Adjustable Resistors

Adjustable resistors, also known as potentiometers, allow a degree of control over the resistance within a circuit. This gives them an advantage over other types of fixed resistor, depending on your needs.
They are composed of a fixed resistive element, and a slider that is able to pass along the element. This is what changes the resistance of the circuit, and it is usually controlled externally.

What are adjustable resistors used for?
Adjustable resistors are most commonly used for volume control in TV and radio. They can also be used as part of a light dimmer, to indirectly affect the level of light.

Types of adjustable resistor
Adjustable resistors largely vary based on material:

  • Wirewound adjustable resistors use a coil of resistance wire, and offer the highest performance.
  • Cermet adjustable resistors are composed of ceramic and metal. They can withstand high temperatures, and are often used in trimmer resistors.
  • Carbon composition adjustable resistors are some of the most common types used, as they are a good all-purpose resistor.
  • Conductive plastic adjustable resistors use conductive plastic ink, and have a low noise output.

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RS Stock No. 144-5503
Mfr. Part No.D100K25RE
€25.86
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25 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C Solder - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 19.1 (Dia.) x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7731
Mfr. Part No.RSSD20117A1000JB15
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€28.78
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100 Ω 5% 100W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Flange Mount Vitreous Enamel RSSD 22 (Dia.) x 117mm 22mm 117mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-8347
Mfr. Part No.D50K750E
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€20.26
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750 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 136-3281
Mfr. Part No.D50K4R0E
€19.11
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4 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C Radial - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 14.3 (Dia.) x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4878
Mfr. Part No.D25K1K5E
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€13.09
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1.5 kΩ ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4948
Mfr. Part No.D50K3R0E
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€17.94
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3 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 144-5507
Mfr. Part No.D50K50RE
€17.62
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50 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C Solder - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 14.3 (Dia.) x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 893-5339
Mfr. Part No.D225K50RE-B
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€13.00
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50 Ω ±10% 225W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D225 28.6 x 266.7mm 28.6mm 266.7mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4759
Mfr. Part No.D100K50RE
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€22.11
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50 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4838
Mfr. Part No.D225K2R0E
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€41.41
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2 Ω ±10% 225W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D225 28.6 x 266.7mm 28.6mm 266.7mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4862
Mfr. Part No.D25K10RE
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€12.67
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10 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 144-5506
Mfr. Part No.D25K300E
€10.45
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300 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C Solder - Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel 210 14.3 (Dia.) x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4755
Mfr. Part No.D100K500E
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€38.54
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500 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 891-8561
Mfr. Part No.D50K1R0E
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€18.96
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1 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4890
Mfr. Part No.D25K2K0E
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€13.09
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2 kΩ ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4752
Mfr. Part No.D100K4R0E
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€34.48
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4 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4743
Mfr. Part No.D100K3R0E
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€30.91
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3 Ω ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-6685
Mfr. Part No.D25K400E
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€12.67
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400 Ω ±10% 25W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D25 14.3 x 50.8mm 14.3mm 50.8mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-6688
Mfr. Part No.D50K400E
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€15.77
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400 Ω ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-4800
Mfr. Part No.D175K2K5E
BrandOhmite
€26.60
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2.5 kΩ ±10% 175W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D175 28.6 x 215.9mm 28.6mm 215.9mm +350°C