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If you have ever attempted to do electronics, and purchased books on the subject, you are always faced with, or immediately put in the deep end of technical jargon that will bore you to drop the book before you get past the first page .

Well its time to put everything in order and catalogue all the electronic components that you have at your disposal for easier reference and rapid prototype. When I have purchased resistor packs, they have always come in un-labeled packs . In the picture, you will see a number of resistor bags, holding resistors of different values to each other . To start with, before even opening the bags, I have labeled them : packet 1, packet 2, packet 3 etc ........................ .

To make this filing project easier to understand, I will call resistors taped together in a Row, Files . First pick up the packet labeled 1 and remove a file of resistors . Get a pen and mark on the File the number 1 .

Step 1: Label Pack 1 to 12 etc

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Next pick up another File of resistors and mark this number 2 , keep repeating this going in sequence 3,4,5,6 until all the resistor Files have their own identification number .

Repeat this procedure for Packet 2 , Packet 3, Packet 4 etc .

datoo78618 days ago

Hi there,

"There is also software that removes the need to buy components like resistors , capacitors, transistors etc . Once you have designed your circuit on computer, you can download the fully working schematic into a micro chip ."

I looked everywhere and cannot find a software which transforms electronic components into a microchip. I have many circuits from my college days, wondered how can I integrate them into a chip. Please advise.


Nicepolicy16 (author)  datoo7869 days ago

You Can go to this website and watch Videos


jduffy542 years ago
resistOr, not resistEr
Minifig6665 years ago
 Im sorry but what is unreliable about the colour chart?
what's faster: touching 2 leads to a multimeter, or finding out the 3 colors on the resistor and looking them up?  ask me, I'll say multimeter every time.
The colors are pretty simple to memorize- it's basically black, brown, ROY G BIV. If you memorize it, it takes like a second.
I'm red-green-brown colorblind. Needless to say, reading resistors is a pain.
Nicepolicy16 (author)  seraine3 years ago
People who are Color blinde can use the number system. And that will go for all comments from anyone else.
seraine seraine3 years ago
However, it is sometimes hard to tell the difference between colors in the 5-8 ish range.
Nicepolicy16 (author) 3 years ago
People who are Color blinde can use the number system. And that will go for all comments from anyone else.
.................and you can't spell either....................
8bit5 years ago
Definitely faster to just look at the bands. One doesn't need charts if one understands the code. 
flashcactus5 years ago
try quite universal circuit simulator(qucs)
it is originaly
for linux but there are binary versions of the program which work in windows.
the latest stable version is 0.0.15
Patented6 years ago
Nice organisation! but u need to focus!
cammel86 years ago
Besides this one... I cant get it to work on my computer... keeps crashing!!!
Nicepolicy16 (author)  cammel86 years ago
Try this simulator and go to Electronics, because they have a number of Scientific sections for all types of simulator .

Nicepolicy16 (author)  cammel86 years ago
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cammel86 years ago
I am looking for a circuit simulator that actually shows led lighting and stuff like that so when you run the simulation you get visual feed back. Example: I make an led array and want to see the leds light up when switch a is thrown then different ones light up as switch b is thrown. Basically creating the circit virtually. Do you know of any that do that?
Nicepolicy16 (author)  cammel86 years ago
You can download a free working demo of a circuit simulator from :


LED Circuit.jpg
Nicepolicy16 (author)  Nicepolicy166 years ago
After download, open the program and go to ' File ' , ' Open ' . Choose Electricity file . Open ' Livewire Demonstration - LED CIRCUIT Try the demo out . Then copy the circuit first on paper, and try to design a way you could implement another switch and LED Light into the circuit and then run the circuit to see if it works .
lemonie6 years ago
It might be better titled "How to organise electronic components"? Personally I trust the colour coding on resistors, but I'd agree that it doesn't hurt to check a few. L
rimar20006 years ago
Your consideration at the introduction they are absolutely true. This instructable seems to facilitate the things, thanks very much.