How Much Caffeine Is In A Redline? – Barista HQ

Before we embark on this caffeinated journey, I have to address a little hiccup: the original Redline RTD energy drink has been discontinued!

Yep, it's no longer in the game.

Please don't kill the messenger since I’m bringing you good news too! The good folks at Bang Energy have introduced a new line of Redline Energy Drinks to keep your energy levels soaring.

So, while we bid farewell to the original, let's shift our attention to the present and explore how much caffeine is in the different types of Redline.

Since there is more than one Redline Energy Drink, I can't give you the universal caffeine content.

What they have in common is that each one is very high in caffeine.

The exact amount of caffeine and liquid differs whether you choose a small energy shot or a 12 oz drink.

Original RTD – 250 mg

You can't find it on the shelves anymore, but I wanted to include it because it was probably the first Redline energy drink you tried.

For years, the Original RTD was a very popular energy drink. It was often referred to as VPX Sports Redline Energy RTD because it was made by Bang's parent company, Vital Pharmaceuticals.

One bottle of Redline Original RTD contained 250 mg of caffeine and was one of the energy drinks with the highest dose of caffeine (if not the highest) on the market.

I heard many people in the gym complaining once the Original RTD was discontinued because we all expected the next version to be less potent.

Fortunately, for all those who need a colossal caffeine kick, we got an even more powerful energy drink with high doses of caffeine.

Redline Energy Original RTD

Xtreme – 316 mg

Now, it's time to focus on the Redline Xtreme energy drink, the powerhouse of the Redline family, with the same benefits as the original, plus some.

Due to the formidable amount of caffeine, many even consider it controversial. However, it justifies its name - Xtreme.

316 milligrams of caffeine (part of the proprietary blend) in just an 8 fl oz serving (less than 250 ml) is enormous.

That's almost the entire caffeine daily recommended intake by the FDA.[1]

This implies that if you drink just one more espresso shot, you have already consumed the maximum daily caffeine amount.

I'm not saying you shouldn't drink it, just be sure to handle this caffeine beast carefully.

Meltdown – 225 mg

There is no doubt that Meltdown is a more moderate version than Xtreme since it contains less caffeine - 225 mg caffeine strength and in a larger amount of liquid, 12 fl oz (350 ml).

On the other hand, Meltdown is moderate only when we compare it with Xtreme. Otherwise, it is also one of the most potent caffeinated drinks.

There is also a 16 fl oz (around 470 ml) can of Meltdown Energy, and it contains the same caffeine amount - 225 mg.

So you can opt for a bigger size if you like the taste, but the quick energy boost will be the same.

Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot – 300 mg

Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot is a ready-to-drink (RTD) pre-workout supplement. It comes with 300 mg of caffeine, so it's like Redline Xtreme shot.

Those energy shots are obviously intended for seasoned gym-goers and bodybuilders because 300 mg of caffeine in just 2.5 fl oz (70 ml) is too much caffeine for the average Joe Blow.

I recommend drinking 1/2 or even 1/3 of a bottle instead of a whole bottle until you get used to it to avoid jitters and other side effects.

Redline Xtreme, Meltdown, And Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot

Redline Energy Drink Varieties & Their Caffeine Content

Redline energy drinks are available in many flavors, but flavors do not influence caffeine content.

So whether you prefer Redline Xtreme Blue Razz, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, or Lime flavor makes no difference.

I singled out each one for you:



Xtreme Grape

316 mg

Xtreme Lime

316 mg

Xtreme Triple Berry

316 mg

Xtreme Sour Heads

316 mg

Xtreme Birthday Cake Bash

316 mg

Xtreme Black Cherry Vanilla

316 mg

Xtreme Bliss Kissed

316 mg

Xtreme Blue Razz

316 mg

Xtreme Cotton Candy

316 mg

Xtreme Frose Rose

316 mg

Xtreme Rainbow Unicorn

316 mg

Xtreme Star Blast

316 mg

Xtreme Strawberry Blast

316 mg

Xtreme Wyldin Watermelon

316 mg

Redline Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot Sour Heads


Redline Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot Star Blast


Redline Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot Grape


Meltdown Strawberry Limoncello


Meltdown Mango Bango


Meltdown Frose Rose


Meltdown Wyldin Watermelon


Meltdown Rainbow Unicorn


Meltdown Krazy Key Lime Pie


Redline Meltdown Different Flavors

What Ingredients Do Redline Energy Drinks Have?

You should always check the ingredients of the foods and beverages you consume.

This is the only way to find out if you are ingesting something very unhealthy and even potentially dangerous in the long run.

So, let's analyze the ingredients found in Xtreme, Meltdown, and Max 300 energy drink contains.


  • Sodium
  • Calcium (as Calcium Chloride)
  • Magnesium (as Magnesium Chloride)
  • Potassium (as Potassium Citrate Monohydrate)
  • Beta-Alanine
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • L-Leucine
  • L-Valine
  • L-Isoleucine
  • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine
  • Yohimbe (Corynanthe yohimbe) (bark)
  • Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) (leaf)
  • Evodia (Evodiae fructus) (fruit)
  • 5-HTP (Griffonia simplicifolia) (seed)

The popular energy drink Xtreme has an interesting ingredient profile. It contains many ingredients that are common in pre-workout supplements.

Electrolyte Matrix has such small amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium that it is negligible.

