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Ultimate Energy Drink Guide 2022 [61 Energy Drinks Compared and Reviewed]

Are you looking for a toe-curling energy drink experience? Or just a gentle pick-me-up? This ultimate guide gives you unrivaled insight into the electrifying world of energy drinks.

In this comprehensive energy drink guide, you’ll find over 60 energy drinks.

You’ll discover all the important stuff like:

  • comparisons
  • ingredients
  • stats
  • customer reviews

And more.

πŸ₯€ Did you know? According to Statista, energy drinks generated over $14 billion in 2021.

sideways image of four energy drink cans including c4 starburst, g fuel wumpa fruit, bucked up energy, and ghost energy

Energy drinks are enjoyed by millions of people.

People are looking for anything from a little extra kick in the ass…

All the way up to a shocking jolt that makes them think they’ll never come back to this dimension. ⚑⚑

Energy drinks appeal to:

βœ… athletes

βœ… students

βœ… workaholics

βœ… bodybuilders

βœ… busy moms and dads

And many more.

This energy drink guide will answer burning questions such as:

❓Do energy drinks work?

❓ What is the best energy drink?

❓What energy drink has the most caffeine?

You’ll discover answers to all of these and more.

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But first, here are a few terms you should be familiar with before diving into this energy drink guide:

Green coffee beansGreen coffee beans are unroasted beans which may contain slightly more caffeine than roasted beans. They have a milder flavor similar to tea, and contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
GuaranaGuarana is an Amazonian fruit that is not only high in caffeine, but also contains antioxidant properties. Guarana is thought to have additional stimulant qualities.
TaurineSome studies suggest that taurine combined with caffeine improves mental performance. It is also said to lower blood pressure and calm the nervous system.
NootropicsStudies show that nootropics are cognitive enhancers that can boost brain performance.
BCAAsBranched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) include valine, leucine, and isoleucine. They are said to aid in muscle protein synthesis.
ElectrolytesElectrolytes are essential minerals that help your body regulate chemical reactions and help you stay hydrated.

So let’s answer a few questions and then get into these energy drink comparisons.

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πŸ“Œ Do energy drinks work?

Simply put, yes.

In our experience, energy drinks work.

They’re designed to boost your mental and physical performance.

In almost every energy drink, you’ll find caffeine.

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And, depending on the energy drink, you’ll find things like B vitamins, taurine and nootropics to enhance your mind and body.

So depending on the energy drink, you’ll get different levels of stimulation.

Luckily, our energy drink guide gives you a simple breakdown.

πŸ“Œ What’s the best energy drink?

It all depends on what you’re looking for:

If you’re looking for a caffeine jolt, you may want to try an energy drink with a high caffeine content like Bang (300mg) or Redcon1 FUBAR (400mg).

three redcon1 fubar energy shots in blue, red and orange bottles, each with a yellow cap
You’ll get 400mg of caffeine in a full serving of Redcon1 FUBAR

But if you’re looking for an energy drink that also contains nootropics or other brain boosters, you may want to try Rowdy Energy or Jocko GO.

And if you’re looking for both high caffeine and nootropics, it might be worth trying something like Bucked Up.

πŸ“Œ How much caffeine is in energy drinks?

It all depends on which energy drink you choose.

For example, there are some energy drinks with 100mg of caffeine or less like Red Bull (8.4 ounce), Aspire Healthy Energy and V8 Sparkling Energy.

twelve pack of 8.4 ounce red bull with closeup of can with blue and silver background and red logo of two bulls fighting

Then there are energy drinks with around 200mg of caffeine like C4, Ghost Energy and Rockstar.

And then there are energy drinks with a high 300mg of caffeine like Bang, Bucked Up and G Fuel.

Plus there’s everything in between.

πŸ“Œ Which energy drink has the most caffeine?

Some energy drinks with the highest caffeine content include:

βœ… Bang

βœ… G Fuel

βœ… Reign

βœ… Bucked Up

βœ… Raze

And more.

closeup of green and white can of bang energy cherry blade lemonade flavor with pink and green b logo with background of 6 other energy drink brands

Each of these energy drinks have approximately 300mg of caffeine per serving.

πŸ“Œ What’s better: energy drinks vs coffee?

You might be wondering why you would drink an energy drink when you can just drink coffee.

For starters, energy drinks often times have more caffeine than a cup of coffee, giving you that extra jolt.

In addition, energy drinks may contain mind and body stimulants like B vitamins, taurine and nootropics.

closeup of can of beyond raw lit clinically dosed gummy worm energy drink with orange and black with background of 6 other energy drink brands

And some people just don’t like the bitter taste of coffee.

So if you’re looking for that extra boost, energy drinks might be the way to go.

But if you just want a little bit of a caffeine buzz?

Coffee may work for you.

This list is organized into the following categories:

πŸ”₯ Popular energy drinks

πŸ”₯ Energy shots

πŸ”₯ Sugar free energy drinks

πŸ”₯ Organic energy drinks

πŸ”₯ Vegan energy drinks

πŸ”₯ Miscellaneous energy drinks

πŸ”₯ Yerba mate energy drinks

Best popular energy drinks

In this segment, you’ll discover some of the most popular energy drinks.

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Best popular energy drinks at a glance:

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB VitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost per can
Bang250-300mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$1.83
C4200mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.75
Full Throttle160mg22058gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.72
G Fuel300mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.08
Ghost Energy200mg50gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$2.50
Monster160mg0-1100-54gβœ…βœ…Multiple8-16$1.67
Mountain Dew Energy180mg253gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.08
NOS160mg21053gβœ…βœ…Multiple8$1.58
Red Bull80mg-136mg0-2120-50gβœ…βœ…Multiple8.4-16$1.56-3.27
Reign300mg100βŒβœ…Multiple16$2.17
Rockstar160-300mg0-2700-63gβœ…βœ…Multiple12-16$1.25-1.67

Bang

Bang contains essential amino acids and Super Creatine (creatine and L-Leucine).

