Moving from Ethereum to Binance Smart Chain
ERC-20 and others to BEP-20 BSC compatible tokens
September of 2020, Binance launched the Binance Smart Chain, an Ethereum-Virtual-Machine compatible smart contract blockchain, and in only 5 months it has surpassed Ethereum in daily transactions. With transactions taking only 5–10 seconds, as opposed to 5–10 minutes, and costing only .05c-.15c each, as opposed to $15+, its no wonder why its seeing such massive growth. Existing smart contracts, and Solidity developers can easily migrate to BSC, and pick up right where they left off. Investors can also “wrap” any of their favorite ERC-20 and other tokens, and use them on Binance Smart Chain. While a few are clamoring for “scaling” solutions for Ethereum, others, like you, have now discovered the problem has already been solved.
Welcome to Binance Smart Chain.
The steps below can be skipped if you have already completed any of them on your own.
Setting up your wallet for Binance Smart Chain You will need to first create a wallet, most begin with MetaMask. From the Google Chrome extension store, search for and install MetaMask Wallet.
Once you have installed MetaMask, it will walk you through creating a new wallet. Make sure you write down, and save, the 12-word seed phrase thats given to you upon setup. That seed phrase, will help you get back into your wallet if you ever get logged out or lose your device. Once you are all setup, you will need to add the Binance Smart Chain settings to MetaMask.
Default MetaMask wallet set to Ethereum
Up at the top of your wallet, you will see a section with the network and a drop down arrow, click on that and choose “Custom RPC”. MetaMask by default has Ethereum’s main network and test networks, so we will add Binance Smart Chain manually.
Settings to add BSC custom RPC URL data
Once you have typed that all in, click on save. Now on the wallet homepage, you will be able to use the drop down menu and select BSC Mainnet. You are now on Binance Smart Chain. Keep in mind, all transactions require BEP-20 BNB in your wallet to pay for the gas costs, exactly like ERC-20 ETH on Ethereum.
Getting Money onto Binance Smart Chain
In areas of the world that still have access to Binance.com, getting your tokens swapped to BEP-20 Binance Smart Chain compatible tokens is very easy. Simply deposit your tokens into your Binance wallet, and when you choose to withdraw, make sure to select BEP-20 BSC as the transfer network option, and your BSC wallet address in your MetaMask wallet.
Binance.com's withdrawal interface
For Americans’ and others without access to Binance.com, at the moment it isn’t as easy. Binance.US has not updated their exchange yet to support BEP-20 withdrawals, so we will use a work-around. There are a couple of options like using SafePal Wallet or the Binance Bridge. The first option is much simpler, so let's go over that one first.
SafePal Wallet Click on this link to be directed to your appstore to download SafePal Wallet, https://www.safepal.io/download. Once you have installed the wallet, open it up and import your wallet address that we created earlier on MetaMask, into SafePal Wallet, using your 12-word seed phrase. Once you have done that, you will be presented with the SafePal Wallet hep
SafePal Wallet homepage
Now you can deposit your ERC-20 tokens, or anything else such as BTC/LTC etc. and “wrap” them, to make them compatible with Binance Smart Chain (this can always be un-done if you want to go back). Once you have tokens in your SafePal Wallet, you can then click on the Swap button at the bottom (4th one over), and begin the swap process.
SafePal Wallet ‘Swap' BTC to BEP-20 BNB
SafePal Wallet ‘Swap’ ETH to BEP-20 BNB
In the “Pay” field, choose the tokens that you want to convert to BSC compatible tokens. In the “Receive” field, make sure you choose BEP-20 BNB. Then go ahead and proceed with the swap. Once completed you will have Binance Smart Chain compatible BEP-20 BNB tokens in your SafePal Wallet.
Binance Bridge Binance has a website called the Binance Bridge, that will allow you to convert your non-BSC compatible tokens, to BEP-20 versions. It currently blocks users in countries that don’t allow Binance.com accounts. You can find it by going here; https://www.binance.org/en/bridge.
Binance.org/en/bridge - make sure your wallet is connected
Once you connected your wallet, choose the “asset” that you are trying to convert, and make sure the “from” and “to” networks are correct. Click on max, and then copy/paste your wallet address from MetaMask, and then you should be able to click on “next”. Binance Bridge will then direct you to send the exact amount of tokens, to a unique wallet address, and once they receive your tokens, they send you back the same amount, but BSC compatible versions. Keep in mind the unique address they give you can only be used once.
Now that you have a mobile wallet that is setup for Binance Smart Chain, and you have some BEP-20 BNB tokens, its now time to explore what Binance Smart Chain has to offer.
PancakeSwap Decentralized Exchange
The largest decentralized exchange is PancakeSwap.finance, so go ahead and head over there and you will be presented with the option to “connect” your wallet. That will allow the exchange to see what tokens you have available and allow you to trade them easily.
Make sure to click on Connect and approve the wallet prompts
PancakeSwap’s trading interface
Jetfuel Finance dApp
Try going to Jetfuel.finance in your wallet's dApp browser, and you will now be able to access the Jetfuel Finance ecosystem.
Click on Connect Wallet and approve the wallet prompt
Small sampling of the available interest earning Vaults
Your wallet should now be set up, and you should be all good to go.