Electronic – How to visually tell the difference between axial inductors and common resistors


Is there a simple way to tell axial inductors and resistors apart in through-hole type PCBs? I do find the color code on both very confusing. Is there an obvious difference that I am missing? As a beginner, I might just be overlooking something very simple.

Best Answer

Axial inductors tend to be sea foam green, although some are pea green or even cyan. The cyan ones you can tell from 1% resistors because they have one fewer band.