At the time of publication, there’s more than 69,000 transactions waiting in line to get confirmed by a bitcoin miner. Since bitcoin’s price rise, at certain times, transaction fees have climbed to $10 to $20 per transfer, and people who pay less than the median fee may have to wait a while. However, people might not realize that there’s a tool people can leverage called a transaction accelerator, a platform that increases the probability of getting a transaction confirmed.
Bitcoin’s Transaction Backlog and Transfer Fees Ramp Up
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, bitcoin (BTC) touched a lifetime price high at $52,640 per unit. Since then BTC’s value has retreated a hair but the crypto asset has continued to keep steady between the $51,000 to $52,000 price range.
Meanwhile, BTC fees have also steadily increased as the cost per transfer is currently $16.62 to get a transaction into the next block according to bitcoinfees.cash data. BTC’s median fee is lower and around $10.76 per transfer according to the web portal. Stats from bitinfocharts.com shows the average bitcoin transaction today is $22.70 USD or 0.0000011 BTC per byte.
Because fees are so high and competing, the Bitcoin network’s transaction backlog (mempool) shows a great number of unconfirmed transactions are waiting to be cleared. Data from the site Blockchain.com shows the mempool transaction count or the total number of unconfirmed transactions in the mempool, is above 69,000 transactions on Thursday. Cryptocurrency transaction stats from txstreet.com shows 77,034 transactions are waiting for a BTC miner confirmation.
Unfortunately, the number of transactions pending and the ability to compete with higher fees has made people wait an awfully long time for a single confirmation. When a long time ago a small fee could get a BTC transaction cleared with 10 minutes now can take hours and even days to get a single transaction if the fee is too low.