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My first dive into smartBCH and the few mistakes I have made

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Disclaimer: This is not financial advise and I am no financial advisor, anyone saying I am giving financial advise in the comments section is telling lies. All I am doing is writing my thoughts and views, and experience so contact a licensed financial advisor for any financial advise.

DeFi can be daunting and scary

I know it is for me I was always afraid that I will make a mistake and lose my hard earned Crypto.

Surely enough I have made a few mistakes and lost some Crypto in the process, however this is part of the learning process.

Luckily smartBCH is more forgiving then Ethereum as at least the amount you pay as fees for transaction is significantly low.

Unlike Ethereum where (depending on the timing) can cost you about $124 worth of ETH to run a simple smart contract. I know cause I was minting one of my blockchain domain NFT and that was the required fees for running that transaction, needless to say I didn't go through with it, for the simple reason that I am broke and don't have enough ETH.


smartBCH is a side chain on the BitcoinCash (BCH) blockchain that run smart functionality similar to Ethereum.

Since I didn't have much experience with DeFi I turn to the web for instructions and luckily there are some great articles here on that have helped me.

Particularly by @carisdaneym2 and @MoreGainStrategies

Since they have covered many of the basic things on how to get started from setting up the network in Metamask to getting the smart bch token to pay for fees to interacting with the DeFi dApps.

Here are some great articles by @carisdaneym2 that have helped me:

Here is the @MoreGainStrategies article that I referred for Metamask Android App:

Things I have learnt

While the guides above are great there are still some issues that I have faced for which I didn't find any answers to and had to experiment myself to learn them the hard way.

Setting up Metamask

Setting up Metamask was very straight forward and the guides above do a great job of explaining how to do it for both desktop and phone.

The difference between setting up on either is has to do with how you interact with it.

On desktop you download an extension for your existing browser, Chrome, Chromium or Brave.

But on phone you download an app with a built-in browser, which is the reason I choose to do it on the phone as I like to keep browsers seperate.

Getting the SEP20 BCH

In order to run the smartBCH you need to pay the Gas fees in form of BCH, but this is not or regular BCH that you may get from tips, but a SEP20 token BCH.

Currently, since the network is so new there are limited resources. Therefore, as far as I know you can only convert your BCH (mainnet) to BCH (SEP20) through Coinflex

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The guides above explain how to deposit BCH (mainnet) and withdraw BCH (SEP20) to your metamask.

However a few pointers and tips from me:

  • You need to register with to use it, but you can easily do that with either your metamask or your e-mail. I choose to do it through e-mail since I wanted to keeps things separate.

  • You have a limit of $10,000 USD if you don't do any KYC, if you are planning on not doing any KYC then be advise that is a lifetime limited so please insure that you only transfer less than $10,000 USD as that is the withdrawal limit (source)

  • Before transferring your BCH to coinflex be advise that it will not let you withdraw untll and unless you set up a 2 factor authentication (2FA), you can set up Google Authenticator but you need to make sure you have that device and keep it safe.

  • When depositing BCH (mainnet) do make sure you select BCH in the tab and only deposit the regular BCH and when withdrawing BCH (SEP20) make sure you select SEP20. For any deposit or withdraw you need to make sure you select the right tab, one great way to insure this is by saving the Address Management option on coinflex, through which you can save the address with a name as well as set the type. So if you save a address as SEP20 address it will be available in dropdown option only under the SPE20 tab.

  • After you have submitted the withdrawal request it could take some time for the funds to go through and appear in your metamask. If you have done everything right and selected the right tab, then just be patient it could take from anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

  • After you set up smartBCH in your Metamask then that address will function as your smartBCH address which looks like an Ethereum address since it is integrated on Metamask, for example my smartBCH address is 0x2FeE594DeF96d1b20e88B026b6bF72eea201e45A

    Feel free to send me any tokens if you want, sure can use some.

  • Don't forget to set your gas price to 1.05 in edit gas fee option as it could run you into high fees.

