Color Codes for Resistors (and Capacitors)
For resistors, the dimension is ohm and for capacitors, it is
usually pF (pico Farad).
If the resistor/capacitor case has
Usually, the gold or silver ring is the last one (tolerance).
- 3 color rings, the one next to a connection is the first one.
- 4 color rings, there is usually more room between the last ring and the rest.
- 5 color rings, the one next to a connection is the first one.
Range of values
Resistors are divided into different series: E6, which has 6
values per decade (between 1 and 10, 10 and 100, and so on), E12
which has 12 values per decade, up to E96 with 96 values per
decade. The most common series is E12.
Color | # | mult | tol
Black | 0 | 1 | -
Brown | 1 | 10 | 1%
Red | 2 | 100 | 2%
Orange | 3 | 1k | -
Yellow | 4 | 10k | -
Green | 5 | 100k | 0.5%
Blue | 6 | 1M | -
Lilac | 7 | 10M | -
Gray | 8 | 100M | -
White | 9 | 1G | -
- | - | - | 20%
Gold | - | 0.1 | 5%
Silver | - | 0.01 | 10%
Series E6/12/24: # # mult tol
E48/96 : # # # mult tol
The value is calculated by multiplying the number (## or ###)
Updated: May 19th, 1999
Created: February 1997
Status : Partially verified on September 30th, 1997
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