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Energy drink survey - Round Four

As if the first three weren't enough. Well, things have been hotting up in the energy drink wars - I can now find just 6 brands in stores near me.

As usual, you might want to check out what the heck I'm drinking, or not.

Red Bull

Still imported from Austria at great expense (apparently, since it's still around $2.95 for a 250ml can) and hasn't changed much since Survey 1


Likewise unchanged from Survey 1 though the can lists its caffeine content as 50mg, which differs from that previously stated. Still ~$2 a can, or ~$3 a bottle.

Top Secret

The can now gives the following ingredients listing: B2, B6, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, A, C, E, Glucono Delta Lactone, Glucuronolactone, L-Leucine, L-Valine, Inositol (50mg), caffeine (80mg)
It's worth noting that the cans are now the standard 250ml can, for $2

Lift Plus

Coca Cola Amatil NZ are still making Lift Plus, though they have redone the logo and general can layout. It's also now cheaper ($1.50 a can, $2 a bottle) than V. Wooooo.


Also produced by Coca Cola Amatil NZ. Presented in a distinctive black can, this seems to inexplicably sell for around $2.50. Someone asked why, and apparently the price is set to compete with Red Bull. So, basically, to compete with the highest priced energy drink, they put out the second-highest-priced energy drink. Logic, ya gotta love it.

Here's the score for Burn:
Recommended dosage: 5 cans daily
Active Ingredients: Glucuronolactone, taurine, inositol, Guarana extract, ginseng extract, caffiene, vitamins (c, niacin b1)
Taste: Suspiciously similar to Lift Plus
Additional Notes: the can also sports symbols for the other elements. Hmm, Air=highly carbonated, perhaps, Water=carbonated and caffeinated water, but I'm at a loss to suggest something for Earth.

Ikon Tabnology

Here's where things get a bit wacky. Take one bottle, add a plunger mechanism to the top, and you have this product... The idea is that vitamins lose their effectiveness after a while when suspended in liquid solution, so when you buy the drink, you push the plunger down to release the vitamin pill which then dissolves.

Bottle: 400ml/$3.00
Recommended dosage: 5 bottles per day
Active Ingredients: Guarana, ginseng, taurine, caffeine, Vitamins (A, b2, b3, b5, b6, b12, E, C)
Taste: Mango.
Caffeine content: 0x03%

Additional notes:
After releasing the pill, pull the plunger up slightly to allow the resulting gas to escape, lest the seal around the edge of the top springs a leak.
The plunger can be pulled completely out, if you want to drink a wee bit faster...
The amount of vitamin C contained in the pill (300mg) was recently mentioned on the news as being at levels which could cause problems (cancer, wasn't it? but then everything causes cancer these days) but that depends if you believe the TV, naturally.


Had digital cameras not proved to be somewhat higher priced than I had anticipated, this page would be decorated with pictures of said products, however they are so it isn't.

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