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How Do You Use A Pipette Tip?

Posted on November 12, 2021 by Tip Loader 
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What are a pipette and pipette tips?

A pipette (often called pipet) is a lab instrument employed to transfer a specified measure of fluid in chemistry, biology, and medicine, generally as a media dispenser. Pipettes are available in a variety of forms for a variety of uses, with varying degrees of precision and efficiency, ranging from single-piece glass pipettes to far more complicated adjustable or electronic pipettes.

Pipette Tips are autoclavable disposable accessories for taking and distributing liquids with a pipette. A variety of labs make usage of micropipettes. Pipette tips can be used in a research/diagnostic lab to distribute liquids into a well plate for PCR testing.

Pipettes and pipettors employ pipette tips to accelerate up processing and decrease cross-contamination. They come in a range of materials and designs. The following pipette styles are commonly used: universal pipette tips, filter pipette tips, and low retention pipette tips.

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How do you use a pipette tip?

A scientist, like a cook, needs pipetting expertise. A seasoned chef may be able to chop a carrot into ribbons apparently without thinking, but no matter how competent the scientist, it never hurts to keep specific pipetting rules in mind. When physically pouring liquid, one must be cautious about using the proper method. Pipetting mistakes include not utilizing the right volume pipette for the task at hand and using an air-displacement pipette to handle water-immiscible liquid. Before picking a pipette, pipette users should evaluate the experiment they are performing, the liquids they are dealing with, and the required throughput. A scientist may even choose the incorrect pipette.

There are ten basic rules to use pipette tips, they are  following:

1. Pipette tips should be pre-wet

Before inhaling for distribution, aspirate and totally expel a quantity of the fluid at minimum three times. If the tip is not pre-wet, evaporation inside the tip air gap rises, resulting in much-decreased distribution quantities. Pre-wetting raises the moisture level inside the tip, minimizing evaporation.

2. Work in a temperature-balanced environment

Let fluids and apparatus acclimate to room temperature before pipetting. The amount of liquid given by air displacement pipettes changes with moisture and liquid vapor pressure, which are both dependent on temperature. Working at a steady temperature reduces the amount of variance in pipetted volume.

3. Look at droplets on the pipette tips

Prior to distributing, gently clear droplets off the exterior of the tip by contacting the reservoir's side, being cautious not to pull fluid out of the tip aperture. After distributing and then prior to removing the plunger, distribute any leftover fluid in the tip by contacting the tip to the container's side. Interfacial tension will assist in drawing the leftover liquid from the tip.

4. Depending on the fluid, choose forward or backward pipetting

To aspirate, depress the piston to the first stop, submerge the tip in the fluid, and then release the plunger. To distribute the total volume, take the pipette from the fluid and press the plunger to the next stop. For all fluids except viscous or volatile, standard (or forward) style pipetting provides more reliability and precision than backward technique. Over-delivery is expected while using the reverse approach. As a result, it's a good idea to assess the impact of probable over-delivery in the experiment and make modifications as appropriate.

5. Halt frequently

Hold for one second while suctioning and before extracting the tip from the fluid. Maintain as much consistency as feasible with this stop. When the plunger stops, fluid keeps flowing into the tip for a brief period. At the same time, evaporation is taking on within the tip. Pausing regularly balances these two impacts and provides good ambition.

6. Take the pipette directly off from the vessel

When inhaling fluid, position the pipette straight and draw it directly out of the reservoir's center. When pipetting tiny quantities (less than 50L), this approach is highly crucial. The inhaled volume is altered by placing the pipette at an angle taken out from fluid.

7. Pipette and tip handling should be kept to a minimum

Use the finger support on the pipette and grasp it gently. Following delivery, ensure to put the pipette on the pipette stand. Touching pipette tips or reservoirs with bare fists is not recommended. The transfer of body heat during handling upsets temperature homeostasis, resulting in changes in provided volume.

8. Employ the appropriate immersion level

Before suctioning, fully submerge the tip underneath the meniscus. Insufficient immersion, especially with high-capacity pipettes, might result in air aspiration. Excessive immersion might cause liquid to stick to the tip's exterior. Aspiration may be restricted if the tip comes into touch with the container's base.

9. Select the proper pipette tip

Make usage of pipette tips of good quality. The system tips are intended to be used in conjunction with the corresponding pipettes. Incompatible tips and pipettes can cause imprecision, vagueness, or both. Quality system tips have an impermeable seal, are built of high-quality materials, and are devoid of mold flaws. They also make sure that liquids are delivered on time.

10. Steady plunger pressure and speed are required

Flawlessly press the plunger till it comes to a halt with a gentle and constant force at the initial stop. Insert the tip, and then slowly withdraw the plunger. Repeated activities result in repeatable outcomes.


Some of the most prevalent pipetting problems are careless pipette tips, uneven rhythm or timing, and poor pipette and pipette tips handling. Practically, no laboratory has all of the pipettes that a user could want. Still, by looking at what instruments are accessible in the laboratory and department, a user might better understand what current pipettes to use in an experiment and what pipette tips they might wish to acquire. For one reason, pre-rinsing tips improve the consistency of inhaled and administered quantities. Even how a pipette is adjusted can make a difference. Aside from the tools and approaches, it is equally crucial to maintain the user properly "tuned." Pipetting is taxing on both the intellect and the physical. As a result, a scientist should do all in their power to make the experience as enjoyable and easy as possible.


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