Bitfi vs Ellipal- What You Need to Know Before Buying

This is a comparative article of two modern hardware wallets- Bitfi vs Ellipal.

Recall that, hardware wallets were formerly designed to keep your private keys offline in a secured device. Well, that’s not the case for these two.

Bitfi and Ellipal claim to have surpassed every other form of cold storage system by creating a unique technology that protects its devices from both remote and physical attacks. I have previously written a review of the two wallets separately where I revealed every detail about them.

In this post, I will give you a head to head comparison of both wallets and the company track record. Join me for an informative section.


Post Summary

I have written everything in the simplest way that anyone can understand. Here’s a list of what I’ll be covering today;

  1. Bitfi in a Nutshell
  2. Ellipal in a Nutshell
  3. Compared Features- Bitfi vs Ellipal
  4. Conclusion

Bitfi in a Nutshell

The Bitfi Knox is a supposedly un-hackable Smartphone-like device that securely stores Cryptocurrencies. It was launched in June 2018 in North Carolina where the company is headquartered.

Your private keys are not stored on this device. what it does is to calculate the private keys anytime its user is sending out funds and discards it afterward.


Ellipal in a Nutshell

The Ellipal titan is a completely air-gapped hardware wallet designed to isolate your private keys offline and transfers its data through QR codes. It was founded in 2017 by Elliopal Limited, a company located in Hong Kong, China.

Just like the Bitfi Knox, it’s also shaped like a smartphone and appears quite bulky for a hardware wallet.

Read on, I have a laid the wallets’ features side by side, find out which is better.


Compared Features-Bitfi vs Ellipal

Bitfi
Bitfi

Cost: $199

4.9 Star Rating
Ellipal
Ellipal Cold Wallet

Cost: $169

4.6 Star Rating

The wallets will be compared based on the following;

  • Price
  • Supported Coins
  • Security
  • Firmware Update
  • Size and Design

Price

Firstly, we compare both wallets’ cost since that’s mostly what is considered by every rational buyer.

The Bitfi is sold at $199 which I think is too high for a new wallet that is coming to compete with already established top wallets.

On the other hand,  the Ellipal Titan is sold at $169. The Ellipal wins in this category, especially if you on a tight budget. One very important question to ask is this ” is the wallet’s price worth its features? “

Coin Support

Bitfi claims to have an unlimited number of coins supported including all the ERC20 tokens. This is not entirely true as I discovered only 11 digital assets are supported and all ERC20 tokens.

They include;

  1. Bitcoin   (BTC)
  2. Ethereum (ETH)
  3. Litecoin (LTC)
  4. Dash (DASH)
  5. Ripple (XRP)
  6. Apollo (APL)
  7. Digibyte (DGB)
  8. Dogecoin (DOGE)
  9. Monero  (XMR)
  10. Neo (NEO)
  11. Groestlcoin (GRS)

On the other hand, the Ellipal supports up to 32 digital assets and all ERC20 tokens. (As at the time this article was written). Some of the coins supported are;

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)
  2. Ethereum (ETH)
  3. Litecoin  (LTC)
  4. Ripple  (XRP)
  5. Groestlcoin (GRS)
  6. Digibyte (DGB)
  7. Dogecoin (DOGE)…etc

There is no Monero Listed

Hence the Ellipal has more coin support than the Bitfi Knox.

Security

Bitfi security protocol relies on the fact that the private keys are not directly stored on the device itself but calculates it at the point of transaction. It is also an open-source device.

The Ellipal Titan disconnects from every remote network and relies on transferring data via QR codes as its main security protocol. It’s a closed source device which makes it difficult for users to understand its workings.

Both wallets provide top-notch security for cryptocurrencies, but many users have shown some dissatisfaction in the Ellipal’s closed- source device.

Firmware Update

Bitfi firmware update is quite simple and does not require any manual installation. For instance, new coins supported are added up automatically to the device via its WiFi connection.

The Ellipal Titan updates offline through an SD card. This is a way to ensure that no remote hacker can find a way through its workings.

Size and Design

Both devices are designed to look exactly like a regular smartphone. They equally have a great work interface that’s very user-friendly.

Although the Ellipal seems a little bigger, I think the wallets have a similar design.

Bitfi

Bitfi Knox:

Ellipal Titan:

Ellipal Image

Conclusion- Bitfi vs Ellipal

That’s it on today’s comparative article. These two wallets are quite reliable; it all depends on you the user to know the one that suits you best.

The Ellipal is cheaper as the price is what comes first to every rational buyer’s mind. It also supports more coins at the moment.

You will need to use one to have a feel for yourself.

Now tell me…

Which of the wallets do you have a thing for after reading this article?

Do you have experience with any of the wallets?

Leave your replies down in the comments section, also come along with any questions you might have about this post or related matters.

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Kyrian Chidiebere
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