PC carboys

Nalgene Polycarbonate Clearboy carboys offer excellent impact resistance and window-clarity making them a good choice for short-term media storage and for containing other aqueous solutions. Polycarbonate bottles remain impact resistant down to -135°C and are usable to +135°C making them suitable for use from the freezer to the autoclave. Polycarbonate Clearboys are chemically compatible with weak acids, alcohols and aliphatic hydrocarbons. They are not suited for exposure to bases, solvents or other aggressive lab chemicals, which may cause immediate damage or product failure.

For chemical compatibility ratings by specific chemical and application temperature, consult the   Nalgene Chemical Resistance Guide, or request a copy of the printed wall chart. Polycarbonate carboys are made only from high-quality laboratory-grade resin materials that comply with a number of regulatory specifications including: USP Class VI, EP monographs, EU food-contact directives, CONEG, RoHS, CA Prop 65, SARA Title III Sec. 313, and 21 CFR pt 177.1580 for food contact.  For regulatory claims  and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene carboys, please contact   Nalgene Regulatory Support.

For help selecting the Thermo Scientific Nalgene carboy that's perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide or for personal assistance, contact the   Nalgene technical support team.

Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy with Spigot
(2317-series)
Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy Carboy
(2251-series)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy
with Spigot
(2322-series)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy
(DS2213-series)
Dispensing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired.  Compatible with sterilzation by autoclaving Mixing, storing and shipping lab media and non-aggressive aqueous  reagents where a clear view of contents and autoclavability is desired.   Dispensing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired. Rectangular shape optimized shelf space. Autoclavable Storing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired. Rectangular shape optimizes shelf space. Autoclavable
PC with white PP closure/TPE gasket and PP spigot PC with white PP closure/TPE gasket  PC with white PP closure and PP spigot PC with white PP closure 
Round Round Rectangular Rectangular
Clear Clear Clear Clear
10L (2.5ga) - 20L (5ga) 10L (2.5ga) - 20L (5ga) 9L (2ga) - 20L (5ga)  9L (2ga) - 20L (5ga) 
Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Wide mouth
Spigot No drain Spigot No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C
Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
No handles No handles Stainless steel handle Stainless steel handle
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use
Contains BPA Contains BPA Contains BPA Contains BPA
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy with Spigot
(2317-series)
Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy Carboy
(2251-series)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy with Spigot 
(2322-series)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy 
(DS2213-series)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated N N N N
Alcohols, aliphatic G G G G
Aldehydes F F F F
Bases/alkali N N N N
Esters N N N N
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to   Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."


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Resources

Additional resources
  • Break the Glass Habit Brochure
  • Bottle and Carboy Selection Guide
  • Plastic Properties Reference Magnet
  • Plastic Labware Chemical Resistance Wall Poster

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