Dark Reader Transilluminators
All our Dark Reader blue transilluminators use pure visible blue light as the excitation source and there is NO damaging and dangerous ultra-violet radiation to worry about.
 
Dark Reader blue light transilluminators can be used for viewing a wide range of fluorescent samples including SYBR Green, GelStar, GelGreen, SYPRO Ruby, ProQ Diamond, fluorescein and various GFPs. A lot more information regarding the performance of the Dark Reader with selected dyes is available under the “Examples” label in the side-bar.
 
We currently have 4 different sized transilluminators available:
  • The miniature DR22 blue LED transilluminator designed for those on a budget has a 13 x 12 cm viewing surface - just big enough for viewing mini-gels.
  • The compact DR46 blue LED transilluminator has a 19 x 15 cm viewing surface - convenient for viewing small DNA and protein gels as well as other smaller samples.
  • The mid-size DR89 blue LED transilluminator has a 25 x 22 cm viewing surface and is ideal for most laboratory applications.
  • Our largest unit, the DR195 transilluminator, which employs blue compact fluorescent lamps, has a massive 30 x 46 cm surface for viewing multiple samples and extra large gels.
Dark Reader Transilluminator at rest and in operation viewing a GelStar-stained DNA gel.
Dark Reader transilluminator with amber screen Dark Reader transilluminator in operation viewing a GelStar-stained DNA gel
Included Accessories
An amber screen that fits exactly over the blue surface is included with each transilluminator. The amber screen absorbs the blue excitation light, after it has illuminated the sample, thereby allowing the user(s) to clearly see the fluorescence. The amber screen can also be used as a camera filter.
AG16 Dark Reader viewing glasses All Dark Reader transilluminators are also provided with a free pair of viewing glasses with exactly the same optical properties as the screen. The glasses are a key accessory for cutting bands out of gels.
Transilluminator Specifications
Dark Reader transilluminator models DR45, DR88 and DR195
Dark Reader DR22A Transilluminator
Viewing surface dimensions: 13 x 12 cm, Overall dimensions: 16 x 14.5 x 7 cm, Weight: 0.45 kg approx
Optical: Multiple high intensity blue LEDs, Included accessories: Amber screen and DR viewing glasses.

Dark Reader DR46B Transilluminator
Viewing surface dimensions: 19 x 15 cm, Overall dimensions: 22.5 x 18.5 x 8 cm, Weight: 0.7 kg approx
Optical: Multiple high intensity blue LEDs, Included accessories: Amber screen and DR viewing glasses.

Dark Reader DR89X Transilluminator
Viewing surface dimensions: 25 x 22 cm. Overall dimensions: 29.5 x 26 x 12 cm. Weight: 1.4 kg approx
Optical: Multiple high intensity blue LEDs. Included accessories: Amber screen and DR viewing glasses.

Dark Reader DR195M Transilluminator
Viewing surface dimensions: 46 x 30.5 cm. Overall dimensions: 50.8 x 34.8 x 12.5 cm. Weight: 6.4 kg approx
Optical: 2 x 32W compact fluorescent twin-tube lamps. Included accessories: Amber screen and DR viewing glasses.
Dark Reader® devices including transilluminators, hand lamps and electrophoresis units as well as associated accessories such as viewing glasses, screens and camera filters are for use under one or more of US patents 6198107, 6512236, 6914250 and EP 0965034.
Clare Chemical Research

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