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. 827-6413
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 100R K
BrandArcol
£164.13
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100Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 827-6400
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 10R K
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£182.38
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10Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 827-6397
Mfr. Part No.VRH320 33R K
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£170.02
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33Ω - - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 891-5512
Mfr. Part No.RJS50RE
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50Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
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Mfr. Part No.RJS50RE
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50Ω 10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm 58.67 (Dia.)mm - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
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Mfr. Part No.RHS10KE
£41.37
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10kΩ 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. 891-5379
Mfr. Part No.RHS10KE
£41.37
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10kΩ ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 788-7677
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1001KB
BrandVishay
£916.87
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1kΩ ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 167-9917
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1001KB
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£825.183
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1kΩ ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
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Mfr. Part No.VRH320 1K K
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£159.91
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1kΩ ±10% - - Surface Mount - - Solder Lug 446 x 93 x 150mm 93mm 150mm 446mm - Slide
RS Stock No. 788-7835
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS47R0KB
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£71.28
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47Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
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Mfr. Part No.RT025AS47R0KB
BrandVishay
£48.222
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47Ω ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
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£34.39
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25Ω ±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 144-5528
Mfr. Part No.RHS25RE
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25Ω 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. 168-0124
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS4701KB
BrandVishay
£48.46
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4.7kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 167-9907
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1000KB
BrandVishay
£625.786
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100Ω ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 788-7823
Mfr. Part No.RT025AS4701KB
BrandVishay
£74.78
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4.7kΩ ±10% 25W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 38 (Dia.) x 50mm - - 50mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 788-7696
Mfr. Part No.RT500AS1000KB
BrandVishay
£625.79
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100Ω ±10% 500W 1 Panel Mount 10 mm 12mm Solder Lug 143 (Dia.) x 158mm - - 158mm +320°C -
RS Stock No. 144-5525
Mfr. Part No.RHS10RE
£45.15
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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. 167-9890
Mfr. Part No.RT055AS22R0KB
BrandVishay
£106.872
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22Ω ±10% 55W 1 Panel Mount 6 mm 10.5mm Solder Lug 60 (Dia.) x 64mm - - 64mm +320°C -
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