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
TWD2,144.00
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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
TWD5,597.00
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33Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 891-5395
Mfr. Part No.RHS1R0E
TWD2,246.00
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±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 167-9820
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS47R0KB
BrandVishay
TWD2,652.90
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47Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 168-0120
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS1500KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,006.80
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150Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5348
Mfr. Part No.RES350E
TWD1,754.60
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350Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 168-0121
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS1001KB
BrandVishay
TWD2,915.00
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1kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5351
Mfr. Part No.RES5K0E
TWD2,014.00
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5kΩ ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 168-0127
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS4700KB
BrandVishay
TWD2,906.70
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470Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5385
Mfr. Part No.RHS15RE
TWD1,950.00
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15Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5522
Mfr. Part No.RES50RE
TWD1,635.00
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50Ω 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. 893-5608
Mfr. Part No.RGS100E
BrandOhmite
TWD3,259.60
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100Ω ±10% 75W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 69.25 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5533
Mfr. Part No.RJS1R0E
TWD2,925.00
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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. 891-5626
Mfr. Part No.RNS200E
BrandOhmite
TWD9,493.00
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200Ω ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 167-9891
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS10R0KB
BrandVishay
TWD11,310.50
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10Ω ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm - - 64mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 168-0122
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS1501KB
BrandVishay
TWD4,677.60
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1.5kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 168-0128
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS4R70KB
BrandVishay
TWD4,200.90
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4.7Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5301
Mfr. Part No.RES10KE
TWD2,173.00
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10kΩ ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 827-6400
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 10R K
BrandArcol
TWD6,669.00
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10Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 891-5509
Mfr. Part No.RJS500E
TWD2,503.00
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500Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft