The Resistor Color Code Calculator will calculate the resistance value in Ohms (Ω) for 4-band and 5-band resistors based on the color code on the resistor.

## 4-Band Resistor Color Code Calculator

Choose resistor color code to calculate resistance value.

Resistor Value: 250 kΩ ± 5%

Note: Tolerance values in % of full resistance range.

Resistance values can be calculated from a 4-band resistor color code as follows:

• Band 1: First significant figure (left-most digit)
• Band 2: Second significant figure
• Band 3: Multiplier (determines order of magnitude)
• Band 4: Tolerance value (%)

For example, a resistor with a color band pattern of red, green, yellow, gold yields the first digit as 2, the second digit as 5, and a multiplier of 10,000. This produces a resistance value of $25 * 10,000 = 250 k\Omega$ with a ± 5% tolerance.

## 5-Band Resistor Color Code Calculator

Choose resistor color code to calculate resistance value.

Resistor Value: 12.3 kΩ ± 5%

Note: Tolerance values in % of full resistance range.

Resistance values can be calculated from a 5-band resistor color code as follows:

• Band 1: First significant figure (left-most digit)
• Band 2: Second significant figure
• Band 3: Third significant figure (additional digit of precision)
• Band 4: Multiplier (determines order of magnitude)
• Band 5: Tolerance value (%)

For example, a resistor with a color band pattern of brown, red, orange, red, gold yields the first digit as 1, the second digit as 2, the third digit as 3, and a multiplier of 10,000. This produces a resistance value of $123 * 100 = 12.3 k\Omega$ with a ± 5% tolerance.

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