This question was originally posted by miya on APC forums on 7/28/2017
I was looking over a datasheet for the NE555 Timer and I was wondering if the max supply current given under the electrical characteristics page is the max current you can supply to the 555 without damaging the chip.
This was originally posted on APC forums on 7/28/2017
The max supply current you refer to is the maximum the chip will draw (you don't supply current to a chip, you supply it a voltage and it takes what it needs) with an unloaded output. The bits you need to watch out for are the "absolute maximum rating" and there you'll want to watch the maximum power dissipation when you load the output significantly.
having said that, you are absolutely in the wrong place to ask these questions as I've never seen a 555 inside an APC product. Try the eevblog forum for electronics.