All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
We haven’t updated our cloud mining progress report for a while now, so we have decided to write down our latest impressions form the services we are currently testing or have tested already. And with services such as MarketsCX and Bit-Mining disappearing, creating a lot of trust issues with other and especially with newer cloud mining services it is good to give an overview based on our own experience. The biggest concern with most cloud mining services is if they are here to stay and will not take away your coins or money and run away with them. Especially true with new services that have just launched and the way they run and the information they provide raises some concerns. That is why we do recommend to always do some research and start small should you decide to test a new cloud mining service and be very careful, unless you are sure to be investing in an already proven and established service.
CexIO is probably the oldest and biggest Bitcoin cloud mining service, no concerns there, though our experience has shown that it is good mostly for trading GHS/BTC and long term investment in Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate does not work that well. The service does plan to launch Litecoin cloud mining as well, but it is still not available, though they have been expanding the list of services they have such as adding Scrypt mining pools as well as introducing a trading fee on their exchange and adding future cloud mining contracts for trading. Currently the price of 1 GHS worth of Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate is around 0.0069 BTC and near the end of this month it should most likely go below 0.006 BTC judging from the current FHM trading price.
PBMining is a Bitcoin cloud mining service intended for long term investment as there is no exchange where you can buy/sell the purchased hashrate at any time and you buy a 5 years long mining contract. The service has probably the best prices per GHS for BTC cloud mining hashrate and this along with the 5 year contract makes a lot of people concerned and we were a bit concerned as well initially. However the fact that we’ve been using PiggyBack Mining for almost 3 months already and we didn’t have any problem and were always getting our weekly payouts on time we are not that concerned about them anymore… especially comparing to the bad experience we’ve had with other services that are no longer available. Currently the price per 1 GHS is 0.005 BTC per GHS and the price gets down usually every difficult increase of the Bitcoin network.
Cloud Hashing is a Bitcoin cloud mining service that has been available for some time and seems to be a very serious one according to what they claim (3.79 PHS total hasrate). The service has own dedicated pool and you get control over the workers you have via a web-based dashboard depending on the mining contracts you have purchased. The only drawback of this service is the not so attractive price they have for the hashrate that you can purchase in the form of a 1 year contract. You are not able to purchase minimum of 30 GHS and they are a bit expensive at $299 or 0.69 BTC (0.023 BTC per GHS), so not easy to test the service with a very low investment before deciding if it is worth to invest more. After all everything that a miner wants to get is profit when investing in either Bitcoin mining hardware or in cloud mining services and the numbers here don’t look so good. The fact that the price for the cloud mining packages offered does not adjust with the change in difficulty does not help either.
ScryptCC is the first Litecoin cloud mining service that we’ve tried a while ago and we were very excited about it at first, but were not very satisfied by the level of support we were getting – very slow response to issues. Though things seem to have been improving the fact is that this is the only more serious Scrypt cloud mining service that remains after others such as MarketsCX and Bit-Mining have disappeared. The service is apparently using GPUs making it harder to add additional hashrate and thus the prices are mostly depending on the trading going on between users. Currently the lowest price of 1 KHS worth of Litecoin cloud mining hashrate is available for 0.000719 LTC and when we started testing it about three months ago it was pretty much double that price.
Today the Bitcoin exchange rate started going down again and the reason seems to be some new rumors that the Chinese national bank is going to prohibit the trading of Bitcoins and other cryptos by not allowing banks to service the payments for crypto currency exchanges by ordering all Chinese banks and payment processors to close accounts of Chinese Bitcoin exchanges by 15th or April. It seems that this is still just a rumor as there is no official information, though some news services in China are apparently reporting the news and the result is as expected – panic sale. Some of the big Chinese crypto exchanges have reported that they are not aware of any official announcement and it is all just a rumor, but the information in question could just be sent to banks directly, though at the end of last year the central bank has issued official warning about trading of Bitcoins and this has caused panic and significant drop in the price of BTC that had previously hit a record high price. It seems that soon enough we’ll see if this time it was all just a hoax if the price starts to recover back to the normal level or we’ll get to see an official announcement…
We have decided to post a short update on our progress in testing various cloud mining services for mining Bitcoins and Litecoins without having to purchase any hardware, instead you just rent hardware that mines for you. We are already testing a few of these services and have shared some experience and feedback and will continue to as we continue using them. The biggest concern with most cloud mining services is if they are here to stay and will not take away your coins or money and run away with them. This is especially true with new services that have just launched and the way they run and the information they provide raises some concerns. That is why we are proceeding with caution when using them and start with small investment in hashrate for a few weeks to see how they will work and try them for a while.
