[sdiy] how to tell metal film resistors?

Andy Eakin aeakin1 at matrixblues.com
Fri May 22 14:05:12 CEST 2015

So a rehash of a similar conversation on MW a few months back:

Commonly you will see these colors

Brown = Carbon Comp
Tan = Carbon Film
sorta Aqua towards baby-blue = Metal Film
Sky Blue = Metal Film
Lime Green = Capacitor
Not Exactly Lime Green towards dark green = Inductor
Aqua = Inductor

But honestly, there is no "standard" that I am aware of, a manufacturer 
can use whatever color resin to coat the part that they choose.

The colors I mentioned are just some that I have experienced first hand, 
I have film resistors in about 10 shades of blue! To be honest I have 
seen aqua resistors and tan inductors!

Measurements like the others mentioned earlier are really the only way 
to be sure.


On 4/28/2015 9:50 AM, Neil Johnson wrote:
> On 28 April 2015 at 09:55, Roman Sowa <modular at go2.pl> wrote:
>> It's not only tolerance of selecting values at factory, but the resistor
>> must keep its resistance within specified tolerance when  considering aging
>> and tempco. That's why there are no 0.1% resistors with tempco higher than
>> 100ppm, but 25ppm is more common at that precision.
>> And it's very rare to find a carbon resistor with tempco less than 100ppm.
> Yes, of course.  And any decent designer would account for that.
> What can also be important is the tolerance on that tempco, and how
> closely two resistors from the same batch track each other.
> Neil
> (definitely wandering off topic now :-) )
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