August 1972 Popular Electronics
Table of Contents
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Here is one of the most complete
component color code charts that I have seen. It covers resistors, capacitors, and inductors
for EIA, JAN, and commercial standards. If you are reading this, you have almost certainly
memorized the color / number correlation (BBROYGBVGW = 0123456789, respectively) and know
how to read a regular carbon resistor's code for resistance and maybe even tolerance. However,
if you encounter a capacitor with an array of colored dots or a component with 5 colored bands,
are you sure how to read it? This handy-dandy chart will help. Or, you probably have an app
on your phone that will do the same thing.
Color Code Charts
Posted July 13, 2017