10k Ohm Resistor Color Code

10K / 10K Ohm Resistor Color Code – A resistor is a fundamental passive component for an electrical circuit. It provides a specific resistance to the circuit. Now we will learn how to get a 10k ohm resistor color code.

Resistor color code is a color code to indicate the resistance of that resistor. Resistor color code can be formed with 3, 4, or 5 color bands. Each band has their own number to form a resistance number. We can learn about this resistor color code easily when searching about “Resistor Color Code Chart”. This resistor color code standard follows the IEC60062 used by worldwide applications.

10K / 10K Ohm Resistor Color Code

Without further ado we will learn what is the 10k ohm resistor color code or 10 kilo ohm resistor color code. It means the resistor has resistance of 10,000 ohm.

In this case we will use resistor color code for 4 bands. From the resistor color code for 4 bands chart, the first two bands indicate the number, the third band indicates the multiplier, and the fourth band indicates the tolerance. For easier explanation, observe the table below:

10k ohm resistor color code

10K Ohm Resistor Color

From the chart above, we can easily understand what colors we need to find in order to get 10k ohm resistors. We can look at the picture below and compare it with the chart above.

Observe the image below is the illustration of a 10k ohm resistor. The size and the color may differ from one to another.

The body color doesn’t have any meaning, but the size will determine the power rating. The bigger its size, the bigger its power rating.

10k ohm resistor color code

The resistance above is 10K ohm and the explanation of its bands can be seen below:

BandColorBand ColorValue
1stBrown 1
2ndBlack 0
3rdOrange 1000
4thGold ±5%

The first band is brown, it means the first digit is 1.

The second band is black, it means the second digit is 0.

The third band is orange, it means the multiplier is 1000 or 1K.

The fourth band is gold, it means the tolerance is +- 5%.

The resistance is : (1) (0) (x1000) (±5%) = 10k ±5% ohm

Real Picture of 10k Ohm Resistor

Below is the real picture of a 10k ohm resistor. Just as mentioned, the color code is brown – black – orange – gold.

10k ohm resistor color code

Measurement of 10k Ohm Resistor

If we use a multimeter or ohmmeter we will get the resistance of 10k ±5%. The 5% is the tolerance from the gold band. It means the resistance will range from 9.5k to 10.5k ohm.

10k ohm resistor color code

If you in need of 10k resistors, you better buy it with large number since it is often used in many applications and considered as the most common resistor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I know if I have a 10k ohm resistor?

    10k ohm resistor illustration

    A 10k ohm resistor has 4 color band: brown, black, orange, and gold for 5% tolerance, respectively.

  2. What color is a 10K ohm resistor?

    Resistance 10K ohm
    Color Code Brown / Black / Orange / Gold

  3. How do I know if I have a 10K ohm resistor?

    What’s the 10k resistor color code?
    The first band is brown as it stands for 1.
    The second band is black which means 0.
    The third band – multiplier x 1 kΩ – is orange.
    The fourth band depends on the tolerance – so any color is possible for the tolerance band.

  4. What is a 10K ohm resistor?

    Commonly used in breadboards and perf boards, these 10K resistors make excellent pull-ups, pull-downs, and current limiters.

  5. What does 10K ohm mean?

    Imagine you have a voltage source at 6V. If you had a 10K Ohm resistor, you would have 6/10,000 amperes of current flowing in the circuit.

  6. What does a 10K ohm resistor look like?

    A 10k ohm resistor has 4 color bands: brown, black, orange, and gold for 5% tolerance, respectively. A 1k ohm resistor has 4 color bands: brown, black, red, and gold for 5% tolerance, respectively.

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