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
TWD2,075.00
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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
TWD5,225.00
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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. 892-2453
Mfr. Part No.RUS10RE
BrandOhmite
TWD31,293.80
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10Ω ±10% 1kW 335 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 304.8 (Dia.) x 76.2mm - - 76.2mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 788-7719
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS3300KB
BrandVishay
TWD9,084.00
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330Ω ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm - - 64mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 795-4847
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS2201KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,246.00
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2.2kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 Dia.x 50mm 50mm - 38 (Dia.)mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 144-5529
Mfr. Part No.RHS50RE
TWD2,075.00
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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. 167-8618
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS2201KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,102.00
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2.2kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 Dia.x 50mm 50mm - 38 (Dia.)mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5332
Mfr. Part No.RES250E
TWD1,668.00
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250Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5534
Mfr. Part No.RJSR50E
BrandOhmite
TWD3,119.00
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500mΩ ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5530
Mfr. Part No.RHS5K0E
TWD1,650.00
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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. 892-2456
Mfr. Part No.RUS1R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD33,172.00
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±10% 1kW 335 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 304.8 (Dia.) x 76.2mm - - 76.2mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-5184
Mfr. Part No.RGS200E
BrandOhmite
TWD3,259.60
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200Ω ±10% 75W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 69.25 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5354
Mfr. Part No.RES500E
TWD1,894.00
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500Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-1088
Mfr. Part No.RES200E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,279.20
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200Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5402
Mfr. Part No.RHS25RE
TWD2,138.00
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25Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-3419
Mfr. Part No.RNS400E
BrandOhmite
TWD7,097.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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400Ω ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5559
Mfr. Part No.RKS2R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD5,111.00
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±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-5197
Mfr. Part No.RLS1K8
BrandOhmite
TWD6,082.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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1.8kΩ ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 168-0119
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS10R0KB
BrandVishay
TWD2,545.80
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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10Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -