# Can I use a higher wattage resistor?

Can I use a higher wattage resistor? Wattage refers to the maximum that a resistor can dissipate. So subbing a higher wattage for lower is perfectly fine without any changes.

Why are resistors rated in watts? The reason why resistors are given power ratings is because current can melt components and possibly create shorts in a circuit if the maximum allowable amount of power that can pass through the resistor is not specified.

How does resistance affect wattage? This means that you should increase voltage (v) to increase wattage (W) and get a better puff. Low-resistance coils use more power (W), tend to generate more heat and are hence prone to overheat faster than coils with a higher resistance.

Does it matter what resistor I use? Summary. For most standard circuits, you don’t need to worry about the types of resistors you choose. All you need to worry about is the resistance value and how much power it can take.

## Can I use a higher wattage resistor? – Additional Questions

### How do I know what wattage resistor to buy?

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%

### How do I calculate what resistor I need?

Resistor = (Battery Voltage – LED voltage) / desired LED current. So assuming a 12-volt power source and a white LED with the desired current of 10 mA; The formula becomes Resistor = (12-3.4)/. 010 which is 860 ohms. Since this is not a standard value I would use an 820-ohm resistor.

### Does it matter how a resistor is wired?

In reality, no, it doesn’t matter which side the resistor is on. The two components together make up a Series Circuit, and current is the same at all points, but voltage changes.

### How does a resistor affect voltage?

Voltage applied to a series circuit is equal to the sum of the individual voltage drops. The voltage drop across a resistor in a series circuit is directly proportional to the size of the resistor. If the circuit is broken at any point, no current will flow.

### How does a resistor affect current?

The resistor reduces the current, just like the narrow pipe reduces the flow rate. The current before and after the resistor is the same, just like the flow rate before and after the narrow pipe is the same.

### Can you install a resistor backwards?

Resistors lack polarity. There is no backwards.

### Do resistors have a positive and negative side?

Resistors don’t care which leg is connected to positive or negative. The + means where the positive or red probe of the volt meter is to be placed in order to get a positive reading.

### Do resistors get hot?

When they collide, they transfer kinetic energy. The electrons therefore lose kinetic energy and slow down. This leads to resistance. The transferred energy causes the resistor to heat up.

### When should I use a resistor?

Resistors are usually added to circuits where they complement active components like op-amps, microcontrollers, and other integrated circuits. Commonly resistors are used to limit current, divide voltages, and pull-up I/O lines.

### Does a 12V LED need a resistor?

The LED voltage drop depends on their colour (1.8 – 4.0V), to make them 12V compatible they need a series resistor which is built into ’12V LEDS’.