I need to power a 5V device that needs more or less 1.2A in order to work correctly. I'm using a 13.8V power source with two diodes in series (1N4007) to limit the voltage to roughly 12V. I tried using the voltage regulator AZ1084T, since it has 5.0A of maximum output current, but even with a large heat sink attached it was heating up a lot, like 117°C (and the maximum admissible temperature on the datasheet is 125°C).
So, just to test, I replaced the AZ1084T by the old and good LM7805CV, which has 1.5A of maximum output current. It worked just the same, heating up just the same (and that's a good thing, because this one is much cheaper). But how can I avoid the heat? I'm pretty sure it's the power dissipation from 12V to 5V that's causing it, but this voltage regulator was supposed to work with that input voltage.
I tried this scheme, using TIP127 to "split" the current, but my device won't even turn on (the measured output current was showing peaks of 2A~3A, which kept turning off the power source which limit current is 1.7A).
Anyway, any suggestions on how to split the current while maintaining the output voltage or on how to decrease the power dissipation are welcome.