Bang energy drink review – Does Bang actually work?
In the past few years, Bang energy drink have managed to build quite a reputation for themselves.
Bang energy is manufactured by Vital Pharmaceuticals which is the same American company behind VPX Sports supplements.
What is Bang energy drink?
Bang energy drink is a caffeinated carbonated drink that comes in a wide variety of flavors and with a high caffeine content.
A single can contains 300mg of caffeine, making it one of the highest caffeinated energy drinks on the market. The energy drink comes in a 16 fl.oz can, and boasts that it contains 0g of carbs, sugars, calories, and artificial colors.
Bang is marketed as the go-to drink for those who are trying to lose weight and also for gym-goers who are looking for ways to increase their workout intensity.
Bang energy drink is also the official drink of the Florida Panthers.
Bang energy Ingredients
A single 16 fl.oz can of Bang energy drink contains:
- 300mg 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 small amounts of:
- Carbonated water
- Citric acid anhydrous
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Sodium benzoate (preservative)
- Potassium sorbate (preservative)
- Potassium citrate monohydrate
- Sucralose (artificial 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 comes in 18 different flavors:
- Black Cherry Vanilla (caffeine free version available)
- Blue Razz
- Cherry Blade Lemonade (caffeine free version available)
- Citrus Twist
- Cotton Candy (caffeine free version available)
- Lemon Drop
- Bangster Berry
- Frose Rose
- Rainbow Unicorn
- Peach Mango
- Pina Colada
- Power Punch
- Purple Guava Pear (caffeine free version available)
- Purple Haze
- Root Beer
- Sour Heads (caffeine free version available)
- Star Blast
Some of these flavors come in their own respective caffeine-free version.
Personally, I think Bang energy has a good variety of flavors - there are different flavors for everyone, I'm sure you'll find a something that you'll like.
Where can you get Bang energy drinks?
You can purchase your supply of Bang energy drink from their website. They come in a packs of 12 cans.
If you're looking for other places online, you can also get them on Amazon, which may have better prices. As a bonus, if you spend more than $25 you get free shipping.
However, if you prefer to buy it in physical stores and try out a few flavors instead of committing to getting a dozen of a single flavor, Bang energy drinks are available at most gas stations and grocery stores like Walmart.
Bang energy drink review
They are perfect in terms of caffeine content if you're looking for something that will really give you a massive energy boost.
I do a lot of heavy lifting these days as I'm trying to bulk up and I get great energy from drinking just one can. It helps a lot, especially when I'm on my last set and wanting to just blast through it the last few reps.
The best part?
I don't feel the usual energy crash that you'll get after consuming some other energy drinks, probably because Bang uses artificial sweeteners instead of real sugar, which is good in my opinion.
However, 300mg of caffeine in a single can may not be ideal for you if you are looking for something a bit more gentle instead of trying to lift every weight in the gym.... Simultaneously.
Indeed, with 300mg of caffeine, plus the marketing claims of creatine, Bang is straddling the line between pre-workout and energy drink.
Bang markets itself as a "Potent brain and body fuel" and proudly claims to be the only energy drink to include 'Super creatine', 'Ultra CoQ10' and BCAA's. Combined, they are said to be able to boost your memory function, help cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and, get this, reverse mental retardation.
Can Bang drink actually do all that?
Personally, after trying the drink myself, I don't see any improvement in my brain function other than keeping me awake, which I think mainly comes from the caffeine in it.
This video is an eye opener, but (be warned) it does contain plenty of swearing.
The drink itself is quite unpleasant due to its visual design. To me, the whole graphic design of the can is very tacky and unappealing.
One thing that I was really irritated by was their nutritional facts, ingredients and warning labels on the can. The letters are jammed packed together and blurry making it hard to read. The white text on the black can certainly doesn't help either.
Depending on the flavors, some cans have somewhat of a weird color combination (bright neon-ish color) which gives it an appearance of a low-quality product.
Visually, I'm not a big fan of the design of the drink.
The taste was pretty enjoyable though - I had the Peach-mango flavor, and it was quite peachy.
At first sip, you can taste a very concentrated and strong peach flavor followed by a much more gentle and mellow mango aftertaste. I'm not a big fan of fruit myself, but I will say that this drink tastes really good.
I would like to try all of the Bang flavors to see if the others are equally impressive as peach mango. Hopefully, I'll get around to trying them all sooner or later.
Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite flavors for an energy drink to date.
A 12 pack of Bang costs around $30 on Amazon, but there are often better deals depending on when you check the prices.
For a single 16 fl.oz can, $2.50 seems pretty reasonable to me, as most energy drinks cost between $2 and $3.
On the one hand, forking out $2.50 for an energy drink that has as much caffeine as Bang is good value for money, especially if you're looking for a huge boost in energy.
