Adjustable Resistors

Adjustable resistors, also known as potentiometers, allow a degree of control over the resistance within a circuit. This gives them an advantage over other types of fixed resistor, depending on your needs. 


They are composed of a fixed resistive element, and a slider that is able to pass along the element. This is what changes the resistance of the circuit, and it is usually controlled externally.


What are adjustable resistors used for?

Adjustable resistors are most commonly used for volume control in TV and radio. They can also be used as part of a light dimmer, to indirectly affect the level of light.


Types of adjustable resistor

Adjustable resistors largely vary based on material:

  • Wirewound adjustable resistors use a coil of resistance wire, and offer the highest performance.
  • Cermet adjustable resistors are composed of ceramic and metal. They can withstand high temperatures, and are often used in trimmer resistors.
  • Carbon composition adjustable resistors are some of the most common types used, as they are a good all-purpose resistor.
  • Conductive plastic adjustable resistors use conductive plastic ink, and have a low noise output.

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RS Stock No. 788-7772
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A1000JB06
BrandVishay
TWD1,931
Each
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100 Ω 5% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 161-7580
Mfr. Part No.ZC6/10-FT
BrandCressall
TWD4,995
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3.96 Ω ±10% - - Screw - Wire Wound Bolt On - ZC - - 555mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 788-7766
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168A4R70KB06
BrandVishay
TWD1,717
Each
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4.7 Ω 10% 200W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 27 (Dia.) x 168mm 27mm 168mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 161-7581
Mfr. Part No.ZC6/11-FT
BrandCressall
TWD4,533
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4.4 Ω ±10% - - Screw - Wire Wound Bolt On - ZC - - 555mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 893-5594
Mfr. Part No.E500K20RE
BrandOhmite
TWD6,357
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20 Ω ±10% 500W ±400ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel E500 41.28 x 266.7mm 41.28mm 266.7mm +400°C
RS Stock No. 892-8533
Mfr. Part No.D175K5R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,438
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5 Ω ±10% 175W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D175 28.6 x 215.9mm 28.6mm 215.9mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7790
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A47R0JB06
BrandVishay
TWD2,388
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47 Ω 5% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-5746
Mfr. Part No.D25K150E
BrandOhmite
TWD345
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150 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7769
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168A2200JB06
BrandVishay
TWD1,080
Each
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220 Ω 5% 200W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 27 (Dia.) x 168mm 27mm 168mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 161-7582
Mfr. Part No.ZC6/12-FT
BrandCressall
TWD4,754
Each
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5.29 Ω ±10% - - Screw - Wire Wound Bolt On - ZC - - 555mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 144-5507
Mfr. Part No.D50K50RE
BrandOhmite
TWD743
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50 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C Solder - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 14.3 (Dia.) x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350
RS Stock No. 788-7797
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A4R70KB06
BrandVishay
TWD1,580
Each
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4.7 Ω 10% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 788-7784
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A22R0JB06
BrandVishay
TWD1,520
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22 Ω 5% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-5749
Mfr. Part No.D12K10KE
BrandOhmite
TWD451
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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10 kΩ ±10% 12W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D12 7.94 x 44.4mm 7.94mm 44.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-8347
Mfr. Part No.D50K750E
BrandOhmite
TWD592
Each
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750 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-8410
Mfr. Part No.D100K5K0E
BrandOhmite
TWD811
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5 kΩ ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4730
Mfr. Part No.D100K250E
BrandOhmite
TWD811
Each
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250 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-5755
Mfr. Part No.D25K3R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD415
Each
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3 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4878
Mfr. Part No.D25K1K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD356
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1.5 kΩ ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 893-0915
Mfr. Part No.E300K20RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,026
Each
units
20 Ω ±10% 300W ±400ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel E300 28.58 x 215.9mm 28.58mm 215.9mm +400°C