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This article helps you learn about electrical symbols.

  • Part 1: What Are The Electrical Symbols
  • Part 2: Types of Electrical Symbols
  • Part 3: How to Use Electrical Symbols
  • Part 4: Wiring and Circuit diagram maker-EdrawMax
  • Part 5: More Electrical Symbols

Part 1: What Are The Electrical Symbols

Electrical symbols are the standard technique to represent an electrical circuit. It makes the graphical representation easier to work on and implement. The electrical symbols represent various components, devices, and functionalities present in a circuit. It helps to show the details of an electrical diagram so that the engineer can adequately plan a circuit before actually working on it.

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Part 2: Types of Electrical Symbols

There are a variety of electrical symbols, including Common electronic symbols, historical electronic symbols. The users can also follow the different standards including, the IEEE standard, IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), Std., ANSI, JIC, Australian Standard, and more.

Basic Electrical Symbols

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Ground or Earth electrode

A ground symbol or a ground terminal works as electrical shock protection. It is a zero potential reference point from where an electrician measures the current.

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Antenna

The antenna is mainly a device or rods that can capture different waves and signals, including electromagnetic waves, electric signals, and more.

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Battery: single cell

A battery symbol has two disjointed and disproportionate parallel lines. The lines are present to signify the series cells in the battery.

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Source: constant voltage

The source is a power source for an electronic device when there are plus and minus signs that indicate a DC when it has a wave that signifies AC.

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Fuse

The Fuse protects a circuit from getting burnt by disconnecting it when the current flow through the circuit goes beyond the set limit. The Fuse has a wire which gets melt while the connection gets disconnected.

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Inductor

An inductor or reactor is like a coil present in a magnetic field or flux to conserve energy.

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Motor

A motor is an electronic device that works on transforming electric energy into a mechanical one.

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Bulb

A bulb as an electric symbol looks like a circle that has a cross in the middle, and it gives an output by getting light up when a current passes through it.

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Transformer

Transformers are present in an AC circuit after being coupled by a magnetic flux. They reduce the tension in a circuit by maintaining the frequency.

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Coaxial Plug

A coaxial plug in an electrical circuit works as a transmission line. It delivers radio frequency signals and cable television signals. Coaxial plugs in an electrical symbol diagram look like a circle on top of an arrow and another arrow passing through it.

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Switch

Switches are of a diverse variety, for example, single-pole single-throw, pushbutton, dip, relay, and more. A switch connects a circuit when it is closed and disconnects the circuit when open.

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Resistor

Resistors in an electrical diagram look like wavy lines with pointed ends. The resistors control the current flow in a circuit by dividing voltage, terminating transmission lines, and more.

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Capacitor

A capacitor symbol has two terminals with two plates. There is a curved surface having a lower voltage, which identifies a capacitor as polarized.

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Diode

A diode is a device that allows the current flow to a single direction after being polarized with an anode and a cathode side.

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Diode LED

The Diode LED looks similar to a usual diode symbol with small arrows that indicate the radiation of light.

Wires

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Electrical Wire

A straight line represents the electrical wire or a power line in an electrical diagram, and it works as the conductor of electric current in the circuit diagram.

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Not Connected Wire

The Not connected wire shows when in a circuit, there are two unconnected wires. A designer can draw two parallel lines with a half-circle on one line at the middle parts where it bisects the third line to represent not connected wires.

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Connected Wire

Connected wire in a circuit allows the current to travel from one point to another. The connected wire symbol looks like two parallel lines emerging from a two-point while one gets extended. Connected wire represents the connection between two conductors.

Switches

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SPST Toggle Switch

A Single Pole Single Throw switch is an ON/ OFF switch with the poles to stand for the number of poles to connect.

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SPDT Toggle Switch

A Single Pole Double Throw Switch lets the current flow in a circuit adjust its position to two directions

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Pushbutton Switch (N.O.)

The Pushbutton Switch that is usually open needs a switch to turn ON. The user needs to push the button to switch it on. Otherwise, it is open.

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Pushbutton Switch (N.C.)

The Pushbutton Switch usually is closed, which means they usually are in the ON stage, and the user needs to release it to turn it OFF.

