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


  1. Golden Pun on July 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Anode A + cathode C – is how i like to remember those

  2. rfvtgbzhn on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    28:00 of course you can use 600 Ohms. Resistors are cheap, so you can just use a few of them in series to get the right resistance.

  3. social Engineer on July 20, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I try to be politically correct but the whiskey make me incorrect. Lmao.

  4. social Engineer on July 20, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Black boys ride our young girls but virgins go without.. that sounds racist or complimentary or size preference.. ehhh not sure. Lol because If I don’t laugh il 😢

  5. Narciso Carlos on July 20, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    8:06 so cool lol

  6. level 3 neural network on July 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Do you know exactly whats happening

  7. Kenneth Rainey on July 20, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you for creating such a helpful video—it’s rare to come across such a clear presentation of these concepts.

  8. Dan Carlson on July 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Best demo on capacitance ive seen awesome video

  9. PharmaGiles on July 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    I invented a mnemonic for resistor colour coding when I was about 15 (very many years ago!). It’s not especially funny or clever, but I still remember it: Black Briar Roses Often Yield Great Buckets (of) Very Grey Whitewash.

  10. Floppy Emulator Pic 16F1938 on July 20, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    very good

  11. mez90b on July 20, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve seen this a couple of time but it’s always handy when it’s time to work out something.

  12. Michael Blondeau on July 20, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Amazing! Thank you

  13. Rui Min on July 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    You are a great engineer! Thank you for teaching me! EVERYONE, SUBSCRIBE!!!!!

  14. Capnmax on July 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you! Just getting into electronics as an adult and love your videos.

  15. n so on July 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I feel like I somehow know less now because you’ve explained all the very basic easy to understand stuff

  16. Y B on July 20, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    "I don’t like metal film resistors because I don’t like their color" LOL!

  17. Mitchell Simi on July 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I was told [I] = current measured in Amps stands for [I]= ‘Intensity’ …V -I- R ='[V]ery [I]mportant [R]ule..an easy way to remember the ‘Ohm’s Law pyramid’..Hey I like that "Billy Brown Revives On Your Gin But Values Good Whiskey’" 😉

  18. imetr8r on July 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    How about…
    "Billy Brown Revives On Your Gin But Values Good Whisky… Got Some?"

  19. Jerry Ericsson on July 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    This video is one I come back to every now and again, just for a refresher as it were. The problem I face since I rarely have to build a circuit is falling into my old belief system that a capacitor goes in series with a circuit, instead of across the power supply, as it is. For example I have found myself building little 5 volt power regulators to run off 12 volts supplied by three 18650 cells. When I put them together, I sometimes find that they do not work at all, till I trace it down and see that I have inadvertently stuck the capacitor in the circuit as if it were a resistor instead of across the plus and minus to use as a filter or to add a bit of power to the system when the device calls for more power then is allowed by the 7805. It is usually a quick fix but annoying to see that I keep making the same damn error time after time.

  20. James Parker on July 20, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    "it’s a rich beige" sounds so much like salesman talk 🤣

  21. Martyn Wade on July 20, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Haha beige good old billy Connolly hates that colour, ask him you might know him your Scottish 😏 ps love your Channel iv been doing a bit my self on what iv learnt of you 👍

  22. Che Burns on July 20, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you so much! This was greatly helpful! Also your point about rude acronyms is so true. When I was in the Army, we used the acronym PVMLS to remember a calisthenics routine: Push-up, V-up, Mountain climber, Leg tuck & twist, Swimmer. The mnemonic?

    _Please violate my little sister_ (!)

    I heard that once 8 years ago and never forgot it! Or the exercises for that routine! 😂

    (Btw, you sound like you come from the same part of Britain as Scott Manley here on YouTube. Is that an accurate assessment?)

  23. Shane Sanders on July 20, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Where u het a catelog two get parts

  24. fuzi saman on July 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    nice explaination sir

  25. Taylor Shockey on July 20, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    This is the best explanation of these things I’ve ever heard. Subscribed.

