What Are Magnetic Stirrers, or Stirbars?

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Magnetic StirbarsMagnetic stirrers are used in chemistry and biology. Most people have not come in contact with a magnetic stirrer because they do not work in a field where they have to use them. Magnetic stirrers are used in place of motorized stirrers because they are quieter and because there are no moving parts on the magnetic ones. Magnetic stirrers come in contact with a lot of different chemicals and are used to help stir those chemicals when they are in glass holding dishes like a beaker or a flask. If you do not work in the field of chemistry then you may not understand the importance of the magnetic stirrer as opposed to just using a glass stirrer or a spoon.

If you were to go in to a chemistry lab you may find magnetic stirrers there that are available for the scientists to use. There are many different kinds of equipment that are available in a lab so you need to become familiar with everything in order to know the difference between the items. Magnetic stirrers can help make a solution that could be instrumental to the work of a chemist. There are a lot of different pieces of equipment that are used to make one solution but you need to be sure that each piece is the right one for your project. If you want to learn more about the different types of equipment in a chemistry lab then you should visit your local school and see if you can learn more. It could quite possibly be a very interesting and informative visit.

Single Magnetic StirrerIf you do in fact work in a chemistry lab and do not have access to magnetic stirrers then you should ask you supervisor to get some for you. You may need to be using the magnetic ones over any other material because of the chemicals that you are working with. Having the proper equipment is vital for the product you are making and for your safety. Your safety is the most important thing about being a chemist so you need to be sure that the proper equipment is used at all times. If you are given a magnetic stirrer but are unsure of what the product does then you need to get the proper training on the item and any other items in your lab. Be sure to work with only the best equipment out there to ensure your safety and the quality of the product.

Online Science Mall carries magnetic stirrers large and small. Please browse our selection of magnetic stirrers and let us know if you have any questions.

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