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Capacitor µF - nF - pF Conversion Chart

When reading schematics, working on projects and buying capacitors, you often must convert between µF, nF and pF

Electrolytic capacitors are usually expressed in terms of µF (microfarads). Short forms for micro farad include µF, uF, mfd, MFD, MF and UF. "µ" or "u" or "U" is shorthand for the greek letter mu which looks like a u with a tail on the left side.

Mica capacitors are usually expressed in terms of pF (micromicrofarads) (picofarads). Short forms for micromicrofarads include pF, mmfd, MMFD, MMF, uuF and PF. A pF is one-millionth of a µF.

In between a pF and a µF is a nF which is one-one thousands of a µF. Converting back and forth between µF, nF and pF can be confusing with all the decimal points. Below is a µF - nF- pF conversion chart.

To use this table, just read the values across. For example, 1µF is same 1,000nF or 1,000,000pF.

* The asterisks are just to identify commonly used values for tube/valve guitar amps.

  µF/ MFD nF pF/ MMFD Code
  1µF / MFD 1000nF 1000000pF(MMFD) 105
  0.82µF / MFD 820nF 820000pF (MMFD) 824
  0.8µF / MFD 800nF 800000pF (MMFD) 804
  0.7µF / MFD 700nF 700000pF (MMFD) 704
  0.68µF / MFD 680nF 680000pF (MMFD) 684
  0.6µF / MFD 600nF 600000pF (MMFD) 604
  0.56µF / MFD 560nF 560000pF (MMFD) 564
  0.5µF / MFD 500nF 500000pF (MMFD) 504
  0.47µF / MFD 470nF 470000pF (MMFD) 474
  0.4µF / MFD 400nF 400000pF (MMFD) 404
  0.39µF / MFD 390nF 390000pF (MMFD) 394
  0.33µF / MFD 330nF 330000pF (MMFD) 334
  0.3µF / MFD 300nF 300000pF (MMFD) 304
  0.27µF / MFD 270nF 270000pF (MMFD) 274
  0.25µF / MFD 250nF 250000pF (MMFD) 254
  0.22µF / MFD 220nF 220000pF (MMFD) 224
  0.2µF / MFD 200nF 200000pF (MMFD) 204
  0.18µF / MFD 180nF 180000pF (MMFD) 184
  0.15µF / MFD 150nF 150000pF (MMFD) 154
  0.12µF / MFD 120nF 120000pF (MMFD) 124
* 0.1µF / MFD 100nF 100000pF (MMFD) 104
  0.082µF / MFD 82nF 82000pF (MMFD) 823
  0.08µF / MFD 80nF 80000pF (MMFD) 803
  0.07µF / MFD 70nF 70000pF (MMFD) 703
  0.068µF / MFD 68nF 68000pF (MMFD) 683
  0.06µF / MFD 60nF 60000pF (MMFD) 603
  0.056µF / MFD 56nF 56000pF (MMFD) 563
  0.05µF / MFD 50nF 50000pF (MMFD) 503
  0.047µF / MFD 47nF 47000pF (MMFD) 473
  0.04µF / MFD 40nF 40000pF (MMFD) 403
  0.039µF / MFD 39nF 39000pF (MMFD) 393
  0.033µF / MFD 33nF 33000pF (MMFD) 333
  0.03µF / MFD 30nF 30000pF (MMFD) 303
  0.027µF / MFD 27nF 27000pF (MMFD) 273
  0.025µF / MFD 25nF 25000pF (MMFD) 253
* 0.022µF / MFD 22nF 22000pF (MMFD) 223
  0.02µF / MFD 20nF 20000pF (MMFD) 203
  0.018µF / MFD 18nF 18000pF (MMFD) 183
  0.015µF / MFD 15nF 15000pF (MMFD) 153
  0.012µF / MFD 12nF 12000pF (MMFD) 123
  0.01µF / MFD 10nF 10000pF (MMFD) 103
  0.0082µF / MFD 8.2nF 8200pF (MMFD) 822
  0.008µF / MFD 8nF 8000pF (MMFD) 802
  0.007µF / MFD 7nF 7000pF (MMFD) 702
  0.0068µF / MFD 6.8nF 6800pF (MMFD) 682
  0.006µF / MFD 6nF 6000pF (MMFD) 602
  0.0056µF / MFD 5.6nF 5600pF (MMFD) 562
  0.005µF / MFD 5nF 5000pF (MMFD) 502
  0.0047µF / MFD 4.7nF 4700pF (MMFD) 472
  0.004µF / MFD 4nF 4000pF (MMFD) 402
  0.0039µF / MFD 3.9nF 3900pF (MMFD) 392
  0.0033µF / MFD 3.3nF 3300pF (MMFD) 332
  0.003µF / MFD 3nF 3000pF (MMFD) 302
  0.0027µF / MFD 2.7nF 2700pF (MMFD) 272