Creatine helps your muscles produce energy during exercise.

And L-Leucine helps with protein synthesis.

Bang also contains Ultra CoQ10. Studies show that CoQ10 helps regulate blood sugar.

There are over 40 flavors of Bang available.

Pros

  • Contains essential amino acids, Super Creatine and Ultra CoQ10

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine250-300mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$1.83
closeup of green and white can of bang energy cherry blade lemonade flavor with pink and green b logo with background of 6 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this energy drink:

We love trying new things over here at Rack and Stack.

And with over 40 flavors available, Bang has the competition beat.

These flavors taste great, there’s no sugar, and there’s a buttload of caffeine.

Bang: Final Verdict

Bang is one of our favorite energy drinks because it packs a caffeine punch, is sugar free and comes in over 40 flavors.

C4

C4 contains beta-alanine, a non-essential amino acid that aids in the production of carnosine, a protein building block.

Beta-alanine is known for giving you the “tingles,” a non-harmful side effect.

Pros

  • No artificial colors or dyes

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.75
closeup of c4 energy starburst strawberry can in pink and yellow with background of 8 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this energy drink:

While there aren’t as many flavors as Bang, the flavor of C4 gives Bang a run for its money.

C4 is our go-to when we want a caffeine jolt but don’t want to go overboard.

200mg of caffeine seems to be that sweet spot to get us moving, but without the jitters.

C4: Final Verdict

Like BANG, C4 has some fun flavor options including Starburst and Skittles.

But there is 100mg less caffeine in C4, making it ideal for those who aren’t looking for a caffeine overload.

Full Throttle

Full Throttle has an intense flavor profile.

In addition to Vitamin B12, you’ll find B3, B5 and B6.

For many people, this results in an initial burst of energy.

Pros

  • Stuffed with B vitamins

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine160mg
Calories220
Sugar58g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.72

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Full Throttle is delicious and crazy sweet.

And it doesn’t have that energy drink aftertaste.

Full Throttle: Final Verdict

Full Throttle has the same caffeine content as Monster, but has more sugar at 58 grams.

This is more than double the recommended added-sugar limit of 24 grams, so is probably not ideal for long term consumption.

G Fuel

G Fuel caffeine comes in part from a blend of green coffee beans and green tea.

They’ve also got some pretty cool pop culture branding.

You might even see some characters from your favorite movies (Sonic, Spiderman, Free Guy).

closeup of g fuel energy drink with crash bandicoot cartoon wearing jeans and shoes holding exotic fruits in its hands while it smiles with background of 8 other energy drink brands

Pros

  • Contains an amino acid blend

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine300mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.08

G Fuel: Final Verdict

Like BANG, G Fuel contains 300mg of caffeine.

What we really like about G Fuel is their pop culture branding.

Feel like a kid and get jacked all at once!

Ghost Energy

Ghost Energy is another branding powerhouse with flavors like Sour Patch Kids, Warheads, Bubblicious and Swedish Fish.

In our opinion, every one of their flavors kicks some serious ass.

Pros

  • Vegan, soy free, gluten free

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.50
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What rocked us about this energy drink:

Ghost Energy is probably the best tasting energy drink we’ve ever put in our mouths.

Ghost Energy: Final Verdict

We think Ghost Energy is on par with C4, with enough caffeine to get you jazzed without giving you the jitters.

They both have healthy competition when it comes to fun flavors to try.

Monster

Monster is arguably the most recognizable energy drink on the market.

It packs a powerful punch of caffeine, B vitamins and, sometimes, taurine.

(Some of their drinks have taurine, others don’t.)

Low carbohydrate and sugar free options are also available.

There are one to two servings in every 16-ounce can of Monster Energy, depending on which variety you choose.

For example, Monster Lo-Carb has two servings per can. Whereas Monster Zero Sugar has one.

Be sure to read all labels to know what you’re getting into.

Pros

  • Contains low carb and sugar-free options

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine160mg
Calories0-110
Sugar0-54g
TaurineSometimes
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving8-16
Cost$1.67

What we like about this energy drink:

We love the carbonation factor of this drink!

The bubbles are big and make it fun to drink.

Monster: Final Verdict

Original Monster has 4g less sugar than Full Throttle.

If you’re trying to be health conscious, opt for their low carb or sugar free options.

Mountain Dew Energy

Mountain Dew Energy contains zinc – which experts say supports immune function.

It also contains citicoline which is associated with improved attention.

Pros

  • Immune support

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine180mg
Calories25
Sugar3g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.08

Mountain Dew Energy: Final Verdict

Mountain Dew Energy can be a good low sugar option with a moderate amount of caffeine.

NOS

NOS contains a relatively modest 80mg of caffeine per serving.

But it still packs an energetic punch with ingredients like taurine and B vitamins.

Each can contains two servings.

A full can of NOS contains 53g of sugar, so watch yourself.

Pros

  • 100% of B5 and B12 per serving

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine160mg per can
Calories210 per can
Sugar53g per can
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving8 (2 servings per can)
Cost$.79 per serving ($1.58 per can)

What rocked us about this energy drink:

It’s not a total caffeine blast but still got us jacked up and ready to go.

NOS: Final Verdict

NOS has a relatively moderate amount of caffeine at 80g per serving.

But keep in mind that there are 2 servings in a can.

In other words, the whole can has 160mg of caffeine.

Red Bull

Red Bull comes in three sizes: 8.4 ounces, 12 ounces and 16 ounces.

There are sugar free options available.

Pros

  • Sugar free options, various sizes available, various caffeine content

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine80mg-136mg
Calories0-212
Sugar0-50g
Taurineβœ…
B Vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving8.4-16
Cost$1.56-3.27

What rocked us about this energy drink:

What can we say about Red Bull other than it totally rocks?

And it gave us wiiiiiiiiings.

We drink the sugar free variety and it gives us sustained energy and focus.

