Trimmer Resistors

What are trimmer potentiometers?


Trimmer potentiometers, sometimes referred to as trim pots or trimmer resistors are a type of adjustable potentiometer (variable resistor). They are used to calibrate and fine-tune circuits. Trimmer potentiometers are typically constructed from cermet or have a carbon composition. They can be mounted directly onto PCBs (printed circuit boards).


Trimmer potentiometers are not adjusted very frequently. You can think of them as a ’set and forget’ component. Trim pots let you set (or trim) the resistance to obtain a very precise current, output voltage or gain. Once the value has been set, it is unlikely that you’ll need to adjust the trimmer again unless you need to recalibrate the circuit.


Can I replace a normal potentiometer with a trimmer potentiometer?


Yes, you can. However, trimmer potentiometers are typically more expensive than standard potentiometers with a fixed resistance rating. It is also worth bearing in mind the difference in lifespan too. Many potentiometers have a lifespan that allows for hundreds of thousands of cycles. Trimmer potentiometers typically have a lifespan of a few hundred cycles (at best). Trim pots also tend to take up more space on a PCB than a standard potentiometer.


Do I need a single turn or multiturn trim pot?


This completely depends on the intended application of the trim pot. Multiturn trimmer pots tend to have a higher resolution than single turn models. A single turn trimmer potentiometer is ideal for applications where a resolution of one turn is enough.


Adjustment types


Trimmer potentiometers are normally adjusted by hand (you can turn the adjustment knob with your fingers), with a screwdriver or with a specialised adjustment tool designed for use with a particular model or series.


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RS Stock No. 521-9710
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-203LF
BrandBourns
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20 kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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BrandVishay
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1 kΩ Through Hole 21 Side Adjust 0.5W T93 Pin 9.7mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.T7YB103MT20
BrandVishay
HK$16.414
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10 kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W T7 Pin - ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.M63M203KB40
BrandVishay
HK$85.58
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20 kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W 63M Pin 9.52mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 521-9782
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-501LF
BrandBourns
HK$21.24
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500 Ω Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-3378
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-104LF
BrandBourns
HK$18.65
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100 kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-9379
Mfr. Part No.T7YB103MT20
BrandVishay
HK$11.10
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10 kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W T7 Pin - ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-3553
Mfr. Part No.3266W-1-101LF
BrandBourns
HK$26.18
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100 Ω Through Hole 12 Top Adjust 0.25W 3266 Pin 6.71mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 154-2432
Mfr. Part No.M64Y103KB40
BrandVishay
HK$24.77
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10 kΩ Through Hole 19 (Electrical), 22 (Mechanical) Top Adjust 1/2W 64Y Pin 9.7mm ±10% 5mm ±100ppm/°C 11.1mm 9.7 x 5 x 11.1mm -
RS Stock No. 619-7778
Mfr. Part No.SV01A103AEA01B00
BrandMurata
HK$19.75
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10 kΩ Surface Mount - Top Adjust - SV01 Gull Wing 11mm ±30% - ±500ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 177-504
Mfr. Part No.3224W-1-503E
BrandBourns
HK$42.87
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50 kΩ Surface Mount 12 Top Adjust 0.25W 3224 J-Hook 4.8mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 522-0287
Mfr. Part No.3299W-1-102LF
BrandBourns
HK$29.88
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1 kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3299 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 154-2224
Mfr. Part No.M64X202KB40
BrandVishay
HK$16.92
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2 kΩ Through Hole 19 (Electrical), 22 (Mechanical) Side Adjust 1/2W 64X Pin 11mm ±10% 5mm - 9.8mm 11 x 5 x 9.8mm -
RS Stock No. 167-3388
Mfr. Part No.3299W-1-103LF
BrandBourns
HK$21.39
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10 kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3299 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 521-9805
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-503LF
BrandBourns
HK$20.36
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50 kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 161-7073
Mfr. Part No.3299W-1-501LF
BrandBourns
HK$21.39
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500 Ω Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3299 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 169-3090
Mfr. Part No.M64X202KB40
BrandVishay
HK$12.75
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2 kΩ Through Hole 19 (Electrical), 22 (Mechanical) Side Adjust 0.5W 64X Pin 11mm ±10% - - - - -
RS Stock No. 172-4532
Mfr. Part No.EVM1DSX30B15
BrandPanasonic
HK$3.186
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- Surface Mount 1 Top Adjust 0.2W EVM1D Solder Pad 3.8mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 166-9612
Mfr. Part No.SV01A103AEA01R00
BrandMurata
HK$8.02
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10 kΩ Surface Mount - Top Adjust - SV01 Gull Wing 11mm ±30% - ±500ppm/°C - - -
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