In the Proprietary Blend, you will find BCAAs (amino acids) as well as caffeine, as well as many other natural stimulants, but as always, we do not know the exact ratio of the ingredients in the proprietary blend.

Redline Extreme Watermelon and Cotton Candy Flavors


  • Vitamin D3
  • Niacin (as Niacinamide)
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI)
  • Zinc (as Zinc Citrate)
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Calcium Magnesium D-Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
  • Sodium D-Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
  • Potassium D-Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
  • Caffeine

In Meltdown Energy, caffeine is not part of the proprietary blend.

It contains significant amounts of vitamins and electrolytes, so calculate them in your daily intake if you take multivitamins separately.

Redline Meltdown All Flavors

Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot

  • Sugar Alcohol
  • Niacin (Niacinamide)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCI)
  • Folate (Folic Acid)
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • Calcium (as Calcium Chloride)
  • Magnesium (as Magnesium Chloride) 5 mg
  • Sodium
  • Sodium benzoate
  • Potassium (as Potassium Citrate Monohydrate)
  • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine
  • Beta-Alanine
  • Caffeine Anhydrous

Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot is full of caffeine, but also B vitamins - B6 and B12- a fairly popular ingredient in energy drinks.

Again, we do not know the ratio within the proprietary blend, but at least the manufacturer indicated the amount of caffeine anhydrous in the mixture.

Redline Max 300 7-Hour Energy Grape And Exotic Fruit

Redline Energy Drink Nutritional Facts Explained

Since Redline products are mainly used by those who want to improve physical performance, you will be interested to find out more about the nutritional facts.

Surely Xtreme, Meltdown, and Max 300 will not contribute directly to weight gain, which is excellent.

They are also free of artificial flavors, but keep in mind that artificial sweeteners are not very healthy, although they are generally safe and have zero calories.[2]


  • Calories – 0
  • Sugar – 0 g
  • Fat – 0 g
  • Carbs – 0 g


  • Calories - 5
  • Sugar – 0 g
  • Fat – 0 g
  • Carbs – 0 g

Max 300 7-Hour Energy Shot

  • Calories - 6
  • Sugar – 0 g
  • Fat – 0 g
  • Carbs – 1.46 g

Caffeine In Redline Vs Other Popular Energy Drinks

It's time to see how Redline Xtreme energy drink compares to other famous energy drinks in terms of caffeine.

The three top-selling energy drink brands worldwide are:

  • Red Bull
  • Monster Energy
  • Rockstar

All three contain between 80 and 90 mg of caffeine per 8 oz fl. That makes them flyweight compared to the Mike Tyson of energy drinks - Redline Xtreme.

Starbucks Triple Shot Energy, a coffee/energy drink hybrid by Starbucks, has 120 mg of caffeine in the same amount.

Bang Energy, a drink from the same manufacturer, contains 150 mg of caffeine, so it's a good choice if you want some potency from RedBull and you also want to avoid jitters, caffeine crashes, and poor night's sleep.

No matter what you choose for an extra boost of energy, be mindful to consume the stimulant caffeine in moderation.

Monster Energy Vs Red Bull Vs Rockstar Energy Comparison

Caffeine In Redline Energy Drinks Questions

Is Redline Xtreme dangerous?

Redline Xtreme energy drink is not necessarily dangerous, but such a high caffeine content demands caution.[3] While some people tolerate 300+ mg of caffeine well, others may experience adverse reactions such as jitters, rapid heartbeat, or difficulty sleeping.

How long does Redline Xtreme last in your system?

Numerous factors affect how long Redline Xtreme energy drink will last in your system. On average, the stimulating effects of Redline Xtreme can last for several hours, typically around 4 to 6 hours, since that is the average half-life of caffeine. But you should also include metabolism, caffeine sensitivity, and overall health in the calculation.

Who should not consume Redline Xtreme?

Those who consume caffeine rarely, are sensitive to caffeine, pregnant or nursing women, individuals with an underlying medical condition, high blood pressure, or other health concerns should avoid or limit their consumption of Redline Xtreme. As always, you should consult a healthcare professional to determine if Redline Xtreme energy drink is safe for you.

Is Redline Xtreme vegan?

Yes, Redline Xtreme energy drink is vegan-friendly! It does not contain any animal-derived ingredients, making it suitable for individuals following a vegan lifestyle.

Is Redline Xtreme gluten-free?

Redline Xtreme energy drink is gluten-free. It's formulated without gluten-containing ingredients, so it is a good fit for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.


Whichever Redline energy drink you choose, keep in mind that you will consume a gigantic amount of caffeine.

Xtreme is at the very top of the list, with a staggering 316 milligrams of caffeine per serving, but other variations also contain more than 200 mg.

I know it's tempting to drink a large amount of caffeine at once and feel very energetic during the next few hours, but it's essential to be mindful of your overall caffeine intake throughout the day.

This includes Redline, coffee, and all other sources of caffeine.



Kayla Stavridis

Head of Marketing

Kayla Stavridis
Kayla Stavridis is a coffee enthusiast and Head of Marketing for Barista HQ. She blends her professional insights and experience with a deep passion for all things coffee. Kayla offers a unique, hands-on perspective on coffee culture and trends. You can find her sipping a cold brew with just a touch of milk on the beach in the afternoon and a Corona with lime in the evening.

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