Absorbance 96 plate reader 

The Absorbance 96 is the only truly portable plate reader in the world. Easily transported within or between different laboratories, the Absorbance 96 brings readout to your workspace. Its robust design and USB power supply also make it the perfect tool for field use and mobile laboratories.

Absorbance 96 plate reader features

  • Space-saving design
  • Fast readout speed
  • Reliable measurement results
  • Maintenance-free
  • Solid state technology

Winner of the SLAS New Product Award 2019

Absorbance 96 software 

The software features a modern, attractive interface with smooth navigation and a logical flow.

To reduce the complexity of the software, no hidden windows or overwhelming dropdown menus are used. The user interface is designed so intuitively that the functions are understood within minutes and no extensive training is necessary.

A Software free from restrictions

The Absorbance 96 software is as flexible as the reader itself. It can be used on multiple devices and supports Microsoft Windows as well as macOS. With plug-and-play technology, simply connect the Absorbance 96 and start your assay.

The Absorbance 96 software can be used on a desktop PC in your lab or on your notebook or even on windows tablets in mobile situations. Regular updates bring new features and enhancements, so the user is always up to speed. There are no license limitations and updates are free of charge.

Advanced data analysis

The software enables to intuitively conduct advanced endpoint and kinetic assays. Moving forward from parameter and plate definition to the readout process follows a logical workflow.

Different kind of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods are available as well as an advanced data analysis. The user can easily save and load protocol files and export the results in PDF or CSV.

Absorbance 96 plate reader specifications 

Detection method Absorbance
Detection mode Endpoint, kinetic
Microplates types 96-well microplates
Light source 4 x LED
Detector 96 x Photodiode
Wavelength selection Standard combinations (FWHM 10 nm): 405, 450, 492, 620 nm/405, 450, 540, 630 nm/492, 562, 605, 650 nm. Other filter combinations in the range of 400–1000 nm possible. 
Photometric range 0.0–4.0 OD
Linearity ≤ 1.0 % from 0.0–2.0 OD; ≤ 1.5 % from 2.0–3.0 OD
Accuracy ≤ 1.0 % + 0.010 OD from 0.0–2.0 OD; ≤ 1.5 % + 0.010 OD from 2.0–3.0 OD
Reproducibility ≤ 0.5 % + 0.005 OD from 0.0–2.0 OD; ≤ 1,0 % + 0.010 OD from 2.0–3.0 OD
Resolution 0.001 OD
Read time Down to 5 sec. at single wavelength
Data output USB 2.0 interface with PC
 Physical characteristics 
Dimensions 9.6 x 15.4 x 5.5 cm (W x L x H)
Weight 0.9 kg
Power Through USB connection 5 V
Power consumption 2.5 Watts


System requirements
Microsoft Windows Windows 7 or higher
Mac OS High Sierra 10.13. or higher

Absorbance 96 existing customers 

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University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Alison Twelvetrees, a Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), has been using the Absorbance 96, the only truly portable compact plate reader with solid-state technology.

SITraN is a leading centre for research into Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease. As part of the institute, Twelvetrees Lab leads unique and innovative postdoctoral research into how the microtubule transport system contributes to neuronal health and disease. In her research, Alison conducts protein quantification assays, turbidity measurements, and optical densities of bacteria for protein expression.

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Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK

Researchers at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich have chosen the Absorbance 96, a compact plate reader that uses solid-state technology.



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