Variable Trimmer Capacitors

Variable trimmer capacitors are types of capacitors(devices which store electrical charge in circuits) where the capacitor capacitance (its ability to store electrical charge) can be readily adjusted. They're often used in LC circuits (circuits that have an inductor and a capacitor) to set the frequency, for example to tune a radio.

How do variable trimmer capacitors work?

Variable trimmer capacitors are used to initially set oscillator frequency values, rise and fall times and other variables in a circuit. Should the values drift over time, variable trimmer capacitors allow you to re-calibrate your equipment.

Variable trimmer capacitors are almost always mounted directly on a PCB (printed circuit board) and set by using a small screwdriver. Variable trimmer capacitors are usually cheaper than full-sized variable capacitors.

What are variable trimmer capacitor used for?

Common applications include oscillators, tuners, crystal oscillators and filters. Variable trimmer capacitors can also be found in communication equipment such as mobile radios and aerospace transmitters.


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Description Price Series Voltage Dielectric Package/Case Mounting Type Tolerance Dimensions Lead Pitch Lead Diameter Depth Height Length Capacitive Range Maximum Capacitance
RS Stock No. 175-3525
BrandRS PRO
€0.14
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 3 → 10pF 10pF
RS Stock No. 185-7583
Mfr. Part No.LXRW19V201-058
BrandMurata
€1.356
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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LXRW 5.3V dc - - Surface Mount - 1.3 x 0.9 x 0.4mm - - 0.9mm 0.4mm 1.3mm 100 → 200pF 200pF
RS Stock No. 175-3545
BrandRS PRO
€0.28
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 4.5 → 20pF 20pF
RS Stock No. 185-7575
Mfr. Part No.LXRW19V600-055
BrandMurata
€0.835
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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LXRW 50V ac - - Surface Mount - 1.3 x 0.9 x 0.6mm - - 0.9mm 0.6mm 1.3mm 30 → 60pF 60pF
RS Stock No. 175-3526
BrandRS PRO
€0.14
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 4.5 → 20pF 20pF
RS Stock No. 175-3543
BrandRS PRO
€0.253
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 2.5 → 7pF 7pF