Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are, depending on who you speak to, taking over the world. They have erupted onto the scene in the last few years, with 2021 seeing them each new levels of exposure.
They are everywhere now, and it's hard to get through a day without seeing or hearing some reference to Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. But a lot of people still have questions about them.
How long does it take to mine one Bitcoin?
It takes around 10 minutes to mine just one Bitcoin, though this is with ideal hardware and software, which isn't always affordable and only a few users can boast the luxury of. More commonly and reasonably, most users can mine a Bitcoin in 30 days.
Can you mine a Bitcoin for free?
Technically, mining the Bitcoin can be done for free, as the software has no cost associated with it. However, there are huge costs involved with the hardware and electricity expenses.
Mining equipment requires a lot of power, and it could cost as much as 73,000 dollars to process a Bitcoin, depending on the electricity costs in one's area.
It is possible to join a mining pool to harness to computational power of hardware owned by several miners, but then each miner only receives a portion of the mined Bitcoin.