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DIP Switch

The DIP Switch allows the user to select one from 0 to 5 volts. They are not grounded and therefore require external sources.

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SPST Relay

SPST relay has four terminals, two terminals for staying connected or disconnected, while two others are for two coils.

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Jumper

The jumper switch, a small metal connector, works as an ON/OFF Switch, and they are widely used together for the configuration of hardware devices.

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Solder Bridge

The Solder Bridges serve as permanent switches. When a user solders between the two parts of the bridge, it gets shorted while disconnecting it. They need to desolder it.

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SPDT Relay

SPDT Relay is a way to switch between two circuits and has a coil, a common terminal, a closed terminal, and a normally open terminal if the coil remains closed, the common terminal and the normally closed terminal works.

Sources/Power Supply symbols

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AC Supply

The symbol represents AC supply or alternating current supply in a circuit. The current flow continuously changes direction.

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DC Supply

DC supply is a supplier of electric energy in a circuit, and the Direct Current has current flow in a single direction.

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Constant

A constant source is an independent current source that is responsible for a constant current flow.

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Controlled

A controlled current source works while depending on the current input. It is present in an electric circuit to either deliver or absorb current. The symbol has a circle and an arrow sign that shows the current flow.

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Voltage Source Controlled

A controlled voltage source in a circuit looks like a diamond-shaped quadrilateral with a positive sign and a negative sign. The voltage in the circuit controls the controlled voltage sources.

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Single Cell Battery

A single-cell battery in a circuit looks like two unmatched parallel lines, one big and one small, representing one cell.

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Multi Cell Battery

Multicell battery has multiple small and big lines, which represent multiple cells identifying as cathode and anodes.

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Generator

A generator in a circuit acts either as a voltage source or a current source. Moreover, a generator can also fit into a circuit based on this.

Ground

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Earth Ground

Earth ground is a zero potential ground that has a potential to conduct to earth.

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Chassis Ground

Chassis ground protects a user from electric shock by creating a barrier between the user and the circuit.

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Common Ground

It is an arbitrary reference point that is relative to the potential of the earth's ground.

Resistor and Varible Resistor

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Resistor (IEEE)

It is a symbol of a fixed resistor and looks like waves with pointed heads and gets connected to two points at the end.

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Resistor (IEC)

The resistor is a two-terminal device, and the IEC standard resistor symbol looks like a bar connected to two points.

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Potentiometer (IEEE)

It is a three-terminal resistor that creates an adjustable voltage in an electrical circuit.

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Potentiometer (IEC)

It is a three-terminal resistor that creates an adjustable voltage in an electrical circuit.

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Tapped Resistor

Tapped resistor uses one or more terminals in the devices, which are voltage-dividers.

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Attentuator

An Attenuator is a circuit dissipating the current flow to step down the voltage.

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Memristor

A memristor is a semiconductor that works as a joining point for capacitors, inductors, and resistors.

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Variable Resitor (IEEE)

The device helps to create a variable current by creating a variable resistance.

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Preset

A preset is a component that offers variable resistance to an electrical circuit.

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Magneto Resistor

Magneto resistor shows a change in resistance when an external magnetic field affects it.

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Variable Resistor (IEC)

The IEC symbol of a variable resistance has a bar, similar to the symbol of a resistor. However, to show the variable current, there is an arrow.

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Trimmer Resistor

A trimmer resistor or a trim pot adjusts a circuit and helps calibrate a new device.

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Thermistor

It is a resistance thermometer dependent on the temperature.

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Photoresistor/Light Dependent Resistor(LDR)

It is a device that helps to create resistance by converting light energy or brightness.

Capacitor

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Capacitor

A capacitor is an electrical circuit that looks like a straight line and a half-circle line posed side by side.

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Capacitor

To express an unpolarised capacitor in a circuit, the user can use parallel marks with lines going on sides.

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Polarized Capacitor

The polarized Capacitor shows a straight plate and a curved one. The straight plate stands for an anode, while the curved plate is a cathode.

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Polarized Capacitor

Two separate straight lines represent a polarized capacitor while one of them is a cathode and another plate or line signifies an anode.

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Variable Capacitor

It is a capacitor that can have its capacity changed mechanically or electronically.