Red Bull: Final Verdict

Red Bull comes in various serving sizes.

So when it comes to caffeine, taurine and sugar, you have plenty of options.

Reign

Reign offers a line of sugar free energy drinks.

They contain additional BCAAs, CoQ10 and electrolytes.

Electrolytes play a key role in hydration.

Pros

  • Contains BCAAs and electrolytes

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine300mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.17

Reign: Final Verdict

Like A Shoc, Reign has the added benefit of electrolytes and BCAAs.

But Reign has more flavors available such as Strawberry Sublime and Reignbow Sherbet.

Rockstar

Rockstar has more than 25 sassy flavors available like Fruit Punch, Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry.

Their drinks are optimized for energy, endurance and recovery.

Options include zero calorie, zero carb and zero sugar.

Pros

  • Sugar free and organic options, many flavors

Cons

  • High sugar content in some varieties
Caffeine160-300mg
Calories0-270
Sugar0-63g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12-16
Cost$1.25-1.67

Rockstar: Final Verdict

Rockstar contains up to a teeth-shattering 63g of sugar per serving.

But thankfully they have sugar free options as well.

That wraps it up for some of the most popular energy drinks.

Now, let’s move onto…

Best energy shots

Energy shots might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to energy drinks.

But we couldn’t leave out these small yet powerful players in the world of energy supplements.

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Best energy shots at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
5 Hour Energy200-230mg40gβœ…βœ…Multiple1.93$2.26
Bang Energy Shots300mg60gβŒβœ…Multiple3$1.75
Ethan’s Clean Energy150mg303gβŒβœ…Multiple2$3.25
Redcon1 Fubar Energy400mg00gβœ…βœ…Multiple3$2.50
Woke Up!225mg100gβŒβœ…Berry1.93$2.92

5 Hour Energy

5 Hour Energy has been energizing active lifestyles since 2004.

Each dose has over 20,000% of the recommended dose of Vitamin B12, packing an insane amount of energy.

This is a personal favorite with us at Rack and Stack.

Pros

  • Regular and extra strength options, convenient small size

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200-230mg
Calories4
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving1.93
Cost$2.26
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What rocked us about this energy drink:

5-Hour Energy gives us focus like no other.

It also gives a crazy short-term burst of energy from the B vitamins.

5 Hour Energy: Final Verdict

We love 5 Hour Energy over at Rack and Stack.

Just a half bottle of Regular Strength gets us going for hours on end.

Bang Energy Shots

Bang Energy also comes in convenient carbonated energy shots.

In addition to 300mg of caffeine, these shots contain Super Creatine, CoQ10 and BCAAs.

Sure they look like airplane shots, but the only thing we felt at 30,000 feet was the urge to do leg lifts with a stack of SkyMall magazines.

Pros

  • Carbonated, high caffeine

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine300mg
Calories6
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving3
Cost$1.75

Bang Energy Shots: Final Verdict

Like a full size BANG energy drink, these tasty little shots are carbonated and contain 300mg of caffeine.

These are great for BANG lovers who are on the go and need a quick pick-me-up.

Ethan’s Clean Energy

Ethan’s Clean Energy uses caffeine naturally found in green tea and guayasa.

Guayasa is a caffeinated holly tree that is also rich in antioxidants.

Ethan’s uses only non-toxic and sustainable packaging.

Pros

  • Organic, vegan, gluten free, non-toxic and sustainable packaging

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive relative to other energy shots
Caffeine150mg
Calories30
Sugar3g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving2
Cost$3.25

Ethan’s Clean Energy: Final Verdict

This has the lowest caffeine content of any energy shot on our list.

It’s also the only organic shot we could find.

Redcon1 FUBAR Energy

Redcon1 FUBAR Energy contains a staggering 400mg of caffeine per bottle.

It also contains over 1600% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12.

This energy shot is not for the faint of heart.

Pros

  • Most caffeine in an energy shot

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine400mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving3
Cost$2.50

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Redcon1 FUBAR is NOT for little league players.

With 400mg of caffeine, we love this on days when we’re dragging ass and REALLY need to get going.

Redcon1 FUBAR: Final Verdict

Redcon1 FUBAR has an insane amount of caffeine that got us jacked.

⚠️ Redcon1 recommends you assess your tolerance level before slamming one of these.

Woke Up!

In addition to being vegan, Woke Up! is gluten free and GMO free.

It contains caffeine from natural sources like yerba mate and guarana seed extract.

Guarana (Image courtesy of Health Oasis Resort)

Its proprietary blend also contains ashwagandha, a medicinal herb.

Studies suggest that ashwagandha has several health benefits like improved blood sugar, inflammation reduction and reduced stress.

Pros

  • Natural caffeine, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine225mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsBerry
Ounces per serving1.93
Cost$2.92

Woke Up!: Final Verdict

Woke Up! is vegan and gluten free.

It’s the only energy shot on our list that gets its caffeine from yerba mate and guarana seed extract.

Energy shots not your thing?

Let’s check out the best sugar free energy drinks.

Best sugar free energy drinks

As you may have noticed, many energy drinks are packed with tons of useless sugar.

If you’re looking for flavor while avoiding the negative effects of sugary drinks, we’ve got you covered.

Check out this list of the best sugar free energy drinks we could find.

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Best sugar free energy drinks at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
3D Energy200mg150gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$2.08
A Shoc300mg100gβŒβœ…Multiple16$3.21
Alani Nu200mg100gβœ…βœ…Multiple12$2.66
Bang (reviewed above)300mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$1.83
Beyond Raw Lit250mg200g❌❌216$2.50
Bucked Up300mg00gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$3.75
C4 (reviewed above)200mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.75
C4 Energy Non-Carbonated200mg00gβœ…βœ…Multiple12$2.50
G Fuel (reviewed above)300mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.08
Ghost Energy (reviewed above)200mg50gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$2.50
Jocko GO95mg50gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.92
Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy100mg50gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.50
Raze300mg00gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$2.50
Rowdy Energy160mg50gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.91
Solimo Energy Drink152mg100gβœ…βœ…216$1.16
UPTIME142mg50g❌❌Multiple12$2.67
VPX Redline Xtreme158mg00g❌❌Multiple4$2.41 per 8 oz bottle
XYIENCE Energy Drink176mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.04
ZOA160mg150gβŒβœ…Multiple12-16$2.50

3D Energy

3D Energy contains ginseng which has been shown to boost energy, lower blood sugar and reduce stress.

It also contains L-carnitine, a chemical which turns fat into energy.

Pros

  • Contains potentially fat-burning ingredients

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories15
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.08

3D Energy: Final Verdict

3D is one of the few energy drinks containing ginseng, a natural way to boost energy.

It also doesn’t blast you with too much caffeine.

A Shoc

A Shoc contains electrolytes, BCAAs and 9 essential amino acids.

Its caffeine is derived naturally from plants including coffee fruit, guarana seed, yerba mate and green coffee.

Pros

  • No preservatives

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine300mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$3.21

A Shoc: Final Verdict

Like Bang, A Shoc contains 300mg of caffeine.

But A Shoc comes out ahead with electrolytes.

Alani Nu

This lightly carbonated energy drink contains inositol.

Studies show that inositol may reduce anxiety and control blood sugar.

Alani Nu also includes biotin which is said to make your skin glow.

Pros

  • Banned-substance tested, includes biotin and inositol

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.66
closeup of Alani Nu cosmic stardust naturally flavored energy drink with purple space, planets, rocket and astronaut with background of 8 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this energy drink:

The Cosmic Stardust with the biotin boost made us feel beautiful.

Alani Nu: Final Verdict

Alani Nu is not your typical energy drink.

It contains stress relievers and ingredients to make your skin glow.

It’s for the beautiful people that don’t want to be strung out on energy drinks.

Beyond Raw Lit

This beverage contains something unique: elevATP.

This unique blend of ancient peat and apple extract is clinically proven to improve performance and strength.

Beyond Raw Lit also contains pump and nitrous oxide support with L-citrulline and L-arganine.

Pros

  • Contains elevATP, pump and nitrous oxide support

Cons

  • Limited flavors
Caffeine250mg
Calories20
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B Vitamins❌
Flavors2
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.50

What rocked us about this drink:

Unlike other energy drinks, Beyond Raw Lit is better suited as a pre-workout beverage.

I drank it before my workout and it had similar effects to Redcon1 Total War.

Beyond Raw Lit: Final Verdict

The peat and apple extract is a unique touch.

Bucked Up

Bucked Up contains nootropics, which are considered cognitive enhancers.

It also contains beta-alanine for that tingling satisfaction.

Pros

  • Contains nootropics and beta alanine

Cons

  • Can be expensive
Caffeine300mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$3.75
closeup of black can of bucked up energy wild orchard flavor with light green cartoon serious buck head and antlers with background of 5 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Similar to Bang, Bucked Up gave me that caffeine-packed punch with hours of sustained energy.

Bucked Up: Final Verdict

Like A Shoc, Bucked Up contains 300mg of caffeine.

But here you’ll also find cognitive enhancers.

C4 Energy Non-Carbonated

This non-carbonated version of C4 Energy is pretty similar to its carbonated counterpart.

You’ll find similar contents of caffeine, beta-alanine and B vitamins.

You just don’t get the carbonation so often found in energy drinks.

Pros

  • Non-carbonated

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
TaurineSome varieties
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.50

C4 Energy Non-Carbonated: Final Verdict

C4 Energy Non-Carbonated is one of the few non-carbonated energy drinks on the market.

Jocko GO

Jocko GO contains electrolytes alongside nootropics.

It’s sweetened with monk fruit extract and contains no preservatives.

Pros

  • Keto-friendly

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine95mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.92

Jocko Go: Final Verdict

With only 95mg of caffeine per serving, Jocko GO has one of the lightest caffeine contents of any energy drink on our list.

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy

The caffeine in Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy comes from tea leaves and/or coffee beans.

This energy drink also contains electrolytes and 5 grams of amino acids.

Pros

  • Keto-friendly

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine100mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.50

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy: Final Verdict

Like Jocko GO, Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy has a relatively light caffeine content.

While Jocko GO has 95mg per serving, Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy has slightly more at 100mg per serving.

But this also contains amino acids.

Raze

Repp Sports contains a line of drinks for protein, weight loss, pre-workout, recovery and energy.

Raze is their energy drink packed with caffeine, taurine, BCAAs and no sugar.

Pros

  • BCAAs

Cons

  • Artificial flavors
Caffeine300mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.50

Raze: Final Verdict

Raze is comparable to Reign because both contain BCAAs.

But Raze does not contain any sugar.

Rowdy Energy

Rowdy Energy contains natural caffeine from green tea.

It also contains nootropics and electrolytes.

Rowdy uses no artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.

Pros

  • Contains nootropics

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine160mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.91
closeup of white can of rowdy energy blue, black and white R logo with background of 5 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Rowdy Energy has a little less caffeine than some of the other energy drinks we’re used to.

So it’s a nice ease into a boost of energy instead of a 5-alarm caffeine jolt.

Rowdy Energy Drink: Final Verdict

Like Jocko GO, Rowdy Energy contains nootropics and doesn’t have any preservatives.

But Rowdy contains natural caffeine.

Solimo Energy Drink

Solimo Energy Drink is the house brand energy drink of Amazon.com.

It contains ginseng and guarana, B vitamins and is sugar free.

Pros

  • Contains ginseng

Cons

  • Artificial colors
Caffeine152mg
Calories10
Sugars0g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
Flavors2
Ounces per serving16
Cost$1.16

Solimo Energy Drink: Final Verdict

Solimo contains ginseng like 3D Energy and guarana from Woke Up!.

It also contains a similar caffeine content to Monster.

