how to organize resistors?

i need some help organizing resistor. i have a ton of resistors but have no idea how to organize them. any ideas?

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Has anyone out there thought about a way of possibly automating the selection criteria? I just want to stick in my resistors there, and let the device take it into it's box, and when I want one, I just type in the value, and it pops out of the box.
You could buy something like that ( I don't know how it's called in English ...) :
the only problem is that they are not very cheap :/ , the cheapest one i found in tis size costed 40 euros, why spend all this money when a cheap solution can be found? :/
Yep, I have a few of those parts bins myself, mostly with ICs in them though.
CameronSS10 years ago
I bought a few packs of assorted resistors from American Science and Surplus. I sorted them, and others into a box like chooseausername mentioned, except much smaller (5 wide by 3 tall). I haven't yet filled the box, and my categories will become more specific as I add to the collection, but so far I have "<1K ohm," "1K ohm to 10K ohm," ">10K ohm, <1M ohm," ">1M ohm," and "variable resistors."
NachoMahma10 years ago
. I keep my resistors (and other misc electronics) in bins like chooseusrename shows and arrange them by oogitsmelol's method. When I'm short of bin space I will combine similar parts that are easy to visually pick out (eg, 1/8W and 1W resistors of the same ohms in the same bin).
Goodhart10 years ago
Hmm, it really depends on how many of "each" resistor you have. For instance, if you have a lot of 1K resistors, and a lot of 2k's and etc. you can set them in separate containers/bins, but if you have only a few 1k, 2k, 3k, etc. but have a lot of variety, you can put 1-9k in a bin, 10-20k in a bin, etc. It just depends on the quantity you have of each. You don't want to be separating a single resistor per bin. I have a box full of "carbon resistors" all (even the 10 ohm ones) bigger then your little finger (those I can see the color bands on LOL) sized down to those only a little bigger than a surface mount.....try to read the 5 color bands on THOSE with old eyes LOL
Goodhart Goodhart10 years ago
If you have enough variety, you could even organize them by Co-efficiency.

A few calcs, listing
its a lion10 years ago
what do you mean organizing them? like putting them in separate containers? if so, go by resistance value and wattage.