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. 788-7652
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168AR220MB06
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€52.00
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220 mΩ ±20% 200W ±75ppm/°C Radial BA25 - Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 27 (Dia.) x 168mm 27mm 168mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-4917
Mfr. Part No.D50K1K0E
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€15.93
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1 kΩ ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7788
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A3300JB06
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€60.00
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330 Ω 5% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-8195
Mfr. Part No.D100K10KE
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€21.21
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10 kΩ ±10% 100W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D100 19.1 x 165.1mm 19.1mm 165.1mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-5742
Mfr. Part No.D12K200E
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€11.019
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200 Ω ±10% 12W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D12 7.94 x 44.4mm 7.94mm 44.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-8353
Mfr. Part No.D25K250E
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€12.67
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250 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. 892-4935
Mfr. Part No.D50K2R0E
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€18.24
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2 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. 893-5096
Mfr. Part No.D12K100
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€10.714
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100 Ω ±10% 12W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D12 7.94 x 44.4mm 7.94mm 44.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7725
Mfr. Part No.RSSD10X50A1R00KS06
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€16.87
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1 Ω 10% 25W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Flange Mount Vitreous Enamel RSSD 11.5 (Dia.) x 50mm 11.5mm 50mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 161-7576
Mfr. Part No.ZC6/5-FT
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€72.66
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980 mΩ ±10% - - Screw - Wire Wound Bolt On - ZC - - 555mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 892-8224
Mfr. Part No.D50K1K5E
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€12.579
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1.5 kΩ ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-8347
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. 893-5119
Mfr. Part No.D75K250
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€18.696
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250 Ω ±10% 75W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D75 14.3 x 152.4mm 14.3mm 152.4mm +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. 892-4926
Mfr. Part No.D50K20KE
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€28.80
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20 kΩ ±10% 50W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D50 14.3 x 101.6mm 14.3mm 101.6mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7790
Mfr. Part No.RSSD30250A47R0JB06
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€53.60
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47 Ω 5% 280W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 32 (Dia.) x 250mm 32mm 250mm +450°C
RS Stock No. 892-4840
Mfr. Part No.D225K4R0E
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€38.34
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4 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. 892-5758
Mfr. Part No.D75K100E
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€22.26
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100 Ω ±10% 75W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D75 14.3 x 152.4mm 14.3mm 152.4mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 892-5752
Mfr. Part No.D175K500E
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€27.37
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500 Ω ±10% 175W ±260ppm/°C - - - Bolt On, Bracket Vitreous Enamel D175 28.6 x 215.9mm 28.6mm 215.9mm +350°C
RS Stock No. 788-7769
Mfr. Part No.RSSD25168A2200JB06
BrandVishay
€42.88
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220 Ω 5% 200W - Radial BA25 Wire Wound Bolt On Vitreous Enamel RSSD 27 (Dia.) x 168mm 27mm 168mm +450°C