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Adafruit PCF8523 Real Time Clock Breakout Board

This is a great battery-backed real time clock (RTC) that allows your microcontroller project to keep track of time even if it is reprogrammed, or if the...
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Company: Adafruit
Part Number: 5189
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DESCRIPTION

This is a great battery-backed real time clock (RTC) that allows your microcontroller project to keep track of time even if it is reprogrammed, or if the power is lost. Perfect for data-logging, clock-building, time stamping, timers, and alarms, etc. Equipped with PCF8523 RTC - it can run from 3.3V or 5V power & logic!

We've had a breakout board version of this RTC for a while, but we want to make it even easier for folks to use, so now it comes with STEMMA QT connectors for plug-and-play simplicity.

Works great with an Arduino using our RTC library, with CircuitPython, or with a Raspberry Pi (or similar single board linux computer)

  • PCB & header are included
  • Plugs into any breadboard, or you can use wires
  • Two mounting holes
  • Will keep time for 5 years or more

The PCF8523 is simple and inexpensive but not a high-precision device. It may lose or gain up to 2 seconds a day. For a high-precision, temperature compensated alternative, please check out the DS3231 precision RTC. If you need a DS1307 for compatibility reasons, check out our DS1307 RTC QT breakout

To make life easier so you can focus on your important work, we've taken the sensor and put it onto a breakout PCB along with support circuitry to let you use it with 3.3V (Feather/Raspberry Pi) or 5V (Arduino/ Metro328) logic levels. Additionally, since it speaks I2C you can easily connect it up with two wires (plus power and ground!).  We've even included SparkFun qwiic compatible STEMMA QT connectors for the I2C bus so you don't even need to solder! QT Cable is not included. Just wire up to your favorite micro and you can use our CircuitPython/Python or Arduino drivers to easily interface with the PCF8523.

Comes as a fully assembled and tested breakout plus a small piece of header. You can solder header in to plug it into a breadboard, or solder wires directly.

Check out our detailed tutorial for pinouts, assembly, wiring & code for both Arduino and CircuitPython, and more!

NOTES

SPECIFICATIONS

Connection:
  • I2C

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Dimensions: 25.4x17.8x7.8mm
  • Weight: 1.5g
  • This board/chip uses I2C 7-bit address 0x68

VIDEO

New Products 8/4/21 featuring Adafruit PCF8523 Real Time Clock Breakout Board - STEMMA QT / Qwiic!