Bang Energy Drink – Price, Effects, Diets and More
What is Bang energy drink?
Bang energy drink is a carbonated drink that comes in a variety of 18 flavors and with 300mg of caffeine a can, is one of the energy drinks on the market with the highest caffeine content.
Each can contains 16 fl.oz, and the drink boasts that it has 0g total carbs, 0g sugars, 0 calories per can and 0 artificial colors.
Bang is marketed more as a supplement for people trying to lose weight and also for those trying to increase their workout intensity, as it gives a bigger energy boost.
Bang is also the official drink of the Florida Panthers.
Where is Bang energy drink made?
Bang is made by the American company Vital Pharmaceuticals, which is known for manufacturing and distributing sports supplements under the brand name VPX Sports.
The company is located in Florida, United States, and some of the other drinks that it makes are REDLINE energy drink and Power Rush, both also drinks that are supposed to supplement gym workouts.
Bang energy drink ingredients:
Each 16 fl.oz can of Bang energy drink contains:
- 300mg caffeine (putting Bang high up on the list of energy drinks with the highest caffeine)
- 0 calories
- 0g total fat
- 0mg cholesterol
- 40mg sodium
- 85mg potassium
- 0g total carbohydrates
- 0g protein
- Vitamin C (50% of the daily recommended amount)
- Vitamin B6 (25% of the daily recommended amount)
- Magnesium (2% of the daily recommended amount)
- Niacin (25% of the daily recommended amount)
- Vitamin B12 (25% of the daily recommended amount)
It also contains trace amounts of:
- Carbonated water
- Citric acid anhydrous
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Sodium benzoate (preservative)
- Potassium sorbate (preservative)
- Potassium citrate monohydrate
- Sucralose (sweetener)
- Natural flavors
- Potassium phosphate dibasic
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
- Acesulfame potassium (sweetener)
- Magnesium chloride
- SUPER CREATINE (Creatyl-L-Leucine)
- Calcium chloride
- Calcium disodium EDTA
Bang energy drink flavors:
Bang energy drink comes in 18 different flavors, and with some that are pretty unique to Bang:
- Black Cherry Vanilla
- Cherry Blade Lemonade
- Citrus Twist
- Lemon Drop
- Bangster Berry
- Peach Mango
- Purple Guava Pear
- Blue Razz
- Cotton Candy
- Rainbow Unicorn
- Pina Colada
- Power Punch
- Purple Haze
- Sour Heads
- Star Blast
- Root Beer
- Frose Rose
Other interesting flavors and drinks unique to Bang:
- Caffeine-free Purple Guava Pear
- Keto Coffee
- Sweet Tea Lemon Drop
- Georgia Peach Sweet Tea
They also have a pre-workout drink, Master Blaster, which comes in both caffeinated and caffeine-free flavors.
Bang energy drink caffeine content
Bang initially had 357mg of caffeine, but this has since been lowered to 300mg of caffeine.
This is probably one of the energy drinks with the highest ever caffeine content, and the daily recommended amount is 400mg- taking anything else alongside this like a cup of coffee, which typically contains about 120mg of caffeine would put you way over your daily limit.
The side-effects of a caffeine overdose can be fatal, so be careful and pay attention to your own caffeine intake if drinking Bang.
Bang energy drink effects
General energy drink side effects may include:
- Caffeine overdose
- Adverse neurological effects in children and adolescents
Although Bang does not put you exactly at the risk of obesity or cavities since it claims that it contains 0g sugars, carbs and calories, its high caffeine content is a cause for concern.
The label itself comes with a rather terrifying warning:
"Do not use this product if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not consume this product if you are taking any prescription drugs and/or have any medical condition. The user of this product assumes all liability if this product is used in a manner not consistent with label guidelines.
This product contains caffeine and should not be used with any other caffeine containing products. This product is intended for use by healthy individuals only."
I don't know about you, but this sounds a bit intimidating. Besides the usual warnings that this drink should not be drunk by individuals under 18 or pregnant women, this has been increased to include women who are nursing as well, and they warn you that the drink should not be taken if you have had/are going to take any other products that contain caffeine.
Bang energy drink price
Bang costs around $25.99 for a pack of 12 cans, and that means that a single can of Bang costs around $2.17, shipping not included.
Each can is 16 fl.oz, and the price of $2.17 puts this drink around the middle of most energy drinks, and very affordable.
For the high caffeine content, I would say that this drink is really quite worth it, especially if you're looking for a huge energy boost.
If you're looking for something that gives you a similar energy boost at a way lower cost than most energy drinks and is efficient to carry around, try out REIZE, a powdered energy drink that is easy to make and costs about $1 per packet.
Where to buy Bang energy drink
You can order Bang energy drink online on their official website, and they usually come in cases of 12.
Other places online you can get the drink are on Amazon.
Bang can be found at most gas stations and grocery stores like Walmart if you're thinking of buying them in real life just to try a couple of flavors instead of immediately buying online in bulk.
Can Bang energy drink be drunk while on the keto diet?
Bang energy drinks are mostly keto friendly, with 0g of carbohydrates and 0g of sugars.
The drink is also marketed at helping you have more energy to lose fat, so that's a point in its favor. However, Bang does contain some sweeteners which may cause your blood sugar levels to spike, so do your own research about whether it's right for your dietary needs.
