Potentiometers

A potentiometer is a variable resistor. Potentiometers enable you to regulate and change the current flowing through a circuit. Potentiometers can also be called pots or potmeters.


Potentiometers have two terminals that are fixed to a resistive element (the track). The resistive element is typically wirewound or made from carbon, cermet or conductive plastic. The third terminal is connected to the wiper, which is a sliding contact. As the wiper moves along the track, the resistance changes and the current flowing through the circuit changes.


Types of potentiometer


  • Rotary potentiometers are easily controlled by turning a spindle or a knob. Rotary potentiometers can be single turn or multiturn.

  • Slide potentiometers are also known as slider potentiometers or fader potentiometers. To use a slide potentiometer, it’s simply a case of sliding a fader along a straight track to change the resistance.

  • Trimmer potentiometers, sometimes called trimpots, are used to calibrate and fine-tune circuits and can be mounted straight onto a PCB (printed circuit board). Trimmer potentiometers are easy to adjust with a screwdriver.

  • String potentiometers (or string pots) take movement and transform it into an electrical signal.

  • Membrane potentiometers are completely flat. Membrane potentiometers change their resistance when pressure is applied to the membrane.

For potentiometers with a linear taper, the resistance between one end of the track and the wiper varies at a constant rate. If you turn the potentiometer halfway or slide the fader halfway along the track, the resistance will be half of the total resistance. Linear taper potentiometers are typically used in applications such as light dimmer switches.


For logarithmic taper potentiometers, the resistance does not vary at a constant rate. The level of resistance moves exponentially up or down. A potentiometer that has been turned or moved halfway along its track, will not produce resistance that is half the total resistance. Logarithmic potentiometers are commonly used for audio applications.


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RS庫存編號 172-8078
製造零件編號RK09L114001T
HK$9.67
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 - Panel Mount, Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Linear - - Pin ±20% RK09L -
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製造零件編號PDB241-GTR01-504A2
BrandBourns
HK$28.08
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500 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.25W 6 mm Audio - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% PDB241-GTR 19mm
RS庫存編號 729-3436
製造零件編號RK09L12B0A31
HK$11.89
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50 kΩ Rotary 1 2 Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Logarithmic - - Pin ±20% RK09L 15mm
RS庫存編號 172-8106
製造零件編號RK09712200JB
HK$20.83
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 - Panel Mount, Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Logarithmic - - Pin ±20% RK097 -
RS庫存編號 294-3729
製造零件編號860B1501
BrandVishay
HK$988.19
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500 Ω Rotary 10 1 Panel Mount 8W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±1% 860 20.6mm
RS庫存編號 753-7287
製造零件編號P13SMNFGS473MA
BrandVishay
HK$430.00
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47 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 1.5W 6 mm Linear - Cermet - ±20% P13SM 16mm
RS庫存編號 167-4692
製造零件編號PTV09A-2015F-B103
BrandBourns
HK$5.217
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Linear - Carbon PC Pin ±20% PTV09 15mm
RS庫存編號 172-7588
製造零件編號RK09K1130A0H
HK$5.646
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 - Panel Mount, Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Linear - - Pin ±20% RK09K -
RS庫存編號 168-140
製造零件編號1623760-2
HK$31.45
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 23 50mm
RS庫存編號 135-4478
製造零件編號1623757-2
HK$25.049
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1 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 23 50mm
RS庫存編號 135-5049
製造零件編號TW1103KA
HK$57.906
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 1W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±10% TW 15mm
RS庫存編號 387-739
製造零件編號1624139-2
HK$23.03
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4.7 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 23 50mm
RS庫存編號 387-745
製造零件編號1623757-2
HK$37.38
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1 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 23 50mm
RS庫存編號 460-7576
製造零件編號534B1501JL
BrandVishay
HK$118.78
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500 Ω Rotary 10 1 Panel Mount 2W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±5% 534 20.6mm
RS庫存編號 167-9501
製造零件編號534B1501JL
BrandVishay
HK$130.72
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500 Ω Rotary 10 1 Panel Mount 2W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±5% 534 20.6mm
RS庫存編號 219-9146
製造零件編號RK27112A00AK
HK$127.15
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100 kΩ Rotary 1 2 Through Hole 0.05W 6 mm Logarithmic - Carbon Pin ±20% RK27 20mm
RS庫存編號 135-4432
製造零件編號1623760-2
HK$27.97
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 23 50mm
RS庫存編號 168-364
製造零件編號27ESA103MMF50N
HK$34.73
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 2 Panel Mount 0.4W 6.35 mm Linear - Carbon Solder Lug ±20% 27 50mm
RS庫存編號 502-8637
製造零件編號TW1103KA
HK$80.24
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10 kΩ Rotary 1 1 Panel Mount 1W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±10% TW 15mm
RS庫存編號 167-9344
製造零件編號860B1501
BrandVishay
HK$1,124.56
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500 Ω Rotary 10 1 Panel Mount 8W 6.35 mm Linear - Wirewound Solder Lug ±1% 860 20.6mm