On the other hand, 300mg of caffeine is a massive amount and isn't suitable for everyone. Also, there are plenty of cheaper options out there in the big wide world of energy drinks.
Final verdict on Bang energy drink
Do I think Bang energy drink is great?
Personally, I would give Bang energy drink a rating of 6 out of 10.
If it wasn't because of the visuals of the drink, I would've given it a higher score. Overall the visuals are just bad, unappealing and hard to read.
On a side note, the quantity of BCAA's, creatine and CoQ10 is not actually stated on the drink which makes me question if there is actually enough of each of them to have an impact on my body.
These are all factors that I personally think are the downfall of the energy drink along with the crazy high caffeine content, which isn't perfect for everyone.
Check out my other article where I take a deeper look at whether Bang energy drink is bad for you or not.
Does Bang energy actually work?
Personally, after trying it myself, I can say that Bang energy drink does work just like most other energy drinks out there.
This comes as a no surprise, as a single can contains 300mg of caffeine which is an absurdly high amount.
If a single cup of coffee which contains about 95mg of caffeine is enough to get you up and going, just imagine what a can of Bang energy drink can do to you.
It's going to give you enough energy to jump through the roof! *Just joking*
However, the main highlight of the drink here isn't its caffeine content.
It's the other ingredients that are in the energy drinks namely Super creatine, BCAA's and CoQ10.
All these ingredients are said to help improve your mental focus, improve performance and enhance muscle growth.
So how much of it is actually true?
For starters, I'll briefly guide you through what BCAA's and CoQ10 are for.
BCAA's are commonly taken as a supplement to boost muscle growth and improve your workout performance.
CoQ10 on the other hand, like caffeine, helps to give you an energy boost.
What confuses me (and apparently many others) is that Bang doesn't state on the label of the can how much of these ingredients are inside a can. So, you won't really know for sure if there is enough of these in a can to give you any benefit at all.
What about the so-called "Super Creatine"?
The manufacturer of Bang energy claims that it's the only drink on the market that contains BCAA's and their own produced ingredient "Super Creatine".
Athletes and bodybuilders use creatine to enhance their athletic performance and enhance their muscle growth.
Unlike conventional creatine, Super Creatine is designed to be water-soluble. As stated by the founders of Bang energy, Super creatine is the only water-soluble creatine in the world, and mixing it with caffeine helps to enhance your mental focus.
However, recently Bang energy drinks have been facing lawsuits from many parties due to false advertising and deceptive claims.
Research conducted by one of the suers, ThermoLife, states that Super creatine is not creatine, in fact, it doesn't even form creatine when ingested. Instead, it forms a compound called creatinine which is useless and can be potentially harmful to your body.
For me, besides the boost of energy that I get after drinking a can of Bang energy, I don't experience any other benefits.
In fact, it's not stated on the can how much CoQ10, BCAA's and even Super creatine is in one serving.
So, I've got a lot of questions about the ingredients and health claims of Bang, especially in light of all of the lawsuits about false advertising.
Personally, I look at Bang as a tasty energy drink with tons of caffeine in it. Because of the lack of clarity around the other ingredients, I'm not even going to consider them in my purchase decision about whether to buy Bang or not. I'll grab a can of Bang when I want a massive energy boost to get through my workout, but on most other days I'll go for something with a more sensible amount of caffeine instead.
Alternatives to Bang energy drink
There are tons of other great alternative energy drinks out there if you're willing to look for them. If you're looking for something similar to Bang energy drink, here are some ready-to-drink options to take a look at:
- Red Bull
- XS energy drink
- Monster Import (It's different from the original Monster)
- Rip It (favored by the US military)
- Bing energy drink
Powdered energy drinks are also a great option, as they tend to be much more convenient and affordable than most of the market-leading energy drinks, but still with the same great taste and effectiveness:
If you fancy yourself a powdered energy drink, REIZE is my recommended option.
REIZE is not like your conventional ready-to-drink energy drink. Instead, it comes in convenient sachets of powder and is easy to make. All you need to do is add water or you can also mix it with your other favorite drinks - it's really versatile with what you can mix it with.
At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE doesn't have the same amount of caffeine that Bang energy drink does, but it still gives you the energy boost you need without the crash afterwards because of the combination of B vitamins, ginseng and taurine.
The sachets are really neat and great for travel too.
Best of all, at around $1 per drink, REIZE is definitely more affordable than Bang energy drink and most other energy drinks on the market.
The best part?
REIZE ships right to your door. Choose monthly deliveries or one-time purchases to suit your needs.
Why don't you give REIZE a try yourself, and you might just find that REIZE quickly becomes your favorite energy drink too.