Identifying Component Values
4-Band Color Resistors
The 4-band resistors are the most common component found in a makers arsenal, and the use of color bands over numbers makes them easier to manufacture (as they are round in shape). However, reading a color chart is not exactly simple, so read this guide to learn how to identify 4-band resistors.
Through-Hole Ceramic Capacitors
Ceramic capacitors are an extremely useful component in electronics, but just like many components, their true value is not printed outright, but instead, as a secrete code which needs to be deciphered! In this guide, learn how the three-number code system works.
SMD components are obscenely tiny, but thankfully for us, those over a certain size (around 0603) have a three-number code printed on them to indicate their value. In this guide, learn how to read the value of 0805 resistors.
SMD capacitors are the hardest to identify as they contain no code system whatsoever, but there are ways to get around this conundrum. In this guide, learn how to identify ceramic SMD capacitors and how to determine their value.