Strongest Energy Drinks Ranked (2020 edition)

There are many great energy drinks that work better than caffeine pills.

Feeling tired during work or study?

Or do you just not have the energy to kick start your workout?

There are many alternatives to get your energy boost. Coffee, tea, caffeine pills and other caffeinated products. But, let’s not mess about, if you’re reading this, your go-to energy boost is probably the same as mine – energy drinks.

They taste good, often contain tons and tons of caffeine and are great at getting you through the after-lunch slump, night shift, early morning, workout, study session or pretty much anything else that requires some help to accomplish. 

But, too many energy drinks can be detrimental to your health and may cause serious side-effects.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the energy drinks with the highest caffeine and I’ll also include a few good options that have less-crazy amounts of caffeine and give you the best bang for your energy-drinking buck.

Let’s get started!

 A list of the Strongest energy drinks in 2020

1. Spike Hardcore Energy drink

  • Caffeine content: 350mg

The hardcore boost for all your daily energy needs.

Packed with what seems to be an ungodly amount of caffeine at 350 milligrams, it’s pretty certain that this drink will spike your energy levels. Even the most avid stimulant fan will likely be shocked by its caffeine content.

Personally, I’ve yet to try it, but according to google, it’s currently the only energy drink with that amount of caffeine in it.

2. Redline Xtreme Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 316mg

Redline is an energy drink that mainly markets to bodybuilders. There’s no doubt that Redline contains one of the highest caffeine levels in an energy drink so far. It definitely packs a powerful punch, weighing in at about 40mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, making it an absolutely perfect pre-workout beverage before you go about lifting every weight in the gym.

But is it actually an energy drink or is it just a pre-workout supplement?

There seems to be an ongoing debate on the question of whether or not Redline is just a pre-workout or an energy drink and people seem torn on how to categorize it.

Nevertheless, Redline Xtreme still ranks 2nd on my list of the strongest energy drinks of 2020.

3. Bang Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 300mg
Strongest energy drink ranked 2019 bang
Perhaps the most controversial energy drink on this list.

Bang energy drink is known mostly for their controversial and bold health claims; some of them being pretty ridiculous and others straight up hilarious.

Claiming to be the healthiest drink on the market along with being able to cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and reverse mental retardation due to their newfound compound “Super Creatine”.

Ironically, they are now facing lawsuits for engaging in false and deceptive advertising (kids this is why it never pays to tell lies).

There is also a fair amount of controversy around the amounts of various ingredients that are included (or perhaps not included) in a can of Bang and whether or not it’s bad for you. I recommend you check out this article if you’re considering buying some soon.

Bang energy drink might not rank 1st on our list of the strongest energy drinks but it definitely tops the list for the most controversial energy drink (jokes aside). 

4. Celsius “Heat” Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 300mg

Celsius energy drink is known as a fitness drink and for being thermogenic.

Yep, due to their MetaPlus blend, it actually helps to boost your metabolism and increase your body’s ability to torch fat (your body basically becomes a fat burning furnace).

This is definitely great news to those who are trying very hard to shed some pounds off their body and get that summer beach body.

I can definitely now see why it’s a favorite of people trying to shed a few pounds.

But wait, before believing this “miracle of weight loss” it might be worth reading a little more about the Celsius MetaPlus blend and some university studies that basically show that the benefits are due to the caffeine content, not anything else special inside the can.

You almost had me there for a moment Celsius.

Check out my Celsius review here.

5. Cocaine Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 280mg

No, it’s not what you think. 

Unlike what the name suggests, Cocaine energy drink is not linked to the popular party drug cocaine.

However, it does have a caffeine content 3.5 times more than a can of Red Bull.

Definitely, something to keep an eye on.

6. NOS Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 260mg

Yeah at first glance, you might have thought that it’s the NOS (Nitrous Oxide Systems) that’s frequently featured in the Fast and Furious movies.

This, however, is a different kind of NOS. It’s the first energy drink that I know of to share a name with an automotive product.

In fact, the packaging was once distributed in a design that looks similar to the NOS (Nitrous Oxide Systems) tank. However, that packaging has long been discontinued.

Despite no longer having the cool looking tank, you can still drink this to fuel your energy needs.

7. 5-hour Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 200mg
5 hour energy shots
5-hour Energy shots are hugely popular for their high caffeine content.

At first, I thought to myself what a weird name for an energy drink. But, with further research, I came to understand why.

5-hour energy was the first of its kind (energy shots) and is known throughout the US, and elsewhere in the world. A product designed mainly for the extremely busy – people who don’t even have time to drink a regular 8.4oz can.

That’s pretty busy!

Just one small shot is enough to get you revved up and moving. Conveniently packaged, small and yet potent enough to be a great solution for your energy slump.

It has been widely criticized for its taste, but those who swear by it seem to mostly like the effects.

8. Rockstar Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 160mg

Rockstar soared to fame in the energy drink industry in the first 6 years after its launch, just like a rockstar! The 66th most famous beverage, Rockstar is loved by both men and women all over the world.

The tagline,” Party like a Rockstar” was a huge hit among youngsters, especially millennials.

