Staking Solana is one of the main reasons why people invest into one of the biggest ecosystems in the world. Solana made a big name for itself this summer by going up from 30$ levels to 140$ levels. This did not happen because people “liked” it, it came because there were many opportunities to make money with it. You have NFT gaming in it, casinos, DeFi and projects that are all within the SOL ecosystem getting popular a lot. However today we are going to talk about one thing that made sense to a lot of people; staking. Btw. here is a list of the best staking coins (Solana is among them).
All in all a decent offer for an ecosystem that has vast applications. Rewards are given on each Epoch and each epoch here is 48 hours.
Sollet is the OG wallet for anything Solana related, it was the first one and it is the one that works the best. Zero problems in months of working with it and it doesn’t look like there are many problems that people face online either. Usually when there is software in the world, there are also complaints about it online Not Sollet because it works exactly how it should without any hiccups.
Exodus has a big dilemma that costs them a lot of users. They are a great company, definitely good looking as well, easy to use, a bit high fee but nothing extraordinary, so they have the whole package of a wallet you may want to use.
There have been a few security complaints from people who said they were hacked but nothing official related to Exodus itself ever found. The big problem they have is the fact that they are not open source, which is a big enough reason to not trust a wallet by many people. If they were open source, I am sure they would have a lot more customers.
Phantom is one of the best up and coming wallets in this space. They raised 9+ million dollars from investors and they are working on their mobile version as well. Which means that they have the potential to be the best wallet in the world on anything Solana related.
However at the same time “potential” means that currently it faces some bugs, has lags time to time and overall not a finished product just yet. It is definitely one of the best wallets when they are not facing any issues, but at the same time they are in beta levels right now and not fully ready yet.
Solflare is a wallet that was made by a developer as a help to Solana community, the main idea wasn’t to build a wallet that would become a business but to grow the ecosystem for Solana. However they were one of the first ever to focus on Solana and put it in the center instead of other big wallets that just use it as another add-on to their wallets.
This caused a big interest towards it and they were not ready for all the attention they got, which caused a bit of a problem for their product to be slow, laggy and overall face roadblocks for users until load drops. They are definitely improving lately and doing much better but they are not at the big leagues just yet.
Good wallet, good developers, good intentions, has a good amount of community behind it. Hopefully they can earn more and develop it to sustain big numbers, but considering how it is a free wallet, it may lack the funds to keep growing.
Moonlet is a bit of a newer wallet that added SOL staking just recently. So far there has been a bit of a complaint about the staking initial part being a bit difficult and taking some time to start. However after it starts and works, it provides one of the best validator options and rates coming back. They acquired a good amount of customers with their initial promotion that gave even higher APR% and now still offering one of the most competitive returns to this day.
They are one of the most known wallets in the space, and they do provide a competitive APR as well. However the locking period follows a buggy result for each person, many complaints online about how even after unlocking and unstaking there are people who failed to withdraw their SOL.
This seemed to have ruined AtomicWallet for many SOL investors and will probably take some time to gather them back. Fortunately it looks like working better now when tested, but it is lacking marketing to get a good community. They didn’t even do an announcement when they added SOL and staking options, which should tell you all you need to know.
Staking With SolFlare & Ledger Wallet
Creating your Wallet
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Creating your wallet on Solflare using Ledger Wallet may not be the easiest thing in the world, but following the steps here, you could make it a lot easier.
First you need to connect your Ledger nano to your computer. Then click the Manager tab and you need to select the Solana option and install it. This will provide your Ledger to have the Solana app installed. After this you have to select the Solana app, click settings and Allow Blind signing.
In order to create a Solflare account, go to https://solflare.com and click access wallet. The middle option is Ledger and click that. Continue and it will ask you which path you want to use and there is only one called “ 44’/501’/” and select it. Click continue and it will ask you to pick your Ledger then approve it.
SOL could be bought in many exchanges including Binance. After purchasing some of it, all you have to do is send it to the Wallet you have in Solflare, you can find your address in the “receive” tab at the right side of it. This way you could control it on Solflare to do anything you want with it.
When you access your Solflare wallet, you will see the Staking option at the top near Portfolio.
Go there and click “start staking”, this will ask you to pick how much you want to stake and with which validator. Do not forget to leave a bit of SOL for fee’s. After you pick your validator and amount, you will be writing down your password to confirm and you will be starting to stake. At first it will say Activating, but then it will turn to staking.
When a Staker ends up picking a validator, they are delegating their staking power to them and allowing the Validator to have a voting power, this gives importance to Validators to attract as many stakers as possible.
They use their hardware power to keep the system going, plus getting the voting power to make bigger decisions, hence why they are trying to encourage stakers to pick them. Win-Win-Win situation for stakers, validators and the system.
