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UVP Mini Chromato-Vue® C-10P Observing Cabinet
"Field portable compact ultraviolet enclosures"

UVP Cabinet C-10P shown with one optional UVSL-26P Lamp attached (60,112 bytes) The UVP Mini Chromato-Vue® C-10P Observing Cabinet is one of the five models of compact ultraviolet enclosures in the UVP products line. The "P" suffix indicates this cabinet is compatible with either of the three optional rechargeable portable UV lamps: UVL-26P, UVS-26P, or UVSL-26P.

Right: C-10P Observing Cabinet shown with one optional UVSL-26P Portable Series lamp attached (28,695 bytes).
Click on image to see enlarged view (83,497 bytes).

Each of these observing cabinets brings convenience and safety to an ultraviolet observing or imaging session. The cabinet is a self contained ultraviolet laboratory where a sample may be introduced through the curtain flaps at the front and into the enclosure, an attached UV lamp provides the illumination of the sample within the cabinet for safe visual observing or for imaging through with a camera through the UV-filtered observing port at the top. This is similar in concept to the photographic light box, but optimized for ultraviolet applicatons.

The C-10P is compact and comparatively economical, well suited for educational applications and for studies in a laboratory or field station - wherever AC power is not available.

The C-10P is particularly well suited for traveling world-wide to set up a field station for the inspection of samples. It serves as well in the home or office for those who need a portable rechargeable set and do not wish to take up the space required by a larger UVP cabinet.

The aspects that distinguish the C-10P from other UVP cabinets have to do with its a) field portable, b) compact profile, and c) rugged steel chassis:
    1. This cabinet offers the user the choice of attaching any one of the Portable Series rechargeable ultraviolet lamps.

    2. The optional -26P series lamp be selected to provide either 254, or 302, or a 365 nm UV emissions to the subject in the cabinet.

    3. all UVP cabinets afford the user the choice of removing the bottom panel and either placing the cabinet over a subject of study or onto a compatible Transilluminator. This UV backlighting capability combined with coverage from all angles from above can totally bathe a subject with UV - a vital consideration for some germicidal applications.

The C-10P top panel is molded of a plastic, and with one open port spanning the width of the C-10P cabinet. The open port incorporates a metal brace to support the optional lamp, you simply place any one -26P series lamp over this port:

UVP Cabinet C-10P shown with one optional EL Lamp attached and the other lamp plugged in but pulled off the open port (60,168 bytes) UVP Cabinet C-10P shown with one optional EL Lamp attached and the other lamp plugged in but pulled off the open port (60,168 bytes)

Above: UVP C-10P cabinet shown at Company Seven with lid off, and at right ready for use with a UVSL-26P lamp.
Click on images to see enlarged views (189,991 and 140,505 bytes).

C-10P AC Power Management The C-10P has no provisions at all for power, it does not require this because the lamp it is made to fit incorporates its own rechargeable battery power source. The Portable Series lamps rely on a rechargeable battery and when this is in good condition the lamp will provide about five (5) to eight (8) hours of use. Note however, there must be some power source available to charge the -26P series lamp battery.

UVP Cabinet C-10P shown with optional UVSL-26P Lamp on at 365nm (33,312 bytes) C-10P Construction the cabinet housing is a lightweight metal chassis with an access port at the front, and accepting a slip-on durable and UV resistant molded plastic lid. This is designed to keep all UV inside the cabinet; there is no glare or shine out of any area other than the observing port. The interior and exterior panels of the cabinet are black, and even with a UV lamp on there is no fluorescence of any component. The removable bottom panel of the cabinet is a black finished aluminum plate.

The set is quite compact and manageable, weighing only 3 lbs 9.2 oz. (2.08 kg). Even with a Portable Series Lamp attached then the complete set weighs only 8 lbs 14.7 oz. (4.05 kg).

Right: looking into visual port of C-10P at Company Seven with UVLS-26P lamp on and set to 365nm (63,639 bytes).
Here the cabinet housed only a white sheet of paper, hence a bright deep blue reflectance through the visual port.
Click on image to see enlarged view (173,142 bytes).

The cabinet top panel incorporating the viewing and imaging port is molded of plastic to closely match the finish of the lower sections of the C-10P. To insure safe observing sessions the port is provided with a visually transparent contrast control filter that will block all UV light from exiting the cabinet while also enhancing the visual experience. This is also a convenient port to take pictures through. For comfort a molded rubber face guard provides a convenient reference for inexperienced observers, even those wearing spectacles. The rubber face guard slips over the port panel, and this assembly may be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.

