5-Hour Energy Review

5-Hour Energy Review
Just a few years ago, energy drinks were made popular by Red Bull. Energy drinks became the craze, being used for all types of purposes – from the overnighter study to the overnighter party. Then came Monster Energy Drink, re-popularizing energy drinks, used by gamers all over the world, and now, we have 5-Hour Energy. What’s a little bit different from 5-Hour Energy and all the aforementioned really is the fact that instead of being a drink, it’s a small shot used by ‘adults’, as they say.

However, with the rise of nootropics and over-the-counter non-prescription brain pills, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding the use of energy drinks like this one to ‘spike’ the effects of nootropics, in a sort of nootropic stack. The answer to this is yes, and no. While there are great ways to further enhance your experiences with caffeine, there are a few things to consider.


What makes 5-Hour Energy a little different from most of the other energy drinks out there, aside from it being a shot rather than a can, actually has a lot to do with its ingredients. Aside from the obvious of being a large shot of energy, 5-Hour Energy also contains some essential B vitamins, minerals, and a few ingredients that are actually also found in some pre-stacked nootropics. While there are certain positives to its formula, most of the other ingredients are mostly ‘soothing’ ingredients, meant to lessen the negative effects of caffeine.

The caffeine in 5-Hour Energy, while not listed on the label due to an ‘Energy Blend’, is actually around 215mg – which is one large consideration on whether it’s a good idea to take with a nootropic. While there are certain positives to getting a whopping boost of energy, 200mg might just be too much, especially at one go. In comparison, coffee contains only 80mg of caffeine.

Ingredients score: 21/25

Experimenting with 5-Hour Energy

We were able to try 5-Hour Energy with Biohack Pure, one of the most potent brain enhancers available out there, and in all honesty, it really wasn’t that bad – for the most part. The large boost of energy was really helpful, especially for those that really needed the extra boost in energy. However, notably, not everyone enjoyed the amount of caffeine they got from 5-Hour Energy, of which, some of those not liking it actually drinking several cups of coffees a day. This might be attributed to the fact that that much caffeine in one sitting would actually be pretty bad for you, especially if you’re not burning it up with some intense activities.

In our tests, we also found that 5-Hour Energy did not really show any dramatic effects to work output, especially when the workload was not that demanding. Therefore, taking 5-Hour Energy might not need be taken every day.

Experimenting with 5-Hour Energy score: 20/25


A twelve-pack of 5-Hour Energy costs around $24.70, which is actually not that expensive when you compare it to other sources of caffeine. Also, depending on how you use it, it may last even longer than twelve shots. Some of us here got substantial results already from just taking half a shot. However, you might want to consider caffeine capsules or pills, as well, as they usually come in 30-60 count bottles, and will cost around the same.

Price score: 20/25

Readers’ Report

We’ve had a few of our readers already tried 5-Hour Energy, stacked with a nootropic, but the results were spread out and conflicting. While some of them reported really good results, some of them also claimed that the caffeine content is way too much. Of course, this is remedied by using the decaffeinated version of 5-Hour Energy, but what would be the point? However, those who have liked it tell that they have experienced amazing results, some of them being able to focus better over a short period of time.

Readers’ Report score: 17/25