In our opinion, Solimo competes well with some of the more expensive brands on the market.

UPTIME

UPTIME does not contain any B vitamins.

It’s also non-GMO and contains no sodium.

In addition, UPTIME contains CoQ10.

Pros

  • Reusable bottle

Cons

  • Some flavors contain sugar
Caffeine142mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.67
hand holding thin white can pouring into a clear glass with fluid being clear and bubbly

What rocked us about this drink:

The drink was clear and crisp with no funky aftertaste.

It wasn’t bogged down with caffeine so it was a gentler energy drink.

Uptime: Final Verdict

As we mentioned, UPTIME is one of the few energy drinks aside from VPX Redline Xtreme that doesn’t contain B vitamins.

This can be ideal for those that are trying to avoid that vitamin energy rush.

VPX Redline Xtreme

VPX Redline Xtreme is packed with all kinds of goodies like electrolytes, BCAAs and beta-alanine.

It’s also the only drink on our list containing 5-HTP.

Studies show that 5-HTP may aid in increasing serotonin levels and decreasing appetite.

Pros

  • Contains 5-HTP, no B vitamins can be ideal for avoiding vitamin rush

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine158mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving4
Cost$2.41 per 8oz bottle

VPX Redline Xtreme: Final Verdict

Like UPTIME, VPX Redline Xtreme doesn’t contain B vitamins.

This can be ideal for those who want to avoid that vitamin rush.

But it is also packed with electrolytes and BCAAs.

XYIENCE

XYIENCE energy drink contains L-theanine.

Studies show that L-theanine may aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety.

Pros

  • All natural flavors and colors

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine176mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.04

XYIENCE: Final Verdict

XYIENCE has similar caffeine content to Solimo Energy Drink.

But XYIENCE has all natural flavors and colors.

ZOA

ZOA energy drinks contain Vitamin C and camu camu.

Camu camu (Image courtesy of Medical News Today)

Studies show that camu camu can be a powerful antioxidant.

ZOA also contains BCAAs and caffeine from green tea and green coffee beans.

Pros

  • Natural caffeine

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine160mg
Calories15
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12-16
Cost$2.50
closeup of zoa healthy warrior energy drink with zero sugar in super berry flavor, black can with blue swirls, with background of 5 other energy drink brands

ZOA: Final Verdict

In addition to BCAAs, ZOA energy drinks contain antioxidants and Vitamin C for immune support.

Sugar free energy drinks not quite cutting it?

Let’s turn up the heat and check out these best organic energy drinks.

Best organic energy drinks

If you like to stick close to nature and only put organic foods in your body, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of the best organic energy drinks we could find.

light brown and green can of rockstar organic energy drink with rockstar logo of star with two letter Rs, one forward and one backwards

Best organic energy drinks at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
Dark Dog114mg13030g❌❌Multiple12$2.49
GURU100-142mg20-803-21g❌❌Multiple8.4$1.91
NOOMA120mg152g❌❌Multiple12$3.08
Remedy Good Energy60mg50g❌❌Blackberry8.5$1.83
Rockstar Organic160mg19046g❌❌Island Fruit15$2.98
RUNA Clean Energy105mg101g❌❌Multiple8.4$1.58

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink

Dark Dog contains a powerful blend of organic caffeine from green tea, green coffee beans and gaurana.

It also contains acerola cherry, a superfruit high in Vitamin C.

Acerola cherries (Image courtesy of FastGrowingTrees.com)

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine114mg
Calories130
Sugar30g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.49

Dark Dog: Final Verdict

This organic energy drink is high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, both of which are linked to immune support.

GURU Organic Energy

GURU contains ingredients that are said to aid in immune support such as ginseng, guarana and echinacea.

Echinacea (Image courtesy of Medical News Today)

All ingredients are plant-based making it a vegan-friendly option.

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • High sugar content in some flavors
Caffeine100-142mg
Calories20-80
Sugar3-21g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving8.4
Cost$1.91

GURU: Final Verdict

Like Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, GURU contains a relatively low amount of caffeine at 100mg per serving.

But GURU contains all organic ingredients.

NOOMA Organic Sport Energy Drink

All NOOMA energy drinks are gluten free, paleo-friendly and keto-friendly.

They’re also packed with electrolytes.

NOOMA energy drinks do not have any added sugars.

Pros

  • Paleo-friendly and keto-friendly

Cons

  • No BCAAs
Caffeine120mg
Calories15
Sugar2g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$3.08

NOOMA: Final Verdict

With only 2 grams of naturally occurring sugar and all organic ingredients, NOOMA is one of our favorite organic energy drinks.

Remedy Good Energy

Remedy Good Energy is an energy drink made of kombucha, a fermented tea-based beverage.

Some suggest kombucha has a variety of health benefits such as boosting your immune system, lowering blood pressure and ridding the body of toxins, though these benefits are not proven.

All sugar in Remedy Good Energy is brewed out during the fermentation process.

Pros

  • Low caffeine

Cons

  • Only 1 flavor
Caffeine60mg
Calories5
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsBlackberry
Ounces per serving8.5
Cost$1.83

Remedy Good Energy: Final Verdict

Remedy Good Energy is the only energy drink on our list that is made of kombucha.

Rockstar Organic

One of the big names in energy drinks, Rockstar also has an organic variety.

The main difference is that it contains organic caffeine and organic guarana extractives.

Pros

  • Well-known brand

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine160mg
Calories190
Sugar46g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsIsland Fruit
Ounces per serving15
Cost$2.98

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Simply put, that Island Fruit had us doing the mambo from sunup to sundown.

Rockstar Organic: Final Verdict

While Rockstar Organic does have a high sugar content, we still love the taste.

RUNA Clean Energy

RUNA Clean Energy includes organic guayusa as its source of caffeine.

As a result, some say it tastes more like a tea than an energy drink.

