Ask Levi: Are There Any Caffeine-Free Energy Drinks?

Let’s look at caffeine content in energy drinks today…

Hi Coach Levi,
How much caffiene is in the low cal berry FRS drink? Are there energy drinks on the market with no caffiene? Thanks so much for taking the time to answer!
Grace

Hi Grace,

A can of wild berry FRS will have 48mg caffeine while a cup you mix yourself (the powder) is 35 mg.

FRS has a fairly low caffeine content compared to other energy drinks, so it’s not a bad choice, considering an actual energy drink without caffeine is hard to find

But, there are a few to check out:

First, the ACT Energy Drink I have reviewed is said to be caffeine free, because it doesn’t have any added caffeine. But it still uses guarana seed as a stimulant, and guarana contains naturally occurring caffeine.

For more information, take a look at this FRS vs ACT comparison.

Next up, there is actually a decaf version of 5 Hour Energy, which has a low 6mg caffeine. See the 5 Hour Energy decaf page for more info.

adina coffee energy

One of the more interesting choices is Adina Coffee Energy, which does not contain added caffeine, since it is based on coffee beans. Coffee beans are high in antioxidants and contain natural caffeine, so that’s pretty cool.

[Update: Take a look at the Adina World beverage site for more info, if it still exists. It may have shut down.]

Next is the XS Energy Drink, which has a Tropical Blast flavor that is caffeine free. The energy boost comes from the “high powered adaptogenic herbs mixed with potent levels of B-vitamins and key amino acids,” although it seems the caffeine-free version does away with most of the herbs.

See more at XSblast.com.

Another drink that looks like a typical energy drink is the E10 Energy Drink, but it’s actually caffeine-free and contains a selection of vitamins and healthy nutrients to give you an energy boost.

Learn more at the E10 energy drink website. [Update: E10 has apparently shut down, too.]

Moving on, I’m pretty sure “Cranergy” from Ocean Spray is low in caffeine, only containing the natural caffeine from the added green tea. I don’t know how much energy you could possibly get from green tea and cranberry juice (plus a few vitamins,) but if that’s your thing, here is the Cranergy website.

sea2o energy drink

Finally, I’ll end with a little-known drink called SEA2O that takes the organic/natural angle to energy drinks. The website says it is 100% organic, caffeine-free, and high in fiber and antioxidants.

(It’s available at Amazon.com but you have to take the plunge and buy an entire case at once.)

And that is it! If anyone knows of more caffeine-free energy drinks, please list them below in the comments section.

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23 Comments so far

  1. Big Red Boots on December 6th, 2009

    Careful with those tips, as they are not really correct. While Adina does not have added caffeine, There is still 150mg caffeine in their small cans. Cranergy also has over 100mg of caffeine from green tea extract! For people sensitive to caffeine, having any tea or coffee based drinks is a bad idea.

  2. Levi on December 9th, 2009

    @Big Red Boots

    Thanks for chiming in, although I’m not sure what is incorrect about my tips. I listed drinks that contain low or no caffeine, and for Adina and Cranergy, I specifically mentioned that they do contain some amount of caffeine.

    If there are other drinks I missed, please point them out!

    P.S. Love your Examiner column!

  3. Kathy Rogers-Hartley on January 7th, 2010

    Just released in North America is Xe. This is a healthy energy drink. The energy comes from Theobromine (extracted from chocolate!) Maca, Ginseng, Yerba Mate, Quercetin, and Guarana. The nice thing about Guarana is that it is a larger molecule and is absorbed slowly. The website gives full disclosure of all ingredients and the full supplement facts (as seen on the can).

    It tastes fantastic and has a wonderful non jittery, no crash energy boost. I also find that the high antioxidant count makes you feel better if you have cold symptoms!

    Enjoy!
    Kathy

  4. Mike on February 14th, 2010

    Hi Levi –

    I am an avid cyclist (both road and mtn.) and enjoy your site.

    As requested above I just wanted to let you know there is an energy product called Orbana that is currently available in Europe that has no caffeine, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. It is also popular with athletes because it is screened against possible contamination with illegal substances as identified on the WADA Prohibited List for Sport.

    My company may be assisting them in bringing the product over to North America. Their website has more info: orbana.com.

    Let me know if you would like to receive a few samples.
    Thank you.

  5. tom on March 9th, 2010

    I would like to add Monavie’s Emv to this list. It has 55mg of caffeine with no artificial ingredients or presevatives. I am a Monavie distributor and love it. I have used it before runs (I am training for my first half marathon)and it contains, maca, ginseng, cha de berge, guarana, 80% fruit juice (acai, camu, camu, cupacau, apple and grape). Check it out at http://www.monavie.com It does have a higher price per can but also gives you several servings of fruit per can.

  6. ASdfg Juilsak on September 22nd, 2010

    hydroblast is caffeine free

  7. Joan Teller on September 22nd, 2010

    PureStart Energy is a natural caffeine free energy supplement. It works pretty well.

