Identify a Ceramic Capacitor
How to Identify a Ceramic Capacitori<
one of the most common things I am asked about is "how do I tell what value this capacitor is? What does 104 mean?"
Well its not as complicated as you may think!
Basically your ceramic, and sometimes other types of capacitor has a code. This code consists of 3 digits lets take the example 104.
The first two digits are the value to be multiplied.
the last digit is the multiplier, number of 0's, in this case 4 zeros. Much the same as with the multiplier value for a resistori value.
so we have:
10 and 0000 or 100,000
This value seems huge, but its actually in Picofarads. to obtain the value in Nanofarads do the following
100,000 divided by 1000 = 100nF
to get Microfarads do the following 100,000 divided by 1,000,000 (one million) = 0.1uF
I hope this helps!