Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Lite
Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Lite


Make basic nucleic acid and purified protein measurements from 1µL of sample with the Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Lite Spectrophotometer, convenient for life scientists that only need to determine sample concentration.  The patented sample retention system allows the NanoDrop Lite spectrophotometer to perform rapid, accurate and reproducible microvolume measurements.

The NanoDrop Lite Spectrophotometers assess nucleic acid concentration and purity, and purified protein concentrations. Its compact design, with built-in controls and software, make the NanoDrop Lite small enough to fit on any benchtop, and its simple operation makes it easy to use for all skill levels.


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  • Measures nucleic acid concentration at 260 nm and purity using the 260/280 nm ratio
  • Measures purified protein concentration at 280 nm
  • Employs the patented NanoDrop microvolume sampling technology
  • Delivers the accuracy and reproducibility expected from NanoDrop instruments
  • Uses built-in controls and software – no computer required
  • Optional printer available for creating cryogenic labels
NanoDrop Lite
Instrument Type   Spectrophotometer
Minimum Sample Size 1 µL
Sample Number 1
Path Length 0.5 mm
Light Source(s) Light emitting diodes
Detector Type Silicon photodiode
Wavelength Range 260 and 280 nm
Spectral Resolution ≤ 8.0 nm
Absorbance Accuracy 3% (at 1.05 Abs at 260 nm)
Absorbance Range (10 mm equivalent) 0 – 30 Abs
Lower Limit of Detection 4 ng/µL (dsDNA)
0.12 mg/mL (BSA)
Maximum Concentration 1,500 ng/µL (dsDNA)
45 mg/mL (BSA)
Measurement Time < 5 seconds
Footprint 16 x 11.5 cm
Weight 0.8 kg
Sample Pedestal Material of Construction 303 stainless steel and quartz fiber
Operating Voltage 6 V (DC)
Operating Power Consumption 18 W
Standby Power Consumption  ≤ 2.5 W
Software Compatibility Local control only



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