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. 891-5597
Mfr. Part No.RLS25RE
BrandOhmite
TWD4,907.00
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25Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 168-0121
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS1001KB
BrandVishay
TWD3,122.60
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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. 891-5486
Mfr. Part No.RJS2K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD2,936.00
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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. 892-5792
Mfr. Part No.RPS50RE
BrandOhmite
TWD7,943.00
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50Ω ±10% 225W 310 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 127 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2450
Mfr. Part No.RUS500E
BrandOhmite
TWD29,907.00
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500Ω ±10% 1kW 335 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 304.8 (Dia.) x 76.2mm - - 76.2mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5411
Mfr. Part No.RHS2K5E
TWD2,192.00
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2.5kΩ ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-5213
Mfr. Part No.RUS2R5
BrandOhmite
TWD36,672.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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2.5Ω ±10% 1kW 335 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 304.8 (Dia.) x 76.2mm - - 76.2mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5610
Mfr. Part No.RNS10RE
BrandOhmite
TWD8,732.00
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10Ω ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5638
Mfr. Part No.RNS300E
BrandOhmite
TWD9,752.00
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300Ω ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - 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. 892-6663
Mfr. Part No.6532E
BrandOhmite
TWD1,988.00
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- - - - Coupling Clip - - - - - - - - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5590
Mfr. Part No.RLS1K25E
BrandOhmite
TWD5,857.00
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1.2kΩ ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5629
Mfr. Part No.RNS1K5E
BrandOhmite
TWD8,756.00
Each
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1.5kΩ ±10% 300W 320 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 152.4 (Dia.) x 60.33mm - - 60.33mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5389
Mfr. Part No.RHS175E
TWD2,041.00
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175Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5376
Mfr. Part No.RHS100E
TWD1,970.00
Each
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100Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-5727
Mfr. Part No.RHL5K0
BrandOhmite
TWD2,696.60
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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5kΩ ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5525
Mfr. Part No.RHS10RE
TWD2,154.00
Each
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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. 891-5382
Mfr. Part No.RHS15KE
TWD2,407.00
Each
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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. 891-5345
Mfr. Part No.RES3R0E
TWD2,063.00
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±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-8085
Mfr. Part No.RUS100E
BrandOhmite
TWD33,901.00
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100Ω ±10% 1kW 335 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 304.8 (Dia.) x 76.2mm - - 76.2mm - Linear Shaft