Sometimes, you need to pull an all-nighter for the sake of video games. When you’re finally on a winning streak, you don’t want to quit. If the adrenaline doesn’t make you stay awake, then you’ll need a little pick-me-up.
You’ve probably tried Red Bull and Monster, but those aren’t your only options. These energy drinks are bound to give you the boost you need.
1. Celsius Heat
You can still drink Celsius Heat even though it’s marketed as a pre-workout drink—playing video games is sort of a workout, isn’t it? With 300 mg of caffeine, you definitely won’t feel drowsy during the night.
It comes in several different flavors including cherry lime, orange, blueberry pomegranate, strawberry dragonfruit, and fruit punch. With such a high caffeine content, you have to make sure that you don’t drink more than one can in a day.
Bang is the slap in your face that you need. Just take a sip of Bang when you feel yourself getting a little sleepy and you notice that it’s affecting your gaming abilities.
Like Celsius Heat, Bang also contains an extremely high caffeine content of 300 mg. This drink will give you a huge boost of energy thanks to its recipe packed with creatine, caffeine, B vitamins, and electrolytes.
Since the makers of Redline also created Bang, I’m sure you can already imagine Redline’s caffeine content. This drink contains a whopping 316 mg of caffeine (hence the unsettling “Redline” name).
The caffeine content depends on which type Redline drink you choose. While all drinks labeled as “Xtreme” have 316 mg, other varieties will have slightly less.
Don’t let the silly name of this drink turn you off. It may not have as much caffeine as some of the other drinks on this list, but it still does its job. At only 64 mg of caffeine per can, you might have to drink more than one in order to stay up longer. This high-energy soda has plenty of guaranine, a natural substance that contains caffeine.
Expect Spike to raise your heart rate and your reaction speed. It has 350 mg of pure caffeine that’s bound to keep you on your toes during a long gaming session.
Spike has such a high caffeine level that it recommends drinking only half of a can to test your tolerance. If you find that you can handle it, you can drink up to two cans per day.
Everyone knows that Mountain Dew is a staple of every gamer. Since you’re already drinking regular Mountain Dew, why not boost your energy by drinking some Mountain Dew Kickstart instead?
Kickstart contains 92 mg of caffeine, giving you just the right amount of energy. It’s mixed with Mountain Dew and fruit juice, and comes in several delicious flavors.
Don’t have time for a coffee run before your gaming session starts? These energy shots will give you the same flavor as regular coffee, and has a caffeine content equal to two full-sized cups of coffee. Better yet, you won’t have to take the time to make or buy coffee—you can chug it in seconds.
Runa Organic Energy drinks are a great option for health-conscious gamers. Runa prides itself on not using synthetic chemicals in its drinks. Instead, it’s made from guayusa, a jungle leaf that contains a high amount of caffeine. This drink is completely organic, and promises to give you a boost in energy and concentration.
9. Cellucor C4
Cellucor C4 is another workout drink, packing 150mg of caffeine—it’s just enough to keep you focused on the game. Despite containing no sugar, it still has a sweet taste. With flavors like watermelon, blue raspberry, and fruit punch, you can’t really go wrong.
Learn more in our taste test and ranking of all the Cellucor energy drinks.
10. Five Hour Energy
The concept of Five Hour Energy is pretty self-explanatory: it gives you enough energy to last you for five hours. Just think of all the things you can do with five hours of energy, like annihilating your opponent in your next game. This bottle may be small, but it contains 200 mg of caffeine.
Give Yourself a Boost
There’s no shame in improving your concentration with energy drinks. A single energy drink is usually enough to make you stay awake during a long game, and keep you focused on winning. Just remember not to drink too many at once!
When you game for long periods of time, not only do you need energy drinks, but you also need a comfortable gaming chair. Check out our list of the best gaming chairs before starting a marathon gaming session.