makes it easy to choose from pre-defined protocols or to define custom programs. Endpoint, kinetic, spectral scanning and well area scanning modes, plus incubation and shaking enable wide-ranging applications. 
 
Top Features:

  • Filter-free UV-Vis wavelength selection from 200 – 999 nm for an extensive range of applications, from nucleic acid and protein quantification to ELISA and microbial growth assays. 
  • Endpoint, kinetic and spectral scanning modes enable a variety of workflows.
  • Compatible with 6- to 384-well plates and cuvettes for assay versatility.
  • 4-Zone™ incubation to 65C and Condensation Control™ facilitate temperature-sensitive assays. 
  • Micro-volume (2 µL) measurements with the Take3 Plate allow dilution-free nucleic acid quantification.
  • Available touchscreen interface with convenient predefined common protocols enables standalone use; no computer required.  
  • Advanced shaking profiles including linear, orbital and double orbital enable gentle or vigorous mixing
  • Optional cuvette port for easy 1 cm measurements. 
  • Compatible with BioStack Microplate Stacker,  BioSpa 8 Automated Incubator and 3rd party systems for complete workflow automation

Applications:

  • Nucleic acid and protein direct quantification
  • Micro-volume assays with Take3™ plates
  • Biofuel research applications
  • Cytotoxicity assay
  • Cell proliferation assay
  • End point or kinetic ELISA
  • Spectral scanning