Date: August 17, 1998Environmental Incubator/Shakers
That flask in your hand needs warmth and swirling, so you're about to strap it into the orbital water bath that's been a permanent fixture in your lab for at least the last decade. It's rusting, it's taped to the bench to keep it from "creeping," and from the sounds it produces when shaking you might think someone set up a hay baler in the laboratory.

In this issue of The Scientist, LabConsumer looks at environmental incubator shakers (excluding water-bath-based models), designed to maintain a constant temperature and provide swirling or agitation to flasks, and tubes for a variety of applications. While many of these devices appear to be identical, there are multiple differences among the lot. Here, we'll briefly review a few items to consider when looking for an environmental shaking incubator. Most of these parameters are listed in the accompanying comparative...

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