Pros

  • Low sugar, tastes different than a typical energy drink

Cons

  • Only available in 8.4 ounce size
Caffeine105mg
Calories10
Sugar1g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving8.4
Cost$1.58

RUNA Clean Energy: Final Verdict

RUNA Clean Energy is unique from other energy drinks because its main source of caffeine is guayasa, making it taste more like a tea.

Now let’s take a look at vegan energy drinks.

Best vegan energy drinks

Here’s our list of some of the best vegan energy drinks we could find.

four cans of riot energy 100% plant powered energy drink, black cans with colors orange, green, blue and red from left to right

Best vegan energy drinks at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
Aspire Healthy Energy80mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.08
CELSIUS200mg100gβŒβœ…Multiple12$1.60
FEEL Natural Energy120mg00g❌❌Multiple12$2.50
Ghost Energy (reviewed above)200mg50gβœ…βœ…Multiple16$2.50
G.O.A.T. Fuel200mg100gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.85
Kill Cliff Ignite150mg250gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.67
LGNDUnknown305gβŒβœ…212$2.50
neuroSONIC100mg359gβŒβœ…Multiple14.5$2.17
NOCCO180mg120gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.67
Oca Plant-Based Energy Drink120mg609g❌❌Multiple12$2.50
RIOT Energy160mg25-354gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.83
Sambazon Organic Amazon Energy120-150mg35-1206-29g❌❌Multiple12$2.20
Zevia Energy120mg00g❌❌Multiple12$2.10
pink background with white and pink can of aspire healthy energy natural caffeine drink with no calories, sugars or carbs in raspberry acai flavor with letter a logo covered in flowers

Aspire Healthy Energy

Aspire Healthy Energy is vegan, gluten free, soy free and keto-friendly.

It also includes 70% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

Pros

  • Moderate caffeine

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine80mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.08

Aspire Healthy Energy: Final Verdict

Aspire Healthy Energy has plenty of natural ingredients.

So while it’s not organic, it can be a healthier option than many energy drinks on our list.

CELSIUS

While primarily an energy drink, CELSIUS also claims to accelerate metabolism and burn body fat.

It contains both sparkling and non-carbonated options.

CELSIUS is certified vegan and non-GMO.

Pros

  • Non-GMO

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$1.60

CELSIUS: Final Verdict

Like FEEL Natural Energy, CELSIUS is a sparkling energy drink.

But this has about 80mg more caffeine per serving for those looking for that extra kick.

FEEL Natural Energy

FEEL Natural Energy is vegan, gluten free and keto-friendly.

Its caffeine comes from green coffee bean extract.

It packs an additional punch with panax ginseng and the potential immunity booster Vitamin C.

Pros

  • Vegan, gluten free and keto friendly, includes Vitamin C

Cons

  • Limited flavors
Caffeine120mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.50

FEEL Natural Energy: Final Verdict

FEEL Natural Energy has a robust blend of natural ingredients that may also aid in boosting your immunity.

G.O.A.T. Fuel

Vegan G.O.A.T. Fuel contains 10 essential vitamins and electrolytes.

It also contains cordyceps mushrooms.

Studies show cordyceps mushrooms can improve heart health and fight inflammation.

Pros

  • Non-GMO

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories10
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.85

G.O.A.T. Fuel: Final Verdict

G.O.A.T. Fuel is the only energy drink on our list that contains the potentially inflammation fighting properties of cordyceps mushrooms.

Kill Cliff Ignite

Developed by a US Navy Seal, Kill Cliff Ignite is keto-friendly, gluten free and vegan.

This all natural energy drink uses caffeine from green tea extract and contains electrolytes.

Pros

  • Keto-friendly

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine150mg
Calories25
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.67

Kill Cliff Ignite: Final Verdict

Kill Cliff Ignite is similar to Ethan’s Clean Energy in caffeine and calorie content.

But some say Kill Cliff Ignite tastes a little better.

LGND

LGND is an energy drink that contains nootropics.

We thought it was nice and spicy with that ginger and capsaicin for that extra kick.

LGND also contains prebiotics, plant fibers that aid in gut health.

In addition, you’ll find guarana and acerola cherry extracts.

Pros

  • Contains prebiotics

Cons

  • Not organic
CaffeineUnknown
Calories30
Sugar5g
Taurineβœ…
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsSpicy Ginger, Ginger & Grapefruit
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.50

LGND: Final Verdict

Like Bucked Up, LGND contains nootropics.

But LGND is vegan-friendly.

neuroSONIC

Vegan neuroSONIC contains superfoods goji, blueberry and pomegranate.

Studies show that superfoods can help your body fight illnesses and keep you healthier.

The caffeine in neuroSONIC comes from green tea.

Pros

  • Contains superfoods

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine100mg
Calories35
Sugar9g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving14.5
Cost$2.17

neuroSONIC: Final Verdict

Like Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, neuroSONIC contains 100mg of caffeine.

But this energy drink is vegan-friendly.

NOCCO

In addition to being vegan, NOCCO is non-GMO and gluten free.

It also contains 5 grams of BCAAs in a 4:1:1 ratio.

Pros

  • Contains BCAAs

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine180mg
Calories12
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.67

NOCCO: Final Verdict

Like Alani Nu, NOCCO contains biotin which may make your skin glow.

But NOCCO contains 20mg less caffeine than Alani Nu.

Oca Plant-Based Energy Drink

Vegan Oca is organic and has no added colors or preservatives.

Its sugar content is relatively low at 9g per serving.

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • Only has one size
Caffeine120mg
Calories60
Sugar9g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.50

OCA: Final Verdict

Like GURU Organic Energy, Oca is both organic and vegan.

While their stats are similar, GURU has a smaller serving size at 8.4 ounces.

RIOT Energy

RIOT Energy is vegan and contains nootropics and adaptogens to reduce stress.

Pros

  • Low sugar content

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine160mg
Calories25-35
Sugar4g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.83

RIOT Energy: Final Verdict

Like XYIENCE, RIOT Energy contains the nootropic L-theanine.

