All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
A few days have passed since the introduction of the GAW Miners Digital Cloud Miner – the Hashlet and we’ve been testing it since the sales of the cloud miner have started and we have purchased a 5 MHS Hashlet. So now it is time to do a report on our experience using the miner and of course the thing that probably most of you are wondering about – the profitability you can expect. We already have some numbers to share, even though at the moment the Litecoin and other Scrypt-based crypto coins are not very stable in terms of price and the trend if going down and not up. With the current unstable market situation you need to be careful and wise when doing a decision to invest into a mining service or ASIC miner, unless you believe that things will soon improve and the prices will get back up as many people into crypto currencies do.
After purchasing a 5 MHS Hashlet, a relatively quick and easy process, though it sometimes might take a bit more time than we needed, we have moved to activating our hashrate in the ZenCloud website. The ZenCloud service is that is also used by GAW Miners for the hosted ASIC miners, including the Scrypt and SHA-256 devices, however since we haven’t used the service before it is new for us. If you have purchased a hosted miner you may already be familiar with the service and how it operates, but we’ll go through the important things for the people that are new to it like us. One very important thing to note is that the Hashlet is a digital cloud miner for mining Scrypt crypto currencies in a multipool and you are getting paid in Bitcoins.
The main Dashboard panel is the place where you get all of the basic details that you need when you login to your account – information such as the current hashrate or what was the last payout that you got. Do note that the Hashlet gets current and hourly hashrate reported, however the generated payment is credited to your account once every 24 hours. The Dashboard page gives you the total amount of coins earned for the last 24 hours, however the actual amount you get is a bit lower due to this number not reflecting the deduction of the maintenance fees. On to top right of every page you can see what is the current amount of BTC you have in your account since the last payment and their average USD value based on the current Coinbase exchange rate.
The Miners panel from the menu on the left is where you actually add the Hashlet that you have purchased by redeeming the ZenHardware code that you have received and then you get to see the Hashlet you have purchased, but unless you set a mining pool it will not start to mine. Setting a mining pool could be a bit confusing at first as you need to drag the pool icon from the Altcoin list of pools on the right over the Hashlet, or you can use the Batch Update pools if you have more than one Hashlet to make it easier.
Once you drag the pool icon over tha Hashlet, below you will see the icon of the pool appear and the expected daily payout from that pool based on the estimation for your hashrate from the previous day. Obviously the highest payout is the ZenPool as GAW Miners have promised, but you can alternatively select to use Clever Mining, Multipool.us, NiceHash, TradeMyBit or WafflePool as alternatives. The important thing here however is that regardless of which pool you choose you are not setting worker information and you are only getting paid in BTC directly, so you cannot mine some altcoins and get them in your account with the Hashlet – only direct Bitcoin payments. Below you can see what are the current 24 hour estimated for 5 MHS Hashlet with the different supported pools.
5 MHS Hashlet Current Pool Profitability per 24 hours:
Clever Mining – 0.00237291 BTC
Multipool.us – 0.00218895 BTC
NiceHash – 0.00251380 BTC
TradeMyBit – 0.00230103 BTC
WafflePool – 0.00245989 BTC
ZenPool – 0.00309374 BTC
These numbers show that the ZenPool gives a bit over 20% higher profit as compared to the second most profitable pool in the list, and how exactly do they manage to get the extra profit apart from the lack of pool fee we do not know. Do note that these numbers represent the expected profit without the maintenance fee, so what you actual get credited in your account may be less. You can however also get more depending on the price fluctuations on the specific day of mining, especially if the prices the previous day were low. Even though we seem to be seeing pretty close numbers from day to day so far.
The Latest Activity panel is kind of history log on what have you been doing in the control panel, logging the time and the action you have performed. The next panel called Balance is that one you will want to use more often as it shows the list of your financial transactions – the mined coins and the maintenance fee. It can be a bit confusing as it apparently shows first the maintenance feed deducted and then the full amount of mined coins added the same as in the Latest Activity. This way it seems that for the first day we have not been deducted any fee, even though we have mined for just a few hours as you can also see from the amount of mined coins.
The Balance panel is also the place where you can either deposit or withdraw BTC in your account. Both buttons however do have some weird rounding applied as per the current Coinbase exchange rate that makes entering an exact value real pain in the ass, and while it may be useful when depositing BTC, it is really annoying when withdrawing as you want to enter an exact value that you have in your account. If you are wondering why you would need to add BTC in your account, the reason is simple – to purchase more Hashlets from the ZenMarket panel instead of going through the standard purchasing procedure that you need to go over if you do not yet have a ZenCloud account.