9. Venom  Energy Drink

  • Caffeine Content: 160mg

Venom comes with a very cool looking cobra on the can (although I much prefer an image of venom from Spiderman).

Venom was rebranded and re-launched after a drop in sales, and was formally known as Elements energy. 

Created and brewed for the sole purpose of giving you a fast energy kick, just like deadly snake venom.

10. G Fuel Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 150mg

For all the gamers out there, Gfuel provides just the kick for your endless matches in DOTA or the adventures in Skyrim. In fact, Gfuel is the self proclaimed “official energy drink of eSports”.

Gfuel is definitely sufficient to keep you wide awake and feeling energized, although I personally think that there’s too much caffeine to really think clearly. After I drink Gfuel I feel a bit too wired to really concentrate.

Gfuel is a powder energy drink like Zipfizz, Spark and REIZE. Mix these brands with water to create an instant energy drink.

11. Bing Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 120mg

Did anyone say berry-flavored drinks?


If you’re a fan of berry flavored products, Bing energy drink could just be for you.

It’s like having the best of both worlds, a solution to your daily energy needs and a delicacy on your tastebuds.

It’s truly the best of both worlds!

A single can contains 40 calories, 9g of sugar and 120mg of caffeine, which I think just makes Bing an average energy drink, but enough to fuel your day.

12. Advocare Spark Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 120mg

Advocare Spark has been criticized as being part of a greater pyramid scheme, but there’s no doubting it’s popularity.

Designed to deliver energy and enhanced mental focus with over 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It’s sure to be just what you need for a little boost in your energy level.

Check out a closer look at the Spark drink ingredients here.

I also wrote a review of Spark too in case you’re interested.

13. Zip Fizz Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 100mg

Another energy drink known for its powders and liquid shot. Zipfizz has long been the choice of energy drink for many Americans, featuring as a staple in many American households.

Zipfizz energy drink is an energy powder that you mix with water to provide you an instant energy kick.

You can check out my Zipfizz review here, or my guide to finding the best deals on Zipfizz here.

Information about Zipfizz energy drink caffeine and ingredients.
Zipfizz energy drinks

14. Red Bull Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 80mg

The iconic duo Bull logo that we see everywhere, Red Bull single handedly created the energy drink category.

Known throughout the world, behind the adventures of every extreme sports event as the drink that “Gives You Wiings””. 

Founded by an ambitious Austrian man (No, it’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger from the Terminator) whose goal was to save the people of the world from lacklustre energy levels by serving them caffeinated drinks that he found in Thailand.

Red Bull got off to a rocky start, and was even banned in France for 12 years before things really took off.

Red Bull is still my main go-to energy drink whenever I’m working out or playing a friendly basketball match with friends.

It’s definitely enough to meet all your energy needs.

A single can of red bull against a concrete floor
Red Bull, a classic favorite.

If you’re interested to know what the difference is between Red Bull and Monster, I really recommend that you check out my other article where I cover everything you need to know about exactly how they differ.

15. Amp Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 75mg

The brand behind citrus flavored energy drinks.

It tastes exactly like your regular can of Mountain Dew. Well no, surprise here, as it’s distributed by Mountain Dew. For all you Mountain Dew fans out there, this could be your go-to solution for your daily energy needs.

Packed with just 75mg of caffeine it definitely gives a smaller punch compared to the likes of Celsius energy, but it still holds its own in my opinion.

16. REIZE Energy Drink

  • Caffeine content: 50mg

Ahhhh REIZE, my personal favorite.

Sometimes called the “Dollar Shave Club of energy drinks”, REIZE is the new kid on the block in the energy drink market. It’s actually a powder energy drink that comes in a sachet – just add water, soda or a drink of your choice. It’s so easy to use and tastes great.

Despite the lower caffeine content compared to the other energy drinks on this list, it sure gives you the energy boost you need because it contains loads of great vitamins, taurine and ginseng to supplement the caffeine, which delivers a more well-rounded and sustained energy boost.

You can grab some REIZE here.

How much caffeine is actually good for you?

Caffeine tolerance differs from person to person. The way caffeine interacts with your body can be different from the way it interacts with someone else.

It depends a lot on your body size and physiological make-up.

The maximum daily dosage for caffeine is currently set at 400mg per day, which isn’t much considering just one can of the No.1 energy drink on this list contains nearly that amount in a single can.

High doses can cause side effects such as caffeine addiction, high blood pressure, anxiety and can even be lethal.

So, it’s best to opt for something with a more sensible amount of caffeine, like my personal favorite…

 REIZE Energy Drink

Strongest energy drink ranked 2019 Reize caffeine content
REIZE energy drink is sure to give you the energy boost you need, and comes with a sensible amount of caffeine.

There are tons of good energy drinks out there to choose from to get that energy boost you’re looking for. But, there’s a lot of downsides to consuming energy drinks that are high in caffeine.

If you’re looking for something that packs a punch and gives you just what you need (energy wise) without the devastating side effects, REIZE might be for you.

Low in caffeine, but still rich in Taurine and B vitamins which are great for your overall health.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, which is a lot cheaper than most other energy drinks.

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that REIZE is the best solution for your daily energy needs.

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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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