Color code Mechanical small resistors are provided with a code in the form of color bands. The color band 1 is the band, which is next to one end of the resistor.
 
For resistors with 3 or 4 color bands, the first 2 color bands denotes the value. The color band 3 denotes the multiplier and the color band 4 denotes the tolerance.

  (Value)

  (Value)

  (Multiplier)

  (Tolerance)

 

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For resistors with 5 color bands, the first 3 color bands denotes the value. The color band 4 denotes the multiplier and the color band 5 denotes the tolerance.

  (Value)

  (Value)

  (Value)

  (Multiplier)

  (Tolerance)

 

±

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