The 2809B InsectaVac Aspirator offers a high-powered, lightweight alternative for collecting insects and other small arthropods. The design concept was provided by Ken Harmon a.k.a. “Ken the Bug Man” from St. Cloud, FL. The aspirator uses the same collection and pickup tube system as BioQuip’s other 2809 series aspirators with an improved ergonomic powerbase. The 2809B drive unit has a permanent on-board lithium ion battery and is charged with a Micro USB cable which is supplied with the unit. It can be plugged into a computer, phone charging block, or any other USB charging device. (A USB charging block is not included.) The motor takes a few seconds to get up to full speed after being turned on. Three collection vials, two pickup tubes, one angled and one straight, are also included. Additional collection vials, #2809V, are available separately.
The InsectaVac is also available without the onboard lithium ion battery in a corded model 2809BC which has a 64” (163 cm) USB power cord.
The pistol grip aspirator base unit is also compatible with the 2809A (now discontinued), #2809C and #2809D model aspirators, and can be purchased separately as a replacement for use with the collecting vials and pickup tubes that you already have for those models. They are available in two different models, the InsectaVac Aspirator Drive Unit Only, USB w/onboard lithium ion battery 2809BD, or the InsectaVac Aspirator Drive Unit Only, USB, corded 2809BCD which has a 64” (163 cm) USB cord.
When tested at one-minute intervals, the fully charged battery was able to power the 2809B InsectaVac for 72 minutes. (Individual results may vary.) The InsectaVac has enough suction to capture full size crickets.
When you are out in the field, the new 2809BB Back-up Battery provides that extra charge you need. It has a 20,000 milliamp hour capacity and can be charged using the convenient USB cord (included), or an auto phone charger adapter (not included), standard phone wall charging plug, or it can be recharged with the built-in solar panel. The two USB output ports each provide 10,000 mAh of power.
2809B Dimensions: 13” L x 2-3/8” W x 5-1/2” H; 330 x 60 x 140 mm (length includes pickup tube)
Weight: .5 lbs (.22 kg) when ready for use
2809BB Dimensions: 4-1/2” L x 3” W x 5/8” H; 114 x 76 x 16 mm
Weight: 4 oz.
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Generally no. The InsectaVac was designed to collect a wide variety of taxa for live use as well as preserved collections. However, it has enough suction for some beetles so if you are collecting tiny, soft-bodied midges or the like it could be problematic. If that is the situation, adjustments can be made to the level of suction to achieve a better result.
I hope this answers your question, please let me know if you need further information.
Celia Stuart MS
BioQuip Products, Inc.
2321 E. Gladwick St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-6209
Hi Celia. Can a user make that adjustment or must you folks? Thank you. -B
You should be able to do it yourself by adding a piece of finer mesh in the bottom of the collecting chamber which will reduce the flow of air through the aspirator thus reducing the suction power. You just don’t want to block it completely because that would cut off all suction and burn out the motor.
What do you want to use it for? We may have tested it on your animals already.
Let me know if you need more info.