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Resistor Color Codes

How to Read a Resistor

Most resistors are color coded with multiple bands to identify the resistance value and the tolerance. While actually measuring the resistance before using it is a good idea, it's also a good idea to know what the resistance is supposed to be. Resistors (especially carbon composition) can drift in their actual resistance. Keep a stock of fresh resistors on hand. Use the following Standard EIA color code tables to identify resistors, or you can calculate the values on your your resistors using our handy resistance calculator. Click here to calculate the value of your 4-band resistors, or here for your 5-band resistors.

4 Band Resistors

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Color 1st Band
(1st Figure)
2nd Band
(2nd Figure)
3rd Band
(Multiplier)
4th Band
(Tolerance)
Black 0 100
Brown 1 1 101 ±1%
Red 2 2 102 ±2%
Orange 3 3 103
Yellow 4 4 104
Green 5 5 105 ±0.5%
Blue 6 6 106 ±0.25%
Violet 7 7 107 ±0.1%
Grey 8 8 108 ±0.05%
White 9 9 109
Gold 10-1 ±5%
Silver 10-2 ±10%

5 Band Resistors

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Color 1st Band
(1st Figure)
2nd Band
(2nd Figure)
3rd Band
(Multiplier)
4th Band
(Tolerance)
5th Band
(Tolerance)
Black 0 0 100
Brown 1 1 1 101 ±1%
Red 2 2 2 102 ±2%
Orange 3 3 3 103
Yellow 4 4 4 104
Green 5 5 5 105 ±0.5%
Blue 6 6 6 106 ±0.25%
Violet 7 7 7 107 ±0.1%
Grey 8 8 8 108 ±0.05%
White 9 9 9 109
Gold 10-1 ±5%
Silver 10-2 ±10%
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