E-Gel Power Snap Systems are compact benchtop instruments that have integrated nucleic acid electrophoresis and gel imaging functionalities. The instrument has two main components: the instrument device base and the camera to capture gel images. The instrument works with precast E-Gel agarose gels, which are buffer-less gels containing SYBR safe DNA stains, and ladders. This eliminates the need to pour gels, prepare buffers, and handle toxic dyes such as ethidium bromide.

The components of the E-Gel Power Snap systems are designed to save time and streamline the nucleic acid electrophoresis workflow. This system facilitates a simple three-step workflow: load, run, and analyze (Figure 1).

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Advantages of E-Gel electrophoresis device and imaging systems

The two models of the E-Gel Precast Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Systems, including the Power Snap and Power Snap Plus, offer flexible sample throughputs and are upgrades over historical gel analyzers and E-Gel imagers, allowing faster setup, gel runs, and analysis. Both systems include:

  • Real-time visualization: Amber filter to monitor real-time sample migration
  • Sample safety: Blue-light transilluminator does not damage DNA samples
  • Intuitive interface: Easy operation with user-friendly touch screen and preset protocols
  • Flexible throughput: Gels with 11-, 22-, 48-, and 96-wells can be run (model-dependent)
  • High resolution camera for image capture, with image editing capabilities
  • Internal storage: Up to 3 months of experimental data can be stored in the device
  • Small footprint: 6x smaller than traditional gel documentation systems

E-Gel Power Snap Systems: A comparison

 E-Gel Power Snap Plus Electrophoresis SystemE-Gel Power Snap Electrophoresis System
 E-Gel Power Snap Plus System comprising gel electrophoresis device and camera moduleE-Gel Power Snap agarose gel electrophoresis device with and without camera attachment and a precast agarose gel cassette
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Capability overviewFlexible, high resolution DNA screening; suitable for both high- and low-throughput DNA gel imaging and analysis.For routine DNA and RNA electrophoresis; suitable for running 11- to 22-well precast agarose gels.
E-Gel agarose gel compatibility11-, 22-, 48-, and 96-wells*, CloneWell II and SizeSelect II gels with adaptor11- and 22-wells, CloneWell II and SizeSelect II gels
Camera resolution13 MP3 MP
Image storage64 GB32 GB
Cloud enabledYesNo
iBright Analysis Software compatibleYesNo
Instrument dimensions (L x W x H)29.1 x 22.0 x 10.1 cm23.3 x 21.0 x 7.0 cm
Camera dimensions (L x W x H)23.3 x 21.0 x 22.8 cm26 x 13 x 15 cm
Printer compatibleYes, Sony UP-X898MD thermal printerNo

*Contains additional wells for marker lanes

E-Gel Power Snap Plus Electrophoresis System

Maintain productivity with extended warranties
Rapid Exchange (REX) one-year extended warranties are available (at an additional charge) for both the E-Gel Power Snap Plus device and camera. If your instrument needs repair, just call our support center and we will exchange your instrument for a factory-certified, refurbished replacement instrument within one business day from the time we determine a replacement is required. Replacement instruments are typically received within three days of shipment and are yours to keep. All parts, labor, and shipping charges are included, and existing warranty contracts will be transferred to replacement units.

E-Gel Power Snap Plus System

Learn how to perform high throughput gel electrophoresis, monitor DNA migration, and capture gel images with the E-Gel Power Snap Plus System. Find out about the image editing and image storage options.

E-Gel Power Snap Plus How-to: Deconvolution Overview

Discover the unique features of the Power Snap Plus E-Gel system, including how to easily read results with on‑instrument deconvolution and analysis for Invitrogen E-Gel 96-well gels.

E-Gel Power Snap Electrophoresis System

Invitrogen E-Gel Power Snap System overview

Simplify electrophoresis with the Invitrogen E-Gel Power Snap System, the platform that integrates gel running and imaging functions. Watch to learn the benefits of the E-Gel Power Snap Electrophoresis System.

Invitrogen E-Gel Power Snap System features

Explore the features of the E-Gel Power Snap Electrophoresis System including the gel image capture and editing functions.

How to quickly purify DNA with E-Gel CloneWell II precast gels

Watch a demo of how to gel purify DNA using the E-Gel Power Snap System and E-Gel CloneWell II gel. Load samples, run the gel, capture bands of interest in the recovery well, and pipette out purified DNA bands. No additional purification steps needed.

How to perform rapid electrophoresis using an E-Gel Power Snap device and E-Gel EX Cassette

Watch a demo of agarose gel electrophoresis using an E-Gel Power Snap System and E-Gel EX Cassette. The ease and simplicity of the process is ideal for research labs.

Image analysis

iBright Image Analysis Software analyzes data from E-Gel images captured by the integrated camera. The gel images and the results of data analysis can be stored on Thermo Fisher’s Connect Platform. iBright Image Analysis is included in the E-Gel Power Snap Plus Electrophoresis System.

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The E-Gel Power Snap Plus System firmware is periodically updated with fixes and new and enhanced features to offer a rich user experience.

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E-Gel precast gel electrophoresis systems

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Invitrogen E-Gel products to complete your gel electrophoresis system

For best results, the E-Gel Power Snap and Power Snap Plus System must be used in conjunction with other Invitrogen E-Gel line of products, which include:

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