BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader

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The BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader offers you precise accurate and repeatable readings, with the flexibility to manipulate and analyze your data to fit your needs. This absorbance microplate reader is self-testing through an on board diagnostic, and can be calibrated with a test plate to make sure your uv/vis microplate reader is ready to go. This micro plate reader comes with a robust catalog of onboard data analysis such as transformation formulas, assay control and validation, and being able to process multiple assays on one plate, and reporting kinetic rate, R2 and onset time without the need for a PC. This microplate reader offers fast kinetics with measurement in as little time as 6 seconds.


The BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader is ideal for applications in fields such as agriculture, biotechnology, cell biology, counting and proliferation, Food processing, Kinetic ELISA, Neuroscience and many more.  This absorbance reader offers 4 Zone temperature control and an incubation range up to 50°C.  The BioTek ELx808 has a 96 well plate configurations and a wavelength range between 380 and 900 nm. In addition, evaporation and edge effect are minimized thanks to unique heated track and carrier design. 

The BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader also comes with Gen 5 Software that gives users an easy to use, intuitive interface, with data reduction tools to help streamline information, and increase productivity. This microplate reader is also gives you superior optics with the clever staggered design to eliminate channel to channel cross talk. 

BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader Specifications:


Detection modes


Read methods

End point, kinetic, linear scanning

Microplate types

96-well plates

Temperature control

4-Zone incubation to 50 °C (+0.2 °C at 37 °C)

Shaking Linear

Not Included


Gen5 Reader Control Software


Light source

Tungsten halogen



Wavelength selection


Wavelength range

340 to 900 nm

Dynamic range

0 to 4.0 OD


0.001 OD

Pathlength correction


Filter wheel capacity

6 positions

Filters supplied 

4 filters (5 with UV option)

OD accuracy

< 1% at 2.5 OD

< 2% at 3.5 OD

OD linearity

<1% at 2.5 OD

OD repeatability

< 0.5% at 2.5 OD

< 1.5% at 3.5 OD

Reading speed (kinetic) 

96 wells: 8 seconds

Physical Characteristics


100 - 240 Volts AC. 50/60 Hz


 15.5"W x 16"D x 8.75"H



  • BioTek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader 
  • Windows 7 Notebook with Gen 5 
  • Brand New Lamp Installed
  • Communication Cable
  • Operator's Guide
  • Absorbance Instrument Validation Report
  • Power Cord
  • 30-Day Warranty

The Biotek ELx808 Absorbance Microplate Reader has been tested and is currently ready to ship. This Microplate Reader ships out within three days from receipt of order and is backed with our standard warranty. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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