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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10kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.5W 3386 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3386W-1-103LF
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10kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.5W 3386 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-103
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10kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 748-1333
Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-103
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10kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-502
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5kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 748-1355
Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-502
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5kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 521-9647
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-103LF
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10kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-3377
Mfr. Part No.3296W-1-103LF
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10kΩ Through Hole 25 Top Adjust 0.5W 3296 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-5363
Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-203
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20kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 748-1342
Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-203
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20kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-3252
Mfr. Part No.3362P-1-102LF
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1kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W 3362 Pin 6.6mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3362P-1-102LF
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1kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W 3362 Pin 6.6mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-104
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100kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.PC910 220R RS
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- Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 1W PC910 Pin - ±20% - - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3306W-1-104
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100kΩ Through Hole 1 Side Adjust 0.2W 3306 Pin 6.81mm ±25% - ±250ppm/°C - - -
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Mfr. Part No.PC910 220R RS
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220Ω Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 1W PC910 Pin - ±20% - - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.3386F-1-104LF
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100kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W 3386 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 167-3521
Mfr. Part No.3386F-1-104LF
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100kΩ Through Hole 1 Top Adjust 0.5W 3386 Pin 9.53mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
RS Stock No. 169-3076
Mfr. Part No.M64W102KB40
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1kΩ Through Hole 19 (Electrical), 22 (Mechanical) Top Adjust 0.5W 64W Pin 9.7mm ±10% - ±100ppm/°C - - -
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500Ω Through Hole 21 (Electrical) Turns, 23 (Mechanical) Turns Side Adjust 0.5W T93 Pin 9.7mm ±10% - - - - -
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