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
units
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
units
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
units
±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. 167-9907
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1000KB
BrandVishay
TWD58,944
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
100Ω ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 788-7696
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1000KB
BrandVishay
TWD33,280
Each
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100Ω ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 144-5526
Mfr. Part No.RHS1K0E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,411
Each
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1kΩ 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. 144-5527
Mfr. Part No.RHS1K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,826
Each
units
1.5kΩ 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. 144-5536
Mfr. Part No.RJS6R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,713
Each
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10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm 58.67 (Dia.)mm - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5521
Mfr. Part No.RJS80RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,466
Each
units
80Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5528
Mfr. Part No.RHS25RE
BrandOhmite
TWD2,112
Each
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25Ω 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. 891-5525
Mfr. Part No.RJS8R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,828
Each
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±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 795-4838
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS1001KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,822
Each
units
1kΩ ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm 64mm - 60 (Dia.)mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5452
Mfr. Part No.RJS125E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,254
Each
units
125Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5537
Mfr. Part No.RKS10RE
BrandOhmite
TWD3,845
Each
units
10Ω 10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm 79.38 (Dia.)mm - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5529
Mfr. Part No.RHS50RE
BrandOhmite
TWD2,112
Each
units
50Ω 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. 891-5556
Mfr. Part No.RKS25RE
BrandOhmite
TWD2,092
Each
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25Ω ±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5528
Mfr. Part No.RJS800E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,281
Each
units
800Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5307
Mfr. Part No.RES100E
BrandOhmite
TWD908
Each
units
100Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5455
Mfr. Part No.RHS8R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,057
Each
units
±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-3472
Mfr. Part No.RNS5R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD7,213
Each
units
±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft