List of good nodesDarthCoin ₿⚡️
UPDATED: 14 Dec 2022
I start building a personal list of nodes, selected manually, after monitoring them for several days. Not saying that these nodes are the best, but I like to keep track of nodes that I would like to connect with.
A good 3-5-10-20M sats channel with one of these will be good to have for your new node. Do not open a channel for less than 3M sats. Will be useless.
Choose wisely a peer and also check on https://lnnodeinsight.com/ simulating a channel with each of them and see what advantages will bring to your node.
Once you open the channel, depending on your outbound/inbound liquidity available, loop-out some % of that liquidity to balance a bit the newly created channel. That will help to get the grip. You can use a temporary external LN wallet or just swap into onchain. Those loop out funds will help you later to open more channels.
To loop out sats, you can use:
- Deezy.io - simple fast, LSP, swaps LN - onchain
- CoinOS.io - web wallet, onchain, LN, swaps, custodial or non-custodial
- Boltz.exchange - simple, fast, swaps from LN to onchain
- ZigZag.io - simple fast, swaps from LN to onchain
- FixedFloat - simple fast, swaps from LN to onchain
- Integrated swaps into RTL and Thunderhub (are using Loop and Boltz)
- RoboSats - fiat <--> LN and LN <-->onchain swaps, totaly private, Tor only
Also take in consideration to join to some Rings of Fire, to create more liquidity for your node. Telegram groups: Rings of Fire, Satoshi Radio, Plebnet or LightningNetwork.Plus - amazing web to join to rings with other plebs.
See the section about LN nodes tools in this awesome list with things you can do on LN and use them to tune-up your node.
I will update it periodically, based on personal and manual criteria, observing their activity on Amboss.space LN explorer and other tools. My criteria is not based on BOS scores and other stuff like that. Is more about what is their L2 of connections, what are their fees, how often they open/close channels, time keeping their node online. Think more about how will be YOUR txs routed through these nodes and later deal with having a routing node.
Also is not really necessary to connect to all from this list. But some of them are good to have them as your peers.
Another important aspect for me to choose peers is: avoid those nodes that they use exorbitant fees, just to rip off other users in fees. I don't give a shit about what others are trying to say that is race of gaining capital on LN, but for me LN is more a way to transact cheap and fast and not to "earn sats" from routing. So if a node with high exorbitant base fees and/or ppm will connect to my node, I will disable the channel or simply close it.
First of all this is a good start to connect to one of these merchant nodes from this Amboss Community of Merchants Nodes. They need inbound liquidity, so if you have a new node, you help them, they help you.
The list order is random, no preferences.
WATCHED NODES by category:
LSP nodes (Liquidty Service Providers)
⚡ IBEX - dynamic fees | 3M min chan | note 6/10 | LATAM exchange LSP
⚡ LQwD Network - 1/1 policy | no min chan | note 8/10 | global network of LN nodes
⚡ CoinGate - 1/1 policy | 1M min chan | note 8/10 | huge node
⚡ LNBig - low dynamic | no min chan | note 8/10 | various liquidity nodes
⚡ LN2Me - 1/dynamic | 1M min chan | note 8/10 | offers inbound liquidity
⚡ BitcoinVN - 1/dynamic | 6M min chan | note 8/10 | Vietnam exchange / LSP
⚡ 1sats.com - 0/0 policy | 5M min chan | note 8/10 | offers inbound LSP
Exchanges / swaps nodes
⚡ Boltz - 1/dynamic ppm | 1M min chan | note 8/10 | swap node
⚡ ZigZag - 1/1 policy | no min chan | note 7/10 | swap node
⚡ FixedFloat - 1/1 policy | 10M min chan | note 7/10 | swap node
⚡ Deezy - 0/dynamic | 400k min| note 8/10 | swap node
⚡ River - 0/dynamic | 10M min | note 8/10 | big exchange node
⚡ CoinOS - 1/1 policy | no min chan | note 6/10 | swap node
⚡ Kraken - 0/dynamic | 1M min chan | note 7/10 | exchange node
⚡ NiceHash - 1/dynamic | 500k min chan | note 7/10 | exchange node
⚡ Bitfinex - 1/1 policy | 2M min chan | note 7/10 | various nodes
⚡ Biscoint.io - 0/0 policy | no min chan | note 7/10 | Brazilian exchange
⚡ SouthxChange - 0/dynamic | no min chan | note 7/10 | exchange node
⚡ Kollider - 1/dynamic | 2M min chan | note 7/10 | derivative trading exchange
Wallet provider nodes
⚡ Blixt - 1/dynamic ppm | no min chan | note 8/10 | LSP provider, LN wallet
⚡ WoS - 0/dynamic | no min chan | note 7/10 | large coverage of users
⚡ Acinq - 1/dynamic | no min chan | note 7/10 | Phoenix wallet provider
⚡ Breez - 0/dynamic | 3M min chan | note 7/10 | Breez wallet provider
⚡ Alby - 1/1 policy | 4M min chan | note 7/10 | Alby browser wallet, various nodes
⚡ Zap / Strike - they have many nodes, good as peer for vast network connected
⚡ Zebedee Nodes - Gaming wallet nodes, they need liquidity / you need connections
Merchants / Services providers nodes
⚡ Fold - 1/dynamic ppm | no min chan | note 7/10 | satsback, card provider
⚡ LNMarkets - good peer, lots of txs, provide trading on LN
⚡ Moon - 1/1 policy | no min chan | note 7/10 | card provider, good connections
⚡ OSHI - 0/dynamic fees | note 6/10 | too many disabled ch | oshi.app
⚡ Merchants Community - various merchant nodes in Amboss Community
Other good nodes
⚡ RecklessApotheosis - 0/dynamic ppm | no min chan | note 8/10 | plebnet node
⚡ BlackBox - 0.4/dynamic fees | 5M min ch| note 8/10 | both sides mover, good peer
⚡ Hades - 0/dynamic ppm | 5M min ch | note 8/10 | interesting node, low fees
⚡ Satstacker - 0/1 policy | 1M min chan | note 8/10 | well connected, collaborative
⚡ South Korea - 0/dynamic ppm | no min chan | note 7/10 | plebnet node
⚡ Rust-eze - 0/dynamic | 1M min chan | note 7/10 | promising pleb node