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. 175-3526
BrandRS PRO
£0.12
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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. 175-3527
BrandRS PRO
£0.12
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 6 → 30pF 30pF
RS Stock No. 175-3528
BrandRS PRO
£0.15
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 10 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 175-3543
BrandRS PRO
£0.24
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 2.5 → 7pF 7pF
RS Stock No. 175-3548
BrandRS PRO
£0.26
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 10 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 175-3544
BrandRS PRO
£0.24
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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. 175-3525
BrandRS PRO
£0.12
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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. 175-3546
BrandRS PRO
£0.24
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 - 6 → 30pF 30pF
RS Stock No. 175-3524
BrandRS PRO
£0.12
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 - 2.5 → 7pF 7pF
RS Stock No. 175-3545
BrandRS PRO
£0.24
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. 381-419
Mfr. Part No.BFC280908003
BrandVishay
£12.408
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 250V dc PTFE - Through Hole - 10 x 11 x 11mm - - 11mm 11mm 10mm 5.0 → 60pF 60pF
RS Stock No. 378-906
Mfr. Part No.BFC280907015
BrandVishay
£36.55
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 200V dc PTFE 015 Through Hole - 14 x 11.5 x 9.2mm - - 11.5mm 9.2mm 14mm 7 → 100pF 100pF
RS Stock No. 173-1606
Mfr. Part No.BFC280907015
BrandVishay
£29.558
Each (In a Box of 350)
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BFC2 200V dc PTFE 015 Through Hole - 14 x 11.5 x 9.2mm - - 11.5mm 9.2mm 14mm 7 → 100pF 100pF
RS Stock No. 380-236
Mfr. Part No.BFC280905217
BrandVishay
£8.266
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 300V dc PTFE 0217 Through Hole - 7.4 x 6.7 x 9mm - - 6.7mm 9mm 7.4mm 2 → 18pF 18pF
RS Stock No. 169-2690
Mfr. Part No.TZC3Z060A110R00
BrandMurata
£0.276
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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TZC3 100V dc - C3 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6mm - - 3.2mm 1.6mm 4.5mm 2 → 6pF 6pF
RS Stock No. 832-302
Mfr. Part No.TZC3Z060A110R00
BrandMurata
£0.876
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZC3 100V dc - C3 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6mm - - 3.2mm 1.6mm 4.5mm 2 → 6pF 6pF
RS Stock No. 106-2893
Mfr. Part No.TZB4R500BA10R00
BrandMurata
£1.492
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZB4 50V dc Film - Surface Mount ±0.5% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 7 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 169-2700
Mfr. Part No.TZB4R500BA10R00
BrandMurata
£0.58
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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TZB4 50V dc Film - Surface Mount ±0.5% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 7 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 169-3923
Mfr. Part No.TZB4R500AA10R00
BrandMurata
£0.567
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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TZB4 50V dc - B4 Surface Mount 0 → +100% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 7 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 832-368
Mfr. Part No.TZV2R200A110R00
BrandMurata
£0.92
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZV2 25V dc - V2 Surface Mount 0 → +100% 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.45mm - - 2.3mm 1.45mm 3.2mm 4.5 → 20pF 20pF
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