Flame is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Dark Labs. It ranks 969 out of 1,612 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.


Flame earned a thumbs-down recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.

Graded Area Thumb Up or Down
Effectiveness Rating
Ingredient Dosing
Research Rating
Nutrition Label Transparency
Ranking Within Category
Overall Recommendation

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Comparison Votes
Total Votes Won/Lost 5 / 4
vs. Crack Gold Edition 5 / 3
vs. Crack Reloaded 0 / 1

Table of Contents

  1. Simple Report
  2. Detailed Report
  3. Ranking Within Category
  4. Summary

Flame Simple Report

  • Product Name: Flame
  • Manufacturer: Dark Labs
  • Manufacturer Website: Dark Labs's Homepage
  • Manufacturer Social Media:
  • Supplement Category: Pre-Workout Supplements
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop (5.1g)
  • Effectiveness Rating: 2.10 out of 3
  • Number of Ingredients: 10
  • Research Rating: 20 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 100%
  • Ranking within Pre-Workout Supplements: 969 out of 1,612 (middle third within category)
  • Ranking within all Supplement Products: 2,603 out of 4,803 (middle third of all products)

Flame Detailed Report

The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.

Effectiveness Rating

Flame earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 2.10. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Flame is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.

This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.


Flame earned a thumbs-down in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.

Flame contains:

  • unrated ingredients: 6 (the database does not contain information on these ingredients)
  • total ingredients: 10

The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
Agmatine Sulfate 1g 3 out of 3
Caffeine 400mg 2 out of 3
Naringin 25mg 2 out of 3
Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 10mg 1.4 out of 3
Creatinol-O-Phosphate* not rated
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine* not rated
Cocoa Extract* not rated
Dimethylhexylamine (DMHA)* not rated
Hordenine* not rated
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract* not rated
Product Effectiveness Rating 2.10

* These ingredients are not included in the Supplement Database.

Note: These ingredients are accurate as of February 14, 2021.

Ingredient Articles

Ingredient Dosing

Flame earned a thumbs-down in this category because 0% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.

Flame Dosing Compared to Research

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Flame to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.

A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.

A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.

Ingredient & Amount Effective Range
Agmatine Sulfate 1g 1.335g - 3.57g
Naringin 25mg 400mg
Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 10mg 60mg

Flame Dosing Compared to Other Products

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Flame to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.

An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.

An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.

Ingredient & Amount Average Range
Agmatine Sulfate 1g 0.8g 0g - 2.5g
Creatinol-O-Phosphate 1g 1.07g 0.39g - 3g
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine 500mg 173.04mg 30mg - 500mg
Cocoa Extract 300mg 99.62mg 10mg - 450mg
Caffeine 400mg 239.06mg 0.28mg - 700mg
Dimethylhexylamine (DMHA) 300mg 161.64mg 50mg - 350mg
Hordenine 75mg 55.56mg 10mg - 200mg
Naringin 25mg 126.73mg 0.05mg - 600mg
Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 0.01g 0.02g 0g - 5g
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract 1.5mg 1.89mg 0mg - 5mg


Flame earned a thumbs-down in this category because 71% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?

The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).

Research Rating

Flame earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 20. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

A research rating of 20 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.

The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.

The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.

Nutrition Label and Ingredient Transparency

Flame earned a thumbs-up in this category because its discloses 100% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."

When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.

Flame contains:

  • total ingredients: 10
  • ingredients with amounts listed: 10
  • ingredients without amounts listed: 0
  • percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 100%

Product Label

The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.

Flame by Dark Labs Product Label

Ranking Within Category

Flame earned a thumbs-up in this category because it ranks 969 out of 1,612 in the pre-workout supplement category (middle third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Flame ranks 969 out of 1,612 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 2,603 out of 4,803 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked pre-workout supplement. Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.

Product Comparison
Flame vs Pre Pump*2
Flame vs Vital Preworkout
Flame vs Undead King
Flame vs Drive
Flame vs Ndependence Preworkout

Flame vs Other Dark Labs Pre-Workout Supplements

Manufacturers often create multiple products within the same category. These products are sometimes similar but marketed to different consumers with varying prices. The following table allows you to compare Flame against its sister products; products manufactured by Dark Labs within the pre-workout supplements category.

Product Comparison
Flame vs Adrenaline
Flame vs Crack
Flame vs Crack Christmas Edition
Flame vs Crack Gold Edition
Flame vs Crack Reloaded
Flame vs Undead King

See more comparisons: Is Flame the best pre-workout supplement?


Graded Area Reason
Effectiveness Rating rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5
Ingredients less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective
Ingredient Dosing less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly
Claims less than 75% of claims are rated as effective
Research Rating research rating is lower than the required 60
Nutrition Label Transparency discloses all ingredient amounts on label
Ranking Within Category ranks in the top two thirds of category
Overall Recommendation received a thumbs down in the majority of areas

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