I would like a to build a system that can charge 6cell nicad packs @ about 1.0-1.5amps with peak detection, trickle charge, and also discharge @ about 1 amp. I would be perfectly happy with any of the many commercially available solutions in the RC world that take care of this problem, except that I need to be able to do this for 12 battery packs simultaneously and even the least expensive commercial unit gets expensive when purchasing 12 of them.
Right now I am just in the information gathering stage. I am sure a basic nicad peak charger/dischager/trickle charger has been designed and built a couple of times before
I see no need to reinvent the wheel, but I was hoping perhaps some of you folks could help point me in the right direction.
Links to other applicable projects, schematics, or advice are all most appreciated.
Thanks in advance,