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Feed through Capacitor

A feedthrough capacitor has a dielectric layer and helps in carrying signals through an enclosed path.

Inductors

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Inductor

The Inductor is an electronic device that stores electronic energy as magnetic energy.

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Iron Core Inductor

Iron core inductors have high inductance, and a coil and a rod represent it.

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Inductors Ferrite Core

Two dotted lines with a coil help represent a ferrite core inductor, and it is information one must know.

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Tapped Inductors Center

Center tapped Inductor is an element in a circuit that helps in coupling signals.

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Variable Inductor

Variable inductors with varied inductance look like an inductor with an arrow to represent its variable nature.

Diode

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Diode

This device directs current flow in a single direction.

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Zener Diode

Zener diode is one of the devices that helps to maintain a fixed voltage

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Schottky Diode

It is a semiconductor with a less forward voltage drop.

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Varicap Diode

Varicap diodes show a wide range of capacitance, and it depends on the voltage.

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Tunnel Diode

It is a semiconductor that creates a negative resistance with the process of tunneling.

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Light Emitting Diode

It is a semiconductor that gets light up when current passes through it.

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Photodiode

The Photodiode is a light-sensitive diode.

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Shockley Diode

This four-layer semiconductor has a PNPN structure.

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Thyristor

It is a solid-state semiconductor that works as a bistable switch.

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Constant Current Diode

A constant current diode is current-limiting or current-regulating in nature.

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Laser Diode

The laser diode is a semiconductor that converts electrical energy into light.

Transistor

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NPN Bipolar Transistor

An NPN bipolar transistor passes electronics from the emitter point to the collector point.

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PNP Bipolar Transistor

It is a transistor that controls the electron flow from the emitter to the collector.

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Darlington Transistor

It is a device that has a compound structure with two bipolar transistors.

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JFET-N Transistor

The JEFT-N transistors use electrons as a carrier of charge in a circuit.

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JFET-P Transistor

The primary formation of its is there with P-type with two small parts of n-type.

NMOS Transistor

The NMOS transistors work by creating an inversion layer of n-type in the p-type body of the transistor.

PMOS Transistor

The PMOS transistors work by creating an inversion layer of the p-type in the transistor's n-type body.

Logic Gates

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Not Gate

A Not Gate can use only one input and the output in a reverse of the user input.

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And Gate

The AND Gate can work on two or more inputs, and the outputs can be accurate if the inputs are actual.

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Nand Gate

It can use two or more inputs, delivering accurate outputs unless all the inputs are valid.

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Or Gate

"OR Gate" also gets two or more inputs. To have an actual output in OR Gate, at least one of the inputs needs to be true.

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Nor GATE

It is a logic gate with two or more inputs, and none of the input should be confirmed to get the accurate output.

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Xor GATE

It uses two or more inputs, and when they are different, they can generate valid output.

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D Flip-Flop

A D-Flip-Flop logic gate takes two inputs and two outputs. The two inputs are clock inputs and data input.

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Multiplexer

It is a logic gate that channels several inputs into standard single output.

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Demultiplexer (1 TO 4)

It takes one input to develop several digital outputs.

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Tri-state buffer

It is a logic inverter that allows it to produce either an actual or inverted output.

Amplifier

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Basic Amplifier

A primary amplifier symbol is a triangle symbol with one input and one output.

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Operational Amplifier

An operational amplifier amplifies weak electric signals, which have two input pins to give a single output pin.

Antenna

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Antenna

It is a generic symbol of an aerial antenna that uses three open ends at the top.

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Dipole Antenna

It uses two conductors of equal lengths and hence looks like two parallel lines.

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Loop Antenna

It has a loop and works on a regular source.

Transformers

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Transformers

To increase or decrease AC voltage, the electricians use transformers. Two coils have wire linked to it.

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Iron Core

It is a transformer that has a single iron core with two coils wound around it.

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Center Tapped

They get used on inductors for the coupling of signals.

Miscellaneous

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Motor

It is a device that converts electrical energy to kinetic energy.

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Transformers

Transformers look like coils that use a core material.

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Electric Bell

It is also a device to convert electrical energy to sound.

