Pipettes and micropipettes are used to measure and deliver accurate volumes of liquid. The difference between the two is that micropipettes measure a much smaller volume, starting at 1 microliter, while pipettes generally start at 1 milliliter.
Both pipettes and micropipettes are used in various laboratories, including
Pipettes can be filled by hand using a bulb that is squeezed and then released to suck liquid to the desired volume as the user watches and stops at the correct measurement, or the pipette can be filled using an air-driven system that creates a vacuum to bring in an exact amount of a liquid that has been chosen and preset by the user. Pipettes can have one tip or several tips that all measure at the same time.
Considerations for purchasing a pipette or micropipette?
When choosing pipettes for your lab, know what volumes you need to measure and transport to decide between regular pipettes and micropipettes. Decide whether you want to measure by hand or use pipettes that measure for you. If your lab uses multiwell equipment, you may want to choose a pipette with multiple tips.
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