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favorite/best style of potentiometer?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Michael, Jul 20, 2003.

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  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Hi - I was just wondering what you think the best style of potentiometer is
    for through hole mounting or surface mount? I have little experience with
    the various styles - but so far - my favorite was a kind that came in a
    small blue box with a little screw on the top. Are some designs better for
    some reason? The reason I ask is I'm ordering up parts (from Digi Key - if
    it matters) on Monday and I can't quite decide on what kind of
    potentiometer I want to use. Any advice? Thanks so much!
  2. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    The multiturns don't generally have better resolution than the
    singles; their dinky screw mechanisms have a lot of backlash. I like
    the 4 mm surface-mount things.

  3. Like this one?

    They claim 3% CRV vs. 1% on the usual 3/8" square pots. Are the wipers
    polyfurcated (if that's a real word)?

    For low end applications, I've had good luck with the single turn 6mm
    cermet open ("dustproof") types. They are < 1/10 the price.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  4. Bill Sloman

    Bill Sloman Guest

    The 3/8" square multiturn potentiometers are horrible. If you can find
    room for the 19mm long trimming potentiometers with the adjusting
    screw at one end you will find that that they are easier to set and
    have much less back-lash when you over-shoot the desired value.

    The variant with the clear top, that lets you see when you have
    screwed the wiper up to one end or the other, is even nicer, and not
    much dearer.
  5. gene ohara

    gene ohara Guest


    Would you please post the mfr(s) of the one your like.


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