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Buzzer

It is a device to convert electrical energy to sound energy.

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Fuse

It is a safety device that melts when there is excessive current flow.

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Fuse

Fuse in a circuit prevents the short circuit by disrupting the current flow.

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BUS

Bus in a circuit denotes the power flow.

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BUS

The Bus in a circuit works for data or signals.

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BUS

The symbol of the Bus may look like a both-sided line with a hollow space within.

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Octocoupler

This device used light to transfer signals between two separate circuits.

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Loudspeaker

A Loudspeaker is a device that converts electrical energy to sound.

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Microphone

It is a device that converts sound energy into electrical energy.

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Operational amplifier

It amplifies weak signals.

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Schmitt Trigger

It is present in a circuit to convert an analog input to a digital output.

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Analog-to-Digital

It changes an analog input to a digital one.

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Digital-to-Analog

It works to convert the digital signal into an analog one.

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Crystal Oscillator

It uses mechanical resonance to create an electric signal.

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Crystal Oscillator

It uses frequency to form oscillations.

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Direct Current

It is a symbol that signifies a single way flow of current.

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Light Bulb

Light bulbs show light when current passes through them.

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Thermocouple

It is a sensor for determining the temperature change.

Part 3: How to Use Electrical Symbols

It is easy for you to create an electrical diagram when you know where to find thousands of electrical symbols. You can watch the video below and learn how to create an electrical circuit diagram. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions of words and pictures step by step.

Step 1: Launch EdrawMax on your computer. An extensive collection of electrical diagram templates can be found in the Electrical Engineering category. Click the icon of Basic Electrical to open the library that includes all symbols for making electrical diagrams.

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Step 2.1: As you are into the workspace of EdrawMax, drag the symbol that you need directly onto the canvas. You can resize the selected symbol by dragging the selection handles. A double-sided arrow shows the direction to which you can move the mouse, and you can only move the symbol when a four-direction arrow appears.

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Step 2.2: You can also change the shape of the symbol via the floating menu/action button. It shows when the symbol is selected or when the pointer is over the symbol. For example, the resistor can have 12 kinds of variations.

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Step 3: When your electrical diagram is complete, you can export it to JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, HTML with just a single click. So you can share your drawings with people who don't use EdrawMax with no need to looking for ways of converting file formats.

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Wiring and Circuit diagram example

Here is an example of a circuit diagram for a 100-watt power amplifier. There is a signal which passes through several capacitors and amplifiers, and as the signal passes through them, it gets amplified. The output device in the circuit is a loudspeaker.

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Part 4: Wiring and Circuit Diagrams Maker- EdrawMax

The electrical symbols make it easier for the engineers to create an electrical diagram for their work. Though multiple devices make it seem not very easy, the user can work with the online tool, EdrawMax, which can offer the user a user-friendly experience. The tool has a library with a wide range of electrical symbols that they can use. There are ready-made templates for inexperienced users to work on, making their work a bit effortless. When the work gets finished, it is easily to export the file in various formats and share it easily with others.

Part 5: More Electrical Symbols

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Logic Gate Symbols

Switch Symbols

Semiconductor Symbols

Transmission Path Symbols

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FAQs

What are the 5 electrical symbols? ›

More Questions About Electrical Symbols

There are five commonly used symbols in Electrical – Switch, Wire, Contactor, Motor, Transformer. These symbols can be used in any electrical drawings. Switches are used for ON/OFF any control circuit.

What are the symbols used in electrical drawing? ›

Basic electrical and electronic graphical symbols called Schematic Symbols are commonly used within circuit diagrams, schematics and computer aided drawing packages to identify the position of individual components and elements within a circuit.

What are the different schematic symbols? ›

Schematic Symbols
  • Wires (Connected) This symbol represents a shared electrical connection between two components. ...
  • Wires (Not Connected) ...
  • DC Supply Voltage. ...
  • Ground. ...
  • No Connection (nc) ...
  • Resistor. ...
  • Capacitor, Polarized (Electrolytic) ...
  • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

What are electrical symbols electrical signs? ›

An electronic symbol is a pictogram used to represent various electrical and electronic devices or functions, such as wires, batteries, resistors, and transistors, in a schematic diagram of an electrical or electronic circuit.