We’ve been talking about the fee, but we have not yet mentioned what exactly is the maintenance fee that you need to pay for the Hashlet digital cloud miner. It has been set to $0.08 USD per MHS per day, so for our 5 MHS Hashlet we need to pay 40 USD cents per day for the fee from our total mined coins. Our profit for the first day of mining (only a few hours actually) was lower than $0.40, however we were not deducted a fee for that day and after that for the next two days we have managed to get the fee to be about 1/4 of the total mined coins or with other words close to 25% with the current not so favorable Scrypt prices. Obviously since the Hashlet is not time limited cloud mining contract, the time that it should expire is when the mined coins are not enough to cover the fees as this would make the miner unprofitable and you would not want to actually have to pay to be able to continue mining instead of making money from it. This is the way we understand and expect things to go with the Hashlet as this piece of information regarding the lifetime of the digital miner is not clearly described by GAW Miners yet.
Below you can see what the actual earnings are by days that we have accumulated in our account from mining so far with the 5 MHS Hashlet. Note that these are the values with the maintenance fee already deducted from them. The first number in BTC represents the total account balance after that specific day, the number with plus in the brackets shows the actual mined coins for the specific day other than the first one (this is minus the fee) and in the end of the line you can see the average estimated USD price of the available coins.
Day 1 (only few hours of mining)
– 0.00061710 BTC ~ 0.31 USD
0.00314709 BTC (+ 0.00252999 BTC) ~ 1.48 USD
0.00580333 BTC (+ 0.00265624 BTC) ~ 2.83 USD
0.00825451 BTC (+ 0.00245118 BTC) ~ 3.90 USD
0.01116123 BTC (+ 0.00290672 BTC) ~ 5.84 USD
0.01366939 BTC (+ 0.00250816 BTC) ~ 6.92 USD
0.01627877 BTC (+ 0.00260938 BTC) ~ 8.27 USD
So the current actual profit for 5 MHS Hashlet is equivalent to about 1.20-1.30 USD per day after we deduct the maintenance fee from the mined coins. That would mean we’ll need around 65 days (a little over 2 months) to get a return of the investment of $79.99 USD for purchasing the 5 MHS Hashlet if the conditions remain the same – something that will hardly happen. We already know that the network difficulty will most likely continue to increase, but what we don’t know yet is what is going to happen with the price of LTC and other Scrypt-based crypto currencies in the next 2-3 months. So in fact we can ROI faster or slower than that number of days, depending on a lot of factors, but breaking even in just about 2-3 months does not sound like a bad thing as after that you can expect to actually make some profit. How much actually depends on the purchased hashrate and the current market conditions when you have earned enough to cover your initial investment. Do note however that since you are getting paid in BTC, if the Bitcoin exchange rate for example doubles you can instantly lower the time for ROI, but if the opposite thing happens the time will double. And as we usually do recommend, do not invest more than you can afford to lose if things do not go the way you planned it. It is also not a wise idea to invest all in just one place, so think about spreading to multiple services.
After the initial announcement of the new Hashlet Digital Cloud Miner by GAW Miners there has been a lot of user interest and when the prices were also announced and the sales have started the interest was so big that the users managed to bring down the whole Shopify network temporary. After that issue was quickly resolved and things were back to normal we have decided to try out how easy is it to purchase a Hashlet and then to do a detailed review of the digital cloud miner as well. But first we are going to do a quick overview of our experience purchasing a Hashlet and since the testing and reporting part will need some more time we are going to post the review a bit later on when we do get enough experience and some results with the Hashlet.
The Hashlet is essentially cloud mining hashrate for Scrypt mining that mines for you in a multipool to maximize profit and you get paid in Bitcoin. Currently the price per 1 MHS of hashrate for a Hashlet can be purchased for $15.99 USD, with a minimum of 1 MHS and a maximum of 100 MHS packages, though you can also purchase multiple Hashlet units with a hashrate of 1, 5, 15, 25, 50, 75 or 100 megahashes. Remember that this is Scrypt hashrate not SHA-256 hashrate like most other cloud mining services sell in Gigahashes (GHS), here the hashrate and profitability is different as compared to directly mining BTC with a cloud mining service. The Hashlet is designed to be a digital cloud miner for Scrypt mining in a multipool giving you the maximum profit directly converted in Bitcoins. This is utilized by mining for the most profitable Scrypt-based crypto currency for the moment and then exchanging it for BTC, so this way you can get the maximum from the current market prices. The disadvantage is that you cannot mine coins that you decide and you cannot get paid in a specific coin like you can with an ASIC miner for example.
So when you decide on the hashrate of the Hashlet you want to purchase you add it to the cart, for the purpose of our initial testing we have decided to go with 5 MHS Hashlet, so we have added it to the cart and confirmed that we want to purchase it. We have entered our Billing details and have selected to pay with Bitcoins, though you can also choose to pay with a Credit Card or with a Bank Wire Transfer as well.
