Nalgene Tubing

Nalgene tubing products include a comprehensive range of premium lab tubing in a variety of sizes and materials. Choose polyvinylchloride (PVC), silicone (SI) or polyurethane (PUR) for applications where flexible tubing is required. Choose linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) or one of our fluoropolymer (FEP or PFA) formulations for their semi-rigidity and excellent chemical compatibility. Refer below and to the Nalgene Tubing Selection Guide for a comprehensive comparison of physical and chemical properties, recommended applications, and dimensional tolerances.

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Select your Nalgene tubing

PVC Tubing Si Tubing PUR Tubing LLDPE Tubing FEP Tubing PFA Tubing
General purpose lab tubing recommended for condenser cooling water circulation, chemical transfer, waste line, process material transfer. High-purity, low binding tubing designed for pump and transfer applications including pharmaceutical, laboratory and bioprocess manufacturing. Ideal for peristaltic pump applications. Excellent resistance to abrasion, low temps, flex-fatigue. Compatible with  ozone, aliphatic hydrocarbons and petroleum products. Economically priced.  Recommended for food applications. Non-toxic. Imparts no odor or taste. Wide temperature range with low water absorption. Excellent for food packaging. Superior non-stick properties and chemical resistance. Use for chromatography, trace metal analysis, pollution sampling, highly reactive or corrosive procedures, pharmaceutical work, hot acid etching, or where binding/adsorption is problematic. Superior non-stick properties and chemical resistance.
Flexible Flexible Flexible Semi-rigid Semi-rigid Semi-rigid
Shore 60-65(A) Shore 50-65(A) Shore 85(A) Shore 50(D) Shore 58(D) Shore 60(D)
Compatible with barbed fittings Compatible with barbed fittings Compatible with barbed fittings Compatible with compression fittings Compatible with compression fittings Compatible with compression fittings
Clear Translucent Transparent Translucent Translucent Translucent
Slight odor No odor Slight odor Slight odor No odor No odor
No taste No taste No taste No taste No taste No taste
Phthalate plasticiser* No plasticizer No plasticizer No plasticizer No plasticizer No plasticizer
Food grade Food grade   Food grade Food grade Food grade
Autoclavable** Autoclavable Do not autoclave Do not autoclave Autoclavable Autoclavable
*Warning: Not intended for medical use.  Nalgene 180 and 980 PVC tubing contain DEHP [Bis(2-ethylhexyl)]phthalate], a commonly used plasticizer.  This product can expose you to DEHP which is   known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
**Braided PVC tubing is not autoclavable

Chemical Compatibility Chart

  PVC
Tubing
Si
Tubing
PUR
Tubing
LLDPE Tubing FEP
Tubing
PFA
Tubing
Acids, dilute or weak E E F E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated F G N E E E
Alcohols, aliphatic G G N E E E
Aldehydes N N F G E E
Bases weak E E G E E E
Bases strong G G F G E E
Esters N F N G E E
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic F N E F E E
Hydrocarbons, aromatic  N N N F E E
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N E E
Ketones, aromatic N N N G E E
Oxidizing agents, strong F G N F E E

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 20 o
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC
 N  No recommended. Immediate damage may occur

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


Nalgene PVC Tubing

Nalgene PVC tubing comes in a wide range of sizes and specifications including metric sizes, vaccum rated sizes, and braided re-inforced tubing for higher pressure applications.  All varieties are clear, flexible and are USDA food grade. 

180 Clear PVC 180 Clear PVC Metric 180 Clear PVC Vacuum 980 Braided Clear PVC
General purpose lab tubing recommended for condenser cooling water circulation, chemical transfer, waste line, process material transfer. Metric dimensions. Same general purpose lab tubing as the original Nalgene 180 PVC Thicker walled PVC tubing for vacuum applications Braided reinforcement for high-pressure applications
Equivalent to Tygon R-3603 Equivalent to Tygon R-3603 Equivalent to Tygon R-3603  
Food grade Food grade
Food grade
Food grade
USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant  
Very low vacuum Very low vacuum Full vacuum No vacuum
Low pressure rating Low pressure rating Low pressure rating High pressure rating
Operating temp
-32°C to 71°C
Operating temp
-32°C to 71°C
Operating temp
-32°C to 71°C
Operating temp
-21°C to 82°C
Tear strength good Tear strength good Tear strength good Tear strength very good
Abrasion resistance very good Abrasion resistance very good Abrasion resistance very good Abrasion resistance good
Phthalate plasticiser* Phthalate plasticiser* Phthalate plasticiser* Phthalate plasticiser*
*Warning: Not intended for medical use.  Nalgene 180 and 980 PVC tubing contain DEHP [Bis(2-ethylhexyl)]phthalate], a commonly used plasticizer.  This product can expose you to DEHP which is known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Nalgene Platinum-cured Silicone Tubing

Nalgene Platinum-cured silicone tubing is flexible, durable high-purity translucent tubing is designed for a variety of pump and transfer applications, including pharmaceutical, laboratory and bioprocess manufacturing.

Pharma-grade  Pharma-grade
pump sizes
Nalgene 50 Nalgene 50
pump sizes
Nalgene 65 reinforced
High-purity tubing for pharmaceutical, lab and bioprocess manufacturing. Enhanced regulatory support Size optimized for peristaltic pump applications. Recommended for pharmaceutical, lab and bioprocess manufacturing. Enhanced regulatory support Recommended for a variety of pump and transfer applications including pharma, lab, bioprocess manufacturing, and food & beverage. Designed to provide extended pump life in peristaltic applications Interwoven polyester braid for additional pressure and kink resistance

Food grade Food grade Food grade Food grade Food grade
USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant USP Class VI compliant
non-cytotoxic non-cytotoxic non-cytotoxic non-cytotoxic non-cytotoxic
non-pyrogenic non-pyrogenic non-pyrogenic non-pyrogenic non-pyrogenic
non-hemolytic non-hemolytic non-hemolytic non-hemolytic non-hemolytic
No vacuum  No vacuum  No vacuum  No vacuum  No vacuum 
Low pressure rating Low pressure rating Low pressure rating Low pressure rating High pressure rating
Operating temp
-62°C to 232°C
Operating temp
-62°C to 232°C
Operating temp
-62°C to 232°C
Operating temp
-62°C to 232°C
Operating temp
-62°C to 232°C
Tear strength fair Tear strength fair Tear strength fair Tear strength fair Tear strength fair
Abrasion resistance fair Abrasion resistance fair Abrasion resistance fair Abrasion resistance fair Abrasion resistance fair
Double bagged Double bagged Double bagged Double bagged Double bagged
Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable

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