How many electrical symbols are there? ›

Often reference is made to BS electric component standard, but the IEC standard is now the one that is used. The database includes around 1750 circuit symbols overall. ANSI standard Y32: This standard for electronic component symbols is the American one and is also known as IEEE Std 315.

How do you read a wiring diagram for dummies? ›

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How do you read a schematic diagram? ›

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How do you read an electrical schematic diagram? ›

Wires are represented by lines, and connections are represented by dots. The 9V battery powers the circuit, and the resistor limits the battery's current so it doesn't burn out the LED. Remember that the positive side of a diode is the flat edge of the triangle, and the negative side is the straight line.

What are the 4 types of safety signs? ›

These 4 important safety signs can be broken into categories: Prohibition, Warning, Mandatory and Emergency.

What is a resistor symbol? ›

The value of a resistor is measured in ohms and represented by the Greek letter capital omega (Ω). The resistance value is specified in ohms, the standard symbol is “R” or Ω. Resistor values are often stated as “k” (kilo, or times 1,000) or “M“, (meg, or times 1,000,000) for convenience.

What is the symbol for current? ›

Current is usually denoted by the symbol I. Ohm's law relates the current flowing through a conductor to the voltage V and resistance R; that is, V = IR. An alternative statement of Ohm's law is I = V/R.

What is schematic layout? ›

A schematic diagram is a picture that represents the components of a process, device, or other object using abstract, often standardized symbols and lines. Although schematic diagrams are commonly associated with electrical circuits, many examples can be found in other industries.

What is Q in a schematic? ›

Names and Values
Name IdentifierComponent
DDiodes
QTransistors
UIntegrated Circuits
YCrystals and Oscillators
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What is the electrical symbol for phase? ›

Although phase is also known as live or line. It has a different symbol. It is denoted by L.

What is the symbol of fuse? ›

Fuse (electrical)
A miniature time-delay 250 V fuse that will interrupt a 0.3 A current at after 100 s, or a 15 A current in 0.1 s. 32 mm (1 1/4") long.
TypePassive
Working principleMelting of internal conductor due to heat generated by excessive current flow
Electronic symbol
Electronic symbols for a fuse

What is the symbol of switch? ›

Electronic Switch Symbols
NameDescription
SPDT Toggle SwitchSelects between two connections
Pushbutton Switch (N.O)Momentary switch - normally open
Pushbutton Switch (N.C)Momentary switch - normally closed
DIP SwitchDIP switch is used for onboard configuration
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What does Q mean on a circuit board? ›

PCB: printed circuit board. PU: pickup. Q: transistor. R: resistor. RLA: RY: relay.

What are the 3 ohm's law? ›

3-4: A circle diagram to help in memorizing the Ohm's Law formulas V = IR, I = V/R, and R= V/I.

How do I know if a wire is AC or DC? ›

One way to determine if you have an AC-DC power supply or a DC-DC model is to look at the device itself. Often, the input and output information will appear somewhere on the surface. If the input is AC, you have an AC-DC power supply, and you have a DC-DC model if the input and output both are DC.

Are houses AC or DC? ›

When you plug things into the outlet in your house, you don't get DC. Household outlets are AC - Alternating Current. This current has a frequency of 60 Hz and would look something like this (if you plotted current as a function of time).

What is common on a wiring diagram? ›

A wiring diagram is a simplified conventional pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices.

What is the difference between circuit diagram and wiring diagram? ›

Wiring Diagram shows the actual practical connection between electrical appliances, components. Circuit Diagram just shows the simple connection between components it does not shows the practical connection.

What electronic diagram is easier to understand explain? ›

Schematic Diagrams

1), often called a ladder diagram, is intended to be the simplest form of an electrical circuit. This diagram shows the circuit components on horizontal lines without regard to their physical location. It is used for troubleshooting because it is easy to understand the operation of the circuit.

What is a triangle in a circuit diagram? ›

Amplifiers (denoted by triangle shapes) increase the output signal in your circuit. Capacitors (parallel lines) store energy in your system, while resistors (zigzag lines) reduce current flow.