But XYIENCE has a little more caffeine at 176mg per serving.

Sambazon Organic Amazon Energy

Vegan Sambazon Organic Amazon Energy is comprised of caffeine from yerba mate, guarana and green tea.

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • Some flavors have a high sugar content
Caffeine120-150mg
Calories35-120
Sugar6-29g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.20

Sambazon: Final Verdict

Like Oca Plant-Based Energy Drink, Sambazon is organic and vegan.

But Oca has less sugar than some of Sambazon’s flavors.

Zevia Energy

Vegan Zevia Energy is also non-GMO, gluten free, soy free and sodium free.

It contains no preservatives or artificial colors.

Pros

  • Non-GMO

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine120mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.10

Zevia Energy: Final Verdict

Like NOOMA, Zevia Energy contains 120mg of caffeine.

But Zevia Energy is a little easier on the wallet.

Now let’s dive into the mish mash of our energy drink guide.

Best miscellaneous energy drinks

These energy drinks don’t really fall into a particular category.

Some have sugar, some are vegan.

Others are seltzer or made from honey.

This section of energy drinks has a bit of everything.

orange and white can of true north pure energy seltzer with compass logo in orange and blue with the letter n in the middle

Best miscellaneous energy drinks at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
BEEBAD Sparkling Energy Drink80mg11028gβŒβœ…One8.4$1.79
FITAID Energy200mg153gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.42
Hiball Energy Seltzer Water160mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple16$2.00
Starbucks Baya Energy160mg9023gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.66
Steaz Energy Drink100mg14035gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.79
Tru Energy Caffeinated Sparkling Water100mg150gβŒβœ…Orange Mango12$2.33
True North Pure Energy Seltzer120mg00gβŒβœ…Multiple12$2.08
V8 Sparkling Energy80mg5010gβŒβœ…Multiple11.5$1.33
Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix100mg200gβŒβœ…Multiple$.93

BEEBAD Sparkling Energy Drink

BEEBAD Sparkling Energy Drink is sweetened with honey.

In addition, it contains royal jelly and propolis.

Royal jelly, also known as bee saliva, can possibly aid with inflammation, hay fever and other ailments.

Studies show that propolis, a resin-like material made by bees, may fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Pros

  • Contains propolis and royal jelly

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine80mg
Calories110
Sugar28g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsOne
Ounces per serving8.4
Cost$1.79

BEEBAD: Final Verdict

BEEBAD Sparkling Energy Drink is the only energy drink on our list that contains the potential health benefits of propolis and royal jelly.

FITAID Energy

FITAID Energy is a paleo- and keto-friendly formula.

Vegan and gluten free, it contains no artificial sweeters.

It does contains BCAAs, electrolytes, omega-3s and quercetin.

Omega-3 fatty acids are said to help you maintain a healthy body.

Quercetin is said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Pros

  • Low sugar content

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine200mg
Calories15
Sugar3g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.42

FITAID Energy: Final Verdict

FITAID is the only energy drink on our list that contains omega-3s and quercetin.

Hiball Energy Seltzer Water

Hiball Energy Seltzer Water contains ginseng and guarana.

It’s made without preservatives or artificial sweeteners.

Pros

  • No sugar

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine160mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.00

Hiball Energy Seltzer Water: Final Verdict

Like Solimo Energy Drink, Hiball Energy Seltzer Water contains ginseng and guarana.

But Hiball contains a little more caffeine, and has more flavors available.

Starbucks Baya Energy

Starbucks Baya Energy contains caffeine naturally found in coffee fruit.

It also contains Vitamin C which may aid in immune support.

There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Pros

  • Contains Vitamin C

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine160mg
Calories90
Sugar23g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.66

Starbucks Baya Energy: Final Verdict

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink also contains Vitamin C, but only contains 114mg of caffeine.

So Starbucks Baya Energy may be better for those who want more of that caffeine kick.

Steaz Energy Drink

Steaz Energy Drink is organic and vegan.

Its caffeine is derived from green tea, yerba mate and guarana.

It also includes acai juice which is high in antioxidants.

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine100mg
Calories140
Sugar35g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.79

Steaz Energy Drink: Final Verdict

A Shoc also contains guarana, but has a much higher caffeine content at 300mg per serving.

Steaz Energy Drink may be better for those that are looking for less of a caffeine rush.

Tru Energy Caffeinated Sparkling Water

Tru Energy contains green coffee beans and green tea extract.

It’s non-GMO, gluten free and dairy free.

Pros

  • Natural caffeine sources

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine100mg
Calories15
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsOrange mango
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.33

Tru Energy: Final Verdict

Like Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, Tru Energy contains 100mg of caffeine.

But this doesn’t contain amino acids or electrolytes.

True North Pure Energy Seltzer

True North Pure Energy Seltzer is comprised of organic energy sourced from guarana, guayasa, ginseng and green tea.

It’s certified non-GMO and gluten free.

Pros

  • Organically-sourced caffeine

Cons

  • Not completely organic
Caffeine120mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12
Cost$2.08

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Because it was a seltzer, it reminded us of drinking a LaCroix sparkling water.

It was easy on the throat.

True North Pure Energy Seltzer: Final Verdict

Like Tru Energy Caffeinated Sparkling Water, True North Pure Energy Seltzer is non-GMO and gluten free.

But True North uses some organic ingredients.

V8 Sparkling Energy

V8 Sparkling Energy contains caffeine from both black and green tea leaves.

Plant-based, it also contains fruit and vegetable juices which contribute to vitamins like potassium and calcium.

Pros

  • Naturally flavored

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine80mg
Calories50
Sugar10g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving11.5
Cost$1.33

V8 Sparkling Energy: Final Verdict

At 80mg, V8 Sparkling Energy contains caffeine on the lower end of the spectrum for energy drinks.

Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix

While not an actual energy drink, Zipfizz turns into one when you mix this powder with water or your favorite beverage.

