Posted April 14, 2016 by Daniel Archibald-Jones in Information & Articles

The Difference Between 100% VG vs Max VG E-Liquid


As the average vaper becomes ever more comfortable and familiar with the rather broad parlance of their pursuit, one of the hottest areas of current debate is the difference between 100% VG vs MAX VG e liquids. Before coming to the conclusion that the vaping community have current en-mass lost their mathematical minds, this is in fact a very important issue.

As we shall see the matter really is all about how manufacturers label their e-liquids, something that can really have considerable consequences not just for the casual consumer receiving the product they are expecting, but for a small minority even present a slight health risk.

So What’s The Difference Then?

To put it as straightforwardly and bluntly as possible, 100% VG e-liquid is exactly what it says on the tin. It is an e-liquid that has been made to only includevegetable glycerin as the binding agent that gives the juice it’s thick texture. Other ingredients are limited simply to water, flavourings and nicotine strength.

On the otherhand Max VG e-liquid is a little more complicated. This is the highest amount of vegetable glycerin in the line of liquids that a manufacturer produces, but most certainly not an industry wide standard. Many e-liquid companies include PG (propylene glycol) in their blends too, as PG is responsible for carrying the flavour of the liquid whereas the thicker VG produces the clouds.

However of course, this leaves the consumer not really aware of the amount of VG in their vape. It could be anywhere between 60% (rarely lower) and 100% – nobody can tell by the label. For sub-ohm enthusiasts in particular this is a big deal, as production of dense heavy clouds is what they’re looking to achieve.

Why Is This Really Important Though?

Firstly, it’s a simple of issue of consumer knowledge – after all there’s really no reason for manufacturers of Max VG e-liquids not to make it clear on their packaging. However with the clever use of a big bold word such as MAX it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of people would assume that’s 100%, when clearly it very often isn’t.

Much more importantly is that a small but significant number of vapers are actually allergic to PG. Sensitivity to VG isn’t brought about by using e-liquids, these people will have always been incompatible with it – just quite simply never had an attributable exposure to it before they take up vaping.

It’s worth qualifying here – especially for new vapers who often get a dry or rough feel in their throat before get used to electronic cigarettes, this doesn’t mean that they’re automatically allergic. It takes a while to make the changeover in full as the body get’s used to it, however if the symptoms continue for more than a couple of months it might be a good idea to try a 100% VG e-liquid and see if it helps.

So In A Nutshell

For people without any sensitivity to PG, the way they like their vape should still be clearly labelled because as mentioned above certain styles (cloudy sub-ohm) would perform much less well with an e-liquid that in truth is a 60/40 rather than a certifiable 100%. Changing e-liquids often results in a little getting to used to even for regular users, so there’s no need for mass hypochondria just yet – just remember that if vaping doesn’t ‘suit’ as a replacement for tobacco because it’s causing irritation, that it may be down to poorly labelled e-liguid. Try a genuine 100% instead.

Daniel Archibald-Jones

Daniel Archibald-Jones