For imaging applications (not for direct viewing without safety precautions) some of our customers employ a Transilluminator (such as models we sell to illuminate gels) as back-lighting. UVP observing cabinets feature a removable bottom panel so that a Transilluminator may be attached, or this may be built into custom cabinet installations. The Transilluminator would be connected to AC power by its own AC cord.

Cabinet dimensions:

    Exterior: 9 inches D x 10.5 W x 12.5 H (228 x 267 x 318mm); without rubber eyeguard height is 8 inch (203mm)
    Interior: 8.75 inches D x 10 W x 7 H (223 x 254 x 178mm)

    Weight (without optional lamp): 4 lbs 9.2 oz. (2.08 kg)
    Weight (with Portable Series lamp): 8 lbs 14.7 oz. (4.05 kg)

Compatible Portable Series Lamps:
Wavelength(s) Lamp Model(s)
White and 254 UVS-26P
White and 365 UVL-26P
254 and 365 UVSL-26P
UVP rechargeable UVSL-26P UV lamp (52,755 bytes)
Model UVSL-26 Lamp
Additional Reading:

Company Seven hosts numerous articles and users guides at our UVP Notes & Interesting Articles page and in our Library including:

  • Mini Chromato-Vue® Viewing Cabinets: C-10 Series illustrated two page brochure describing the specifications and use of these compact portable cabinets and their use with optional lamp. UVP publication No. 81-0008-01 Rev F. Download size is 70,431 bytes (in Acrobat Reader ".pdf" format).

  • Portable 26P Lamp Users Guide illustrated one page brochure describing the use of UVP UVS-26P, UVL-26P, and UVSL 26P battery powered UV lamps and the optional 12 volt DC Adapter cord. Includes explanations of how to change bulbs, and clean the components, warranty terms. UVP publication No. 81-0115-01 Rev. F. Download size is 57,289 bytes (in Acrobat Reader ".pdf" format).

UV warning (4,464 bytes) WARNING Infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths are invisible to the human eye yet these electromagnetic waves bear energy and other information. So any structure that absorbs the light can be damaged by this energy; note how sunlight exposure tans the skin while prolonged exposure fades or breaks down materials. The photons of shorter wavelength carry greater energy therefore, these have the greater potential for causing biological damage. These wavelengths can penetrate the eye or skin cells and can produce heating and energy related biological changes that will modify or destroy cellular DNA; this is among the reasons why some UV light sources are used for germicidal (sterilizing) applications.

As amazing as it can be to explore the ultraviolet spectrum, this is not child’s play! The UVP observing cabinets are designed so that when operators following proper procedures then there is no risk to the users, and no other safety equipment need be worn by the operator or other observers. In order to keep the protections designed into these cabinets intact:

  • Never reach into any UV observing cabinet with the UV lamp on - turn off the lamp before reaching into the cabinet.

  • Do not allow immature persons to operate the observing cabinet without trained adult supervision.

  • Before removing the top panel or the observing port of a cabinet turn off the lamp power switch, then remove the lamp.

  • Do not operate the cabinet with any component (port cover, contrast control filter, etc.) intact and in place.

For a good overview of working in the UV and explanations of proper precautions consult Ultraviolet Spectrum Primer, the illustrated article by Company Seven explaining the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum as it applies to photographing or imaging objects in the UV and about observing fluorescence, phosphorescence, and tenebrescence. The article explains the different portions UV spectrum including UV-A (long wave), UV-B (mid) and UV-C (short wave). This also goes into a discussion of imaging gear including lenses, films and filters. Then refer to our article Ultraviolet Personal Safety Gear.

Ordering UVP Products

Company Seven stocks some of the more popular UVP lamp and cabinet products, and we accept orders for their other products by numerous means. You can also bring your UVP item to Company Seven for repair, or contact us to obtain user-serviceable items (bulbs, grids, etc.). The ways by which you may order products or parts are outlined at , or click here to read that page now.

Company Seven has not become convinced that on-line ordering is always beneficial for the customer, particularly when making a more complicated choice. While on-line ordering certainly is convenient and time effective for the merchant since they do not have to spend time with the customer, the customer is not always making the best choices when buying solely after reading what may be "propaganda" on line. The best ways to make the better choices are to either visit our showroom, or telephone 301-953-2000. This way you can obtain prompt and competent concise assistance which will address your particular needs and concerns.


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