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. jack winkler on January 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Not 100% sure but for the diode I think K is used for Cathode so as to not confuse with "current" ??

  2. JAY DEL ROSARIO on January 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm


  3. Megalomanoest on January 18, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks. Great introduction.

  4. Michael Atcheson on January 18, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you for not saying that the electrons jump from one plate to the other in a capacitor. I am so sick of watching videos where this piece of misinformation pops up.

  5. Dion Abbott on January 18, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I wish you were my electrical teacher always asked for him to give escalating examples ,he didn’t know much more then ohms law. A resistor or diode was what advanced for him I got robbed paying for that course. know of any good websites for ladder logic (plc’s )

  6. swagata das on January 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    it is helpful

  7. Jim Adcock on January 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Bad beer rots our young guts but vodka goes well get some now good stuff

  8. Carole Cole on January 18, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for your excellent help very interesting and simple to understand kind regards mike

  9. Electric Point on January 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Nice !

  10. David Robinson on January 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm


  11. louis tournas on January 18, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    That rectangular block that is grey with 2 legs to the left side of the screen, that is a capacitor?
    I see them on certain power supplies, like in DVD players and TV circuits.

  12. michael mcdermott on January 18, 2019 at 7:42 pm


    Can you keep the ball rolling and move to the next stage of hands on?

  13. Sudhir Kumar on January 18, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Sir muje mobile

  14. Devan Bailey on January 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Great video and the way you say ‘insulation’ cracks me up everytime

  15. Robert Martinez on January 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    what will happen if you place the capacitors in sequence? Great vid BTW!

  16. JEG732 on January 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks, but what about inductors?

  17. MGTOW REVELATIONS on January 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    i have invented the light emitting resistor

  18. JAY DEL ROSARIO on January 18, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Pressure the water only when you heated up it will go back in EVAPORATED NATURAL STATED GASES…THEN VACUUMED TO SOLID LIQUID WATER.. MATER FACT..

  19. comm744 on January 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Wow 1000 thumbs down. Still can’t figure out electronics…

  20. cookie 47 on January 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Thankyou, @71 I’ve been a electronic hobbyist for years, but learned more from your video than any other media. Your teaching method us just wonderful

  21. louis tournas on January 18, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Yes, voltage can be thought of as pressure but you can also compare it to gravity.
    The stronger the electric field, the stronger the electrons are pulled to the positive side and the faster "they fall".

    The difference is that voltage (Electric field) adjustable easily while gravity (gravitational field) is not adjustable easily.

    ***According to modern physics, gravity is not a field.

  22. CyberGolem on January 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    "Ballsy Boys" is as memorable and a lot less uhhhh… charged? Sorry for the pun, but I didn’t want to use ‘racist’ since you seem anything but… Great vid btw.

  23. HalfNelson 1973 on January 18, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    This is a great vid. I’ve been looking for a hobby for something to do during the winter. These are excatly the type of vids I need. Thank you for this vid. Very useful to me.

  24. Noisy Majority on January 18, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    this is great private education

  25. 321ozzy on January 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    You are a great teacher, you have a PRACTICAL approach. I studied electronics in the eighties and haven´t used it for about 15 years and this video reignites the passion for it. 🙂

  26. TinyTentacle on January 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    this kicked fucking ass

  27. Brian Cherry on January 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I’ll be honest… I saw the paper and pen and thought, well how good can this be? Well, here I am 20 minutes in and it’s fascinating. So clearly explained. I think I’ll finish up now. Thanks!

  28. Aberzombie769 Vlogs on January 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    The color of a resistor is kahke

  29. Ajay Kumar on January 18, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Sir can you make a animated video of flow of ac current in form of electron flow

  30. Electro world on January 18, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Awesome sir good👍. I loved it 💖 You are real creator
    very nice but tough.

  31. Tony Beadle on January 18, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I started playing with electronics as a young teen and when I discovered that reversing the polarity on capacitors made them explode it became more fun than electronics and I never learnt anything after that, but it was good fun

  32. Ben Orozco on January 18, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Bad boys rape our young girls but Violet gives willingly,so get some soon. Color code…

  33. RobMacKendrick on January 18, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Black Bart robs our young guys behind Violet Grey’s woodshed.

  34. panelty on January 18, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    can someone explain me the transistor again???

  35. Throw Me Back on January 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Outstanding video! I do have a question about resistors, though. There most likely is a very good explanation but it escapes me for some reason. Are their ratings defined at their rated wattage flow? In other words if higher and lower wattage resistors were swapped in a circuit, would they still have the same values? I am trying to compare to the ‘water’ analogy which makes sense except if a restriction in a pipe were a given size, the more water applied to it would mean proportionally higher resistance to the water wouln’t it? Very little water flow would not be restricted at all. As I say, I’m sure there is an explanation right in front of me but I am missing it. Thanks!

  36. Mark Humphrey on January 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Good informative video,thank u

  37. Mario de Freitas on January 18, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    A big thank you.

  38. Balasaravanan Palanirajh on January 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you

  39. rh001YT on January 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    what is a pape?

  40. ppcgnamda on January 18, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Someone mentioned it below but wanted to bug you again: please make a complete intermediate and advanced electronics video series. Will gladly donate.

  41. Analytical Sentient // Alan's Vlog on January 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Re: @18:59 Question. If it’s possible for a red (as mentioned @19:17-19:21) LED to be exposed to a reverse voltage that exceeds the reverse breakdown – without being shorted out (blown, i.e., destroyed) – but instead conducting in that changed direction, how or why wouldn’t it not light up in that instance?

    I’m confused since from what I’ve been able to gather, the light emitted is basically the byproduct of the positive flow of current being conducted through the component…

    So if it’s not damaged in the scenario of the red LED mentioned above, then why wouldn’t some of the energy from that passing current (regardless of its reversed direction) not still be converted into the form of light? Given a sufficient level of flowing current, wouldn’t enough of the electrons’ collisions into some of the obstructing atoms in their path – and the associated, increased level of vibrations or movement at the atomic level (supposedly part of the cause for the generated heat which is involved in the process of energy conversion underlying the subsequent production of visible light) – cause the LED to function (albeit not by the intended means)?

    If the current flow rate (despite being in a reversed direction) is nevertheless sufficient to ‘push’ enough of the photons in that locality outwards, why wouldn’t the corresponding manifestation of visible light result from the increased frequency?

    Please, someone, explain (correcting any false premises implicit in my very question, if necessary)?

  42. John Claiborne II on January 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    bad boys rape our young girls but violet gives willingly learned in 1973 USMC BEC(basic electronics Course).

  43. Bullcrap Jones on January 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    The video I had hoped Big Clive had made. But considering it’s late I’ll get back to it tomorrow

  44. jesse holmes on January 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    What is a nano fart?

  45. Muhammad Bima on January 18, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you very much, Clive. Your video was really informative. I am thinking of recommending it to my students as well.

  46. Kelly Keys on January 18, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Perhaps a more PC version –> Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls, But Violet Gives Willingly. Oh wait. . you may not have to put up with such things where you are. . .

  47. timmy 900 on January 18, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Good video

  48. Randy B on January 18, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Black boys Ride Our Young Girls But Virgins Go Without…. You are great i like it this will be how i memorize my color coding!! Brilliant (not sure why that got me so excited)

  49. Brog Lang on January 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    THANK YOU!! You are a great man. You have gained my sub.

  50. mwarnken1234 on January 18, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    i learned "Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly, Get Some Now" (n for no 4th band)

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