  8. Patrick on March 7th, 2011

    I am currently taking Force Factor which I have been very happy with, but want to also want to have an energy drink before my work out…..Nitric Oxide relaxes the circulatory system while caffeine restricts the system….will any of these energy drinks give me energy without doing the same thing that caffeine does?

    Thank You

  9. KH Rigg on March 15th, 2011

    Good Articles, Good Comments Thank you.
    I also am constantly looking for non caffeinated (zero caffeine) energy drinks. Caffeine- my favorite drug is also very hard on the system. It provides great energy but also has positive then negative chronatropic effects on the heart. Meaning increased heart rate and blood flow then it is reversed- usually more than your normal state. There is also central vascular blood vessel dilation (increased oxygenated blood to heart) but reduced blood flow to the extremities. in addition It is a quite powerful diuretic. In large doses it will reveal cardiovascular problems- so be careful. (I did a paper in our Cardio/Nervous System class: Flight or Fight and Caffeine, just enough info to make me dangerous)
    I have had success with Fuse-Slenderize. Which has L-Carnitine and Chromium which give me an energy boost and appetite suppressant. Also Sobe-Lean Machine drinks for the same reason. The problem which they both have, is artificial sweeteners.
    Thanks for the space!

  10. Rus on April 1st, 2011

    I thought i would add that while not exactly an energy drink many of the kinda high dollar juice blends that are green in color can give quite a bit of a natural boost. I sometimes will down around 12-16oz or so of one of those in the morning and then maybe a little coffee and i feel better than any energy drink i have tried.

  11. Annie on April 2nd, 2011

    Found an incredible all natural 100% juice that promotes energy naturally! The brand is Picabi and there are B Viamins and L-Carnitine to give sustainable energy thoroughout the day!

  12. Levi on April 12th, 2011

    @Rus

    Totally. A lot people get quite a boost from Greens Plus.

  13. Bob on May 26th, 2011

    What do you know about Cheetah Power Surge Caffiene free energy drink. I located it on it’s web site but it appears unless you go to Canada or one NY Drugstore chain, you need to buy a case on line. It costs as much to ship as to buy the case. I have no hesitation paying for the case cost but refuse to pay the same to ship it.

  14. Levi on May 26th, 2011

    @Bob

    This is the first I’ve heard of Cheetah Power Surge so I can’t really comment.

    But I do know it’s a pain to order cases of energy drinks online, the shipping is always ridiculous.

  15. Steven Whitetail on June 15th, 2011

    XS Blast energy drinks are sugar free and caffeine free. They use B vitamins to naturally boost energy without a crash. Plus, there are 15 flavors to choose from so it really isn’t hard to find one that you like! For more information check out:

    http://www.xsblast.com/

  16. Mike on August 1st, 2011

    Sambazon All natural amazon energy uses guarana extract and yerba mate extract which are both stimulants and have natural caffeine totalling 80mg per can. I do want to add that I am caffeine free for 10 years now due to bad stomache reactions to caffeine. I have found that this product and others made from guarana seeds do not seem to effect me. So it is worth a try for others looking for a similar product. Good luck!

  17. dsme on February 3rd, 2012

    So technically speaking it still contains caffeine, just not added caffeine. SO their article title is a complete and utter LIE!

  18. lauren loines on May 23rd, 2012

    i have just tried FRS the taste is discussing…dont waste your money…
    the other thing is .. there are a lot of very good energy drinks on here and i have no idea were to find them….please help

  19. Levi on May 25th, 2012

    @Lauren

    That’s the problem. A lot of the good energy drinks are from smaller companies who don’t have the cash flow and/or distribution of someone like Red Bull.

  20. Dr J on August 27th, 2012

    I found that I have an allergic reaction to caffeine, so I began searching for a caffeine free energy drink. I found that ones that use Guarana, a different form of caffeine, did not give me the symptoms as ones that say “caffeine”. It also gave me the ‘up’, without the follow-up ‘crash’ of caffeine. Sambazon worked the best, but now they stopped selling it in my area. but… it’s still available online; you have to buy it by the case; and shipping is free.

  21. Dr O on October 3rd, 2012

    Little Bigshort energy drink, from a small company is “yet” to be widely known but I am sure that will soon change. It is truely an energy drink truely without caffeine or guarana I found in UK.

  22. robkitari on October 23rd, 2012

    @Lauren you are right, small companies have better stuff but they’re invisible. Personally I use Fast & Up doesn’t get me wired. But I also eat an apple or pear a daily and keep my coffee @ 1 espresso a day, 2 get me nervous.

  23. Wow on January 12th, 2014

    These tips are horrible! The question asked for suggestions with NO caffeine, and nearly every one contained caffeine. And apparently you are not aware 150mg and 100mg of caffeine is NOT “low caffeine” as you insist in your response to Big Red Boots. You only have to glance at Starbucks’ webpage to see that.

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