Resistor Calculator2017-07-19T18:54:10+00:00

Resistor Calculator

Resistor Series

There are four more or less commonly used resistor series, with 12, 24, 48, and 96 values per decade, respectively. Generally, 5% tolerance resistors are available in E24 and 1% resistors in E96, but this is not a hard and fast rule. For example some low-value 1% resistors are available in E12 only.

E12       (10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 27, 33, 39, 47, 56, 68, 82)
E24       (10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27, ..., 82, 91)
E48       (10.0, 10.5, 11.0, 11.5, 12.1, 12.7, 13.3, ..., 90.9, 95.3) 
E96       (10.0, 10.2, 10.5, 10.7, 11.0, 11.3, 11.5, ..., 95.3, 97.6) All values
   

Resistor Value

Find the best single resistor, series, and parallel resistor combination from the series selected above to satisfy the desired value.


Desired value: Ω  KΩ  

Single:
Series:+=
Parallel://=

Resistor Ratio

Find the best combination of resistors to satisfy the given ratio, using values from the series selected above.

Select which type of ratio to solve for:

Resistor ratio       R1/R2
Voltage divider     R1 / (R1+R2)   valid range: 0.0 < ratio < 1.0

Desired ratio: Inverse What is this?

Single:÷ =
Series: ÷ ( +) =
Parallel:÷ (//) =

The results are guaranteed to be the best choices within a decade of values. You can scale all the resistor values up or down by factors of 10 without changing the accuracy.
This calculator is based on Bjorn Jansson's excellent Resistor Value and Ratio Calculator, with his permission.