A lot of caution is needed when buying, using and storing research peptides. It is unfortunate that some researchers work hard, only to end up with compromised results due to lack of proper peptide care, following a purchase. Below are the measures you can take to avoid common mishaps, likely to arise during the course of your peptide handling:
Keep peptides in a dark location
One of the requirements for storing peptides, is to store them away from direct light. This is because the energy from direct light, can cause reactions in the peptide, which may then cause them to disintegrate into their constituent components. When such happens, the only way to restore the integrity of the peptides, is to get a new batch.
Have backup power for storage refrigerator
The recommended place to store your research peptides, is in the refrigerator at a temperature of below -200C. If you have power problems, then you should invest in a decent backup solution to use during instances when you are experiencing a blackout. It is possible for a slight temperature rise in the cooler to damage the peptides, if the recommended storage temperature cannot be maintained.
Avoid mixing unnecessarily
It is recommended that you only mix the amount of peptides you need to use, and when you want to use it. For better storage and more stability in the long term, you are discouraged from mixing peptides, and then storing the mixed proportions for later use.
Be aware of the dangers of storing peptides in plastic tubes
The type of container where you store peptides, also matters a lot. When you purchase peptides from online vendors, the delivery will mostly be done in specially designed vials, and it is highly recommended that you use these vials for the storage. Some people are tempted to store the peptides in plastic containers, especially if the peptides are needed in large quantities, but plastic containers are known to rapidly degrade peptides. For example, sometimes the chemical in the plastic can leach into the peptides, compromising their integrity and quality.