Bang also has drinks such as Keto Coffee, which packages coffee that is acceptable for those on the keto diet.
Is Bang energy drink gluten-free & vegan-friendly?
Yes, Bang does not contain any gluten and is does not contain anything that vegans cannot consume.
It's also friendly for anyone on a diet, with its low calorie and sugar content.
Bang energy drink bodybuilding
The internet seems divided as to whether Bang energy drink is beneficial to body building or not.
If you take a look at some forums, they say that Bang has no efficacy, except to give you more energy than usual. Other reviews, however, say that it's great for building muscle.
I think that the main takeaway from this is probably that the drink works differently for each person- try it out for yourself to see what works for you.
Bang energy drink drug tests
As of now, it does not seem that Bang energy drink can cause you to fail a drug test.
There have been reports that energy drinks can cause false-positive drug tests. It has been found that ingredients such as Riboflavin and the unlisted Ibuprofen in some drinks can cause individuals to test positive for THC.
Drinks such as Monster have been known to cause false positive tests, but there has been no such news about Bang causing the same problems so far.
Is Bang energy drink flammable?
In 2018, some youtube channels went around showing that Bang energy drink could be set on fire, but this has since been debunked.
Since then, more experiments have shown that the drink is not actually flammable and is absolutely safe to drink. I think the rumor mostly spread because Bang came out with their alcohol tasting drinks (taste, not included in the actual drink itself), and since people mostly know that alcohol is flammable, it was a short jump from here to there.
Is Bang energy drink good for you?
Bang energy drink can certainly help with focus and concentration. The high amount of caffeine means that you shouldn't drink it everyday, but if taken occasionally, it should not have any bad side effects.
Bang also has a decent amount of vitamins, which means that it can supplement your diet to some extent, and is good for people looking for that boost in energy for sports and workouts.
Is Bang energy drink bad for you?
With the killer amount of caffeine, you really have to consider your individual needs and how your body reacts to caffeine. For some people, this could be way too much, but others can generally handle it.
Ingredients such as sucralose and acesulfame potassium, sweeteners, have not been fully explored so while they may be considered safe for now, it's hard to know what the exact effects on the human body can be.
Bang can definitely be bad for you if you drink more than the recommended daily amount, because that would put you way over your daily maximum caffeine content.
In all other aspects, Bang energy drink does not really have that many red flags.
For more info on whether or not Bang is good for you or not, check out my other article where I go in to a lot more detail.
This video is a real eye-opener. Be warned that there is a lot swearing though.
Bang energy drink review
* all opinions expressed in this review are mine *
I managed to try the Peach Mango flavor, and my first impression of the can was that it was sleek and neat, and the design really popped.
However, the ingredients and nutritional facts were a little hard to read, because they were trying to squeeze so many things into it and white text against a black background is never easy to read.
Still, pretty good for the price that you get- it markets itself as an authoritative energy drink that doesn't only boost your energy, but your brain as well.
That's a lot different from a lot of energy drinks out there, which only say that they give you energy, but don't make the bold claim that it increases brain capacity as well.
On my first taste, I was hit by a crazy amount of sweetness. Bang boasts that they have 0g sugars, but then why the hell is it so sweet?
The sweet aftertaste lingered well after I had taken the first sip, and it became just quite unpleasant after a while, like I'd eaten a whole cup of sugar. I think that the sweeteners are to blame for this- there's not much point in putting 0g sugar proudly on the can if they're just going to pump it full of sweetener. Was this to cover up the taste of caffeine?
It didn't really taste like Peach and Mango either- it definitely smelled like it, but I couldn't taste anything beyond the sugary taste.
I was pleasantly surprised that the drink was clear colored- it meant that there weren't any artificial colors and was a nice change from the neon colors that energy drinks usually favored.
Bang markets itself as 'potent brain and body fuel', and proudly boasts that its ingredients include 'Super Creatine', 'Ultra COQ10', and 'BCAA Aminos'.
The caffeine was certainly a huge kick- I couldn't finish the can because the caffeine content was a bit too high for me and barely halfway through, I found that I was experiencing stronger heart palpitations than normal.
It definitely kept me more alert and focused, and I didn't find that there was an unpleasant crash that usually comes with sugary energy drinks.
I'm doubtful if it actually boosted brain function, however- I tried measuring this by doing two algebra sums of about the same difficulty before and after taking the drink and timing myself doing it, but I couldn't really prove that there was a significant difference before or after.
Alternatives to Bang energy drink
If you're looking for some similar, liquid based energy drinks that aren't quite so potent as Bang, take a look at:
- Red Bull
- Xyience drink
- Monster Import (different to original Monster)
- Rip It
- Bing energy drink
If you want something a bit different and more efficient, try out caffeine pills, which give you that energy boost without the added sugar, and contains a majority of caffeine, with not much else.
Make it Mio is another caffeinated alternative to traditional energy drink cans, like Bang.
Powdered energy drinks are also great options, as they give you a lower energy boost compared to Bang, but with the same great flavor and improved efficiency:
In particular, REIZE is an energy drink that is easy to carry around and to make - just add water. It might not have the drastic kick that Bang does, but it is a lot more convenient.
REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than Bang and most of the energy drinks currently on the market.
Give it a try today and you might just find that you prefer REIZE to Bang.