Bitcoin/Litecoin Cloud Mining Services:
CexIO is the oldest and biggest Bitcoin cloud mining service, no concerns there, though our experience has shown that it is good mostly for trading GHS/BTC and long term investment in Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate does not work that well. Apparently the service is soon planning to launch Litecoin cloud mining as well, but it is still not available. Currently the price of 1 GHS worth of Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate is around 0.0117 BTC. The service has a dedicated pool that you may also point your own mining hardware to mine with a 0% fee for Bitcoins and since recently for LTC as well.
PiggyBack Mining is a Bitcoin cloud mining service intended for long term investment as there is no exchange where you can buy/sell the purchased hashrate at any time. The service offers one of the best prices per GHS for BTC cloud mining hashrate and you purchase it in the form of a contract for 5 years. Currently the price per 1 GHS is 0.0078 BTC and the price gets down usually every difficult increase of the Bitcoin network. The only drawback is that you are getting paid your mined earnings once a week. We’ve been using the service for a few weeks already and had absolutely not trouble with them.
Bit Mining is a service that we just recently started using, even though it has been operating for a few months already with Bitcoin cloud mining service, though we are more interested in the more recently launched LTC cloud mining as well. The company has announced a partnership with the BTC ASIC maker Bitmain not long ago, but more recently they have been hacked and for the last about 10 days already they have been fixing things. The service is almost back to normal operation and everything in our account is back to normal and the only thing left is probably the restoration of the automatic withdraw payments as currently they are confirmed manually and it can take some time for the coins to be available in your wallet (up to about a day in our experience). The prices are currently around 0.0098 BTC per 1 GHS for Bitcoin mining and 0.047 LTC for Litecoin mining. There are also pools that you can point your mining hardware to mine for you with 0% pool fee along with your cloud mining hashrate.
MarketsCX is a new cloud mining service that has launched just recently as a Litecoin cloud mining service with an exchange that relies on Gridseed ASIC hardware. The service had some hiccups in its operation like delayed withdraws that we have experienced a few times, but seems to be working stable and is here to stay. We’ve had some concerns about it initially, but it seems that they might not be a problem. What we did not like initially was the fact that the price per KHS worth of Litecoin cloud mining hashrate has dropped significantly in very short time, probably due to the significant processing power available at the service. The good new is that if you are just starting the service you can purchase hashrate very cheap, probably the lowest price available at only 0.022 LTC per KHS. The service has just started adding BTC cloud mining option as well, but it is not yet fully operational. Since this is a new and unproven service we do recommend to be careful and start small if you want to give it a try!
ScryptCC is the first Litecoin cloud mining service that we’ve tried a while ago and we were very excited about it at first. Unfortunately we were very disappointed soon after we started testing the service as they’ve had some small but annoying bugs and issues that we reported multiple times and now more than a month later they are still not being addressed. We gave up on the service completely as apparently the support is virtually non existent there, but we check from time to time if there is any change. We are also reporting the problems from time to time again hoping that they will be resolved for the users that still continue using the service. We would not recommend that service to anyone, so stay away from it, there are already other alternatives available.
Cloud Hashing is a Bitcoin cloud mining service that has been available for some time and seems to be a very serious one according to what they claim (2.87 PHS total hasrate), but we still haven’t given it a try. We plan on trying out the service soon and what has been stopping us so far are the not so attractive price they have for the hashrate that you can purchase in the form of a 1 year contract. You are not able to purchase less than 85 GHS as a minimum, so not easy to test the service with a low investment before deciding if it is worth to invest more. Still worth checking it out and we’ll soon be giving it a try with a small 85 GHS contract in order to be able to give a proper review of the service based on our experience using it.