XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell Electrophoresis System

The XCell line of mini-cells has always distinguished itself by being simple, sturdy, and convenient. With the introduction of the XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell, the tradition continues. The incorporation of a gel tension wedge in place of the rear wedge used on earlier models makes the XCell SureLock™ the easiest-to-use mini-cell available.

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How the XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell Electrophoresis System Works

Precast gels and buffer core are placed into the mini-cell lower buffer chamber. Pushing the lever on the gel tension wedge forward into the locked position generates an even horizontal force which seals the gel/buffer core assembly firmly into position in the lower buffer chamber (Figure 1). The positive locking action of the gel tension wedge ensures a trouble-free, leak-free gel run every time.

XCell SureLock Mini-Cell Product Manual

Figure 1. Side view of the XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell.

XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell Locked
XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell Unlocked
Locked Position
Unlocked Position

Easily set up the XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell in three simple steps

Step 1. Place one or two pre-cast gels on buffer core.   Step 2. Drop buffer core and gels into the lower buffer chamber of XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell.   Step 3. Lock the gel tension wedge, load samples, fill buffer chambers, and you're set up.

Table 1. XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell Specifications.

Gel capacity Up to 2 mini-gels
Cell size 11 x 12 x 16 cm (height with lid on)
Upper buffer chamber requirement 200 mL for Novex® mini-gels;
Lower buffer chamber requirement 600 mL for Novex® mini-gels;
Material Polycarbonate
Chemical resistance The XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell is impervious to most alcohols but not compatible with chlorinated hydrocarbons (e.g. chloroform), aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g. toluene, benzene), or acetone.

*The asterisk denotes products awarded to laboratory electrical equipment conforming to European Community Safety requirements, Directive 73/23/EEC.

The XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell is covered under U.S. Patent No. 6,001,223.

Easily adapted for blotting

The XCell SureLock™ Mini-Cell can be easily adapted for blotting mini-gels. Simply insert the current XCell II™ Blot Module in the lower buffer chamber in place of the gel/buffer core assembly.

Already have an XCell II™ Mini-Cell?

Conversion of an XCell II™ into an XCell SureLock™ is easy with the purchase of a SureLock™ Retrofit Kit, consisting of a SureLock™ mini-cell, gel tension wedge, and molded mini-gel buffer dam.