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. 788-7652
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168AR220MB06
BrandVishay
TWD2,020.00
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220 mΩ ±20% 200W ±75ppm/°C Radial BA25 - Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 27 (Dia.) x 168mm 27mm 168mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 893-5103
Mfr. Part No.D25K7K0
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TWD408.20
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7 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. 892-8533
Mfr. Part No.D175K5R0E
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TWD1,358.00
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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. 892-4755
Mfr. Part No.D100K500E
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TWD859.00
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500 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. 892-4743
Mfr. Part No.D100K3R0E
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TWD1,001.00
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3 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. 892-8278
Mfr. Part No.D25K500E
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TWD515.00
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500 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. 892-1163
Mfr. Part No.E300K5R0E
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TWD1,257.00
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5 Ω ±10% 300W ±400ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel E300 28.58 x 215.9mm 28.58mm 215.9mm +400°C
RS Stock No. 893-5119
Mfr. Part No.D75K250
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TWD715.30
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250 Ω ±10% 75W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D75 14.3 x 152.4mm 14.3mm 152.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4768
Mfr. Part No.D100K5R0E
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TWD934.00
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5 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. 788-7784
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A22R0JB06
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TWD2,304.00
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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. 788-7738
Mfr. Part No.RSSD20117A1R00KB15
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TWD1,740.00
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1 Ω 10% 100W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Flange Mount Vitreous Enamel RSSD 22 (Dia.) x 117mm 22mm 117mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-4923
Mfr. Part No.D50K25RE
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TWD563.00
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25 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. 788-7766
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168A4R70KB06
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TWD1,454.00
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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. 144-5505
Mfr. Part No.D25K20RE
TWD499.00
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20 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C Solder - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 14.3 (Dia.) x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-8593
Mfr. Part No.D75K750E
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TWD833.00
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750 Ω ±10% 75W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D75 14.3 x 152.4mm 14.3mm 152.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4948
Mfr. Part No.D50K3R0E
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TWD680.00
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3 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. 893-0930
Mfr. Part No.E300KR20E
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TWD1,562.60
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200 mΩ ±10% 300W ±400ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel E300 28.58 x 215.9mm 28.58mm 215.9mm +400°C
RS Stock No. 892-4862
Mfr. Part No.D25K10RE
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TWD499.00
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10 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. 892-4806
Mfr. Part No.D175K25RE
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TWD1,246.00
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25 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. 892-4774
Mfr. Part No.D12K150E
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TWD514.00
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150 Ω ±10% 12W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D12 7.94 x 44.4mm 7.94mm 44.4mm +350°C