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.


    Type Ultra Low Freezer, Upright
    Product Line Forma
    Temperature Range (Metric) -50°C to -86°C
    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)
    Temperature Range -50° to -86°C
    Doors Single
    Certifications/Compliance cULus, CE listed
    Interior Painted Steel - Standard, Stainless-steel - Optional
    On-Board Datalogging Standard
    Vial to Energy Ratio 1.54 watts/100mL vials (box)
    Warm up Time -80 C to -50C 237 min.
    Weight (English) 782 lb.
    Backup Systems CO2 or LN2 Optional
    Insulation Vacuum Panel and Water Blown Foam
    Voltage 115V
    Footprint (English) 9.92 sq. ft.
    Energy Usage 17/19kW-hr/day
    Footprint (Metric) 0.92 sq. meters
    Operating Modes High Performance or Energy Efficiency
    Data Outputs RS-485, 4-20mA, dry contacts - standard
    Setpoint Security Standard - Individual user names and passwords
    Voltage Compensation Buck/Boost
    Water Cooled Optional
    Capacity (English) 24.1cu. ft.
    Capacity (Metric) 682L
    2ml Vial Capacity per Freezer 50000
    Access Security KeyLock Standard, Padlock Compatible, Key Card Optional
    Plug Type NEMA 5-20,NEMA 5-20
    Capacity (English) Shelf 205 lb.
    Electrical Requirements 115V 60Hz
    Health Monitoring On Screen,Log File
    Inner Doors 4
    Peak Variation at -80C +3.8°/-5.6°C
    Regulatory Approvals UL
    Smart View Compatibility SmartView Compatible
    Vial to Footprint Ratio (English) 5.040 vials/sq. ft
    Weight (Metric) 355kg
    Description Capacity: 24.1 cu. ft. (681.5L); Holds 500 boxes; 115V/60Hz
    Amperage 16A,16A
    Capacity 24.1cu. ft., 682L,24.1cu. ft., 682L
    Display Touch ScreenLCD,Touch ScreenLCD
    Capacity (Metric) Shelf 355kg
    Hertz 60Hz,60Hz
    Holds 500 boxes,500 boxes
    Shipping Weight (English) 782 lb.,782 lb.
    Shelves 3,3
    Product Name Forma
    Shipping Weight (Metric) 355kg,355kg
    Chart Recorder 7-day ink or inkless Optional
    Door Opening Recovery 28 min.
    Line Voltage Indicator Line voltage and Buck/Boost
    Vial to Footprint Ratio (Metric) 54.348 vials/cu. m
    Width (English) Interior 28.75 in.
    Depth (English) Interior 28.29 in.
    Height (Metric) Interior 130.1115cm
    Width (English) Exterior 38 in.
    Height (Metric) Exterior 198.1cm
    Width (Metric) Exterior 96.5cm
    Depth (Metric) Exterior 95.5cm
    Depth (Metric) Interior 71.86cm
    Height (English) Interior 51.225 in.
    Width (Metric) Interior 73.025cm
    Height (English) Exterior 78 in.
    Depth (English) Exterior 37.6 in.
    No. of Doors 1

    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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