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Reference Chart

Microfarad 0.001uF 0.0012uF 0.0015uF 0.0018uF 0.0022uF 0.0027uF 0.0033uF 0.0039uF 0.0047uF 0.0056uF 0.0068uF 0.0082uF 0.01uF 0.012uF 0.015uF 0.018uF 0.022uF 0.027uF 0.033uF 0.039uF 0.047uF 0.056uF 0.068uF 0.082uF 0.1uF 0.12uF 0.15uF 0.18uF 0.22uF 0.27uF 0.33uF 0.39uF 0.47uF 0.56uF 0.68uF 0.82uF 1.0uF 1.2uF 1.5uF 1.8uF 2.2uF 2.7uF 3.3uF 3.9uF 4.7uF 5.6uF 6.8uF 8.2uF 10uF 12uF 15uF 18uF 22uF 27uF 33uF 39uF 47uF 56uF 68uF 82uF 100uF 220uF Nanofarad 1.0nF 1.2nF 1.5nF 1.8nF 2.2nF 2.7nF 3.3nF 3.9nF 4.7nF 5.6nF 6.8nF 8.2nF 10nF 12nF 15nF 18nF 22nF 27nF 33nF 39nF 47nF 56nF 68nF 82nF 100nF 120nF 150nF 180nF 220nF 270nF 330nF 390nF 470nF 560nF 680nF 820nF 1000nF 1200nF 1500nF 1800nF 2200nF 2700nF 3300nF 3900nF 4700nF 5600nF 6800nF 8200nF 10000nF 12000nF 15000nF 18000nF 22000nF 27000nF 33000nF 39000nF 47000nF 56000nF 68000nF 82000nF 100,000nF 220,000nF Picofarad 1000pF 1200pF 1500pF 1800pF 2200pF 2700pF 3300pF 3900pF 4700pF 5600pF 6800pF 8200pF 10x10^3pF 12x10^3pF 15x10^3pF 18x10^3pF 22x10^3pF 27x10^3pF 33x10^3pF 39x10^3pF 47x10^3pF 56x10^3pF 68x10^3pF 82x10^3pF 10x10^4pF 12x10^4pF 15x10^4pF 18x10^4pF 22x10^4pF 27x10^4pF 33x10^4pF 39x10^4pF 47x10^4pF 56x10^4pF 68x10^4pF 82x10^4pF 10x10^5pF 12x10^5pF 15x10^5pF 18x10^5pF 22x10^5pF 27x10^5pF 33x10^5pF 39x10^5pF 47x10^5pF 56x10^5pF 68x10^5pF 82x10^5pF 10x10^6pF 12x10^6pF 15x10^6pF 18x10^6pF 22x10^6pF 27x10^6pF 33x10^6pF 39x10^6pF 47x10^6pF 56x10^6pF 68x10^6pF 82x10^6pF 10x10^7pF 22x10^7pF European 1n0 1n2 1n5 1n8 2n2 2n7 3n3 3n9 4n7 5n6 6n8 8n2 10n 12n 15n 18n 22n 27n 33n 39n 47n 56n 68n 82n 100n 120n 150n 180n 220n 270n 330n 390n 470n 560n 680n 820n 1u 1u2 1u5 1u8 2u2 2u7 3u3 3u9 4u7 5u6 6u8 8u2 10u 12u 15u 18u 22u 27u 33u 39u 47u 56u 68u 82u 100u 220u EIA/MIL 102 122 152 182 222 272 332 392 472 562 682 822 103 123 153 183 223 273 333 393 473 563 683 823 104 124 154 184 224 274 334 394 474 564 684 824 105 125 155 185 225 275 335 395 475 565 685 825 106 126 156 186 226 276 336 396 476 566 686 826 107 227 Colour Band Code Brown-Black-Red Brown-Red-Red Brown-Green-Red Brown-Grey-Red Red-Red-Red Red-Violet-Red Orange-Orange-Red Orange-White-Red Yellow-Violet-Red Green-Blue-Red Blue-Grey-Red Grey-Red-Red Brown-Black-Orange Brown-Red-Orange Brown-Green-Orange Brown-Grey-Orange Red-Red-Orange Red-Violet-Orange Orange-Orange-Orange Orange-White-Orange Yellow-Violet-Orange Green-Blue-Orange Blue-Grey-Orange Grey-Red-Orange Brown-Black-Yellow Brown-Red-Yellow Brown-Green-Yellow Brown-Grey-Yellow Red-Red-Yellow Red-Violet-Yellow Orange-Orange-Yellow Orange-White-Yellow Yellow-Violet-Yellow Green-Blue-Yellow Blue-Grey-Yellow Grey-Red-Yellow Brown-Black-Green Brown-Red-Green Brown-Green-Green Brown-Grey-Green Red-Red-Green Red-Violet-Green Orange-Orange-Green Orange-White-Green Yellow-Violet-Green Green-Blue-Green Blue-Grey-Green Grey-Red-Green Brown-Black-Blue Brown-Red-Blue Brown-Green-Blue Brown-Grey-Blue Red-Red-Blue Red-Violet-Blue Orange-Orange-Blue Orange-White-Blue Yellow-Violet-Blue Green-Blue-Blue Blue-Grey-Blue Grey-Red-Blue Brown-Black-Violet Red-Red-Violet

Capacitor Codes And Values


Parallel Capacitors
C1

C2

Ctotal = C1 + C2 + C3 Series Capacitors


C1 C2

Ctotal = C1 x C2 C1 + C2 Stored Charge Q=VxC Stored Energy W= CxV 2


2

Q = Charge in Coulombs C = Capacitance in Farads (F) V = Voltage W = Energy in Joules (Watt-seconds)

Common Capacitor Types

Electrolytic Polarised. Often used for ltering or smoothing power supply rails, for bypassing and coupling in audio circuits, and as a non-critical timing element. Tantalum Polarised. Physically smaller than electrolytics, and have a lower series equivalent resistance. Ceramic Low cost and high capacitance values in a small physical package. Often used in RF circuits due to tight tolerances and good stability. Monolithic multi-layer ceramics are commonly used as bypass capacitors. Polyester Very cheap, general purpose. Sometimes called greencaps because they are typically green. Polycarbonate Low temperature coe cient and low dielectric losses at high frequency, so usually used for applications where temperature stability is important. Polystyrene Tight tolerances, high stability, predictable temperature coe cient. Polypropylene Very low dielectric losses. Suitable for high power inverters and high voltage applications.

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