A simple guide to electronic components.

A simple guide to electronic components.

By request:- A basic guide to identifying components and their functions for those who are new to electronics. This is a work in progress, and I welcome feedback from you guys on whether I should break it down into more manageable chunks. I’ve kept the maths to a minimum, since it can be off-putting to someone just getting started in electronics.
The idea of this video is to slot in some more of the jigsaw pieces involved in learning electronics, when you start to recognise components, but aren’t quite sure what they are or what they do.
It’s tricky to squeeze even the basics into a single video, and I’ve just realised how long this one is (and why it took all night to upload).

If you enjoy my videos you can support the channel with a dollar for coffee, cookies and components at https://www.patreon.com/bigclive

Readers Comments (50)

  1. Interesting how you used a mnemonic to remember the color order. The majority of the colors are ordered as they appear in the visible light spectrum.

  2. Dell had a problem back in 2005. They bought a bunch of defective motherboards. The Electrolytic Capacitors that were used for Video portion would puff up at the top and the liquid would flow out the top.

    Moral of the story. If your devices start to go bad, check for the capacitor puffy at the top.

  3. USAF 50 yrs ago … Better Be Right Or Your Great Big Project Goes West …

  4. in my country i can get access to 100 and 300 ohm resistors…

  5. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯😳😳

  6. this vid has taught me more than non-covid high school science ever did. thank u

  7. Very nicely explained Clive.
    Now, can you help me connect these time circuits to the flux capacitor and explain how it all works please?

  8. At some point in the video I realized that I’m a sub beginner student

  9. Ricardo Olivares February 18, 2021 @ 3:44 pm

    Is it recommended to replace a burned resistor on a board?

  10. Who will be the survivors Clive, the Changs or the Coms ?
    Ive watched your channel forever, feel guilty for not becoming a patreon but have referred many to your work and also to a friend of yours who was was demonitized not too long ago.. did she ever get another perminent place for her materials and a channel?
    Be well friend, please do continue your great display of teachings and referring back to a previous video about inserting an electrified object there..the resistance in the material surrounding the conductor may have ended as the resistor did today…good you decided against it.πŸ‘πŸΌ
    Gary, USA
    PS if you dont mind, I am sending a multitude of new students begining their studies in amateur radio..electronic components, their function and identification, and more seeing you actually reverse work some items gives inspiration to get off their rumps.
    Be safe, big man.

  11. I jut never bought into that because of the venture effect

  12. The crap with 5 band resistors, 1k – 1% for example, you have a brown stripe on the both ends of the resistor and the manufacturer often leaves very little, if any gap between the value and the tolerance. The problem is, which direction do you read it?

  13. Wish you had been my physics teacher

  14. Back in the day Clive would have been good on children’s TV, he has a good presentation πŸ˜ƒ

  15. Thank you so much for this!

  16. Why is it 0.01A?

  17. Home Performance February 18, 2021 @ 3:51 pm

    Hi Clive- we run a YouTube channel on the Science of Homes (http://youtube.com/c/homeperformance) and I have an LED indicator project I’d like to pitch to you, as a collaboration. Any interest? Let me know how best to contact you if so. Thanks for the excellent videos.

  18. Charles Goehring February 18, 2021 @ 3:52 pm

    Search out the vid where he tastes denatured alcohol. It is hilarious.

  19. my first video in this new hobbie; loving it so far!

  20. I don’t know why I’m here?
    Lucky click bait really I guess.
    That said, curiously, I’ve always wanted to know this stuff for near going on 30 years and you’ve just explained most of my now "current" knowledge in just over 30 mins.

    Thanks Clive and good luck with whatever it is you actually do with these things.

  21. volts push amps through ohms

  22. It’s hard watching someone trying to stick tape on a surface and fail like that. #LazerFocusd

  23. You did an awesome job at making a concise video that actually holds the viewers attention. Great job! You deserve more subs!

  24. Terrible and perhaps will be considered rasist these days but my teacher in school taught me:

    Black Boys Roger Our Young Girls But Virgins Go Without

    I’ve never forgotten it!

  25. I wish I found this a year and a half earlier.

  26. Yeah well, My dirty mind is thinking of something else 5:20

  27. haha a 10 ohm fuse πŸ˜‰

  28. It seems like you got the flow through the diode wrong.

  29. Thanks for this video. We love it πŸ™

  30. What part of Brooklyn does your accent come from?

  31. Thanks for great videos. I’m wanting to buy circuit boards and various bits and pieces for a Ispindel for brewing beer. Is there a website I can buy circuit boards and components?

  32. Hi mate,thanks for the upload the channel,and can you help me please because I think someone use it to put the electron into my body many time and I don’t know how can they doing this until I watch your video!Can you explain to me more please buddy,and how can I protect myself from it?!Please help me!Thanks

  33. Bad boys rate our young girls but violet gives willingly
    Or some such

  34. Awesome content my man!

  35. One thing missing here is MOSFETS

  36. Learnt this in 1992 when I was in junior high. What a throw back…

  37. Excellent, thankyou. I really like your quiet, knowledgeable delivery, it makes for easy learning.

  38. Good techers

  39. Man, fantastic class. Very interesting, thank you!

  40. Oldcoinsandstuff1 February 18, 2021 @ 4:21 pm


  41. Hello, I plan to use tweezer iron (2 irons) on a cheap soldering station that works on pulse crurent . Impedance of my iron is 15ohms impedance of the double iron is 28ohms . I am afraid that the tweezers will not be hot enough , or that I will have problems with the regulator having tu push it to the max just to get to 280 Β° c .
    I thought of using a 30w 25uF resistor mounted in parallel just to protect the station but I guest it will also take some heat from the iron is not it ? Thank you

  42. What about led driver circuits..?


  44. It’s like minecraft redstone

  45. Wayne Holland jr February 18, 2021 @ 4:27 pm

    does non toxic porable silicone damage curcuit boards? I’m thinking of making a protective cover for my homemade synth

  46. Nice way to show the importance of the math!

  47. @ 10:00 sort of looks like a vagina…

  48. Nice video, sorry to take the pish here but is that Sean Connery @09:13 ?? INSHOOLASHON (INSULATION) 😊

  49. Could you please handsplain that one more time

  50. I wish I had listened at school

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