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. 891-5402
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. 788-7826
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS22R0KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,290.00
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22Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5578
Mfr. Part No.RKS7R5E
BrandOhmite
TWD4,067.00
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7.5Ω ±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 168-0124
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS4701KB
BrandVishay
TWD2,428.00
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4.7kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 893-4100
Mfr. Part No.RLS1R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD4,804.00
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±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5571
Mfr. Part No.RLS100E
BrandOhmite
TWD5,451.00
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100Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 788-7683
Mfr. Part No.RT100AS22R0KB
BrandVishay
TWD11,192.00
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22Ω ±10% 100W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 85 (Dia.) x 81mm - - 81mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 144-5525
Mfr. Part No.RHS10RE
TWD2,154.00
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10Ω 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. 893-5171
Mfr. Part No.RCS5K0E
BrandOhmite
TWD7,112.20
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5kΩ ±10% 7.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 13.08 (Dia.) x 15.88mm - - 15.88mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5527
Mfr. Part No.RHS1K5E
TWD2,220.00
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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. 891-5382
Mfr. Part No.RHS15KE
TWD2,406.00
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15kΩ ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-3400
Mfr. Part No.RES35RE
BrandOhmite
TWD1,681.00
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35Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 167-9886
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS1002KB
BrandVishay
TWD9,199.60
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10kΩ ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm - - 64mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 891-5553
Mfr. Part No.RKS500E
BrandOhmite
TWD4,067.00
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500Ω ±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
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. 892-8344
Mfr. Part No.RHS125E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,144.00
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125Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2428
Mfr. Part No.RRS1R0E
BrandOhmite
TWD14,206.00
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±10% 500W 325 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 203.2 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5604
Mfr. Part No.RLS50RE
BrandOhmite
TWD5,322.00
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50Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 827-6404
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 10K K
BrandArcol
TWD6,193.00
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10kΩ ±10% - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 891-5414
Mfr. Part No.RHS2R0E
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