Capacitor Conversions

How do I convert from nF to uF, etc.?

Capacitor values can sometimes be a bit confusing, because of different labeling conventions.  Following is a table showing the relationships between the  most commonly used capacitor suffixes.
In order to convert from one to the other, the following multiplication factors apply:

 To convert from: To: Multiply by: pF nF 1*10-3 pF uF 1*10-6 nF pF 1*103 nF uF 1*10-3 uF pF 1*106 uF nF 1*103

Example - nF to uF: If you have a 2.2nF capacitor (sometimes labeled "2n2") and want to know the value in uF,  multiply by 1*10-3 as follows:
2.2nF *(1*10-3) = 0.0022uF
Note that multiplying by 10-3 is the same as moving the decimal point three places to the left.
Example - uF to nF: If you have a 0.01uF capacitor  and want to know the value in nF, multiply by 1*103 , or 1000, as follows:
0.01uF *(1*103) = 10nF
Note that multiplying by 103 is the same as moving the decimal point three places to the right.
Example - uF to pF: If you have a 0.001uF capacitor and want to know the value in pF, multiply by 1*106 as follows:
0.001uF *(1*106) = 1000pF
Note that multiplying by 106 is the same as moving the decimal point six places to the right.
Example - pF to uF: If you have a 2200pF capacitor and want to know the value in uF,  multiply by 1*10-6 as follows:
2200pF *(1*10-6) = 0.0022uF
Note that multiplying by 10-6 is the same as moving the decimal point six places to the left.
Example - pF to nF: If you have a 1000pF capacitor and want to know the value in nF, multiply by 1*10-3 as follows:
1000pF *(1*10-3) = 1nF
Note that multiplying by 10-3 is the same as moving the decimal point three places to the left.
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Revised 02/18/14