We are proud to announce a new version of our Thor Lightning channel service utilizing a new feature called "turbo channels". Turbo channels allow anyone to instantly access the Lightning Network, through Bitrefill's nodes, with a bitcoin balance that's immediately spendable, removing any wait times associated with transaction confirmations.
In addition to removing 60+ minutes from wait times, Thor Turbo also allows you to choose a custom amount of spendable bitcoin to be included in your channel (500,000-5,000,000 sats).
Bitrefill boasts some of the most well-connected and battle-tested nodes on the network. That means Thor channels can realiably route payments most desired endpoints.
You purchase a Lightning channel from us that comes with a total capacity, just like in the basic Thor product. But it also has a pre-funded balance in it, on your side, that you can spend instantly - without waiting for any confirmations.
Included in the pricing is a fixed fee for all the the onchain transactions needed to process your payment, set up the channel and later to close it. In that sense the larger channels are less costly percentage wise than the smaller ones.
Turbo channels will be kept open on our side for a minimum of 30 days, potentially longer if there's activity.
You can still purchase empty, non-turbo Thor channels, with newly reduced pricing
NOTE: Thor Turbo channels currently only work using Bitcoin Lightning Wallet for Android.