I have some blown current sense resistor and I don't know how to figure out the value of it. Resistor is blown so I cannot measure it.

Well, I know about standard rules, unfortunately none I know applies to this.
Color bands are quite symmetrically spaced, and the silver band is in the middle.

orange (or red?), green, silver, black (thicker), green (thicker)

I assume 1st and 2nd band is for value, 3rd is multiplier, 4th is tolerance and 5th is TCR.

Someone suggested that thicker bands represent tolerance and TCR.
Then it would be 0.35Ω, but black color is not specified for tolerance and green is not specified for TCR.

When I reverse order:
green (thicker), black (thicker), silver, green, orange (or red?)
Then it would be 0.5Ω, ±0.5%, 15ppm

Which one is correct? Or what is the correct procedure and value?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you saw it at the silver band and measure the resistance of the undamaged half? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 17:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AndrewMorton Interesting idea. But I did not saw it, but chopped the case (at the blown side) to find the wire. Then I used LCR meter. It shows 0.39Ω. I think this value wont help :( \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 18:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Based on the answer saying 0.5, 0.4 is fairly close. \$\endgroup\$
    – Passerby
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 22:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Passerby I measured half of the resistor. Measured resistance doesn't help to identify whether whole resistor is 0.35 ohm (color bands one way) or 0.50 ohm (color bands the other way around). Yes, according to jp-jee's answer it is 0.50 ohm, but it has nothing to do with measured resistance. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 5:20

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Color code standards are defined in IEC 60062. See also wikipedia: Electronic Color Code

Generally speaking, the first, second [,third] band represent a digit each, followed by a multiplier, tolerance [, temperature coefficient]. Third digit and temperature coefficient are both optional. Given that gold cannot represent a digit (but only multiplier or tolerance), you have:

digit, digit, multiplier, tolerance, temp.coefficient.

Black has no tolerance assigned, which makes it the second digit in your case.

Applying this to your resistor leads to: 5 | 0 | 0.1 | 0.5% | 15ppm/K

Thus, you want a 5 Ohm resistor.

EDIT: It's 0.5 Ohm (multiplier 0.01), given that the middle band is silver (as stated in the question). It looked golden to me, but it's difficult to tell from the picture. However, the above applies to 'silver', where I've referred to 'gold'.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you sure about 0.1 multiplier? Silver is 0.01 \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 21:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ yes, sure. Silver is 1/100, followed by gold (1/10), black (1), ... you know the rest ;-) \$\endgroup\$
    – jp-jee
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 21:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ You have wrong multiplier in your answer then. It should be 0.01 \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 21:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, color in the photo looks something between silver and gold. When I look at the resistor with my eyes it definitely is silver, as I mentioned in my question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 5:33

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