Rheostats

A rheostat is a variable resistor which is used to control current within an electrical circuit. They are able to vary the resistance in a circuit without interruption. Rheostats are very similar in construction to potentiometers.
How Rheostats Operate
Rheostats use two connections, even when 3 terminals are present, the first connection is made to one end of the resistive element and the other connection to the wiper (sliding contact). Resistive wire is wound around an insulating ceramic core, as the wiper slides over the windings the resistance, and therefore current, produced is altered.
Rheostat Types
Several types of rheostats exist, with varying functions and applications.
• Rotary type – Mostly used in power control applications. Rotary rheostats feature a turnable shaft that adjusts the resistance. They are used to control multiple applications in parallel or to increase the power rating or adjusting range.
• Slide type – Slide rheostats are often used for education and in laboratory environments. Linear or slide types are constructed of resistive wire wound on an insulating cylinder, a sliding contact moves along the winding to increase or decrease the resistance.
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RS Stock No. 891-5442
Mfr. Part No.RHS750E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,704
Each
750Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 827-6397
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 33R K
BrandArcol
TWD7,344
Each
33Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 891-5395
Mfr. Part No.RHS1R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,125
Each
±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 788-7696
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1000KB
BrandVishay
TWD33,280
Each
100Ω ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 788-7712
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS4701KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,960
Each
4.7kΩ ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm - - 64mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 892-8394
Mfr. Part No.RNS2K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD8,182
Each
2.5Ω ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2412
Mfr. Part No.RPS200E
BrandOhmite
TWD6,737
Each (In a Pack of 10)
200Ω ±10% 225W 310 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 127 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5367
Mfr. Part No.RES8R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,121
Each
±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5317
Mfr. Part No.RES175E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,063
Each
175Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-4706
Mfr. Part No.RLS75RE
BrandOhmite
TWD3,060
Each
75Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5486
Mfr. Part No.RJS2K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,401
Each
2.5kΩ ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5436
Mfr. Part No.RHS50RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,010
Each
50Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
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RS Stock No. 168-0126
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS2R20KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,891
Each (In a Pack of 25)
2.2Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 892-6663
Mfr. Part No.6532E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,724
Each
- - - - Coupling Clip - - - - - - - - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5530
Mfr. Part No.RHS5K0E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,411
Each
5kΩ 10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm 39.62 (Dia.)mm - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5521
Mfr. Part No.RES100E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,857
Each
100Ω 10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm 22.23 (Dia.)mm - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5382
Mfr. Part No.RHS15KE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,447
Each
15kΩ ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5492
Mfr. Part No.RJS35RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,598
Each
35Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5373
Mfr. Part No.RHS10RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,182
Each
10Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5553
Mfr. Part No.RKS500E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,092
Each
500Ω ±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft