Capacitor conversion chart / table

- a capacitor value conversion chart or capacitor conversion table to convert capacitor values between picofarads (pF), nanofarads (nF), and microfarads (µF)

Capacitor conversion charts can be useful to convert capacitor values between picofarads, nanofarads and microfarads.

Capacitors are available in an enormous range of values. The smallest capacitors used in electronics circuit designs may be only a picofarad or so, whereas the highest value capacitors that are commonly used may be as large as a few hundred or thousand microfarads.

This is a range of over 109. To prevent confusion with large numbers of zeros attached to the values of the different capacitors the common prefixes pico (10-12), nano (10-9) and micro (10-6 are widely used. When converting between these it is sometimes useful to have a capacitor conversion chart or capacitor conversion table for the different capacitor values.

A selection of a variety of different types of capacitor with widely different values.

Capacitor conversion chart

A chart or table proving an easy translation between micro-farads,µF; nanofarads, nF, and picofarads, pF is given below. This helps reduce the confusion that can occur when having to change between the different multipliers of values.

Capacitor conversion table for picoFarads, nanoFarads, and microFarads

Capacitor Conversion Chart
microfarads (µF) Nanofarads (nF) Picofarads (pF)
0.000001 0.001 
0.00001 0.01 10
0.0001 0.1 100
0.001 1 1000
0.01 10 10000
0.1 100  100000 
1 1000 1000000 
10 10000 10000000 
100 100000  100000000 

This capacitor conversion chart or capacitor conversion table enables quick and easy reference of the different values given for capacitors and conversion between picofarads, nanofarads and microfarads.

Popular capacitor conversions

There are a few popular ways of writing capacitor values. Often for example a ceramic capacitor may be given as a value of 100nF. If used in circuits with electrolytic capacitors, it is often interesting to realise that this is 0.1µF. These useful conversions can help when designing, building, or maintaining circuits.

Common Capacitor Conversions
100pF = 0.1nF
1000pf = 1 nF
100nF = 0.1µF

When designing circuits or using capacitors in any way, it is often useful to have these capacitor conversions in mind as values transition from picofarads to nanofarads and then nanofarads to microfarads.

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