Resistor color code calculator

 

This resistor color code calculator will help you determine the value of axial resistors marked with color bands. It can be used for 3, 4, 5 and 6 band resistors. You can select the colors of the corresponding bands by clicking on them in the table. The resistor will visually show your band color choices and display the value of the resistor above. If the resistance value is part of a standard E-series value, this will be shown in brackets after the resistance value. How to use the color code calculator Select the amount of bands of the resistor on the top-left Choose the colors of the bands by clicking on the corresponding box in the chart The corresponding ohmic value and tolerance of the resistor is shown Bands: 3 4 5 6 10k&#8486 ±5% 1st digit 2nd digit 3rd digit multiply tolerance TCR(ppm/K) Bad Black 0 0 0 1 1% (F) 100 Beer Brown 1 1 1 10 2% (G) 50 Rots Red 2 2 2 100 15 Our Orange 3 3 3 1K 25 Young Yellow 4 4 4 10K Guts Green 5 5 5 100K 0.5% (D) But Blue 6 6 6 1M 0.25% (C) 10 Vodka Violet 7 7 7 10M 0.1% (B) 5 Goes Gray 8 8 8 100M 0.05% (A) Well White 9 9 9 1G Get Gold 0.1 5% (J) Some Silver 0.01 10% (K) Now None 20% (M) Special cases 6 band resistors In the case of 6 band resistors, this calculator assumes the 6th band is used to indicate the thermal coefficient. In some rare cases the 6th band can also indicate the reliability of the resistor. For more information visit the main page on the resistor color code. Disclaimer While we did our best to check all possibilities and remove [… read more]

Resistor color code

 
Resistor color code

How does the resistor color code work? Resistor values are often indicated with color codes. Practically all leaded resistors with a power rating up to one watt are marked with color bands. The coding is defined in the international standard IEC 60062. This standard describes the marking codes for resistors and capacitors. It includes also numerical codes, as for example often used for SMD resistors. The color code is given by several bands. Together they specify the resistance value, the tolerance and sometimes the reliability or failure rate. The number of bands varies from three till six. As a minimum, two bands indicate the resistance value and one band serves as multiplier. The resistance values are standardized, these values are called preferred value. Resistor color code chart The chart below shows how to determine the resistance and tolerance for resistors. The table can also be used to specify the color of the bands when the values are known. An automatic resistor calculator can be used to quickly find the resistor values. Tips for reading resistor codes In the sections below examples are given for different numbers of bands, but first some tips are given to read the color code: The reading direction might not always be clear. Sometimes the increased space between band 3 and 4 give away the reading direction. Also, the first band is usually the closest to a lead. A gold or silver band (the tolerance) is always the last band. It is a good practice to check the manufacturer’s documentation to be sure about the used coding system. Even better is to measure the resistance with a multi-meter. In some cases this might even be the only way to figure out the resistance; for example when the color bands are burnt off. 4 band resistor The [… read more]

Resistor standards and codes

 
Resistor standards and codes

Standardization is a key element in the design of electronic components. A huge amount of effort and money is saved by having standards for resistor sizes, values, markings, symbols and measurement methods. Although international standards like the IEC (International Electrical Commission) and national standards such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute) are widely accepted, resistor manufacturers often use their own definitions. Therefore it is always important to carefully check the manufacturers’ documentation. Resistor color code Practically all leaded axial resistors up to one watt are marked with the electronic color code (international standard IEC 60062). The resistor color code is a marking system with colored bands that are painted on the resistor body. Together they indicate the resistor value and tolerance. Resistors can have 3, 4, 5 and 6 bands. The resistor color code chart is a handy table to decipher the coding system. Resistor color code calculator This interactive tool let’s you adjust a resistor within seconds and returns the resistance value, tolerance and temperature coefficient. It even indicates if the resistor belongs to an E-series (preferred values). Resistor SMD code SMD (Surface Mount Device) resistors are marked with a (alpha)-numerical code to indicate the resistor value and tolerance. Often these resistors are too small for the resistor color code. Two popular marking systems exist: the 3 and 4 digit code and the EIA-96 code. Resistor values Soon after resistors became mass produced, a system with preferred values was developed to minimize the number of different sizes that had to be produced. Now preferred values for resistors and other electronic components are defined in the international standard IEC 60063. The preferred values for electronics are defined in E-series. Resistors are manufactured with a certain tolerance. The preferred value system is set up that each the tolerance of each resistor [… read more]