Electrolyte Tablets

CamelBak’s Elixir, another sugar-free tablet, costs about $10 for a tube of 12 tablets. This is more money than the competition, but Elixir is more concentrated and goes a bit further. Each CamleBak tablet works for up to 24 ounces of water. I often use them in a 16-ounce bike water bottle, and the taste is noticeably stronger than nuun or ZYM.

Elixir, like the other companies’ options, is easy to drink. It comes in orange, lemon-lime, and berry flavors. All are good-tasting and refreshing.

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CamelBak Elixir

It’s hard to go wrong with any of these offerings. In use, they are all fairly similar. ZYM and CamelBak are stronger-tasting. As noted, ZYM Catapult’s caffeine gives a noticeable boost. (CamelBak also offers tablets with caffeine.)

Overall, I am a devotee to the category of effervescent electrolyte tablets. The small tabs make getting sodium, potassium, magnesium and other performance enhancers into your system as easy as plunking a tablet in water. A final bonus: The sugar-free tablets do not gunk up a water bottle or hydration reservoir like sugary supplements can. Compared to the traditional alternative of mixing sports powder in water, ZYM, CamelBak, and nuun all offer a superior solution.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Posted by James - 03/26/2010 01:37 PM

Another sugarfree electrolyte product that I use and have found to be both inexpensive and very effective is Emergen-C ElectroMix. Cost is about $10 for 30 packets, each packet is mixed with one liter of water. It also fizzes when added.

Posted by Chris - 03/26/2010 09:08 PM

Good idea James. I use Elete Electrolyte and MRI Concentrated Mineral Drops in the first water I drink for the day. Lots of applications and no sugar. I’d like the Eureka Spitfire 1 tent reviewed and compared to the Tarptent products.

Posted by Marianna - 03/27/2010 09:12 AM

I don’t use too many of these because of the actifical sweetners which are toxic. I look for sugar or stevia before buying.I also like emergen c and have tried Nunn.

Posted by Joe - 03/29/2010 02:26 PM

MOTOR TABS has been a good product and has even sponsored a local cycling race team.

Posted by TP - 03/29/2010 03:00 PM

I have been using Motor Tabs for the past 4 years and am very happy. The small about of carbs, great flavors and ease of portability (individually wrapped) make it the perfect sports drink! My wife loves Motor Tabs because they leave no residue!

Posted by Alan Lee - 03/30/2010 07:31 PM

I have used several tubes of nuun tablets. I swear by them.

Posted by Extreme Tolerance - 03/31/2010 05:28 PM

Both my wife and I love nuun. They are especially handy when cramps sneak up on you. This is kinda weird but both my wife and I use nuun as hangover recovery.

Posted by ben - 05/22/2010 07:14 AM

I just noticed that Camelbak has started to offer a caffeinated version of their tablets as well – something additional to consider.

Posted by tsuga - 07/23/2010 08:07 AM

I’ve had hundreds of tablets of nuun, and loved them all. Zym, I have never seen , nor tried. Camelbak elixir, was okay, but they use (or used) artificial sweetener which kills me on the aftertaste. I won’t buy elixir again, but not bad if you are into the “fake” sweetener.

Posted by tiffany - 05/15/2013 09:47 PM

I. haven’t tried any of the others but I use nuun anytime I’m dehydrated. as a prior comment suggested it’s great for hangovers and after a stomach bug to help you feel better faster. the reason you feel so bad after you stop puking from a stomach bug is that you’re dehydrated.

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