The crypto payment platform Bitrefill has announced an upgrade to its Thor service.
The upgrade is dubbed “Thor Turbo,” and its expected to speed up the process of connecting to Bitrefill’s Lightning node, according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
Bitrefill launched the Thor service in January 2019 as an on-demand Lightning channel service that allows users to receive payments whether they have bitcoin loaded into their Lightning wallets or not.
Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine via email, Bitrefill COO John Carvalho said that, since Thor launched, the startup has opened hundreds of Lightning channels with customers and hopes to soon reach the thousands.
But, with the original version of Thor, it takes roughly “six confirmations before a new Lightning channel is usable” and roughly 60 minutes of waiting time, according to the release. With Thor Turbo, Bitrefill expects the process to go much faster. The startup claimed that users can “instantly hop onto the network and make purchases from anywhere in the…