Use this table to decipher the colour code on your resistors and capacitors. Distinguishing some colours from others can be tricky, so examine small parts really closely – perhaps with a magnifying glass and always under good light.

Colour 1st Digit 2nd Digit Multiplier Tolerance
Black 0 0 x 1 ± 20%
Brown 1 1 x 10 ± 1%
Red 2 2 x 100 ± 2%
Orange 3 3 x 1,000 ± 3%
Yellow 4 4 x 10,000 ± 4%
Green 5 5 x 100,000
Blue 6 6 x 1,000,000
Violet 7 7 x 10,000,000
Grey 8 8 x 100,000,000
White 9 9
Gold x 0.1 ± 5%
Silver x 0.01 ± 10%
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