  26. jou haed on July 20, 2020 at 9:07 pm


  27. Mudder Fukker on July 20, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    @6:26 "So, this is pretty much the construction of capacitors, but, not using cardboard and aluminum foil.."
    Ever heard of a place called "Chi-Nah"..?

  28. edUcan on July 20, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Nice explanation 👍

  29. Genessire X on July 20, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    How do you know if for example it is R = V : I or I : V?

  30. Eda ___ on July 20, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Actualy water flow is the same but the amount of water that is going trough the narow part ot the pipe is less

  31. TWN321 on July 20, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    36:10… WOW!!

  32. tripjet999 on July 20, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Next, "How to program a Nanode using a Arduino board."

  33. TheSphongleface on July 20, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    You forgot to explain one of the most important things about electrolyte capasitors: THE GREAT TASTE
    You do not want to lick the ends of this thing to check for power!

  34. flodachieftori on July 20, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Would you be interested in making a video about common emitter, common collector and common base transistor circuits that explains it somewhat easy? I think you could do that very well.

  35. Gavan Brown on July 20, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Very glad I sat to watch it, my cat walked over my keyboard and usually mashes keys to get 9% of youtubes nut I have happy.

  36. Andrew Neal on July 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Too many times have I connected an electrolytic capacitor backwards. One time, the entire aluminum can blew off the actual capacitive elements with a loud POP. I was disappointed because it came out of an assortment kit, so I don’t yet have a large pool of my most used values.

  37. Tony Wright on July 20, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Could you use smarty’s if you run out of the correct value capacitor ? Only having a laugh,excellent video.

  38. Robert Grosser on July 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you very much for your great video. I have the electronics understanding of a mangy ally cat, but I really enjoyed this video. Now I can go and pull the guts out of my neighbours expensive sound system and know exactly what damage I am doing.

  39. JIT Sales on July 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm
  40. Mick Robo on July 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Did you do part two yet? if so Where iz it Please? feedback, as requested when you draw out a circuit, can you do it on a single page so us dumb Plumbers can pause the vid, The water analogy is fab, can you only have the components in the shot you are discussing, what about colour 0.0 V Black +V Red, How about draw the symbols in a border around the schematic with its name or Left Right Bottom Top Margin, please keep the schematic free from as much writing as possible.
    Semie retired not working just getting into electronics main interest Solar of grid stuff and AV, your vidz make the knowledge very accessible cheers for that. Mick The Plumber

  41. William Brown on July 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    This vid is how I discovered your channel, well actually no the first video from this channel was ages ago but this was the video that made me sub

  42. ali borres on July 20, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Can you please shout out

  43. Benjamin McCann on July 20, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Instructions unclear, lit the fire in the bothy and started sipping a whiskey.

  44. R Jeff on July 20, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Brilliant video thank you.

  45. Adam Keletso Owczarek on July 20, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    The people who disliked this video must have not watched the entire video

  46. kristof vermeulen on July 20, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Hey i have a question , maybe stupid but l like to know for a project.
    I have build a battery spotwelder and i want to use 3 16v capacitors 1x 100uf 1x 220uf and 1x 470uf that release a charge to contract a relay for a consistend weld. (timing)
    Now my question is: the capacitors i want to select them with a 3 position selector switch but the negative is combined… i think… correct? do i need to use for each capacitor a diode so the current does not flow in the other 2 capacitors that are not selected at that point.
    thx 🙂

  47. death ray on July 20, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    16:28 Take a guess.
    κάθοδος (kathodos)

  48. Alex T on July 20, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    I literally wondered into here without any idea what did what. In 30 minutes I’ve learned a lot, that i have missed in 30 years. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and explaining it really well!!

  49. Prince Gitonga on July 20, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Cool explaining

  50. Deepanshu Gupta on July 20, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you Sir .

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