Electronic – 6 Band Resistors, which way should the bands be read


I've just bought a bag of random resistors from Maplin, and can't work out which way round the six band ones should be read.

For instance I have one which is either:

Violet Orange Red Brown Brown Red


Red Brown Brown Red Orange Violet

The red band at either the right or left appears thicker than the others.

Can anybody point me to somewhere with a clear explanation (or provide one themselves) as searching on Google isn't finding me anything lucid.

Best Answer

The folks at itll.colorado.edu have a resistor chart that includes how to read 6 Band Resistors. You should start with the thick band. You can always test with a Multimeter too!

Resistor Chart