Hi everyone Today I would like to share with you my, let's say, "adventure" with using Lightning Network via Blockstream Green wallet. I hope my experience will be useful, especially for those who are still hesitant or just starting to get acquainted with LN.
In December 2023, I decided to experiment a bit and opened a channel in Green wallet for a solid amount of almost 1 million sats. But I never managed to make a single transaction through LN.
The application kept giving me some error messages, each time different.
After several unsuccessful attempts and complete disappointment in the possibility of making transactions, I decided that it was time to close the channel. "Okay," I thought, "it didn't work out the way I wanted, but I'll get my satoshis back and go back to Phoenix. That's when the real epic began.
After the channel was closed, my sats seemed to go into anabiosis. They were stuck somewhere in the depths of the blockchain. It's been almost two months, and I haven't been able to get them back. Green wallet support, although it responds, but so far only promises to sort things out and brings my hope back to life once a week at best.
Honestly, I didn't expect such an adventure. I realized that LN functionality is still in beta stage. But the fact remains that my sats are still in limbo. I am not writing this post to discourage you from using LN or Green wallet. Rather, it is an attempt to share my experience and perhaps caution those who are about to experiment. It's still early, I believe.
Would love to hear your thoughts, advice and maybe similar stories.