What do wire junctions on a schematic without a dot mean? ›

Chapter 9 - Circuit Schematic Symbols

Older electrical schematics showed connecting wires crossing, while non-connecting wires “jumped” over each other with little half-circle marks. Newer electrical schematics show connecting wires joining with a dot, while non-connecting wires cross with no dot.

What do the circuit numbers shown on schematics usually mean? ›

Electrical connector is labeled "C" followed by 3 numbers. The 3 number represent. location of the connector. Wiring size on a schematic most likely to indicate. the wire gauge size in metric units.

What are the types of wiring diagram? ›

They are wiring, schematic, and pictorial diagrams. The two most commonly used are the wiring diagram and the schematic diagram. The uses of these two types of diagrams are compared in Table 1.

How do you read an electrical panel? ›

Breaker Panel Basics - YouTube

What is a resistor in a circuit? ›

A resistor is an electrical component that limits or regulates the flow of electrical current in an electronic circuit. Resistors can also be used to provide a specific voltage for an active device such as a transistor.

Why are electrical symbols important? ›

Electrical symbols are required to do the electrical drawing and without the help of electrical symbols, we won't be able to do the electrical drawing. Electrical circuits are represented by electrical drawings. Symbols and number combinations are used to represent electrical circuits.

What do the symbols on a plug mean? ›

To read diagram: The center positive drawing on the left indicates that the center (also known as the tip) of the output plug is positive (+) and the barrel (ring) of the output plug is negative (−). Center positive symbol. Center negative symbol.

What is the symbol of fuse? ›

Fuse (electrical)
A miniature time-delay 250 V fuse that will interrupt a 0.3 A current at after 100 s, or a 15 A current in 0.1 s. 32 mm (1 1/4") long.
TypePassive
Working principleMelting of internal conductor due to heat generated by excessive current flow
Electronic symbol
Electronic symbols for a fuse

What are the 5 types of resistors? ›

Types of Resistors
  • Fixed Value Resistors. These are the predominant type of resistor configuration, and as the name suggests, they have a fixed resistance value. ...
  • Variable Resistors. ...
  • Resistor Networks. ...
  • Carbon Film Resistors. ...
  • Metal Film Resistors. ...
  • Wirewound Resistors. ...
  • Metal Oxide Resistors. ...
  • Metal Strip Resistors.

What are the four basic types of electrical drawings? ›

6.2: Types of Electrical Diagrams
  • Schematic Diagrams.
  • Wiring diagrams.
  • Block diagrams.
  • Pictorial diagrams.
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Where are electrical symbols used? ›

Electrical symbols are a graphical representation of basic electrical and electronic devices or components. These Symbols are used in circuit and electrical diagrams to recognize a component. It is also called a schematic symbol.

What are the most common used electronic diagrams? ›

The most widely used, of course, is the schematic diagram-the subject of this guide.

What is a resistor symbol? ›

The value of a resistor is measured in ohms and represented by the Greek letter capital omega (Ω). The resistance value is specified in ohms, the standard symbol is “R” or Ω. Resistor values are often stated as “k” (kilo, or times 1,000) or “M“, (meg, or times 1,000,000) for convenience.

What is the symbol for current? ›

Current is usually denoted by the symbol I. Ohm's law relates the current flowing through a conductor to the voltage V and resistance R; that is, V = IR. An alternative statement of Ohm's law is I = V/R.

What is the symbol of switch? ›

Electronic Switch Symbols
NameDescription
SPDT Toggle SwitchSelects between two connections
Pushbutton Switch (N.O)Momentary switch - normally open
Pushbutton Switch (N.C)Momentary switch - normally closed
DIP SwitchDIP switch is used for onboard configuration
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What is the symbol for ground wire? ›

That Ground Symbol (What is Ground?) - Electronics Basics 24

What is the symbol for fixed resistor? ›

The symbol for a fixed resistor is the letter R which is followed by a number, that indicates the resistance rating in ohms. Fixed resistors are used in a wide variety of applications, including circuits, power supplies, and equipment control systems.

What are the 5 types of fuses? ›

The low voltage fuses are divided into five types and those are of the rewirable, cartridge, drop out, striker, and switch fuses.

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