Ask our Product Expert: Are there low volume inserts for microcentrifuge tubes (1.5 mL)?

We received an inquiry via Twitter from a scientist in Massachusetts:

I’m wondering if anyone makes a low volume insert for [1.5 mL microfuge] tubes. We’re currently analyzing samples of aqueous humor, and we work with very small volumes (10-60 uL). We typically use PCR tubes for this, but they’re difficult to handle and write on. We have a lot of samples (about 300 total, and we analyze 20-30 at a time).  A standard microfuge tube would be much easier to handle.

We assigned Raudel (our senior PhD and Product Expert) the research project and here are options he came up with:

I would confront the same problem, at times, while working in the lab. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no one sells a specific insert, in the sample volume range of a PCR tube, for 1.5 mL microfuge tubes. That said, you have two options:

HappiLabs pcr tube solutionsFirst, you can purchase skirted tubes that are suitable for volumes that one would use in a standard 0.5 mL PCR tube. These are great, if you are going to store samples in a freezer. Click –> skirted tubes from USA Scientific

USA scientific capless tubeSecondly, an option that I would use many times, one can use the same PCR tubes already used, but not desired for handling issues, and simply insert them into 1.5 mL microfuge tubes without caps. One can purchase 1.5 mL microfuge tubes without caps at relatively low cost and use the 0.5 mL PCR tubes already on hand –> capless microtubes from USA Scientific

We hope this helps! Any more questions?

(note: we have no affiliation with USA Scientific)

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