Model 583 Gel Dryer from Bio-Rad

The Model 583 gel dryer has a 35 x 45 cm drying surface, which is large enough to fit up to 16 mini gels, 9 Criterion™ gels, 2 large format gels, or 1 sequencing gel. Three preprogrammed drying cycles provide optimum drying for any type of gel, particularly sequencing gels. Precision-controlled temperature regulation helps prevent gel cracking.

The Model 583 gel dryer's exclusive design incorporates a floating heating element in the lid to heat the gel from the top while the vacuum pulls vapor from the bottom, through the porous gel support. This design ensures uniform heating to speed drying. 

In contrast, gel dryers that heat and pull vacuum from the bottom take longer to dry gels, and the gels are more susceptible to cracking. The transparent sealing gasket allows monitoring of gels during the drying cycle.