IVF Thermometer

Accurate Temperature Measurement

Consistently good temperature control is one of the best ways to optimise results in the ART laboratory. Labs use the IVF Thermometer to verify that any heated equipment, which comes into contact with live samples, is performing as required.

The specially designed microprobe allows the user to accurately measure the temperature of heated stages and inside media droplets, incubators and refrigerators. The probe can be held in place or fitted to a holder for hands-free measurement. The probe is also insulated against heat from the user for truly accurate measurements.


“I consider this an essential piece of kit for the correct function of our lab and quality system”
Sue Pickering, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, Scotland

Key Features

Practical

Unique microprobe for microdrop measurement

Versatile

Cryo-probe or robust probe available in addition to microdrop probe

Simple

Ergonomic design with large backlit digital display

Accuracy

UKAS certified offset.

Portable

Typically 500 hours operation time on battery.

Calibrated

Set to temperatures typically experienced during ART procedures and storage of related consumables. (5°C, 37°C, 45°C) (Calibration certificate included)

Specifications

Accuracy
UKAS-certified offset. Measurement at calibration temperatures repeatable to ±0.2°C

Certification Points
5°C (41°F)
37°C (98.6°F)
45°C (113°F)

Operation Time On Battery
500 hours typical

Dimensions
15.5cm x 6.7cm x 4.0cm

Weight (including batteries)
250g

Order Codes

Part Number Part Description
7-90-000 IVF Thermometer with probe, probe holder and calibration certificate
7-90-008 Upgrade of new thermometer to UKAS specification (price per probe)
7-90-004 IVF Thermometer with two probes, probe holder and calibration certificate. Includes heat transfer compound and adhesive tape to allow surface reading
7-90-001 Spare probe for IVF Thermometer (not calibrated to IVF Thermometer)
7-90-013 Robust thermometer probe (uncalibrated) – not suitable for microdrops
7-90-002 Re-calibration of thermometer and single probe
7-90-007 Calibration of 2nd and subsequent probes
7-90-006 Probe stand for IVF Thermometer probe
7-90-011 Probe for 0°C to -200°C (vapour phase) with accuracy of +/- 3°C.  Does not need calibration to work within this range of accuracy

FAQs

Q. How often should the meter be recalibrated?
A. Every twelve months.

Q. Where can I get my meter calibrated?
A. Calibration does not involve adjusting the meter, but checking the reading against a known standard and issuing a certificate showing the offset at the calibration temperatures (typically 5°C, 37°C and 45°C). Any competent test company can offer this service. You can return the meter to us for calibration, but this may take longer and be more expensive due to shipping.

Q. What do I do if the thermometer needs adjusting?
A. It can only be adjusted by the manufacturer. If you think it needs adjusting then please return to RI.

Q. How do I clean the probes?
A. A probe should be cleaned after each use. Immerse the tip in a laboratory grade detergent solution for a few minutes to clean it. Disinfect by immersing in Fertisafe™ embryo-safe disinfectant, 70% isopropyl alcohol or similar, then rinse with pure water and allow to dry. Take great care, as the tip on the standard (microdrop) probe is small and delicate.

Q. How long can I leave it in the incubator for?
A. It is not recommended that you leave the thermometer in a humidified incubator for extended periods.

Q. How long can I use the probe in media?
A. Leaving the probe in salty solutions (media) for prolonged periods of time will cause corrosion, and will damage the probe. To increase the operating life of the probe, use water droplets as a replacement to media. Then wash and dry the probe after every use.

Q. Can I use it to read in nitrogen vapour?
A. Not for the robust or standard (microdrop) probes, but we can supply a cryo-probe for this purpose.

Q. Can it measure surface temperature using thermal paste?
A. Yes – the normal or the robust probes can measure surface temperatures.

Q. How durable is the IVF Thermometer probe?
A. The standard (microdrop) probe requires careful handling but the robust and cryo-probes should stand up to a lot of use.

Q. Can the robust probe be used in microdroplets?
A. No – the standard (microdrop) probe is suitable for this though. The robust probe can also be calibrated to reduce the 0.5°C variation in accuracy for immersion and surfaces only, ie inside an incubator or water bath, etc.

Q. Why is my thermometer reading “OC”?
A. This means “Open Circuit”, and probably means the fine wire at the tip of the probe is broken. The probe cannot be repaired so it must be replaced and the meter recalibrated.

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