The place I was buying my 5 pin potentiometers has run out. I phoned a couple of places, but they need part numbers (which I don't have and can't get from the store - they must know that I am outsourcing and there is nothing listed on the part). When I asked for a 1K potentiometer with 5 pints on the phone to Mouser and
, it was like asking if they had seen a unicorn, so I am wondering if these are rare. They told me they have lots of 3 pin, but not 5 pin.
Any ideas or places to purchase?
Thanks in advance.
Here is what is the potentiometer looks like:
I know it might not be enough to go on, but maybe someone can point me in the right direction.
I am in the same boat - I know it is 1K as I stated earlier. The two pins on the sides are for an OFF/ON switch. As I said, they aren't giving me any indication besides this that I read on the baggie at the store :
This is the pot you are using with your LED dimmer project, right ? It's a
1k rotary pot with single pole switch, and a linear taper. You could also use a similar pot with double pole switch (total 7 pins). Both are readily available items. Can you not search say Mouser's website using "pot with switch" as the search string ? I would have thought that would have turned up whatever range they have.
Just found a "Sharp" transistor radio with what looks like an identical pot! No threads on the bush, with a split, 5mm dia splined shaft. Its soldered through a cut out in the circuit board using all five tabs. However its value is 10K log, stamped in the side. Physically its body is 15mm dia x 4 or 5mm thick. There is no part No: that I can see.
I wonder why the guy on the phone didn't seem to be able to help me out at Mouser? Oh well, this is a start. How can I tell if they are threaded? I wish I could send the picture that I have to Mouser and see if they have something that matches up closely. The thread and post is important too now that I think about it.
Possibly, the words that you were using to describe what you wanted, just didn't 'resonate' with the guy. Or he was just a kid hired to field phone calls. Are you familiar at all with speccing and buying electronic components ? From the original thread, and now this new one, I rather suspect not.
You need to learn to use an online catalogue. Both of those parts that I pointed you to, have internal links attached to their basic catalogue entry, which take you to the manufacturer's spec sheets for them. These tell you everything, both electrically and mechanically, that characterise the device. This is common with electronic component catalogues.
I don't mean to be rude, but the amount of help that you have received so far on this project from many people on this group, has been staggering, considering that it was more of a basic electronics design question originally, than a "repair" one (check the name of this group ... ) If you genuinely don't understand about speccing and ordering components, then i'm sure most of us don't mind helping you out a little, but be careful that you don't get us to thinking that you just can't be bothered to work it out for yourself ...
I did look at the PDF and it didn't look like it had threads on the pot. I will phone the company again today. I don't want you to think that I am not actually doing any of the work myself though. I do get frustrated when talking to these guys on the phone and they say 'sorry can't help you' especially after the people on the form say the parts are easy to come by and common-place. Must be my way of saying things I guess. The electronic store that I buy from won't be of any help because they won't tell me the part number and the baggie it comes in is of little help. And yes I do appreciate the help. I guess I will look for another forum that might be able to help with a parts list since I don't want to outstay my welcome (if I haven't already).
Thank you so much for the humorous and enlightening email. You are right, I have to get the names right before I order. This has gone a long way in helping me. The guys at the store don't seem to have time to tell me, they said 'it is a pot with 5 pins', so that is where I got the name from. Thanks again, at least you are giving me specifics.