## Does resistor physical size matter?

Generally speaking the larger their physical size the higher its wattage rating. However, it is always better to select a particular size resistor that is capable of dissipating two or more times the calculated power….The Resistor Power Triangle.

Type | Power Rating | Stability |
---|---|---|

Wirewound | High up to 500 Watts | High 1% |

### What resistor has the smallest physical size?

The smallest resistors are the ones rated 1/4 of a watt, then there are the 1/2-watt resistors, and the largest rated 1 Watt. As the size and wattage increases, they can handle more power. Another type or resistors are the cerment resistors.

#### Which resistor is physically larger in size?

Out of the following options, we found that the resistance of 10 Ω, 100 Watts has the largest size.

**What are the different sizes of resistors?**

Axial Resistor Sizes

Power rating | Body length (l) | Lead diameter (da) |
---|---|---|

Watt | mm | mm |

1/8 (0.125) | 3.0 ± 0.3 | 0.45 ± 0.05 |

1/4 (0.25) | 6.5 ± 0.5 | 0.6 ± 0.05 |

1/2 (0.5) | 8.5 ± 0.5 | 0.6 ± 0.05 |

**How long is a 1/4 watt resistor?**

6 to 7mm

Now there is certainly a common size for many resistors. Take for example 1/4 watt resistors. Of the 51,000 1/4 watt through hole resistors currently in our system you will find that 32,000+ of the options fall between a diameter of 2.29 and 2.5mm and a length of 6 to 7mm.

## How much current can a 1/2 watt resistor handle?

Small 1/4W and 1/2W resistors are usually rated about 200v.

### What is a quarter watt resistor?

The quarter watt resistor has about one half the surface area of the half watt part so it can only radiate half the heat. Normally you design the circuit to have the power dissipation of the resistor to be around one half its rated power to avoid damage to the resistor.

#### Why are some resistors so much larger physically than others?

Resistors with higher power ratings are physically larger and may require heat sinks.

**What is the smallest resistor size?**

YAGEO Group has recently developed the world’s smallest metal current sensing resistor – PA0100 (01005 size 0.4mm x 0.2mm).

**What are the 2 types of resistors?**

Most types of resistors are linear devices that produce a voltage drop across themselves when a current flows through them There are two basic types of resistors with linear properties namely fixed resistors and variable resistors.