OPERATOR’S MANUAL FOR THE BULLET BLENDER®
Operator’s Manual
The Bullet Blender®
Models: Bullet Blender®; Bullet Blender® Storm; Bullet
Blender® Blue and Bullet Blender® Blue 5
Congratulations!
Congratulations on your purchase of a
Bullet Blender® by Next Advance, Inc., for
mixing, lysing, disrupting, and homogenizing
your samples.
Please read this operator’s manual which
explains proper operation of the instrument.
This manual is posted on our website,
www.nextadvance.com. Click on SUPPORT
in the left window and then on the
appropriate link to the manual.
We’re confident that your Bullet
Blender® will become an essential tool in
your laboratory and we wish you success
with your work.
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Contents
Parts of the Bullet Blender® ....................... 2
Setup............................................................ 3
Operation..................................................... 3
Protocols and Sample Settings .................... 4
Cleaning ...................................................... 4
Troubleshooting .......................................... 5
Support ........................................................ 5
Specifications .............................................. 6
Warranty...................................................... 6
Warnings and Cautions ............................... 6
Disclaimer ................................................... 7
Contact Info................................................. 8
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Parts of the Bullet Blender®
Cover
Gasket
Sample
Tubes
Sample
Plate
Enclosure
Operator
Panel
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SYMBOLS USED ON THE BBX AND BBY MODEL BULLET BLENDERS
Start Operation
Caution: Follow the Instructions in the Operator’ Manual
.
This product complies with the European Low Voltage and EMC
Directives.
Please dispose the test tubes and the BBX or BBY Bullet Blender in
accordance with local regulations.
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SETUP
Place the Bullet Blender® on a stable,
level lab bench. Plug the AC power supply
cord connector into the AC Input Receptacle
on the back of the Bullet Blender® and then
insert the plug into a wall outlet. You should
see lights on the time setting flash for several
seconds, indicating that the unit is receiving
power. It is now set up.
OPERATION
To use your BBX-or BBY- series Bullet
Blender® lift open the cover, insert the
appropriate tubes, and close the cover. For
BBX24 models (BBX24 and BBX24B) place
up to 24 closed 1.5mL to 2.0mL
polypropylene high quality snap-top (e.g.
Eppendorf® Safe-Lock) microcentrifuge
tubes containing samples into the sample
plate, and close the cover. When using
2.0mL tubes we recommend using at least 2
tubes per homogenization cycle. For the
screw-cap BBX24 models (BBX24W and
BBX24BW),
use
1.5ml
conical,
polypropylene Corning or Axygen tubes
(other tubes may work, but we can not assure
good results with them). For the Bullet
Blender Storm (BBY24M), use 1.5mL
Eppendorf® Safe-Lock tubes. In the Bullet
Blender® Blue 5 (BBX5MB), load up to 12
5mL Axygen brand transport tubes. The snap
caps on the microcentrifuge tubes must be on
securely. The threads on all screw-cap
tubes must be dry and the caps must be
screwed on very tightly. Do not operate a
Bullet Blender® loaded with any empty
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tubes, as this may result in breakage of the
tubes. If their use is necessary, “blank” tubes
should be filled partially with water. For
best results, the tubes should be evenly
spaced. Set the duration, in minutes, and the
speed to the desired value. Push the start
button. As each minute passes, another LED
will light up. On the BLUE and BBY
models, the air cooling will continue for half
a minute post-homogenization.
Do not operate with the cover open.
There will be excess noise, your samples will
not be properly processed and the tubes may
be knocked entirely out of the instrument
potentially causing injury.
If you turn the “minutes” knob to “0”, the
instrument will stop.
Example:
The figure above shows the Bullet
Blender® set to run for 4 minutes at a speed
of 8, after running for 2 minutes. To operate,
press the “START” button. After the first
minute, the LED light by the number 1 will
light up. After the second minute, the second
LED light by the number 2 will light up.
And so on. At the settings shown above,
after 4 minutes, the Bullet Blender® will
stop. In the Blue versions, the words “Air
Cooling™” will light up in blue during
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operation and for about one half minute
afterward as the fan continues to operate.
more than 1g of sample, or a total of 3mL of
buffer, tissue, and beads (per tube).
