 # Do You Know How To Read Resistor Color Code?

A resistor is a passive electronic component that is commonly used in electrical and electronic circuits. It is designed to provide resistance to the flow of electric current. The primary function of a resistor is to limit or control the amount of current flowing through a circuit. Resistors are typically made from materials with high resistivity, such as carbon composition, metal film, or metal oxide. They come in various shapes and sizes, including cylindrical, axial leaded, surface mount, and network configurations.

The resistance of a resistor is measured in ohms (Ω) and indicates the level of opposition it offers to the flow of electric current. A higher resistance value indicates greater opposition to current flow, while a lower resistance value allows more current to pass through.

Resistors have many practical applications in electronics, including controlling current, dividing voltage, adjusting signal levels, terminating transmission lines, and generating heat. Resistors are available in a wide range of values, tolerances, and power ratings to suit different circuit requirements. Their values can be identified using color codes or through numerical markings on their bodies.

So, how to read the resistor color code?

1. Identify the color bands: Most resistors have four or five color bands. The first three bands represent digits, the fourth band indicates the multiplier, and the fifth band (if present) represents the tolerance.

1. Determine the values of the colored bands:
• The first and second bands indicate the first two significant digits of the resistance value.
• The third band represents the multiplier or the number of zeros to be added to the first two digits.
• The fourth band indicates the tolerance or the allowable deviation from the stated resistance value.

1. Interpret the colors:
• Use a resistor color code chart or table to match the colors with their corresponding values. The chart typically provides the color codes for the digits, multipliers, and tolerances.
• The most common color code sequence is: Black (0), Brown (1), Red (2), Orange (3), Yellow (4), Green (5), Blue (6), Violet (7), Gray (8), White (9).

1. Calculate the resistance value: Once you have determined the values of the colored bands, combine them to calculate the resistance value. For example, if the first band is brown (1), the second band is black (0), and the third band is red (100), the resistance value would be 10 x 100 = 1000 ohms or 1 kilohm.

Remember that the tolerance band indicates the maximum allowable difference between the actual resistance and the stated resistance value. Common tolerance values include ±1%, ±5%, and ±10%.