Electronic Terms and Measurements

Not sure about one of the terms in our calculators? Find quick answers in the table below!


Opposition to current flow. Basic unit is the ohm (Ω)
1 kilohm - kΩ1,000 or 1x103 ohms
1 Megohm - MΩ1,000,000 or 1x106 ohms


Electromotive force. Basic unit is the volt (V)
1 millivolt - mV1/1,000 or 1x10-3 volt
1 microvolt - μV1/1,000,000 or 1x10-6 volt


Movement of electricity. Basic unit is the ampere (A)
1 milliampere - mA1/1,000 or 1x10-3 ampere
1 microampere - µA1/1,000,000 or 1x10-6 ampere


Number of cycles per second. Basic unit is the hertz (Hz)
1 kilohertz - kHz1,000 or 1x103 hertz
1 Megahertz - MHz1,000,000 or 1x106 hertz
1 Gigahertz - GHz1,000,000,000 or 1x109 hertz


Basic unit is the second (s)
1 millisecond - ms1/1,000 or 1x10-3 second
1 microsecond - μs1/1,000,000 or 1x10-6 second
1 nanosecond - ns1/1,000,000,000 or 1x10-9 second

Operating Life for Capacitors

Where operating life is given at a certain temperature, for every drop of 10 °C life expectancy will double.
If life expectancy is 1,000 hours at 105°C
this would double to 2,000 hours at 95°C
and double again to 4,000 hours at 85°C