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EchoTherm™ RIC20 Series Remote Controlled Chilling/Heating Dry Baths

Optional Models

  • RIC20: 50 watts of chilling/heating power. Temperature range minus 10ºC to 100ºC without sample block.
  • RIC20XR: 100 watts of chilling/heating power. Temperature range minus 10ºC to 110ºC without sample block. Recommended for larger loads and for cycling temperatures up and down.
  • RIC20XT: 100 watts of chilling/heating power. Temperature range minus 20ºC to 100ºC without sample block. Recommended for holding samples steady at low temperatures without cycling.

RIC20: $1090.00
RIC20XR: $1355.00
RIC20XT: $1355.00


  • Compact size: 6.5”(165 mm) side to side x 4.75”(120 mm) front to back x 4.0” (102 mm) tall without sample block
  • Peltier based for chilling and heating
  • Temperature ranges from -20ºC to 110ºC (without sample block)
  • Temperature stability +/- 0.1ºC
  • Settable to 0.1ºC
  • Accurate to +/- 0.2ºC
  • Temperature variation across blocks +/- 0.3ºC
  • Platinum RTD temperature measurement system
  • PID temperature control
  • Set individual temperature and unplug computer for setting other units. Once set, units will hold set temperature indefinitely without computer connection
  • Run complex temperature/time profiles using your computer and your programs
  • 26 standard sample blocks
  • Custom blocks made to fit any sample holder
  • Sample blocks held in place by magnets or screws (screws are special order)
  • Threaded holes on case bottom for mounting into systems
  • Mounting brackets available for Tecan robots
  • Universal bench top power supply provided with unit
  • Serial interface manual provided
  • 12-month warranty
  • UL. CSA, and CE compliant


  • Designed for use on robotic systems in multiples at different temperatures
  • Bench top uses of single or multiple units at different temperatures:
    1. Maintaining 14ºC for ligation reactions
    2. Maintaining 17ºC for storing Oocytes
    3. Enzyme reactions and deactivations
    4. Hybridizations
    5. PCR sample preparation
    6. Simple incubations in a variety of sample holders including 96-well and 384-well assay plates, centrifuge tubes, test tubes and more
    7. Chilling reagents to 4C in 15, 50, 250, and 500ml centrifuge tubes in insulated blocks

Product Description

The EchoTherm™ RIC20 Series was designed for use in robotic systems. As such, it is a small, self contained unit that runs off 12 volts DC. Power is provided from a universal bench top power supply that takes 100VAC to 260VAC, 50/60Hz inputs and converts that to 12 volts DC for the RIC20 series. The unit comes with an RS232 cable for connecting it to a PC via any open serial port.

The Serial Command Set is provided with the unit. It gives the user the information needed to control any RIC20 Series unit. Any number of units can be connected to a PC using any of the available serial ports on the computer. After the RIC20 has been instructed to go to a temperature, the unit can be disconnected from the computer and the computer can be used to instruct another RIC20 using the same serial port on the computer. The unit will retain its instructions when disconnected from the computer until told otherwise. As the unit heats or chills toward its target temperature, the LED on the unit will flash. When the flashing stops and the LED is constantly lit, the unit is stable at the target temperature.

If the user opts to run a complex temperature/time profile, the RIC20 can be instructed, via a computer and software generated by the user, to run the profile. In this case, the RIC20 unit will have to remain connected to the computer.

The RIC20 Series uses all the standard sample blocks listed below on the chilling/heating surface. Surface size is 2.875” (73 mm) x 4.375” (111 mm). Custom blocks are available on special order for any sample container.

Product Specifications

Range (without block) RIC20: -10ºC to 100ºC w/o sample block; RIC20XR: -10ºC to 110ºC w/o sample block; RIC20XT: -20ºC to 100ºC w/o sample block
Readable & Settable: 0.1ºC
Accuracy: +/- 0.2ºC
Stability: +/- 0.1ºC
Sensor Type: Platinum RTD
Controller Type: PID
Uniformity across the surface: +/- 0.3ºC
Range: 24 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds
Readable & Settable: 1 second
Heater/Chiller Power RIC20: 50 watts
RIC20XR: 100 watts
RIC20XT: 100 watts
Operating Voltages: 100 to 260VAC, 50/60Hz inputs to universal power supply to provide 12 volts DC to the unit.
Chilling/Heating Modules (all versions): Width (side to side): 6.5” (165 mm)
Depth (front to back): 4.75” (120 mm)
Height (without sample block)” 4” (101 mm)
Weight (unpacked): 3.5 pounds (1.58 kg)
Bench Top Power Supply Length: 6.5” (165 mm)
Depth: 2.5” (63 mm)
Height: 1.5” (38 mm)

