5 Hour Energy

Caffeine Level
Serving Size
fl. oz bottle
Caffeine Strength
VERY HIGH Warning: This drink has very high levels of caffeine.
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5 Hour Energy is a small 2 fluid ounce energy shot.

The manufacturers claim the drink will give you 5 hours of energy without crashing. The drink is non-carbonated and sweetened with Sucralose (Splenda).

Despite the exact ingredient amounts being concealed within a Proprietary Blend, 5 Hour does advertise that there is 200 mg of caffeine in their energy shot.

5 Hour Extra Strength caffeine amount is listed as 230mg of caffeine.

5 Hour Tea Shots have 200 mg of caffeine per bottle. 

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Flavors of 5 Hour Energy

  1. Berry
  2. Citrus-Lime
  3. Grape
  4. Pomegranate
  5. Orange
  6. Pink Lemonade
  7. Extra Strength Berry
  8. Extra Strength Grape
  9. Extra Strength Sour Apple
  10. Extra Strength Strawberry Watermelon
  11. Extra Strength Blue Raspberry
  12. Extra Strength Cool Mint Lemonade
  13. Extra Strength Peach Mango
  14. Decaf Citrus
  15. Lemonade Tea
  16. Peach Tea
  17. Raspberry Tea

Here's what they publish about their caffeine content;

Original 5-hour Energy shots contain about as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee. An Extra Strength 5-hour Energy shot contains about as much caffeine as 12 ounces of coffee. If you are sensitive to caffeine try a Decaf 5-hour Energy shot. It contains only as much caffeine as a half cup of decaffeinated coffee.

5 hour extra strengthUnfortunately, caffeine in coffee depends very much on the brew method and varies even among premium coffee blends. A typical cup of brewed coffee has around 120-180mg coffee.

Consumer Reports Findings

Consumer Reports tested 5 Hour energy and they came up with conflicting results as to what 5 Hour advertises.

  • Regular = 215mg
  • Extra Strength= 242mg
  • Decaf= 6mg

215mg is definitely more than an 8oz cup of premium coffee.

5 Hour isn't recommended for children and has even been linked to seizure onset in at least one case. It should be used by healthy adults only and only as directed. 

5 Hour Energy is more than just caffeine and contains other energy enhancing ingredients that can affect people differently than caffeine only products such as coffee. 

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Ingredients in 5 Hour Energy

Purified Water, Glycerin, Glucuronolactone, N-Acetyl, L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, Taurine, Malic Acid, Caffeine, Natural Flavors, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Proprietary Blend : (Enzyme), Sucralose, Cyanocobalamin, Folic Acid

Sugar content: Contains no sugar.

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Caffeine Comparisons

5 Hour Energy contains 100.00 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (338.14mg/100 ml).

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Total Caffeine (mg)
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