All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
Time for an updated look on what cloud mining services are currently using, both older ones that have been available for quite some time as well as new ones that we’ve started checking out more recently. This quick overview will also cover some recent developments around the various services listed below that we are following. Also it seems that lately there is also a new alternative to traditional cloud mining that is gaining some interest from services such as HaoBTC or Bter that pay users interest based on deposited coins, interest that is generated by mining. These services offer lower profit over a longer term, but also the risk is lower than that of investing in a cloud mining operation. Also these services pay you interest on an hourly or daily basis and your deposited coins are not locked, so you can use them at any time you need them. Hashnest also tried something like an alternative to traditional cloud mining with their PACMiC offers, but their new v2 is not as attractive as their initial offer. But back to the traditional cloud mining services…
– Genesis Mining is the preferred Bitcoin cloud mining service in terms of transparency and reliability and we’ve been using it for about a year already. The company is open, their teams frequently take part in crypto currency events and they have published information on their mining operations including their hardware suppliers. Daily payouts, transparency, multiple ways to purchasing cloud mining hashrate, probably not the fastest ROI out there, but less riskier. Here is a special promotional code that you can use to get a 5% discount for hashrate purchases – CryptoMiningBlog5.
– ZeusHash is a bit controversial with their cloud mining offers over time that have been unprofitable, but with their more recent offers they seem to be doing much better. Their partnership with the large Halley China mining farm has allowed them to offer a good price for their cloud mining hashrate and their most recent offer for 30 day cloud mining contracts with the users getting back what they have paid initially plus what they have mined at the end of the contract was also an interesting opportunity.
– GigaHash is still one of the smaller Bitcoin cloud mining farms that we see a good opportunity for growth in. Started as a private mining investment and after that offering cloud mining services to broader audience with their mining farm expanding all the time, lately based on AntMiner S5 ASICs. Daily payouts, useful and clean custom interface, good and timely support when there are some kind of issues, so worth checking out even though we’ve started using the service more recently.
– Mining Sweden is another relatively new entry in the cloud mining scene, starting as a smaller mining operation with plans to grow with the help of its users. The service offers Mining Shares (currently sold out) that are only for cloud mining and VIP Shares that give you not only cloud mining hashrate, but percentage of the profits of the mining operation. The service also offers users to buy BitMain AntMiner S5 ASIC miners and have them hosted in their data center. Could be a good long term investment as things seem to be working pretty well so far. Here is an extra 10% discount code from the regular prices that you can use, just enter ms10 during checkout.
– HashFlare is another more recent service apparently operated by a bit controversial Bitcoin ASIC manufacturer. So far it seems that the service is working just fine and is paying out without any problems, but still you might want to be careful with larger investments just in case. If you want to try it out, here is a promo code for 5% off for purchases over 250 GHS – HF15SMMR5P2 or 20% off for purchases over 2500 GHS – HF15SMMR20P2.
– Eobot is a service that has been available for quite some time already, according to their website since 2013, but we’ve just recently decided to check it out and so far it seems everything seems to be running fine and as promised. Initially it did not consider their offers of much interest, but their GHS 2.0 Bitcoin cloud mining contracts do not seem so bad at the moment with the current market situation. They also do have some other interesting services such as Cloud Folding and their own mining pool, so you might want to take a look, just stay away from their mining app.
A bit of warning in the end, stay away from the Bitcoin Cloud Services as they have suddenly stopped paying about a month ago, but their website is still online and they are still “accepting” payments form new users that never get hashrate or any payment in return, so do not throw your coins there! Another service that has been available for quite a while called Scryptcc has also had trouble recently claiming to have been hacked and a few hundred Bitcoins stolen from them and although they have returned and seem to be back online we would advice to stay away from the service for the moment, as they have lowered the mining income users are getting in order to get back what was apparently stolen from them. Until they resume normal operation with normal mining rewards for their users we would advice to stay away from them.
