Friday, February 5, 2010
Spot On Energy Patch
Hey, what's new? You know we here at Canned Reviews are devoted to reviewing energy drinks (hence the Canned Reviews), but today I feel a bit more daring than usual. If you look to your left, you see no can, instead a little square, green package. These hold a total of four energy patches that you place onto your skin. I can't say I'm a huge fan of their "No More Energy Drinks" idea, but hey, it's cool to take a break every once in awhile. To me, this is a radical idea anyways, but it just might work. I do respect Spot On for its cleverness. Think about all the advantages: no sugar, no calories, small and discreet, and most importantly, it's healthier. Because I'm obviously not going to review taste, I'm going to go ahead and slip on these patches now so I can get right down to work on the kick section. Anyways, I requested a sample from Spot On about a week ago, and thanks to a speedy delivery, these came in just this afternoon. Being eager, I ripped open the box, and immediately started reviewing. As I place two small brown patches on to my inner arm (they recommend two, as it compares to two 8 ounce Red Bulls, or one 16 ounce), I notice they're extremely adhesive, so you wouldn't have to worry about them falling off. Additionally, they don't seem to bother my arm. Since they're made out of latex, you may want to stay away if you're allergic. Okay, well I feel some energy starting to kick in, so let's move on.
Spot On claims that their energy won't get you jittery, but will keep you awake and will maintain focus. It's always about the consumers' opinion; some like jittery, sugar-filled drinks, while others, like myself, appreciate caffeine with amino acids, B vitamins, and low-to-no sugar, therefore increasing focus. Nevertheless, caffeine allows you to get the job done to put it simply. Each patch of Spot On contains caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone, Green Tea extract, niacin, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12. These ingredients are standard in any energy-delivering product, except Green Tea. Some energy drinks may contain Green Tea extract, whether to improve taste, or to aid in giving energy. In this case, obviously Green Tea extract aids the B Vitamins and caffeine to improve energy. Green tea also can help lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, and not only increase fat oxidation during moderately intensive exercise but also improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. On that note, it's good to have Green Tea Extract in your body. Moving on to the kick, using only two patches I definitely feel a bit more alert and focused, though it's a different feeling than you get with an energy drink. For someone who uses caffeine regularly and has built up a tolerance to small doses, I personally recommend perhaps three patches. It all really depends on your surroundings and prior activity, too. Finishing a long day, I'm already tired, and Spot On seemed to pick me up from that rut, and didn't propel me farther than I need to go. Overall, your experience with Spot On is going to be experimental. Try two patches for a solid kick, and three for an added extra, but don't exceed four in 24 hours.
Kick: 7.5 - Using two patches, solid focus and alertness, but nothing too substantial
Overall: 7.5 - Good all-purpose pick-me-up
Reviewed by: Chan