Accessories Available:

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MIC20 Remote Terminal
Control, configure, and monitor the RIC20

For detailed sample block drawings, click here.
620-5012 Block, aluminum, 40 holes for 0.5 ml centrifuge tubes       $185.00
620-5013 Block, aluminum, 30 holes for 1.5 ml centrifuge tubes   $200.00
620-5014 Block, aluminum, 40 holes for 0.5 ml and 15 holes for 1.5 ml   $250.00
620-5015 Block, aluminum, 0.2 ml tubes and plates   $270.00
620-5016 Block, aluminum, “V” bottom 96-well assay plates   $280.00
620-5017 Block, aluminum, round bottom 96-well assay plates   $280.00
620-5018 Block, aluminum, 24 holes for 2.0 ml vials   $205.00
620-5019 Block, aluminum, 384 holes for 384-well assay plates   $280.00
620-5020 Block, aluminum, flat bottom 96 and 384-well assay plates   $210.00
620-5021 Block, aluminum, 24 holes for 10 mm test tubes   $160.00
620-5022 Block, aluminum, 12 holes for 15/16 mm test tubes   $175.00
620-5023 Block, aluminum, 20 holes for 12/13 mm test tubes   $180.00
620-5024 Block, aluminum, 3-20 mm, 5-12/13 mm and 6-6 mm test tubes   $200.00
620-5025 Block, aluminum, 8 holes for 20 mm test tubes   $200.00
620-5026 Block, aluminum, 30 holes for 6 mm test tubes   $180.00
620-5027 Block, aluminum, 12 holes for 15ml centrifuge tubes   $315.00
620-5027I insulation for block 620-5027 above   $80.00
620-5028 Block, aluminum, 12 holes for 20ml scintillation vials   $325.00
620-5029 Block, aluminum, deep-well assay plates   $395.00
620-5030 Block, aluminum, 6 holes for 50ml centrifuge tubes   $295.00
620-5030I insulation for block 620-5030 above   $80.00
620-5031 Block, aluminum, 4-slides for hybridizations, with black cover   $380.00
620-5032 Block, aluminum, 30-2.0ml Eppendorf centrifuge tubes   $205.00
620-5033 Block, aluminum, lo-profile deep well plates for robots   $280.00
620-5035 Block, aluminum, lo-profile/flat assay plates, for robots   $255.00
620-5036 Block, aluminum, Nunc 278752 deep-well assay plate. No dealer discount available.   $480.00
620-5041 Block, aluminum, PCR plates with cones   $265.00
620-5042 Block, aluminum, for Tecan assay plates   $255.00
620-5043 Block, aluminum, 1.5 ml tubes with slots to hold caps open   $430.00
620-5044 Block, aluminum, for 5 V-shaped Tecan troughs   $475.00
620-5045 Block, aluminum, 2.0 ml tubes with slots to hold caps open, Tecan &nbsn; $430.00
620-5227 Block, aluminum, deep well plate, Thermo #95040450. Special order takes 3 weeks. No dealer discount available.   $600.00
620-5254 Block, aluminum, deep well plate, 1.0 ml Greiner Bio-1. Special order takes 3 weeks. No dealer discount available.   $535.00
620-5255 Block, aluminum, deep well plate, Abgene 1.2 ml. Special order takes 3 weeks. No dealer discount available.   $535.00
620-5261 Block, aluminum, for one 250ml centrifuge tube. Special order takes 3 weeks. No distributor discount available.   $425.00
620-5261I Insulation for 620-5261 block above   $80.00
620-5269 Block, aluminum, deep well plate, Phenix 1.1 ml. Special order takes 3 weeks. No dealer discount available.   $635.00
620-5288 Block, aluminum for one 500ml centrifuge tube. Special order take 3 weeks. No distributor discount available   $425.00
620-5288I Insulation for block 620-5288 above.   $80.00
620-5345 Block, aluminum for two 250ml centrifuge tubes. Special order takes 3 weeks. No distributor discount available.   $425.00
620-5345I Insulation for block 620-5345 above   $80.00
RIC20-300 Pair mounting brackets for Tecan Robots   $310.00
720-0009 Cover, aluminum blocks, 3.25” high   $68.00


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