Each of the nine manufacturers makes a shield type. I’ll show each of the shield types with only that manufacturer’s own parts.
There are three parts :
- Body : the easiest to identify as it’s on the left of the shield. See note specific to Tediore below.
- Battery : on the lower part of the shield. See notes specific to Maliwan and Pangolin below.
- Capacitor : on the top of the shield. See notes specific to Maliwan and Torgue below.
Each manufacturer’s parts have a specific effect regardless of their location. This chart shows the positive and negative traits that each part grants. The higher the number the greater the impact on the stat.
"Special" refers to any added effect the shield has : health boost , booster/absorb chance , roid/amp/spike/nova damage.
Here are the nine shield types with their respective parts ( I’ve made specific notes for certain parts ) :
MALIWAN ( note the absence of a visible capacitor - however the “Alklaline/Grounded/Inflammable” prefix is the indicator ; also see Pangolin note below )
PANGOLIN ( note the similarities to Maliwan parts - the battery is actually identical - the quickest way to determine a Pangolin battery is the extremely large capacity to recharge rate ratio - 29:1 in the image below vs 4:1 for the all-Maliwan shield )
TEDIORE ( note the absence of visible body )
TORGUE ( note the absence of a visible capacitor - however the “Blast proof” prefix is the indicator )
More helpful links :
Although it caps at level 50, the Gear Calculator is a good way to estimate the final stats.
List of red text shield stats here. A great way to get an idea of what parts you might want to look for.
Hoyle also did a very good shield guide.
a more detailed and very interesting breakdown on shield stats from a blog post on the wiki.