Bang Energy Drink (unbelievable) lab test results

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I paid to lab test Bang energy drink and the results were so unbelievable that I decided to re-test Bang again with a 2nd independent lab to make sure what I was seeing was actually correct.

Let’s get straight to the lab results.

According to independent lab testing performed by Alpha Testing Labs, a single 16 fl.oz (473ml) can of Bang Energy Drink contains:

  • 34.06mg of caffeine (300mg of caffeine is printed on the can)
  • 63.86mg of CoQ10
  • 18.92mg of Isoleucine
  • 104.06mg of Leucine
  • 18.92mg of Lysine

Why did I lab test Bang energy drink?

The main reason I went to the effort of lab testing Bang was to determine the amount of CoQ10 and amino acids inside a can because Bang themselves don’t mention how much of these ingredients are inside a can and I was curious.

Now that I have the lab results and am sharing them here with you in this article we can all benefit through increased transparency and better information about the actual composition of Bang energy drink.

I almost didn’t even bother testing for caffeine, but I’m glad that I did because the results were shocking…

Bang Purple Guava Pear that I tested with Alpha Testing Labs
The Bang flavor that I tested for everything with Alpha Testing Labs.

Bang Energy Drink lab test report

The actual report that I received is a PDF and it seems that I can’t upload that document here in this article. So, I’ve taken screenshots of the various parts of the report and included them below.

If you have any doubts about the authenticity of this report, send me an email and I’ll forward you the original PDF document. You can also contact the lab that did the testing yourself to verify the accuracy of the report.

It’s legit.

Bang energy drink lab test certificate showing amino acids, caffeine and CoQ10.
The portion of the lab report that shows the amino acid, caffeine and CoQ10 composition of Bang Energy Drink.

“ND” means “not detected”.

“LOQ” means “limit of quantification”, or you could think of it as the smallest amount of something that the lab testing would be able to detect.

Keep in mind that a regular can of Bang contains 16 fl.oz of liquid, which is 473ml.

Therefore, multiply all of the above figures in the “result” column by 473 to find the total quantity (in milligrams) per can.

The sample tested was a 16 fl.oz can of Bang Energy Drink “Purple Guava Pear” flavor.

Bang Energy Drink caffeine content

According to the Bang Energy Drink label, a regular can contains 300mg of caffeine.

However, lab testing results show a very different caffeine content.

Bang energy drink caffeine content is 0.072mg per ml.
According to a lab test, Bang contains 0.072mg of caffeine per milliliter.

The lab report shows that Bang contains just 34.06mg of caffeine per can, much less than the 300mg that is printed on the can.

That’s 88.6% less than what Bang advertise is in a can.

When I saw this result, I immediately assumed there was a problem with the math, or that the lab result was wrong. I double and triple checked my calculation and contacted the lab to confirm the results.

I was expecting +/- 10%, but being out by almost 90% seemed unbelievable.

The email that I sent to the lab after seeing the caffeine composition on the lab test report for Bang energy drink
The email I sent to Alpha Testing Labs when I saw the caffeine content on the report.

After going back and forth with the lab a couple of times I decided to pay to have another lab test the caffeine content again to compare the results of two different tests.

Here’s the reply I got to the above email that I sent. I followed this advice and arranged to have Bang’s caffeine content tested again by a different lab.
The can of Bang Sour Heads that I had tested with Chemlab to confirm the very low amount of caffeine that the first lab test showed
The 2nd can of Bang that I had tested by a 2nd lab.

Bang Caffeine tested by a different lab

I sent another sample of Bang to a different lab to test only the caffeine composition. I didn’t give them any indication about what I was expecting and they had no idea that I had also had testing done by a different lab.

Here are the results…

The Chemlab certificate of analysis
The Chemlab results for Bang Sour Heads flavor.

What does this mean?

I actually had to ask for both labs to help me to interpret these results. After going back and forth several times, this is what I got:

The math behind arriving at 188mg of caffeine in a can of Bang Energy Drink.

Therefore, a 473ml can contains a total of 188mg of caffeine.

How do the 2 lab reports compare?

The Alpha Testing Labs test showed that a can of Bang Purple Guava Pear contains 34.06mg of caffeine in total.

The second test was performed by Chemlab. That test showed that a can of Bang Sour Heads contains a total of 188mg of caffeine.

Keep in mind that Bang Energy Drink print on their cans that there is standard 300mg of caffeine per can.

In my opinion, there seems to be a couple of possible explanations for the large difference between what Bang says is in a can and what these lab results show:

  1. Bang actually contains 300mg of caffeine per can and both of these independent lab tests are incorrect, or
  2. Both of these lab test results are accurate and the difference between their readings is due to testing different flavors of Bang at each lab

If you can see any other possible explanations for the large discrepancy between what is printed on the Bang can and what the lab results show I would love to hear your thoughts.