Note that the Bullet Blender® Storm
models have additional time settings for 15
and 30 second pulses. In addition, the Bullet
Blender® Storm has additional, more
powerful speed setting of 12.
Cutting the tissue into smaller pieces will
generally yield better results. Tissue with a
high aspect ratio (long, thin strips) will
homogenize better than tissue that is round or
cubic.
PROTOCOLS AND SAMPLE
SETTINGS
The following ratio should be used as a
guideline for determining the amount of
beads and buffer to use given a certain
sample size - 1 volume/mass of tissue : ½
volume of beads : 2 volumes of buffer. For
more specific information regarding the use
of various beads as well as specific protocol
information, please refer to our website
www.nextadvance.com.
As the tissue amount becomes smaller, the
above recommended ratio may differ due to
the limitations of handling of the small
volumes. With microcentrifuge tubes, we
recommend using a minimum of 25L of
buffer regardless of your sample size. For
the 5mL tubes, we recommend a minimum
volume of 100L.
With microcentrifuge tubes, the maximum
sample mass is 300mg of tissue or 300L of
pelleted cell culture per microcentrifuge in
the Bullet Blender®, and the tube should not
be filled more than two-thirds of the way
(this includes sample, beads, and buffer).
This is because the mechanics of
homogenization require empty space in the
tube. For 5mL tubes, do not operate with
Do not operate the Bullet Blender® using
the same tubes for longer than 15 minutes.
Protocols for many types of samples are
posted
on
our
website,
at
www.nextadvance.com/FAQs/protocols.htm.
Notes:
Use high quality polypropylene snap top
tubes, such as Eppendorf® Safe-Lock®
microtubes. The Bullet Blender® Blue 5 is
designed to work with 5mL Axygen brand
tubes only.
At high speed settings there may be some
flaking of the tubes. This is a normal side
effect of homogenization. The higher speed
enables homogenization of tougher tissue.
CLEANING
If you wish to clean your Bullet Blender,
clean the outside of the unit only with mild
soap water and a soft cloth. Under normal
conditions, the Bullet Blender® should never
need to be disassembled for cleaning. In the
case of a large spill, unplug the instrument,
remove the sample tube plate with an 1/8”
hex wrench, wipe out the spill using standard
laboratory safety precautions, and replace the
sample tube plate. Do not touch or tamper
with the electronics.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
SPECIFICATIONS
In addition to the tips given below, a
thorough list of troubleshooting tips is at
http://www.nextadvance.com/FAQs/FAQsBullet_Blender.htm.
Size: 23 cm (9 in.) deep x 20 cm (8 in.) wide
x 22 cm (8.5 in.) high.
If the Bullet Blender doesn’t start, the
plug of the power supply cord might not be
in a live wall outlet or the power supply
connector might not be fully inserted in the
AC Input Receptacle of the Bullet Blender®.
Power Requirement: BBX24, BBX24W,
BBX24B and BBX24BW models: 24 VDC,
0.75 Amp
For Bullet Blender® 5 units, Make sure
the Power Switch is in the ON (I) position.
If the unit stops working, turn the
system off for 15 minutes to allow the
electronics to reset. If the Bullet Blender®
does not turn on after this period, contact
customer service.
If the caps on the microcentrifuge tubes
pop open or the caps on 5 mL tubes
loosen, make sure that the interface regions
or screw threads between the lids and the
caps is dry when you close the caps or screw
them on, so that there is enough friction for
the caps to remain tight.
Using
recommended types of tubes will minimize
cap failure.
SUPPORT
FAQs, protocols, and other helpful
information is available on our website,
http://www.nextadvance.com. Click on the
Bullet Blender, then on the appropriate link.
If you cannot find an answer there, please
contact customer service by email at
support@nextadvance.com or by telephone
at 1.518.674.3510 or (800) 738-1681.
Weight: 4 to 5 kg (8.5 to 11 lbs.), depending
upon model.
