AeroShot Energy Review
Touted on the product website as an "air-based boost of energy," AeroShot is a mixture of caffeine and B-vitamins that you breathe in. Yes, a caffeine inhaler. For a caffeine junkie such as myself, the concept of being able to breathe in your daily caffeine fix is pretty mind-blowing, to say the least. So I was very much looking forward to tearing into the variety pack that I recently ordered. After giving each flavor a try, however, I must say that AeroShot is not all that it's cracked up to be.
One of the first things I noticed when I received my variety-pack of AeroShot energy boosters is that inside the box, each caffeine-containing capsule is packaged in a sealed, laminated wrapper, as shown in the picture below. The packaging seems a little bulky and awkward, considering the sleek capsules that are within have to be pulled open to use. While I understand the need to be sanitary (since you have to put one end of the capsule in your mouth,) it seems that this could be accomplished in a more attractive and less wasteful way, perhaps with simply sealing each capsule in clear plastic.
Each capsule contains a very fine powder, which is where all the caffeine-and-B-vitamin action can be found. To use a capsule, you simply pull on each end, which opens thin slits through which the powder can be inhaled. The problem, though, with breathing in a very fine powder, is that after the novelty of inhaling caffeine has worn off, you're still just breathing in a fine powder. Remember Fun Dip? I loved Fun Dip, but I ate it with the provided candy sticks; I never tried to inhale it. While I could have breathed it in, it probably wouldn't have been as fun. Granted, the AeroShot powder is much finer than Fun Dip, but when you breathe it in, you can still very much feel the powder entering your mouth and hitting the back of your throat. And if you take too fast of a "hit" you will end up in a mini coughing fit, so be sure to take it slow. One of the supposed advantages of the AeroShot is that it doesn't involve carrying around liquids or adding water. Regardless, since some of the powder tickles and sticks to the back of your mouth and throat when breathing it in, inevitably you will want something to wash it down. So, the supposed no-liquid advantage is basically non-existent in most instances.
There are currently three flavors of AeroShot available: the original Lime, and also recent additions Green Apple and Raspberry. Caffeine itself tastes very bitter, and as the AeroShot powder is made up of only caffeine, B-vitamins and natural sweetener, the task of making it palatable must have been quite the challenge. With the new flavors, Green Apple and Raspberry, the challenge was met adequately, and the taste is mildly pleasant. With the original Lime, however, it's pretty much like you are inhaling ground-up lime peels, complete with a pretty bitter aftertaste. One pro of all this is that there is no sugar in AeroShot, making it zero-calorie and zero-carb.
Perhaps the most important contingency here is, does AeroShot deliver enough of a boost, and fast enough, to make up for all of its drawbacks? Unfortunately, my opinion is not quite. I have experienced quite a variety of energy boosters and stimulant supplements, in various forms (capsules, micro shots, energy drinks,) and I would rate the kick of AeroShot as just about average by comparison. Each capsule contains 100 milligrams of caffeine as well as 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of B12. Compare this to a Vivarin or NoDoz pill, which typically contain 200 milligrams of caffeine. A supposed benefit of the AeroShot mechanism is that since it is breathed in, it is instantly absorbed and starts to energize the user. This may be true, but I had no problem inhaling two of the capsules fully, within about 10 minutes of the other. And I didn't feel any more amped than I would have if I had taken an energy shot or chugged a Rockstar. So, while it is an interesting concept, there is still some headway to be made before AeroShot's uniqueness becomes more of an advantage and less of a hindrance to its status as a caffeine-junkie favorite.