Variable Trimmer Capacitors

Variable trimmer capacitors are types of capacitors(devices which store electrical charge in circuits) where the capacitor capacitance (its ability to store electrical charge) can be readily adjusted. They're often used in LC circuits (circuits that have an inductor and a capacitor) to set the frequency, for example to tune a radio.

How do variable trimmer capacitors work?

Variable trimmer capacitors are used to initially set oscillator frequency values, rise and fall times and other variables in a circuit. Should the values drift over time, variable trimmer capacitors allow you to re-calibrate your equipment.

Variable trimmer capacitors are almost always mounted directly on a PCB (printed circuit board) and set by using a small screwdriver. Variable trimmer capacitors are usually cheaper than full-sized variable capacitors.

What are variable trimmer capacitor used for?

Common applications include oscillators, tuners, crystal oscillators and filters. Variable trimmer capacitors can also be found in communication equipment such as mobile radios and aerospace transmitters.


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Description Price Series Voltage Dielectric Package/Case Mounting Type Tolerance Dimensions Lead Pitch Lead Diameter Depth Height Length Capacitive Range Maximum Capacitance
RS Stock No. 381-419
Mfr. Part No.BFC280908003
BrandVishay
$26.07
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 250V dc PTFE - Through Hole - 10 x 11 x 11mm - - 11mm 11mm 10mm 5.0 → 60pF 60pF
RS Stock No. 173-1606
Mfr. Part No.BFC280907015
BrandVishay
$62.10
Each (In a Box of 350)
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BFC2 200V dc PTFE 015 Through Hole - 14 x 11.5 x 9.2mm - - 11.5mm 9.2mm 14mm 7 → 100pF 100pF
RS Stock No. 169-3927
Mfr. Part No.TZB4Z100AA10R00
BrandMurata
$0.689
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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TZB4 100V dc - B4 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 3 → 10pF 10pF
RS Stock No. 721-5344
Mfr. Part No.TZB4Z100AA10R00
BrandMurata
$1.67
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZB4 100V dc - B4 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 3 → 10pF 10pF
RS Stock No. 378-906
Mfr. Part No.BFC280907015
BrandVishay
$76.78
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 200V dc PTFE 015 Through Hole - 14 x 11.5 x 9.2mm - - 11.5mm 9.2mm 14mm 7 → 100pF 100pF
RS Stock No. 380-236
Mfr. Part No.BFC280905217
BrandVishay
$17.37
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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BFC2 300V dc PTFE 0217 Through Hole - 7.4 x 6.7 x 9mm - - 6.7mm 9mm 7.4mm 2 → 18pF 18pF
RS Stock No. 832-295
Mfr. Part No.TZC3Z030A110R00
BrandMurata
$1.73
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZC3 100V dc - C3 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6mm - - 3.2mm 1.6mm 4.5mm 1.4 → 3pF 3pF
RS Stock No. 832-302
Mfr. Part No.TZC3Z060A110R00
BrandMurata
$1.876
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZC3 100V dc - C3 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6mm - - 3.2mm 1.6mm 4.5mm 2 → 6pF 6pF
RS Stock No. 169-2690
Mfr. Part No.TZC3Z060A110R00
BrandMurata
$0.554
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
units
TZC3 100V dc - C3 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6mm - - 3.2mm 1.6mm 4.5mm 2 → 6pF 6pF
RS Stock No. 175-3546
BrandRS PRO
$0.556
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 6 → 30pF 30pF
RS Stock No. 175-3524
BrandRS PRO
$0.278
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 2.5 → 7pF 7pF
RS Stock No. 175-3528
BrandRS PRO
$0.348
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 10 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 175-3525
BrandRS PRO
$0.278
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 3 → 10pF 10pF
RS Stock No. 175-3543
BrandRS PRO
$0.556
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 2.5 → 7pF 7pF
RS Stock No. 185-7350
Mfr. Part No.LXRW19V201-058
BrandMurata
$1.125
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
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LXRW 5.3V dc - - Surface Mount - 1.3 x 0.9 x 0.4mm - - 0.9mm 0.4mm 1.3mm 100 → 200pF 200pF
RS Stock No. 175-3548
BrandRS PRO
$0.603
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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- 100V Ceramic - Through Hole 0 → 50% 5 x 6mm 5.3mm 0.2mm 5mm 6mm - 10 → 50pF 50pF
RS Stock No. 170-6387
Mfr. Part No.TZR1R080A001B00
BrandMurata
$3.049
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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TZR1 25V dc - - Surface Mount 0 → +100% 1.7 x 1.5 x 0.9mm - - 1.5mm 0.9mm 1.7mm 3 → 8pF 8pF
RS Stock No. 169-2694
Mfr. Part No.TZB4Z030AB10R00
BrandMurata
$0.766
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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TZB4 100V dc - B4 Surface Mount 0 → +50% 4.5 x 4 x 3mm - - 4mm 3mm 4.5mm 1.4 → 3pF 3pF
RS Stock No. 832-368
Mfr. Part No.TZV2R200A110R00
BrandMurata
$1.984
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TZV2 25V dc - V2 Surface Mount 0 → +100% 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.45mm - - 2.3mm 1.45mm 3.2mm 4.5 → 20pF 20pF
RS Stock No. 169-2693
Mfr. Part No.TZV2R200A110R00
BrandMurata
$0.908
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
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TZV2 25V dc - V2 Surface Mount 0 → +100% 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.45mm - - 2.3mm 1.45mm 3.2mm 4.5 → 20pF 20pF
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