  0.0025µF / MFD 2.5nF 2500pF (MMFD) 252
* 0.0022µF / MFD 2.2nF 2200pF (MMFD) 222
  0.002µF / MFD 2nF 2000pF (MMFD) 202
  0.0018µF / MFD 1.8nF 1800pF (MMFD) 182
  0.0015µF / MFD 1.5nF 1500pF (MMFD) 152
  0.0012µF / MFD 1.2nF 1200pF (MMFD) 122
  0.001µF / MFD 1nF 1000pF(MMFD) 102
  0.00082µF / MFD 0.82nF 820pF (MMFD) 821
  0.0008µF / MFD 0.8nF 800pF (MMFD) 801
  0.0007µF / MFD 0.7nF 700pF (MMFD) 701
  0.00068µF / MFD 0.68nF 680pF (MMFD) 681
  0.0006µF / MFD 0.6nF 600pF (MMFD) 601
  0.00056µF / MFD 0.56nF 560pF (MMFD) 561
  0.0005µF / MFD 0.5nF 500pF (MMFD) 501
* 0.00047µF / MFD 0.47nF 470pF (MMFD) 471
  0.0004µF / MFD 0.4nF 400pF (MMFD) 401
  0.00039µF / MFD 0.39nF 390pF (MMFD) 391
  0.00033µF / MFD 0.33nF 330pF (MMFD) 331
  0.0003µF / MFD 0.3nF 300pF (MMFD) 301
  0.00027µF / MFD 0.27nF 270pF (MMFD) 271
  0.00025µF / MFD 0.25nF 250pF (MMFD) 251
  0.00022µF / MFD 0.22nF 220pF (MMFD) 221
  0.0002µF / MFD 0.2nF 200pF (MMFD) 201
  0.00018µF / MFD 0.18nF 180pF (MMFD) 181
  0.00015µF / MFD 0.15nF 150pF (MMFD) 151
  0.00012µF / MFD 0.12nF 120pF (MMFD) 121
  0.0001µF / MFD 0.1nF 100pF (MMFD) 101
  0.000082µF / MFD 0.082nF 82pF (MMFD) 820
  0.00008µF / MFD 0.08nF 80pF (MMFD) 800
  0.00007µF / MFD 0.07nF 70pF (MMFD) 700
  0.000068µF / MFD 0.068nF 68pF (MMFD) 680
  0.00006µF / MFD 0.06nF 60pF (MMFD) 600
  0.000056µF / MFD 0.056nF 56pF (MMFD) 560
  0.00005µF / MFD 0.05nF 50pF (MMFD) 500
  0.000047µF / MFD 0.047nF 47pF (MMFD) 470
  0.00004µF / MFD 0.04nF 40pF (MMFD) 400
  0.000039µF / MFD 0.039nF 39pF (MMFD) 390
  0.000033µF / MFD 0.033nF 33pF (MMFD) 330
  0.00003µF / MFD 0.03nF 30pF (MMFD) 300
  0.000027µF / MFD 0.027nF 27pF (MMFD) 270
  0.000025µF / MFD 0.025nF 25pF (MMFD) 250
  0.000022µF / MFD 0.022nF 22pF (MMFD) 220
  0.00002µF / MFD 0.02nF 20pF (MMFD) 200
  0.000018µF / MFD 0.018nF 18pF (MMFD) 180
  0.000015µF / MFD 0.015nF 15pF (MMFD) 150
  0.000012µF / MFD 0.012nF 12pF (MMFD) 120
  0.00001µF / MFD 0.01nF 10pF (MMFD) 100
  0.0000082µF / MFD 0.0082nF 8.2pF (MMFD)  
  0.000008µF / MFD 0.008nF 8pF (MMFD)  
  0.000007µF / MFD 0.007nF 7pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000068µF / MFD 0.0068nF 6.8pF (MMFD)  
  0.000006µF / MFD 0.006nF 6pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000056µF / MFD 0.0056nF 5.6pF (MMFD)  
  0.000005µF / MFD 0.005nF 5pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000047µF / MFD 0.0047nF 4.7pF (MMFD)  
  0.000004µF / MFD 0.004nF 4pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000039µF / MFD 0.0039nF 3.9pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000033µF / MFD 0.0033nF 3.3pF (MMFD)  
  0.000003µF / MFD 0.003nF 3pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000027µF / MFD 0.0027nF 2.7pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000025µF / MFD 0.0025nF 2.5pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000022µF / MFD 0.0022nF 2.2pF (MMFD)  
  0.000002µF / MFD 0.002nF 2pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000018µF / MFD 0.0018nF 1.8pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000015µF / MFD 0.0015nF 1.5pF (MMFD)  
  0.0000012µF / MFD 0.0012nF 1.2pF (MMFD)  
  0.000001µF / MFD 0.001nF 1pF (MMFD)  
 
 

 
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