# Can the 741's offset null pins be grounded?

... Or should I leave them not connected if I'm not going to trim them?

I think I fried an LM741 when it's output was only connected to a single MOSFET's gate (and the single supply was <12V). The only thing I can figure is it's bad to ground those offset null pins, but I can't tell from its datasheet.

• Why use the 741? It's obsolete. – Leon Heller Dec 10 '16 at 9:02
• @LeonHeller The usual reason: because it's on hand – Matt Thomas Dec 10 '16 at 9:37
• what does the data sheet say? – Neil_UK Dec 10 '16 at 12:18
• @Neil_UK It says nothing about the offset pins under "Absolute Maximum Ratings", although under "Electrical Characteristics" it does give a typical and maximum current for those pins. So does that mean grounding those pins is bad because it'll exceed its "Electrical Characteristics", or that it's okay because nothing is said under "Maximum Ratings"? I can't tell from its datasheet – Matt Thomas Dec 10 '16 at 14:01