Then we were presented with payment page with 2D Barcode as well as the amount of BTC and the address we needed to send the coins to. The number of coins for the $79.99 USD payment we needed to send for the 5 MHS Hashlet was automatically calculated as 0.16116 BTC with the current Bitcoin price. The payment page had a counter that gave us 15 minutes to initiate the payment and as soon as we sent the transfer from our wallet the page refreshed and said that the payment has been accepted. So this is just to send the payment, not to wait for 6 confirmations before your order and payment gets accepted.
What followed next was a bit confusing as the payment page just said that the payment has been completed and nothing more on what to do or where to go. We expected that we need to wait some more for the Bitcoin transaction to be confirmed before we received further instructions. About 15 minutes later with just 3 confirmations of the Bitcoin transfer confirmed we have received an email with further instructions. We were directed to register a ZenCloud account if we don’t yet have one and got a ZenHardware activation code that we needed to redeem at the ZenMiner website in order to activate our Hashlet. The account registration panel did require the activation code, however it did not automatically activate the Hashlet in our account, we needed to redeem the code inside the control panel after we have registered an account in order to have the 5 MHS Hashlet active and then to also select the pool that we wanted to mine in. Of course we have chosen the ZenPool as it was reporting to give the highest profit as we have been promised for the Hashlet, though we’ve had some other popular multipools available as alternatives as well.
We are going to soon post about our experience using the Hashlet and what profitability you can expect from it once we have collected some data about that, so stay tuned for more information very soon. Meanwhile we can conclude that it is very easy and quick to purchase a Hashlet digital cloud miner, it took us just about 30 minutes from the time we started the purchase process, to do the payment using Bitcoins until the moment we’ve had an active ZenCloud account and had the Hashlet to start mining for us. This is among the fastest, if not the fastest, complete process for purchasing cloud mining hashrate and having it start mining for you from all such services that we have tried so far, and we have tried many.
The last few days the guys at GAW Miners have been teasing us with something new and big coming, and there were already some interesting news like the purchase of the domain name BTC.com and the acquisition of a controlling stake in cloud mining provider ZenMiner. The big news that we were waiting for however is the introduction of the Hashlet, or as they call it the world’s first digital cloud miner – a new project that is apparently designed to help miners to actually make profit mining crypto currencies. The idea of the Hashlet is that you purchase a digital miner, no need to pre-order, and it is instantly activated and starts mining for you. There will be no shipping costs or waiting time for some hardware to arrive, it will be activated instantly and controlled online though the web interface of ZenCloud and you should be able to easily upgrade it or even sell it.
Hashlets, the world’s first Digital Cloud Miners (DCM), will be hosted in a reliable datacenter with 99.9% uptime guaranteed. So you will not have to deal with all of the issues associated with managing of hardware miners such as noise, heat or power issues or worry what will you do with an ASIC miner hardware once it gets obsolete and cannot generate enough to even pay for the electricity it uses. Hashlets are supposed to be constantly upgraded and remain state of the art in order to keep them profitable as long as possible with the maintenance cost decreasing over time and not increasing. Purchasing a Hashlet will also get you exclusive access to the ZenPool, a new multipool designed especially for the Hashlet with the best possible profitability and zero mining fees. It also seems that you will be able to also trade your Hashlets in a dedicated marketplace, so if you decide you no longer need the miner you should be able to easily sell it to someone else that is interested.
The idea of the Hashlets seems really good as it should bring all the best parts of hardware miners forward, and leave behind all their limitations, so a great choice especially for new miners. It is what cloud mining should be for miners that want to move from actual hardware miners to the cloud mining, making things easier to use and manage and above all to actually make profit mining now. Let somebody else manage the hardware for you and save you all the trouble and focus on the mining and making profit, something that has become quite hard lately with the BTC ASIC miners and even with the currently available LTC ASCIs as well. One thing is for sure, you can place your trust in GAW Miners and their Hashlet digital cloud miners and know that they will not disappear like many new cloud mining services that have appeared lately and have turned out to be scams. That is why we are already waiting with a lot of interest for the specifications and prices to be announced for the new Hashlets, something that should happen later today, and also to try them out and report our own experience. So stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and meanwhile you can take a look at the details that have already been revealed.
Update: The Hashlet is now out in the wild and you can already purchase some. It seems that the initial interest was so big that the users brought down the whole Shopify network briefly. And now for the prices, each MHS is available for $15.99 USD and you can scale it up to 100 MHS and then buy multiple Hashlets of up to 100 MHS as well. These prices of the Hashlets are already cheaper than anything you can currently purchase in terms of the price per MHS you get from a Scrypt ASIC miner. Also the current maintenance fee is $0.08 USD per MHS.