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One tank, 181 gels

The Bolt® Mini Gel Tank just got better—introducing the improved mini gel tank for your convenience. Enhancements in design allow for increased usability so you can run a variety of different gel types in this unique tank design. Now run your favorite NuPAGE®, Novex®, and Bolt® gels in the same tank.

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Convenient and intuitive electrophoresis tank

  • Easy sample loading—with the new forward-facing well configuration
  • Less running buffer required—two separate gel chambers, just add buffer for each gel up to the marked fill line
  • Simultaneous visualization of both gels—streamlined, side-by-side tank configuration
  • Simplified monitoring of prestained protein markers—with new white tank stand
  • Versatile—compatible with NuPAGE®, Bolt®,or Novex® mini gels
  • View Mini Gel Tank specifications

Mini Blot Module

Complete your Mini Gel Tank system with the innovative Mini Blot Module that conveniently fits into the chambers of the Mini Gel Tank and allows you to easily transfer proteins from mini gels to membranes.

Find compatible precast gels

See the NuPAGE® mini gels, Novex® mini gels, and Bolt® gels selection guide
 

Resources for the Bolt® Mini Gel Tank

Find FAQs, information on upgrading your Bolt® mini gel tank for versatility, and videos showing you how to use your Bolt® mini gel tank with a variety of mini gels

View gel performance in the Mini Gel Tank

Equal performance of a new Bolt® 4–12% Bis-Tris Plus gel with protein standards and samples. The same protein standards and samples were loaded in 10 µL sample volumes in a new Bolt® gel and an original Bolt® gel. Similarly sharp, straight bands with nearly identical migration were observed with the new Bolt® gel (A) as compared to the original Bolt® gel (B). Lane 1: SeeBlue® Plus2 Pre-Stained Standard; lane 2: 10 µg E. coli lysate; lane 3: blend of 12 purified proteins (Mark12™ Unstained Standard); lane 4: 40 µg HeLa cell lysate; lane 5: 20 µg HeLa cell lysate; lane 6: 5 µg BSA; lane 7: 40 µg Jurkat cell lysate; lane 8: 5 µg of a GST fusion protein; lane 9: Novex® Sharp Protein Standard; and lane 10: 5 µg β-galactosidase. Gel electrophoresis was performed at 200 V (constant), gels were stained using SimplyBlue™ SafeStain, and images were acquired using a flatbed scanner.

photo of original Bolt gel compared to new Bolt gel

Equal performance of a NuPAGE® Tris-Acetate gel with protein standards and samples when using a Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell Tank. The same protein standards and samples were loaded at 10  L sample volumes in NuPAGE® 3–8% Tris-Glycine gels. Electrophoresis was performed using either the Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell. Similarly sharp, straight bands with nearly identical migration were observed when using the Mini Gel Tank (A) as compared to the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell (B). Lane 1: SeeBlue® Plus2 Pre-Stained Standard; lane 2: 10 μg E. coli lysate; lane 3: blend of 12 purified proteins (Mark12™ Unstained Standard); lane 4: 40 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 5: 20 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 6: 5 μg BSA; lane 7: 40 μg Jurkat cell lysate; lane 8: 5 μg of a GST fusion protein; lane 9: Novex® Sharp Protein Standard; and lane 10: 5 μg β-galactosidase. Gel electrophoresis was performed at 200 V (constant), gels were stained using SimplyBlue™ SafeStain, and images were acquired using a flatbed scanner.

Equal performance of a Tris-Glycine gel with protein standards and samples when using a Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell Tank. The same protein standards and samples were loaded at 10 μL sample volumes in 4–20% Tris-Glycine gels. Electrophoresis was performed using either the Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell. Similarly sharp, straight bands with nearly identical migration were observed when using the Mini Gel Tank (A) as compared to the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell (B). Lane 1: SeeBlue® Plus2 Pre-Stained Standard; lane 2: 10 μg E. coli lysate; lane 3: blend of 12 purified proteins (Mark12™ Unstained Standard); lane 4: 40 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 5: 20 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 6: 5 μg BSA; lane 7: 40 μg Jurkat cell lysate; lane 8: 5 μg of a GST fusion protein; lane 9: Novex® Sharp Protein Standard; and lane 10: 5 μg β-galactosidase. Gel electrophoresis was performed at 200 V (constant), gels were stained using SimplyBlue™ SafeStain, and images were acquired using a flatbed scanner.

photo showing NuPAGE gels run in SureLock tank and Mini Gel Tank

Equal performance of a Novex® Tricine gel with protein standards and samples when using a Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell Tank. The same protein standards and samples were loaded at 10 μL sample volumes in 10–20% Tricine gels. Electrophoresis was performed using either the Mini Gel Tank or the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell. Similarly sharp, straight bands with nearly identical migration were observed when using the Mini Gel Tank (A) as compared to the XCell SureLock® Mini-Cell (B). Lane 1: SeeBlue® Plus2 Pre-Stained Standard; lane 2: 10 μg E. coli lysate; lane 3: blend of 12 purified proteins (Mark12™ Unstained Standard); lane 4: 40 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 5: 20 μg HeLa cell lysate; lane 6: 5 μg BSA; lane 7: 40 μg Jurkat cell lysate; lane 8: 5 μg of a GST fusion protein; lane 9: Novex® Sharp Protein Standard; and lane 10: 5 μg β-galactosidase. Gel electrophoresis was performed at 200 V (constant), gels were stained using SimplyBlue™ SafeStain, and images were acquired using a flatbed scanner.

photo of Novex Tricine gels run in a SureLock tank and a Mini Gel Tank

Mini Gel Tank specifications

Gel capacity Up to 2 mini gels 
Cell size 11 x 12 x 16 cm (height with lid on)
Buffer chamber Requirement 400 mL for each mini gel
Material Polycarbonate
Chemical resistance The Mini Gel Tank is impervious to most alcohols but not compatible with chlorinated hydrocarbons (e.g., chloroform), aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g., toluene, benzene), or acetone.