Feel free to reach out to me to discuss.

An email from one of the labs suggesting that quality control might be the reason for the large discrepancy between the two lab results.

Of course, the perfect test would have been to send the same flavor, from the same batch to each of the independent labs. That way we could have compared apples for apples and verify that each of the labs were showing the same level of caffeine in each of their reports.

I concede that testing one flavor from one batch with one lab and a different flavor from a different batch with a second lab isn’t the ideal test.

But, the results are still mindblowing.

the base of the can of Bang Sour Heads showing the batch number details
The batch details of the Bang “Sour Head” can that was tested by Chemlab.

Also, both of the lab results show that the level of caffeine is WAYYYYYYY LESS than what is advertised on a can. That gives me a fair amount of confidence in the accuracy of the results.

If one test showed a very low reading and the second test showed a very high reading that would be an indication to me that the lab testing exercise was a waste of time and didn’t give us any helpful information.

I’ll let you make up your mind about why there is such a large difference between the caffeine content that is printed on a can and what both of these lab reports show.

The Bang can claims that each can contains 300mg of caffeine.
According to Bang, each can contains 300mg of caffeine.

Summary of differences

This table neatly summarizes the amount of caffeine in a regular can of Bang according to different sources of information:

Source of informationCaffeine content in a 16 fl.oz Bang
Bang 300mg
Alpha Testing Labs certificate of analysis (Purple Guava Pear flavor)34.06mg
Chemlab certificate of analysis (Sour Heads flavor)188mg

Bang Energy Drink CoQ10 content

According to the lab test results, Bang Energy Drink contains a total of 63.86mg of CoQ10 per 16 fl.oz can.

According to Healthline, for almost all health conditions, a minimum daily dosage of 100mg is recommended and for some conditions up to 400mg or more per day is recommended.

This is a problem because Bang supposedly contains 300mg of caffeine per can and the FDA recommends no more than 400mg of caffeine per day.

Bang energy drink contains 63.86mg of CoQ10 per 16 fl.oz can.
Bang Energy Drink contains 0.135mg of CoQ10 per milliliter according to lab test results.

That means that you shouldn’t drink more than a single can of Bang per day, which means that you are only going to get 63.86mg of CoQ10 – which isn’t enough to meet the recommended daily intake according to Healthline.

Of course, you could point to the lab tests that I commissioned in this article and decide that Bang doesn’t actually contain 300mg of caffeine per can and choose to drink more than one can to get more CoQ10.

That seems like a dangerous choice and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.

I think the safest course of action is to limit yourself to a maximum of one can of Bang per day and understand that you are probably only getting about 63.86mg of CoQ10.

I didn’t bother to re-test the CoQ10 quantity with the second lab because Bang doesn’t actually say how much CoQ10 is in a can. Therefore, there’s nothing to compare the lab result of 63.86mg to.

This study also mentions a minimum dose of at least 100mg of CoQ10 for any condition with some conditions requiring much more CoQ10 on a daily basis.

The bottom line?

Bang Energy Drink doesn’t contain enough CoQ10 to meet the recommended daily intake for most, if not all conditions according to independent lab test results.

Bang Energy Drink Amino Acids

Part of the test performed by Alpha Testing Labs included an analysis of the amino acid profile of Bang.

I included this test because I was curious about how much of each of these amino acids are actually included in Bang.

Bang themselves don’t provide any information about the levels of these aminos and simply print the fact that they are included on their cans.

Writing on a can of Bang mentions the inclusion of caffeine, CoQ10 and Amino Acids
Some of the claims that are printed on a can of Bang energy drink.

According to the information that is printed on a can of Bang, there are 9 amino acids included in the list of Bang ingredients:

  • L-leucine
  • L-isoleucine
  • L-valine
  • L-lysine
  • L-threonine
  • L-phenylalanine
  • L-histidine
  • L-methionine
  • L-tryptophan
The list of ingredients printed on a can of Bang says that there are 9 amino acids included inside each can
The ingredients list on a can of Bang includes 9 amino acids, but doesn’t provide quantities.

Bang doesn’t provide any information about how much of these amino acids are actually included in the ingredients.

That’s the main reason that I wanted to send it to a lab for testing – so we can all know how much of these are actually inside a can of Bang.

Bang Energy Amino Acid test results

Here is the section of the certificate of analysis from Alpha Testing Labs that shows the results for amino acid testing:

The amino acid profile according to testing conducted by Alpha Testing Labs
The amino acid profile of Bang according to lab testing.

“ND” means “not detected”.

“LOQ” is the limit of quantification or the lowest amount that could be detected if it were present.

