Input Output, the entity behind the development of the Cardano network recently published a step-by-step process to stake the Cardano token. According to the update, staking ada helps in validating the Cardano blockchain, consequently, the staker is rewarded by the network. The staking uses a non-custodial consensus and adds to the security of the Cardano network.
Delegate Ada To Staking Pool
The first step in the process of staking ada is making sure that your ada token is stored in a Cardano compatible wallet such as Yoroi, Daedalus, Flint, Gero, Adalite, C-wallet, Nami, Eterni or Typhon.
The ‘Staking’ tab in the wallet is meant for delegation, so you need to find a staking pool for ada delegation. You can also use a website dedicated to Cardano staking such as cardanoscan.io, adatools.io, pooltool.io and pool.pm.
You can delegate your ada to a pool using any of these community websites or in-wallet as the case may be.
Stake Confirmation and Activation
Staking rewards are distributed 20-25 days if the pool that you’re delegated to produces blocks. Epoch represents time interval of 5 days in the Cardano ecosystem. So a delegation has to be registered before the 5 day cycle to be eligible for reward within that period or epoch. The rewards earned within the epoch is distributed 10 days after the epoch it was earned.
The Reward for Participation
The pool’s Return on Stakes (ROS)% and the amount of staked ada are used in the calculation of the rewards that are due participants. This calculation is done by the Cardano proof of stake consensus mechanism, Ouroboro. The distribution of the rewards is done every 5 days if the pool produces blocks in the cycle. The rewards is automatically added to the stakers pool and re-staked. The rewards can be withdrawn at any time or re-staked so that the owner doesn’t forego possible gains.
Staking Using Cardano Compatible Wallets And Benefits
The primary benefit of using a Cardano compatible wallet is the liquidity it affords the user. They can also move from pool to pool and make withdrawal of their rewards at any time. The owner is in charge of the custody of the a in their wallet.
Cardano native tokens have minimum value of ada attached to it. This enables the owner to participate in initial stake pool offerings (ISPOs) . This rewards the participant with the tokens of supported projects within the Cardano blockchain, when delegation is done to predetermined pools. The rewards can be withdrawn at any point or after they have been re-staked severally to yield desired rewards for the owner.
The essence of staking is to validate that pools operate correctly. It is important to check that a pool generates blocks regularly before staking with that pool. This could be done via the community sites already listed in step 1. You might have to use another pool if the one in sight is already saturated.