Undelegate and Withdraw
When you want to undelegate your stake, all you have to do is click the staking account and at the right bottom corner you have the undelegate button, simple as that.
Just like the activating period taking some time, here we have deactivating which takes 2 to 3 days for an undelegation to end. After that 2-3 day waiting period your account will be seen as inactive and you will be able to do whatever you want with your SOL in there.
I know this is the part you have been waiting for. The real juicy details on how much one person can make staking SOL. It changes each epoch of course, but at the same time it is close to %6.3 APR in most cases, validators are a bit luckier getting closer to %7 returns of course, and earning more from others staking as well. Staking rewards could be found in websites like ; https://www.stakingrewards.com/earn/solana/ they provide live changes and tell you how much you can earn with it.
Staking Solana on Exchanges
Alternatively you could always go with exchanges to stake without keeping the SOL in your own wallet. Creates an easier situation and doesn’t bore you with details of the initial setup.
Binance for example offers a %9.90 APR for 60 day locking which is better than what we can earn from staking ourselves but it is a locked period that doesn’t allow you to withdraw your money during the period plus doesn’t directly help the system either, only Binance itself. There is also a limit on how much max you can put in as well, making it questionable at best. Read more on Binance Staking here.
Staking your SOL on FTX is also another very easy method to do as well. You just hover your mouse to four squares at the top left and a dropdown menu will come. Pick staking and then click on SOL. You will receive your rewards hourly in small bits, and it will take one week to unstake if you want to. Rewards are %6 annually right now.
Staking on Coinbase itself is not available right now but Coinbase has another project called Coinbase Custody and in there there is Bison Trails part where you can see the Delegation of Bison Trails, allowing you to pick a delegation option that is in the stock market, which is as unique as it gets and trustworthy.
In the end Solana is the coin that moved from under 30$ to over 140$ in a month. Which shows you that Solana is not just some scrappy coin that was put together by some newbies. It is a project that is here to last and definitely shown enough potential and promise to be one of the main guns in the crypto world.
Of course it has some complicated features and work to do in order to stake it, not as easy as some other projects, but that derives from the in-depth detail project put into Solana to make it such a unique and successful project. When you have something as valuable as Solana that increases in price higher than people could imagine, the added benefit of staking it also gives you great returns, much better than sitting in your wallet and collecting dust.
Which wallet you will pick and which delegation you will use, all these things depend on your preferences of course, just like always you should pick the one you are most comfortable with and considering the cooldown period that each has, picking the wrong one could lead you to have a few days waiting period for a while.
This is why you should try to minimize testing and check out videos on youtube to see which ones are more up your alley and test only them to limit testing to a week. The longer you take, the less staking rewards you will receive as well, it is quite important.
Another thing you should not forget about is the hardware wallets and softwares connecting to each other. Something like Ledger combined with Solflare is one of the most used by the community, it allows you to protect your coins at the highest possible method, but also use the software one to have an easy staking going on at the same time. It is definitely a fan favorite and what I would personally recommend checking out.
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What actually happens when I stake my SOL?
When you stake your SOL, you delegate your SOL to validators, who in return work for the network to be more secure, by using their hardware.
Which validator will I be delegating my funds to?
You will have the chance to pick which Validator you end up choosing. You could choose big ones from Coinbase to other names, or you could get together with a few of your friends and build your own as well. It is fully dependent on the person who stake to choose which validator they want to pick.
How much can I earn from staking my SOL?
https://www.stakingrewards.com/earn/solana/ This website shows you the current rewards on that day. At the point this article is published, the rewards are at %6.33 yearly for someone staking SOL.
What is the minimum amount I need to start staking?
Normally 0.01 SOL is the minimum required to stake, this way you can pay the fee to start and also have enough left to stake. However most places require 0.1 SOL to start after the fee like Binance, because 1.4$ to start staking isn’t worth the effort put into setting it up.
When will I start earning rewards?
It is required for you to wait 2 Epochs (around 4 days) to start earning rewards. Each Epoch could be a little bit different from each other, so it could take a little bit longer or could be quicker, but 2 Epochs is the minimum time to wait.
Do I need to claim my Solana rewards?
There is no extra work required for you to do after you start staking SOL. As long as it is staking, in every place you may stake, the rewards are automatically rewarded into your wallet, in some places it is even added to your staking as well. So there is no added workload and it is a totally passive income.
Is staking Solana safe?
Staking Solana itself is a very safe investment. Obviously just like any other investment, there are stuff that you need to be aware of, but none of them are directly related to staking SOL. Things like the price of SOL dropping, your computer being compromised to a hacker, the wallet you are using getting hacked, the website being down and things like that which are third party related and not directly related to SOL staking itself could very well happen. However, nothing that staking SOL would cause added risk is involved in any of this, they are the same as holding SOL in your wallet.
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