I designed a PCB to provide the power circuit for my robot's servos. This has a LiPo battery protection IC (undervoltage/overvoltage) and a voltage regulator IC. I sent this PCB in to be manufactured, and went to order the parts...
Only to find out noone sells the IC (S-8253) I planned to use for protection. Seiko Instruments does not list this as out of production/outdated, and my quick initial search did show the IC on Digikey's website, but I did not apparently notice that it is not stocked. And I cannot buy 3000 chips ;)
Anyway, the PCBs will be here soon, and I would like to do some work on my robot during this Xmas break. How bad will it be if I bypass the protection circuit for the time being? I plan to charge my LiPo using a proper charger, which I would hope balances the cells anyways... But I have no way to control even discharge.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions for undervoltage/overcurrent 2-4 cell protection ICs that can be hand soldered, I'd appreciate it :)