And do tokens actually affect download speeds?
The best way to increase tokens is to run an exit node of your own. Though, this is the same as running a TOR exit now: you expose yourself to legal consequences.
Yes, tokens do affect the download performance: exit nodes prioritize service to those with a higher balance. So, if your balance is too low, you can get lower anonymous download speeds during peak hours.
Do you realize that posting a link to a commercial VPN provider on this forum is the fastest way to get banned as a spam bot?
Recently, spam bots became much more sophisticated. They use advanced DL models to blend in with the crowd and write meaningful things around their links, just like you did.