  • Interacting with dApps may require multiple sets from exchanging tokens to providing liquidity to setting pool and you would need to pay fees for ever transaction, so do keep that in mind and keep an eye on the fees you are paying. Keep a pen and paper and right down the transaction to see how much the transaction has cst you in order to calculate you breakeven point for profits.

DeFi can be Fun

When you get the hang of it, it can be quite fun.

Just make sure that when you are just starting out and learning all these things, start with a small amount that you are willing to loss. As this is the investment for your learning the DeFi journey.

Another thing is to learn the concept of DeFi either through written articles or YouTube videos.

One of the best ways to learn is to see someone else do it, like I learnt that in order to stake on a pool you not only need to the two pair of token that the pool is for, but also you need to put equal amount of both token in pair to the liquidity.

It might be a noob thing but we all are noobs at one point

This I learnt from watching the below given YouTube video, do note that the guy in the video is doing the transaction on Binance Smart Chain rather than the smartBCH chain.

Still it is a good video to understand the BenSwap


The motivation for me to try the smartBCH is firstly that it it BitcoinCash and I am a big fan of BitcoinCash and love the community.

Secondly I always wanted to learn and use DeFi but Ethereum was too risky and expensive to do, smartBCH has made it possible for me to finally dabble in it.

I encourage everyone to at least learn about the smartBCH and understand it, at the very least it will help you appreciate the BitcoinCash and the community as well as the CryptoVerse even more.

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Nicely explained, i enjoyed reading.. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks I needed this since I plan on diving into smartBCH in the future.

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Go for it, its awesome

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Everyone learns from their mistakes and I think crypto is the think in which every new person makes mistakes otherwise he will not learn anything. I also set up my smartBCH wallet but I don't know how to use coinflex I am trying to buy token with BCH but don't know hotw to do it.

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Yes, I am still learning. For coinflex you can check out the articles I have mentioned, they explain everything. But basically you need to make an account there and setup 2FA, then you can deposit normal BCH from your wallet and withdraw SEP20 BCH to your metamask.

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Actually, I tried to read but I didn't understand this method. I am confused and now I don't know what to do. Do you have any video of this?

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I couldn't find any video for it. But the article 'The ultimate guide' has screenshots. Where are you confused? I am no expert but I'll try to answer.

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When I open coinflex in mobile first thing is It opens on half side always and I don't know how to fix this. Second thing is I don't get code of 2FA. Third thing is I am confused with adress like which adress I have to copy and send my BCH. Hehe, it's complete mess I will try to find other soloution. Thank you for your time.

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Ok, firstly you should try to open coinflex on desktop or laptop as on mobile it doesn't look well. In case you don't have access to a desktop or laptop then you can click the the arrow on the left bottom to expand the menu, this will somewhat improve the display also download their app. But ideally you should find a desktop or laptop as this will be the ideal display. Secondly for 2FA you can download the google authenticator on your phone and then on your desktop go to security on coinflex and where it says 2FA select the first option which will be google. Then on your phone open the Authenticator app and click to add the account then it will give you 2 options easiest is to scan the QR code. Scan the QR you see on coinflex with your authenticator app and give then it will generate a 6 digit code put that code in the coinflec where it ask for your key right below the QR code. And your 2FA is done. Do note that authenticator code will change in few seconds so you need to be quick when putting it into the coinflex. Lastly, when you go to deposit on coinflex it will generate a normal mainnet BCH address you cand scam the QR code there and send the BCH from your wallet. It will take some time to arrive as the BCH will show on coinflex after atleast 1 confirmation on the blockchain. Then when you are sending to metamask then copy your smartBCH address from there and select SEP20 tab in the withdraw section on coinflex. Put in the address and the amount, double check everything and submit. After that you will need to confirm it by the 2FA code from the authenticator. And you are done. If you have done everything right then in sometime the SEP20 BCH will show up in your metamask. Do note it may take some time.

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Okay, now I understand well. I’ll apply this and then I will tell you.

Thank you so much for your help.

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No problem

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