## Schematic lists 100nF and also 0.1uF

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### Schematic lists 100nF and also 0.1uF

Does anyone know why this Hex schematic uses two ways of writing the same value of capacitor? The only thing I can think of is that the .1uF should be film not ceram, but the neither the BoM nor manual mention this. Any help reeeeally appreciated!

- lasesentaysiete
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Hi, thanks for the reply. It's the mutant bd. The print on the pcb labels just one, maybe two, capacitors as being '.1uF' and then a bunch of others as being '100nF'. The schematic also makes this distinction. The reason it's caught my attention is because I'm trying to troubleshoot why my module's lowest pitch is really high. I've checked all resistors and they're all correct. The only thing I can think of is that I've used a ceramic cap for the .1uF (on Hex's photo of the finished diy module I can see they've used film caps for all the caps of the values 100nf and also the .1uF )lasesentaysiete wrote:which schematic?

Bypass caps on ics will be ceramic. Others could vary. Sometimes the pcb slikscreen gives an idea, too (if a pcb exists).

- lasesentaysiete
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- Dr. Sketch-n-Etch
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Just a thought:

I list all of my capacitors using the three-digit notation, as I find that this completely eliminates having to think too hard about it.

What is three-digit notation? It is the first two digits of the value, followed by a third digit representing the number of zeros that value would have in pF.

So...

100pF = 101

1nF = 1000pF = 102

47nF = 47000pF = 473

1uF = 1000nF = 1000000pF = 105

For values less than 100pF I just use the value, so 33pF = 33 (not 330, as this creates direct confusion).

There are only a few standard capacitor values. These are:

10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 27, 33, 39, 47, 56, 68, 82

The most common values are every other one; hence:

10, 15, 22, 33, 47, 68

For any one of these, there are typically only about 6 or 7 real values; hence, for, say, 22, there will be:

22, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226

These correspond to:

22 = 22pF

221 = 220pF

222 = 2200pF = 2.2nF

223 = 22nF = 0.022uF

224 = 220nF = 0.22uF

225 = 2200nF = 2.2uF

226 = 22uF

It's a great system.

I list all of my capacitors using the three-digit notation, as I find that this completely eliminates having to think too hard about it.

What is three-digit notation? It is the first two digits of the value, followed by a third digit representing the number of zeros that value would have in pF.

So...

100pF = 101

1nF = 1000pF = 102

47nF = 47000pF = 473

1uF = 1000nF = 1000000pF = 105

For values less than 100pF I just use the value, so 33pF = 33 (not 330, as this creates direct confusion).

There are only a few standard capacitor values. These are:

10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 27, 33, 39, 47, 56, 68, 82

The most common values are every other one; hence:

10, 15, 22, 33, 47, 68

For any one of these, there are typically only about 6 or 7 real values; hence, for, say, 22, there will be:

22, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226

These correspond to:

22 = 22pF

221 = 220pF

222 = 2200pF = 2.2nF

223 = 22nF = 0.022uF

224 = 220nF = 0.22uF

225 = 2200nF = 2.2uF

226 = 22uF

It's a great system.

For every bullshit job, you need a bullshit education -- Brian Eno

Thanks for this! Clever, system, will use it in future.Dr. Sketch-n-Etch wrote:Just a thought:

I list all of my capacitors using the three-digit notation, as I find that this completely eliminates having to think too hard about it.

What is three-digit notation? It is the first two digits of the value, followed by a third digit representing the number of zeros that value would have in pF.

So...

100pF = 101

1nF = 1000pF = 102

47nF = 47000pF = 473

1uF = 1000nF = 1000000pF = 105

For values less than 100pF I just use the value, so 33pF = 33 (not 330, as this creates direct confusion).

There are only a few standard capacitor values. These are:

10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 27, 33, 39, 47, 56, 68, 82

The most common values are every other one; hence:

10, 15, 22, 33, 47, 68

For any one of these, there are typically only about 6 or 7 real values; hence, for, say, 22, there will be:

22, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226

These correspond to:

22 = 22pF

221 = 220pF

222 = 2200pF = 2.2nF

223 = 22nF = 0.022uF

224 = 220nF = 0.22uF

225 = 2200nF = 2.2uF

226 = 22uF

It's a great system.

Still don't why they went to the trouble of calling just two caps .1uF instead of 100nF like all the rest