miniPCRTM, opening up the world of DNA

The PCR machine for everyone, everywhere

minipcr thermal cycler
  • Superior performance

  • Interactive software

  • Transparent. Not a black box!

  • Portable and durable in every context

  • Designed, engineered, built in USA

Validated performance

Small package. Big results.

miniPCRTM copies targeted pieces of DNA in a process known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), with the same quality as professional benchtop thermal cyclers.

Works interchangeably with standard PCR assays, reagents, and consumables.

Read performance validation papers.


Built to last. From classroom to jungle.

PCR is the gold standard for DNA-based detection of pathogens, contaminants, and species identification. miniPCRTM can operate in the field for up to 6 hr on portable rechargeable batteries (optional).

Sturdy, miniaturized 2 x 5 x 4 in. design weighs less than 1lb.
No breakable Peltier elements.
1/4″ thick acrylic enclosure.

Real-world case studies in every context, from classroom to outer space.


Interactive and transparent. Not a black box.

With the interactive miniPCRTM App, easily create, share and monitor experiments.
Follow the process in real time, export run data for analysis. Students engage and understand the process of DNA replication.

The free miniPCRTM App is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and Chrome operating systems.

Not a mysterious black box.

Engage with the free miniPCRTM App. Learn. Download.

Technical specifications

Sample format: 8 x 0.2ml PCR tubes (strip compatible)
Max Heating Ramp Rate: 3.2°C / sec
Heated Lid: Independent lid heater up to 120°C, PID control
Max Cooling Ramp Rate: 2.2°C / sec
Program Sharing and Backup: Unlimited libraries, .plf file
Temperature control: Resisitive Heating; Forced-Air cooling

Control System: Embedded thermistors and PID algorithm
Temperature Range: Ambient – 99°C
Dimensions: 2″ x 5″ x 4″ (5.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.2 cm) approx.
Weight: 1 lb. (450 g) approx.
Internal memory: Runs last stored program at power ON
Power Supply: AC 100-240V, 50-60hz, 70W
Adjustable lid: Compatible with flat or domed caps

Praise for miniPCRTM

“It is nice to have a cycler on my bench that I can use at my leisure.”

Research Fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

“It’s really a great piece of equipment, beautifully designed for the classroom.”

High School Teacher, San Francisco Bay Area

“We are testing out in the field inside farms to shorten testing time for key bacterial and viral diseases. It proved very useful to really make the miniPCR mobile.”

Field veterinarian, Singapore

“The miniPCR machine worked great. My assistant principal and another science teacher couldn’t believe how compact and easy it was to use. I kept photos of the graphs to show the students that weren’t there on Saturday”

Biology Teacher, Long Island, NY, USA

“The miniPCR machines have proved to be a perfect solution, combining portability with ease of use and robust performance. […] In some cases the performance has exceeded that of the much more costly real time PCR machines that were already available within the diagnostic lab.”

Prof. Ian Goodfellow, University of Cambridge, UK