Summary of differences

This table summarises the differences between what’s printed on a can of Bang and what lab testing shows:

Amino AcidAccording to BangAccording to lab test results
L-leucineincluded0.22 mg/ml
L-isoleucineincluded0.04 mg/ml
L-valineincludednot detected
L-lysineincluded0.04 mg/ml
L-threonineincludednot detected
L-phenylalanineincludednot detected
L-histidineincludednot detected
L-methionineincludednot detected
L-tryptophanincludednot detected

In my opinion, there seems to be a couple of possible explanations for the above differences between what Bang says is included and what lab results show is actually included:

  1. The lab test results are inaccurate and Bang does actually contain all of the stated amino acids, or
  2. The lab test results are accurate and Bang does not actually contain all of the amino acids that it says are included

Are the included Amino Acids meaningful?

According to lab testing, Bang contains only 3 amino acids:

  • L-leucine (0.04 mg/ml)
  • L-isoleucine (0.22 mg/ml)
  • L-lysine (0.04 mg/ml)

Multiplying those numbers by 473ml (16 fl.oz is 473ml) we get these total amounts for each of these aminos:

  • L-leucine (18.92mg in total per regular can of Bang)
  • L-isoleucine (104.06mg in total per can)
  • L-lysine (18.92mg in total per can)

Bang energy drink L-leucine

According to examine.com, L-leucine is typically taken in doses of 2,000-5000mg for acute usage.

Bang contains 18.92mg of L-leucine per 16 fl.oz can according to Alpha Lab Testing results.

Even if we take the lower end of that range, a can of Bang contains less than 1% of the amount required to supplement acute usage based on lab test results (18.92mg vs 2,000mg required).

Bang energy drink L-isoleucine

According to the US National Library of Medicine, doses of 3,000mg of L-isoleucine are common for some use cases.

According to lab test results, a regular 16 fl.oz can of Bang contains 104.06mg of L-isoleucine.

Bang Energy Drink L-lysine

According to WebMD, doses of 1,000mg per day are appropriate for treating cold sores.

A 16 fl.oz can of Bang contains 18.92mg of L-lysine according to lab test results.

Bang Energy Drink heavy metal profile

I also tested Bang energy drink for the presence of heavy metals and some dangerous substances.

Good news – none were detected.

The Alpha Testing Labs heavy metals profile for Bang energy drink
No dangerous heavy metals were detected in Bang.

This was the expected result, but I thought it was worth testing at the same time as doing these other tests.

What labs did I use for this testing?

I did the first round of testing with Alpha Testing Labs in Malaysia and the second round of testing with Chemlab, also in Malaysia.

the header of the lab test results certificate for Bang Energy Drink from Alpha Testing Labs
The header of the lab results certificate from Alpha Testing Labs.
The bottom section of the Bang Energy Drink lab test report.
The bottom part of the Bang lab test certificate.

Bang energy drink ingredients lab results verdict

I really wish the caffeine content in Bang was within 10% of the advertised figure.

I think that’s what we all want.

Seeing the result from the lab so different from what’s printed on the can is a reason to question lots of things. Not just from Bang, but also other brands too.

In my opinion, it would be great to be able to trust brands to give you an accurate idea of how much of each ingredient is actually included in an energy drink.

Of course, there is always the chance that both of the lab reports are wrong. You can decide what the likelihood of that being the case is.

Also, this isn’t just about the caffeine quantity – although that is the most shocking thing to come out of this lab test.

The lab testing also highlighted large differences between the amino acids that Bang says is included in a can and what was actually detected at the time of the lab testing.

Then there’s the CoQ10 result, which we don’t have anything to measure against because Bang themselves don’t provide any guidance about how much is included in each can.

In any case, the amount of CoQ10 detected by the lab analysis is less than the dose required for most purposes.

Overall, if these lab test results are accurate, I think that Bang is perhaps not a meaningful source of any of these ingredients, despite printing them in very large font on all of their cans.

Personally, if I was serious about consuming a certain amount of CoQ10 or particular amino acids, I would probably supplement them by some other means instead of assuming that I’m getting a sufficient amount of them from my daily Bang.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Bang energy drink and that’s a big part of the reason for engaging in this lab testing in the first place.

I’ve previously written about the Bang ingredients, whether Bang is bad for you and whether or not Bang actually works.

You should definitely check out some of those other articles if you’re interested to learn more about Bang.

Just keep these lab results in the back of your mind as you read anything about Bang elsewhere online.

There always the chance that these lab results are incorrect, but then again, there’s always the chance that these lab results are accurate.

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Marty Spargo

I started my own energy drink brand in 2014 and am passionate about educating people about energy drinks so that they can properly understand the ingredients, benefits and risks without being influenced by the marketing messages put out by some brands. You can read my full bio here.

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