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Luminometer and Microplate Reader Selection Guide

The GloMax® line includes high-performance plate readers with a range of detection options. From advanced multimode luminescence, fluorescence, absorbance, BRET and FRET capabilities to dedicated microplate or single-tube luminometers, there is a GloMax® system for every lab and throughput need.

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Faster, Easier Analysis of Luminescence and Fluorescence Data

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GloMax® plate readers have high sensitivity and wide dynamic range, so you can detect high and low signals on the same plate and have confidence in the accuracy of the signal recorded from each well. Designed to work seamlessly with Promega assays, GloMax® microplate readers and luminometers come preloaded with protocols that allow you to run assays at the touch of a button.

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GloMax® Microplate Readers

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Luminescence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fluorescence

Yes

Yes

No

Optional

BRET/FRET

Yes

Optional

No

No

Absorbance (Visible)

Yes

Pre-installed on GM3500 Optional for GM3510

No

No

Absorbance (UV-Visible)

Yes

Optional

No

No

Detection Limit

3 × 10-21 moles luciferase

3 × 10-21 moles luciferase
1.5 × 10-21 moles luciferase
1 × 10-21 moles luciferase

Dynamic Range

9 logs

9 logs

9 logs

> 8 logs

Crosstalk

< 3 × 10-5
< 3 × 10-5

< 3 × 10-5

N/A

Heating

Ambient to 45°C

Ambient to 45°C

No

No

Shaking

Linear or orbital

Linear or orbital

No

No

Automation Compatible

Yes

Yes

No

No

Injectors

Available separately

Available separately

Pre-installed on GM2010 Optional for GM2000

No

Format(s)

6 to 384-well plates
6 to 384-well plates

96-well plates

1.5 ml microcentrifuge tubes
35 mm Petri dishes
12mm × 50mm test tubes (optional)
minicell vials (optional)

Detector

Head-on photon counting photomultiplier tube (PMT)

Head-on photon counting photomultiplier tube (PMT)
Head-on photon counting photomultiplier tube (PMT)
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GloMax® Application Notes

No need to reinvent the wheel—we've already used GloMax for many applications from BRET to monitoring protein degradation. Search our Application Notes collection for examples using GloMax® instruments with a wide range of bioluminescence- and fluorescence-based assays.

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One Call Supports It All

We supply both the reagents and the instrument, so one call to Promega answers any questions you may have about assay chemistries or instrument performance.

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Ensure Minimal Instrument Downtime

 

  • Field Support and Loaner Programs
  • Service Packages
  • IQ and OQ Packages

Warranty and Service Agreements

 

  • Backed by a one-year warranty
  • Additional warranty and service agreements are available
  • For more information, contact Promega Technical Services