Common Resistor and Capacitor Values


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Standards are set in place that help determine common resistor and capacitor values. The values are calculated using some math magic (see: Renard Series & E series of Preferred Numbers). This process helps simplify inventory and purchasing needs.

This explains why you find more resistor options in a common value such as 4.99k ohms rather than values like 5k ohms. Because of this, common values are typically less expensive and more readily available (aka “stocking”) than non-common values.

Keep in mind too that tolerances play a part in common values. In the example given above for 4.99k ohms, let’s take a look at a 1% tolerance. This means that the actual resistance value can be as low as 4940 ohms or as high as 5039.9 ohms and still be deemed acceptable. Offering a 5k resistor would be redundant for a product offering.

The tightest tolerance I have ever seen on a resistor is 0.001%, so it feels safe to say that you will never encounter a perfect resistor with no tolerance at all. And since we’re discussing common instances in this post, it may be warranted to note that most commercial tolerances fall in the 1% to 10% range.

Here’s an example of resistor kit # 541-1420-ND based off of E96 values:

Common Resistor Values

Based on E24 (5% tolerance)
10 100 1.0K 10K 100K 1.0M
11 110 1.1K 11K 110K 1.1M
12 120 1.2K 12K 120K 1.2M
13 130 1.3K 13K 130K 1.3M
15 150 1.5K 15K 150K 1.5M
16 160 1.6K 16K 160K 1.6M
18 180 1.8K 18K 180K 1.8M
20 200 2.0K 20K 200K 2.0M
22 220 2.2K 22K 220K 2.2M
24 240 2.4K 24K 240K 2.4M
27 270 2.7K 27K 270K 2.7M
30 300 3.0K 30K 300K 3.0M
33 330 3.3K 33K 330K 3.3M
36 360 3.6K 36K 360K 3.6M
39 390 3.9K 39K 390K 3.9M
43 430 4.3K 43K 430K 4.3M
47 470 4.7K 47K 470K 4.7M
51 510 5.1K 51K 510K 5.1M
56 560 5.6K 56K 560K 5.6M
62 620 6.2K 62K 620K 6.2M
68 680 6.8K 68K 680K 6.8M
75 750 7.5K 75K 750K 7.5M
82 820 8.2K 82K 820K 8.2M
91 910 9.1K 91K 910K 9.1M
Based on E96 (1% tolerance)
1 10 100 1K 10K 100K
1.02 10.2 102 1.02K 10.2K 102K
1.05 10.5 105 1.05K 10.5K 105K
1.07 10.7 107 1.07K 10.7K 107K
1.1 11 110 1.1K 11K 110K
1.13 11.3 113 1.13K 11.3K 113K
1.15 11.5 115 1.15K 11.5K 115K
1.18 11.8 118 1.18K 11.8K 118K
1.21 12.1 121 1.21K 12.1K 121K
1.24 12.4 124 1.24K 12.4K 124K
1.27 12.7 127 1.27K 12.7K 127K
1.3 13 130 1.3K 13K 130K
1.33 13.3 133 1.33K 13.3K 133K
1.37 13.7 137 1.37K 13.7K 137K
1.4 14 140 1.4K 14K 140K
1.43 14.3 143 1.43K 14.3K 143K
1.47 14.7 147 1.47K 14.7K 147K
1.5 15 150 1.5K 15K 150K
1.54 15.4 154 1.54K 15.4K 154K
1.58 15.8 158 1.58K 15.8K 158K
1.62 16.2 162 1.62K 16.2K 162K
1.65 16.5 165 1.65K 16.5K 165K
1.69 16.9 169 1.69K 16.9K 169K
1.74 17.4 174 1.74K 17.4K 174K
1.78 17.8 178 1.78K 17.8K 178K
