Biochrom WPA range of Colorimeters & Spectrophotometers

Biochrom WPA Biowave DNA Life Science Spectrophotometer

Biochrom WPA Biowave DNA Life Science Spectrophotometer


  • Split Beam (RBC) UV/Vis Spectrophotometer 190-900nm (5nm bandwidth)
  • Pre-programmed methods for DNA, RNA, proteins and cell density
  • Nucleic acid scans for purity checking (scan 220-330nm)
  • Low volume capability with 10µL min. quartz cells
  • Novel optics with a Xenon source for long lamp lifetime and low running costs
  • Flexible data export
  • Optional accessories include Export to PC software, built in printer or SD card Method/Data storage. 

The Biowave DNA uses novel optics that does not need a lid, for high energy xenon light source covers the range 190-900nm, has a long lamp lifetime.  Simple selection software and large graphical display provides for ease of use and data interpretation. This instrument has a 2 year warranty and the Xenon lamp has a 3 year warranty.

Built in Life Science methods
The stored methods include DNA, RNA and oligonucleotide calculations, protein assays such as direct UV measurement, BCA, Biuret, Bradford and Lowry and cell density measurement. Unlike many dedicated life science instruments, the Biowave DNA can also measure Absorbance or concentration at any wavelength so there is complete flexibility for future applications. For added convenience it is possible to display a scan of the nucleic acid profile which is particularly useful for RNA samples where impurities may be present in the 230 nm region, yet not have an adverse effect on the 260/280 Absorbance ratio. The system is compatible with both Quartz and disposable low volume UV cuvettes.

Choice of data export options
The instrument can be used as a stand alone or results may be exported. Results can be printed directly using an (optional) integrated high quality graphical printer for a permanent record. Export options include via a USB connection to a suitable PC running Print Via Computer (PVC) software (optional) for advanced reporting and data storage. Alternatively the SD card accessory (optional) allows laboratories to export to standard SD or SDHC memory cards. This will be particularly useful to laboratories wishing to clone methods and folders between instruments. Only one optional accessory can be fitted to each instrument.

Ordering Information and Accessories Order Code
Biochrom WPA Biowave DNA 80-3004-70
Biochrom WPA Biowave DNA with built in Thermal Printer 80-3004-71
Biochrom WPA Biowave DNA with SD Card Accessory 80-3005-10

Upgrade and Spare parts
80-3004-07 Spare printer paper (20 rolls).
80-3003-84 Printer accessory.
80-3004-73 Print via computer software and cable.
80-3005-00 SD Card accessory.

Technical specifications shown below. Optional accessories marked *

Technical Specifications
Specification Data
Type UV/Vis 
Wavelength Range 190 - 900nm 
Wavelength Accuracy (+/-) 2nm 
Wavelength Reproducibility (+/-) 1nm 
Lamp Source Xenon (PTR) 
Beam Split Beam 
Optical System Dual channel Monochromator 
Bandwidth 5nm 
Detector 1024 CCD array 
Photometric Range -0.300 to 2.500A, 0 to 199%T 
Photometric Accuracy +/- 0.008Abs or 1.3% of the reading, whichever is greater between 0 and 2.5A 
Photometric Reproducibility 0.002A at 0 - 0.5A at 546nm 
Stray Light 0.5%T at 220 & 340nm 
Stability 0.001A/h at 340nm 
Measurement Type Fixed wavelength (Abs/%T), Abs ratio and Abs difference in nucleic acid mode only, concentration (factor), Life Science Methods, cell density 
Cell Compatibility Cuvette 10mm, Microcell* , Ultra Microcell* 
Other Sample Containers n/a 
Cell Holder Single Cell 
Accessory Options None 
Method Storage
Compliance CE 
Data Output Print*, Store*, Export to PC* 
Display Graphical LCD 
Data Interface USB 
Languages English 
Power Requirement 90-250 V AC, 50/60Hz, 30VA 
Weight 4.5Kg (9.9lb) 
Dimensions (WxDxH) 26 x 39 x 10cm (10.2 x 15.3 x 3.9 inches) 
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