VPX Bang VERSUS VPX Bang Caffeine Free

So far, my VERSUS posts have all been media related. All two of them, lol. This time around I wanted to do something in the Food category just to make things a little different. Since I KNOW every single one of you is secretly an energy drink addict but can’t admit it, I figured a post like this would help you feel better and potentially gain me a few votes in my plans to become World Book Czar. That has been my master plan ever since moving here to WordPress but it wasn’t time to announce it. Now though, I think the world is ready for me.

And before I turn this into nothing but a schpiel promising free leatherbound books and free energy drinks for your vote, let’s move along.

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Packed to the freaking gills with the Power of Caffeine!!!

 

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Much like many Social Justice Warriors, this has good intentions but nothing of substance.

 

Technically speaking, Bang is for those who work out and need that kick in the pants to get going and really power through their workout. The COQ10 and “Super” Creatine and BCAA (branched chain amino acids) are all buzzwords that are pretty much empty promises of making you superman. I’ve been drinking this stuff for almost a year now and so far, I have not outrun any bullets (or had to, thank goodness!!!), won any wrestling contests with local locomotives or leapt over any tall buildings.  However, it sure does make me awake in the mornings and gets me going. And it is clear.

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Due to my japanese heritage and my rampant alcoholism, a saki bowl is a staple in this household!

 

One of the smaller reasons I switched over from other energy drinks like Monster or Rockstar is that drinking those on a regular basis left my sweat smelling stale and chemical’ly. I do very physical work while at work and sweat like a pig, so I’m already stinky enough at the end of the day. Adding even more nastiness was rather unpleasant. If you’ve ever read any stories with fat old kings eating pork and drinking wine and how they’re described, sour, stale, etc, that is what I felt like. Since I’ve switched, I’ve not had that particular issue. I don’t smell like a rose mind you, but who would after drinking 3 liters of water and sweating it all out in 7hrs?

But on to comparing these 2 against each other, not other energy drinks.

 

The Taste:

Bang BCV (black cherry vanilla) is sweet, has a smooth taste, is lightly carbonated and tastes like the black cherry yoghurt I like. Nothing about it is offensive or off or unpleasant. The only real downside is that if I drink one at the end of the work day, I’m up until midnight and I just can’t do that anymore. I like the taste though and would love to drink it just for the taste.

So when I saw that Bang BCV came out in a caffeine free version, I was pretty stoked. So I bought 2 cases of the stuff. THEN I drank some.

Bang BCVCF (you’re smart, you can figure it out!) was not nearly so sweet, had no hint of the vanilla smoothness and had a very slight undertaste of that cherry cough medicine you buy at drugstores. In other words, it was not pleasant. It wasn’t horrible, but it is not something I would ever ask someone else to drink, unsuspectingly. And I had 24 cans of it to get through. My life sucks.

 

The Ingredients:

They both list the ingredients but have them in slightly different order. Just glancing through, it seems like they have the same ingredients.  I did try to count the ingredients and it “seems” like the original has 2 more of something, but the print was so small that I wasn’t going to try to figure out which had what. There IS a difference (I had excluded the caffeine from that number, so it is something else) and whatever that difference is, it really affects the taste.

The biggest thing Mrs Bookstooge spied was that “natural flavorings” was much higher on the list in the original than in the caff-free version. Who knew horse piss could taste so good!?!?

 

The Winner:

Everybody is a winner on this blog!

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Me and Kool-Aid Man, chillaxin’ like the winners we are!

Original triumphs over the caff-free version every single time. Caff-free has a place, but I have to be pretty tired, thirsty and worn out from work to want to drink it. Other than in that type of situation, I’ll make up some crystal light mix to drink in the evening.

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23 thoughts on “VPX Bang VERSUS VPX Bang Caffeine Free

  1. savageddt says:

    I have drunk 3 different energy drinks that all taste the same to me namly, Dokta, Score and Play. Wouldnt say i’m addicted to them. They used to help out on hangovers…

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  2. YouKneeK says:

    I’ve resisted the temptation to try any energy drinks since too much caffeine can make me jittery. I did once try caffeine free Diet Coke and it just tasted wrong in some indefinable way.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      If too much makes you jittery, then stay away from Bang. Ease your way up there with the “regular” energy drinks, that only have half the caff of bang 😀

      I actually don’t mind diet caff free coke. Or the storebrand equivalent. Soda is something I tend to drink like water or something I do instead of snacking. No carbs makes my diabetes happy 🙂

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  3. Nope, not an energy drink addict! My body also appears strangely unaffected by caffeine. I could drink one of these right before bed and fall asleep soundly. It sucked when I was in college hoping these would keep me up studying through the all-nighters. Only thing that works is sugar. Lots of it.

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  4. What if I told you I never ever tried an energy drink in my life?
    So I’m afraid that NOT every one of us is more or less overtly an addict…
    (((evil laugh)))
    😀

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  5. hahaha well I’m not deducting any points in your bid to become WordPress Czar, but I don’t drink energy drinks (I don’t need it, considering how much tea I have 😉 ) Glad that everyone was a winner though 😉

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  6. “won any wrestling contests with local locomotives or leapt over any tall buildings”… Now… The only way you could know is if you tried!!! 😀 Just like those nice rumours of parents being able to lift cars when their kids are about to get crushed, and get that nice boost of crazy adrenaline, you could only know what these drinks give you if put in those crazy situations!! 😀 Soooooo, when will we get the test run videos?

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  7. I am somewhat sensitive to caffeine so I can only have energy drinks when I’m feeling reckless… I get extremely jittery and anxious. I have to stick to coffee or tea.

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  8. For some reason it bothers me that KoolAid Man, who is a giant drink pitcher, needs to hold a smaller drink pitcher.

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