The Eobot cloud mining service has apparently been in operation since April 2013 and is based in California, USA and we’ve known about it for quite some time, but have not tried it up until recently. The service says that their “cloud mining should be considered as a fun, recreational activity and not a source of income or investment”, so it does make reasonable promises and does not try to make you believe you will ROI in no time. It has multiple options available, apart from standard cloud mining it also offers cloud folding services, the ability to rent hashrate and point it to your on pool, or mine with your hardware in their mining pools, they even offer their own software for mining. There is also a built in faucet with small daily payouts built-in that can help you get started even without investing your own money or coins in the service plus some awards to stimulate you to return often such as a daily DOGE reward just for logging in. You can choose to mine not only Bitcoin, or Litecoin, but also BlackCoin, Namecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Reddcoin, BitShares, CureCoin, StorjcoinX, Monero, Counterparty, Stellar, Bytecoin, Peercoin, NXT or MaidSafeCoin. Though the additional coins are not mined directly, but probably your mined profit is exchanged for the crypto currency you choose.
At the moment the service has almost 230 thousand users registered, but apparently not that much of them actually have purchased a lot of hashrate for clud mining. There are two options available in the form of 5 year contracts – GHS 1.0 sold at $0.20 USD per GHS with a maintenance fee of $0.00232/GHS/Day and GHS 2.0 available at a price of $0.50 USD with a lower maintanance fee of $0.00117/GHS/Day. The first option offers cheaper price for the hashrate, but the profitability is much lower with the maintenance fee resulting in about 95% of what you mine. The GHS 2.0 contracts on the other hand are pricier, but with lower maintenance fee (apparently using AntMiner S5 as mining hardware) that is currently about 49% of what you mine. The mining break even time in months at the moment is almost 50 months for the GHS 1.0 and about 12 months for the GHS 2.0 cloud mining contracts according to the service stats. At some point there were also scrypt cloud mining contracts being sold as well, but these are no longer available.
YOu can purchase cloud mining hahsrate or use the service as a form of crypto currency exchange, but you should be aware that when using crypto currencies to buy hashrate or to exchange between them there is a 5% fee charged. There si also support for purchasing hashrate via PayPal, but if you do so there is a rule that no withdraws can be made for 180 days after every PayPal purchase as apparently set as a precaution to avoid fraud, but not very convenient for honest miners. We have purchased about 100 GHS of GHS 2.0 Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate a few days ago to check out the service and so far everything seems to run smoothly and problem free. Interestingly enough with just about 100 GHS of hashrate the website ranks us in the top 150 users in terms of purchased hashrate from the 230K in total.
It seems that New York’s BitLicense regulations that recently have been finalized are already “encouraging” smaller Bitcoin businesses to either move away or stop working with users from new York. Just a few days ago we’ve had an announcement that the BTC Guild pool is closing down on June 30th citing the BitLicense regulations as one of the reasons for that decision. It seems however that the Bitcoin mining pool is not the only Bitcoin business that is taking into account these regulations as the Eobot Cloud Mining Service has also apparently taken the regulations seriously and has announced that it will stop working with users from the State of New York. Below is a quote of the official announcement:
Eobot will cease operations in the State of New York as of July 1, 2015.
To All Customers: If you are residing in and/or accessing Eobot within the State of New York, US, please withdraw all coins and cease all mining with Eobot as of July 1, 2015, as we are ceasing all Eobot mining connections from within New York at that time.
We regret that we must cease Eobot business within New York State, however the new BitLicense requirements in this state place compliance and cost burdens upon Eobot that we believe are excessive.
The Eobot Bitcoin Cloud Mining Service has been available for quite some time, probably among the oldest ones that are still operating. However we have not used it as some of its offers are not among the most profitable ones and have always seemed bit strange to us, but apparently it has large user base according to their statistics (over 224 thousand users). The service also has some sort of a downloadable miner, along with minerd and cgminer, but if you already have some mining hardware there are probably better and more profitable ways to utilize it. Still the service might be worth checking out, so we are going to.
Back on the BitLicense regulations, it seems that instead of helping Bitcoin-related businesses they will end up causing trouble for some smaller businesses that can prefer to stop operating in NY. Another, even worse outcome, could be for smaller businesses to go “in the dark” in order to avoid complying with the required regulations and continue to operate in NY without complying with the BitLicense. It will be interesting to see what will be the reaction of larger Bitcoin businesses to the BitLicense regulations, but we expect that some of these will also decide to stop operating in the State of New York…