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. 892-2434
Mfr. Part No.RRS2K5E
BrandOhmite
SGD569.824
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2.5kΩ ±10% 500W 325 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 203.2 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5593
Mfr. Part No.RLS250E
BrandOhmite
SGD238.73
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250Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5455
Mfr. Part No.RHS8R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD102.93
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±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5499
Mfr. Part No.RJS300E
BrandOhmite
SGD117.13
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300Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5578
Mfr. Part No.RKS7R5E
BrandOhmite
SGD186.35
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7.5Ω ±10% 100W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 79.38 (Dia.) x 44.45mm - - 44.45mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-4702
Mfr. Part No.RLS35RE
BrandOhmite
SGD256.27
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35Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5597
Mfr. Part No.RLS25RE
BrandOhmite
SGD224.84
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25Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5613
Mfr. Part No.RLS7R5E
BrandOhmite
SGD214.42
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7.5Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5525
Mfr. Part No.RJS8R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD102.67
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±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5604
Mfr. Part No.RLS50RE
BrandOhmite
SGD250.90
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50Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5474
Mfr. Part No.RJS225E
BrandOhmite
SGD99.97
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225Ω ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5506
Mfr. Part No.RJS4R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD138.92
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±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2428
Mfr. Part No.RRS1R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD672.30
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±10% 500W 325 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 203.2 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-8565
Mfr. Part No.RLS5R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD282.65
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±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5449
Mfr. Part No.RHS6R0E
BrandOhmite
SGD102.93
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±10% 25W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 39.62 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5584
Mfr. Part No.RLS10RE
BrandOhmite
SGD230.76
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10Ω ±10% 150W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 101.6 (Dia.) x 50.8mm - - 50.8mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2422
Mfr. Part No.RRS250E
BrandOhmite
SGD743.59
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250Ω ±10% 500W 325 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 203.2 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 892-2431
Mfr. Part No.RRS25RE
BrandOhmite
SGD711.58
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25Ω ±10% 500W 325 ° Panel Mount 9.53 mm - Solder Lug 203.2 (Dia.) x 53.98mm - - 53.98mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 891-5534
Mfr. Part No.RJSR50E
BrandOhmite
SGD142.90
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500mΩ ±10% 50W 300 ° Panel Mount 6.35 mm - Solder Lug 58.67 (Dia.) x 34.93mm - - 34.93mm - Linear Shaft
RS Stock No. 893-1088
Mfr. Part No.RES200E
BrandOhmite
SGD70.382
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200Ω ±10% 12.5W 300 ° Panel Mount 3.18 mm - Solder Lug 22.23 (Dia.) x 17.46mm - - 17.46mm - Linear Shaft