I plan on using the LT3080 to regulate a variable 1-36V 7A DC power supply. This regulator by itself will not provide more than an amp or so, so I will have to use an external series pass transistor per the recommendation in their datasheet:
Now, I am sure this will work fine, however the recommended BJT is expensive, something like $7 a piece. Given I am planning to make a few of these regulator boards, I would like to keep the cost down by choosing a comparable part. This is where I need help.
On Mouser I see plenty of PNP BJTs that support 100v emitter-collector, and 10s of amps for 60 cents, but I don’t know if that will work. So what parameters should I be looking for in the datasheet that would be suitable in this application? It would be great if you can also explain why this part was chosen in the first place and why it is more expensive than other seemingly similar BJTs.