Its caffeine is derived from guarana, green tea leaf extract and green coffee bean extract.

Containing everything from Vitamin A to manganese, Zipfizz is considered a complete multivitamin.

Pros

  • Multivitamin

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine100mg
Calories20
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitaminsβœ…
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving
Cost$.93

Zipfizz: Final Verdict

Zipfizz is the only energy drink mix on our list.

While there are a few other drink mixes on the market, we think Zipfizz may be the best option.

And last but not least, our selection of yerba mate energy drinks…

Best yerba mate energy drinks

Here are some of the best yerba mate energy drinks we could find.

hand pouring purple can of clear carbonated yerbae fluid into clear glass

What is yerba mate?

Simply put, yerba mate is an herbal tea.

The leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant contain caffeine.

Yerba mate is meant to be consumed in moderation.

Best yerba mate energy drinks at a glance

CaffeineCaloriesSugarTaurineB vitaminsFlavorsOunces per servingCost
Clean Sparkling Yerba Mate160mg6016g❌❌Multiple16$2.75
Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate150mg12028g❌❌Multiple15.5$2.79
Yakchak Organic Yerba Mate165mg15034g❌❌Multiple16$2.50
Yerbae100-160mg00g❌❌Multiple12-16$1.92-2.50

Clean Sparkling Yerba Mate

Clean Sparkling Yerba Mate is an organic and low calorie energy drink.

Its caffeine is naturally sourced from yerba mate.

Clean is gluten free, vegan and BPA free.

50% of all profits go towards helping with addiction recovery. ❀️

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • Contains sugar
Caffeine160mg
Calories60
Sugar16g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.75

Clean Sparkling Yerba Mate: Final Verdict

Clean is an organic yerbe mate alternative to typical energy drinks.

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate is non-GMO, gluten free and made with fair trade ingredients.

Fair trade means to offer more fair deals and better working conditions to farmers and workers in developing countries.

Pros

  • Organic

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine150mg
Calories120
Sugar28g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving15.5
Cost$2.79

What rocked us about this energy drink:

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate is our go-to yerba mate energy drink.

It’s got a unique, earthy taste.

And it’s got a hearty dose of organic caffeine to get us up and moving.

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate: Final Verdict

Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate is one of two energy drinks on our list that boasts of using fair trade practices.

The other is Yakchak Organic Yerba Mate.

But Guayaki has 15mg less of caffeine per serving.

Yakchak Organic Yerba Mate

Yakchak Organic Yerba Mate is a plant-based energy drink containing yerba mate leaf extractive sourced from farmers in Brazil.

It uses fair trade certified sugar and is part of the One Tree Planted initiative, a non-profit focused on global reforestation.

Pros

  • Fair trade

Cons

  • High sugar content
Caffeine165mg
Calories150
Sugar34g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving16
Cost$2.50

Yakchak: Final Verdict

Like Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate, Yakchak is certified fair trade.

But Yachak contains about 15mg more caffeine per serving.

Yerbae

Yerbae uses a blend of caffeine sourced from yerba mate, white tea and others.

It’s keto-friendly, gluten free and BPA free.

Pros

  • Sugar free, keto-friendly, BPA free

Cons

  • Not organic
Caffeine100-160mg
Calories0
Sugar0g
Taurine❌
B vitamins❌
FlavorsMultiple
Ounces per serving12-16
Cost$1.92-2.50
closeup of purple can of yerbae gourmet grape energy drink with background of 7 other energy drink brands

What rocked us about this drink:

It has just enough caffeine to get us going without giving us the jitters.

Plus, the ingredients are non-GMO.

hand pouring purple can of clear carbonated yerbae fluid into clear glass

Yerbae: Final Verdict

Yerbae is the only sugar free option on our yerba mate energy drinks list.

Finally, let’s take a look at the last batch of energy drink frequently asked questions.

Energy Drink FAQs

πŸ“Œ What is taurine?

Taurine is an amino acid found in the brain and heart as well as in meat and seafood.

Chemical makeup of taurine (Image courtesy of MedChemExpress)

It’s a nervous system suppressant.

But it does have a stimulating effect on the brain.

Taurine also aids in protein synthesis which supports the growth of muscle mass.

πŸ“Œ What is gaurana?

Guarana is a plant that is native to the Amazon.

The seeds of the fruit are about the size of a coffee bean.

guarana seed on the plant, looks like a bunch of eyes with big black pupils and red eyelids
Guarana

Guarana is used to reduce mental and physical fatigue.

Often used in energy drinks, guarana contains the stimulant caffeine.

Studies show that it may promote weight loss.

πŸ“Œ What are the benefits of B vitamins in energy drinks?

B vitamins are often found in energy drinks because they have been linked to boosting energy levels.

In particular, Vitamin B12:

βœ… helps form red blood cells

βœ… converts fat and protein into energy

πŸ“Œ Is natural caffeine better than synthetic caffeine?

Studies show that synthetic caffeine is more quickly absorbed into the body than natural caffeine.

As a result of the caffeine spike, that dreaded “crash” associated with “coming down” from caffeine can occur more quickly with synthetic caffeine.

In addition, synthetic caffeine can be exposed to chemicals during production.

In contrast, natural caffeine is derived from plants found in nature. 🌱

So while synthetic caffeine isn’t necessarily harmful in small doses, many opt for the caffeine from natural sources.

πŸ“Œ Do energy drinks make you poop?

Yes, some energy drinks can make you poop. πŸ’©

That’s because caffeine and sugar, two popular ingredients in many energy drinks, can have a laxative effect on our digestive system.

So if you want to avoid this phenomenon, you may want to choose an energy drink that has lower a caffeine and sugar content.

Energy Drink Guide: Conclusion

In today’s energy drink guide, we looked at some of the industry leaders in the energy drink world.

With our energy drink comparisons, you’ll now be able to make informed decisions as to which energy drink is right for you.

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