Makezine_COTM_Resistors-BadgeInstructables user Re-design stores his resistors in ziplocks with ohms written on the bags. He uses an index card for a little structure and to record additional information. As someone who stores his resistors using the “big ole heap” system, this looks great to me! Another, more expensive option in a similar vein is to get 3-ring pencil pouch inserts so you could put them all in a binder.

John Baichtal

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  • Jerry Tremble

    Great Idea! I’ve seen the binder method before and thought it was pretty clever, but when I found out how much those would cost I abandoned the idea and stuck with my plastic parts cabinets. They do take up quite a bit of space and it’s a lot of drawers (around 60) that could be used for other components. Might also do this with caps and other non-IC components. Thanks for the idea!

  • http://gravatar.com/dkavanagh David Kavanagh

    I’ve stored them in drawers that were labeled for the 1st 2 digits, so 10, 12, 22, 27, etc. So, in the 10 drawer, I’d have multiples of ten ohms, like 1K, 100K, 1M, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/runoffgroove runoffgroove (@runoffgroove)

    I use the method that was suggested by the esteemed RG Keen: paper coin envelopes. I stand them on end in a cigar box, with sections of the lid cut up for dividers. They aren’t slippery like tiny plastic bags and stand up well. Naturally, the component name or value is easily written.

    • Rick

      What size envelopes?? 2×2″ or 2.25×3.5″ or ??

      • http://twitter.com/runoffgroove runoffgroove (@runoffgroove)

        Forgot to mention the size, sorry. I use 2.25″x3.5″ and the resistors fit nicely.

  • Zenock

    Drawing on what you show here and what other’s have said… I think I will use this:


    And this:


    Or something similar with matching binder

  • chuck

    I’ve found that little zip lock bags don’t hold up to heavy use, they either split on the side or the ‘zipper’ splits. They also don’t hold much so if you buy in bulk they don’t work so well. I used Plano tackle boxes for a while but digging through multiple boxes looking for the right component is tedious. I recently acquired three 15 drawer parts cabinets. Each drawer can be divided into four compartments so I end up with individual storage for 180 different components. It’s much easier to look up and pull out a drawer than it is to flip through plastic baggies. I still use the tackle boxes to organize switches, pots and larger salvaged components.
    Thanks to David Kavanagh for the tip- that two digit organization seems much more efficient than the system I’ve been using.

    • http://twitter.com/Mckennr McKennr

      “Plano tackle boxes for a while but digging through multiple boxes looking for the right component is tedious. I recently acquired three 15 drawer parts cabinets. ”

      Is your new 15-drawer cabinet from Plano too? If so, which one?

  • Karl

    I use a set of clear plastic storage trays I got from a jumbo craft store. Each storage tray has a lid and the same compartments so I labeled the front of the box with the value to match the right compartment. I keep twelve trays with sixteen compartments each stacked at the back of my workbench. The trays cost about $1 each.

  • Michael Allred

    Cheap $1.00 photo books from Walmart or the like work really well too.