Thermo Scientific™ Forma™ 88000 Series -86°C Upright Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers Available on GSA/VA Contract for Federal Government customers only.

Store the most critical samples in these upright ultra-low temperature freezers, which feature outstanding safety, security and thermal performance.

Manufacturer: Thermo Scientific™ 88500A

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Catalog No. 88-500A

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‡Based on internal performance data; Data on file May 2011 †Comparison of energy-savings and high-performance mode.


    Capacity (English) Shelf 205 lb.
    Backup Systems CO2 or LN2 Optional
    Capacity (Metric) Shelf 355kg
    2ml Vial Capacity per Freezer 50000
    Access Security KeyLock Standard, Padlock Compatible, Key Card Optional
    Chart Recorder 7-day ink or inkless Optional
    Certifications/Compliance cULus, CE listed
    Data Outputs RS-485, 4-20mA, dry contacts - standard
    Description Capacity: 24.1 cu. ft. (681.5L); Holds 500 boxes; 115V/60Hz
    Amperage 16A
    Capacity 24.1cu. ft., 682L
    Capacity (English) 24.1cu. ft.
    Capacity (Metric) 682L
    Display Touch ScreenLCD
    Dimensions (L x W x H) Exterior 37.6 x 38 x 78 in. (96 x 96.5 x 198cm)
    Dimensions (D x W x H) Interior 28.3 x 28.8 x 51.2 in. (72 x 73 x 130cm)
    Hertz 60Hz
    Holds 500 boxes
    Insulation Vacuum Panel and Water Blown Foam
    Plug Type NEMA 5-20
    Shipping Weight (English) 782 lb.
    Shelves 3
    Product Name Forma
    Shipping Weight (Metric) 355kg
    Temperature Range -50° to -86°C
    Temperature Range (Metric) -50°C to -86°C
    Type Ultra Low Freezer, Upright
    Voltage 115V
    Doors Single
    Door Opening Recovery 28 min.
    Electrical Requirements 115V 60Hz
    Footprint (English) 9.92 sq. ft.
    Energy Usage 17/19kW-hr/day
    Health Monitoring On Screen,Log File
    Footprint (Metric) 0.92 sq. meters
    Inner Doors 4
    Interior Painted Steel - Standard, Stainless-steel - Optional
    Line Voltage Indicator Line voltage and Buck/Boost
    Operating Modes High Performance or Energy Efficiency
    On-Board Datalogging Standard
    Peak Variation at -80C +3.8°/-5.6°C
    Regulatory Approvals UL
    Smart View Compatibility SmartView Compatible
    Setpoint Security Standard - Individual user names and passwords
    Vial to Energy Ratio 1.54 watts/100mL vials (box)
    Vial to Footprint Ratio (English) 5.040 vials/sq. ft
    Vial to Footprint Ratio (Metric) 54.348 vials/cu. m
    Voltage Compensation Buck/Boost
    Warm up Time -80 C to -50C 237 min.
    Weight (English) 782 lb.
    Weight (Metric) 355kg
    Water Cooled Optional
    Product Line Forma

    Store the most critical samples in Thermo Scientific™Forma™ 88000 Series -86°C Upright Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers, which feature outstanding safety, security and thermal performance.


    • Choice of five capacities maximizes sample storage while minimizing the freezer's footprint; features the industry's leading capacity per footprint specifications‡
    • High-performance mode provides the tightest temperature uniformity and peak variation†—for most applications, energy-savings mode offers excellent temperature control, plus up to 15% savings on energy usage compared to high performance mode
    • Increases the internal capacity of 2 in. vials over previous generation freezers—gain up to 76% more capacity in the same footprint with 1mL CryoBank tubes†
    • Monitor the freezer's health 24/7 and access a detailed event log—simply touch the heart icon on the main screen to see freezer's temperature, and access settings and operating parameters
    • Download a report of the current event log to a portable drive
    • Experience more efficient heat transfer with a brazed plate heat exchanger and joints to reduce leak potential and improve reliability
    • Protect against a wide range of voltage variation with a power management system that is easily accessible through the touch-screen display
    • Monitor the freezer with remote alarm contacts: 4-20 milliamp output compatible with external alarm and monitoring systems
    • Use inexpedient probes or instrumentation with two 1 in. (25mm) rear access ports
    • Store up to 15 years worth of temperature and event data on the on-board compute
    • Use the USB port to download freezer temperature and event log data, or freezer settings from one freezer to another
    • Protect against dust on the condenser, which can cause reduced refrigeration performance and increased risk to samples, with easy-to-remove, washable filter
    • Store up to 278 lbs. of samples (depending on freezer model) on reinforced, stainless steel shelving
    • Maximize cabinet temperature and eliminate frost build-up with 4x7 heated gasket with four touchpoints of security and seven zones of protection
    • Maintain cabinet temperature during openings with five polystyrene insulated inner doors that feature embedded rare earth magnets, eliminating exposed latches or magnets
    Ordering information:
    • Several optional features including LN2 and CO2 back-up system, chart recorder, stainless steel inventory racking solutions and hands-free locking option
    • Environmentally-friendly, CFC/HCFC free refrigerants

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