BBY24M and BBX5MB models: 24 VDC,
2.5 Amp
Capacity: 24 of 1.5 - 2.0mL poly-propylene
high quality (e.g. Eppendorf) sample tubes,
24 of 1.5 Axygen brand 1.5mL conical screw
cap tubes or 12 of 5mL Axygen brand 5ml
transport tubes, depending upon model.
Relative Humidity: 5 - 90% non-condensing
Operating Temperature: 4 - 40°C
Altitude: <2000m
Storage Temperature: -40 to 50°C
Meets
requirements (-CE models only).
WARRANTY
Next Advance warrants its Products against
defects in materials and workmanship for
time periods which vary according to the
Product. Within these time periods, Next
Advance will replace or repair, without
charge to the original purchaser, any part
which is defective.
Bullet Blender
Two years
The warranty is void if the Product is
defective due to product accident, product
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modification, exposure to radiation other
than for sterilization, connection to an
improper electrical supply, lack of proper
maintenance,
contamination,
improper
installation or misuse. If the product is used
in a manner not specified by the
manufacturer, the protection provided by the
equipment may be impaired. The warranty
shall also not apply to defects arising from
fire, flood, lightning or other conditions
unrelated to correct operation of the Product.
Operator’s Responsibility
Next Advance’s liability is limited, at the
company’s election, to (1) refund of the
original purchaser’s purchase price for the
Product (2) repair of the Product, or (3)
replacement of the Product or defective parts.
Evidence of purchase by the original
purchaser is required. Next Advance may
also request documentation of proper
maintenance, if applicable.
Do not insert fingers or objects other than
recommended tubes into sample tube holes.
Provide proof of purchase and provide
normal care and maintenance.
WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
Read the user’s manual before operating.
Do not operate Bullet Blender® 5 units with
fewer than 3 tubes.
Do not operate Bullet Blender® units with
empty tubes.
Do not open lid when Bullet Blender® is in
use.
Use caution when closing Bullet Blender®
lid- do not close on fingers.
Use recommended tubes only.
No user serviceable parts are inside.
For indoor use only.
Pollution Degree 2 per EN 61010-1.
Overvoltage Category II per EN 61010-1
Next Advance makes no other warranty,
express or implied, with respect to its
Products. NEXT ADVANCE MAKES NO
WARRANTY
RESPECTING
THE
MERCHANTABILITY
OF
THE
PRODUCTS OR THEIR SUITABILITY OR
FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR
PURPOSE OR USE. Next Advance shall
not be liable for, indirect, special, incidental
or consequential damages of any nature.
Any recovery for any claim shall be limited
to the original purchase price for the product.
Enclosure Protection: Not Protected Against
the Ingress of Moisture
Sound Pressure Level: up to 90dBA for
BBX24 models; up to 100dBA for BBY24M
and BBX5MB models. Use hearing
protective devices that reduce exposure to
below 85 dBA during prolonged exposure.
Do not immerse in liquid.
Before touching the Bullet Blender®, touch a
bare metal surface to discharge static
electricity.
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DISCLAIMER
CONTACT INFO
Next
Advance,
Inc.
makes
no
representations or warranties, expressed,
statutory or implied, regarding the fitness or
merchantability of this product for any
particular purpose. In no event shall Next
Advance be liable for incidental or
consequential damages. Next Advance, Inc.
is not liable for any damages, including but
not limited to, lost profits, lost savings, or
other incidental or consequential damages
arising from ownership or use of this
product, or for any delay in the performance
of its obligations under the warranty due to
causes beyond its control.
Next Advance, Inc.,
Averill Park, NY, USA
Telephone 518-674-3510
www.nextadvance.com
Email: info@nextadvance.com
techsupport@nextadvance.com
sales@nextadvance.com
Next Advance, Inc. also reserves the right
to make any improvements or modifications
to the product described in this manual at any
time, without notice of these changes. Next
Advance, Inc. products are not designed,
intended, or authorized for use in
applications or as system components
intended to support or sustain human life, as
a clinical medical device for humans, or for
any application in which the failure of the
product could create a situation where
personal injury or death may occur.
All brand and product names used in this
manual are the trademarks of their respective
owners.
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