1.82 18.2 182 1.82K 18.2K 182K
1.87 18.7 187 1.87K 18.7K 187K
1.91 19.1 191 1.91K 19.1K 191K
1.96 19.6 196 1.96K 19.6K 196K
2 20 200 2K 20K 200K
2.05 20.5 205 2.05K 20.5K 205K
2.1 21 210 2.1K 21K 210K
2.15 21.5 215 2.15K 21.5K 215K
2.21 22.1 221 2.21K 22.1K 221K
2.26 22.6 226 2.26K 22.6K 226K
2.32 23.2 232 2.32K 23.2K 232K
2.37 23.7 237 2.37K 23.7K 237K
2.43 24.3 243 2.43K 24.3K 243K
2.49 24.9 249 2.49K 24.9K 249K
2.55 25.5 255 2.55K 25.5K 255K
2.61 26.1 261 2.61K 26.1K 261K
2.67 26.7 267 2.67K 26.7K 267K
2.74 27.4 274 2.74K 27.4K 274K
2.8 28 280 2.8K 28K 280K
2.87 28.7 287 2.87K 28.7K 287K
2.94 29.4 294 2.94K 29.4K 294K
3.01 30.1 301 3.01K 30.1K 301K
3.09 30.9 309 3.09K 30.9K 309K
3.16 31.6 316 3.16K 31.6K 316K
3.24 32.4 324 3.24K 32.4K 324K
3.32 33.2 332 3.32K 33.2K 332K
3.4 34 340 3.4K 34K 340K
3.48 34.8 348 3.48K 34.8K 348K
3.57 35.7 357 3.57K 35.7K 357K
3.65 36.5 365 3.65K 36.5K 365K
3.74 37.4 374 3.74K 37.4K 374K
3.83 38.3 383 3.83K 38.3K 383K
3.92 39.2 392 3.92K 39.2K 392K
4.02 40.2 402 4.02K 40.2K 402K
4.12 41.2 412 4.12K 41.2K 412K
4.22 42.2 422 4.22K 42.2K 422K
4.32 43.2 432 4.32K 43.2K 432K
4.42 44.2 442 4.42K 44.2K 442K
4.53 45.3 453 4.53K 45.3K 453K
4.64 46.4 464 4.64K 46.4K 464K
4.75 47.5 475 4.75K 47.5K 475K
4.87 48.7 487 4.87K 48.7K 487K
4.99 49.9 499 4.99K 49.9K 499K
5.11 51.1 511 5.11K 51.1K 511K
5.23 52.3 523 5.23K 52.3K 523K
5.36 53.6 536 5.36K 53.6K 536K
5.49 54.9 549 5.49K 54.9K 549K
5.62 56.2 562 5.62K 56.2K 562K
5.76 57.6 576 5.76K 57.6K 576K
5.9 59 590 5.9K 59K 590K
6.04 60.4 604 6.04K 60.4K 604K
6.19 61.9 619 6.19K 61.9K 619K
6.34 63.4 634 6.34K 63.4K 634K
6.49 64.9 649 6.49K 64.9K 649K
6.65 66.5 665 6.65K 66.5K 665K
6.81 68.1 681 6.81K 68.1K 681K
6.98 69.8 698 6.98K 69.8K 698K
7.15 71.5 715 7.15K 71.5K 715K
7.32 73.2 732 7.32K 73.2K 732K
7.5 75 750 7.5K 75K 750K
7.68 76.8 768 7.68K 76.8K 768K
7.87 78.7 787 7.87K 78.7K 787K
8.06 80.6 806 8.06K 80.6K 806K
8.25 82.5 825 8.25K 82.5K 825K
8.45 84.5 845 8.45K 84.5K 845K
8.66 86.6 866 8.66K 86.6K 866K
8.87 88.7 887 8.87K 88.7K 887K
9.09 90.9 909 9.09K 90.9K 909K
9.31 93.1 931 9.31K 93.1K 931K
9.53 95.3 953 9.53K 95.3K 953K
9.76 97.6 976 9.76K 97.6K 976K

Common Capacitor Values

Based on E12 (10% tolerance)
10pF 100pF 1000pF .010µF .10µF 1.0µF 10µF
12pF 120pF 1200pF .012µF .12µF 1.2µF 12µF
15pF 150pF 1500pF .015µF .15µF 1.5µF 15µF
18pF 180pF 1800pF .018µF .18µF 1.8µF 18µF
22pF 220pF 2200pF .022µF .22µF 2.2µF 22µF
27pF 270pF 2700pF .027µF .27µF 2.7µF 27µF
33pF 330pF 3300pF .033µF .33µF 3.3µF 33µF
39pF 390pF 3900pF .039µF .39µF 3.9µF 39µF
47pF 470pF 4700pF .047µF .47µF 4.7µF 47µF
56pF 560pF 5600pF .056µF .56µF 5.6µF 56µF
68pF 680pF 6800pF .068µF .68µF 6.8µF 68µF
82pF 820pF 8200pF .082µF .82µF 8.2µF 82µF

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