I've been a regular user of energy drinks for some time now. I've enjoyed FRS and Red Bull and of course always drink at least two cups of coffee in the morning. You could say I'm a well-caffeinated individual. So when Zipfizz offered me the opportunity to review a sample of their energy drinks I jumped at the chance.
When I received my sample tubes of Zipfizz, I initially thought that they were tablets, like tubes of Nuun, only narrower. They are actually tubes of powder - but the powder reacts like a Nuun tablet, it fizzes and completely dissolves. This stands in contrast to FRS which I consistently had problems with it's tendency to not dissolve and even the ready-to-drink cans had a bit of an issue with separation. But Zipfizz had no such issues.
The taste of Zipfizz is great although there is a hint of that classic bitterness that comes with any drink that contains taurine. But there was no aftertaste or anything that made you grimace even a bit. My favorites were the berry and pink lemonade. I haven't tried the grape yet and the only way I could do without was the limited edition creamsicle flavor.
Zipfizz differentiates itself from other drinks in several ways. The first is that it contains considerably more Vitamin B12 than any other drink on the market - 41,667% of the recommended daily allowance (compared to 8,333% with Five Hour Energy and 80% in Red Bull. There is also zero sugar and only ten calories - which helps prevent you from crashing as you come down from the energy rush.
My favorite thing about Zipfizz is the electrolytes it contains. With 905mg of potassium, it far exceeds any other energy drink and really gives it a Nuun meets Red Bull standing in the pantheon of sports drinks. Yes, I said "sports drinks" - I think Zipfizz would make a great pre-workout boost, after-workout pick-me-up or mid-ultra kick in the pants thanks in large part to the electrolyte content. And since it uses potassium instead of sodium, you don't have a salty taste.
The one thing that I would change about Zipfizz is its packaging. The tubes use more material than is really necessary - I would think packets could do the job just as well with less waste, less expense and a little more shelf space at the store.
I'd recommend Zipfizz for anyone who relies on energy drinks for an afternoon pick-me-up or the occasional boost of energy. I also think it's especially useful for athletes for the reasons stated above. If you're interested in trying Zipfizz, you can go to their Facebook page and get a coupon for $1.00 off e-mailed to you.
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Product provided by Zipfizz Corp. for the purpose of this review.