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Is the Baikal Mini Miner ASIC one of the Best DASH Miners of 2017?

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1. Baikal Mini Miner Review – Introduction

You probably already heard about the Baikal Mini Miner ASIC before. It is a compact miner that is meant to work with X11, X13, X14, X15, Qubit and Quark algorithms, and people usually employ it to mine DASH.

The miner was launched in mid 2016. Back in the day, it was like any other miner concerning ROI; it was, however, the less power-demanding miner on the market. With a power consumption of only 40W per 150Mh/s, the Baikal is one of a kind.

After the release, the miner received many positive reviews. At first, some users had a grim outlook on the miner – they speculated that after the release of a popular DASH miner, the profitability of DASH mining would go down.

A year passed since then and surprisingly enough, the profitability of DASH mining only increased. This is hard to believe, but as by march 2017, it became almost 2 times more profitable to mine DASH with the Baikal Mini Miner than when it was a year ago.

150 MH/s MINING PROFITABILITY

There were two factors that affected profitability. First, the price of the miner went from $500 dollars to $300. Back in the day you had the option to get the miner a bit cheaper, for about $400 per unit if you’d buy four units.

Secondly, despite some predictions, the profit per day in US from mining DASH remained the same, which means that the ROI of the Baikal Mini Miner is almost as twice as better. It went from about 9 months to 5 months. That’s some crazy ROI for an ASIC miner, since the usual ROI is between 9 and 12 months.

This is why we decided to revisit, review this miner and take a closer look at it.

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2. Specs and Features

As we already mentioned, the Baikal Mini allows you to work with six types of algorithms. This was a huge innovation back in the day, and it still remains a rare feature among modern ASIC miners.

Pool Mining

The Baikal Miner allows you to choose your mining pool. It comes with 8 pools to choose from and it also allows you to add your own ones. You can also prioritize each pool to maximize your earnings.

Tested pools:

Coinminer 150MH+
SuprNova 149MH+
NiceHash 145MH+

Assembly and Set-up

The miner is easy to set up. It comes fully assembled in a compact box (Dimensions: 140mm x 100mm x 95mm). The box includes an OrangePi (clone of RaspberryPi) board with an Ethernet module and a complete cooling system. The boxes can be easily attached the one to the other and assembled into one single rig. This means that if one day you decide to add more miners to your office, you won’t have to worry about additional space for the extra modules.

Baikal Mini comes with a tool called BaikalScanner, which allows you to easily find the needed IP address to connect to the setup page. Once connected, you have to configure your mining preferences. This means choosing your pools, setting up priorities and so on. The factory password to the setup page is “baikal” with a lower case “b”. The same goes for the username. You can change that once you log in to the control panel.

Please notice that the miner does not require a PC to function. You will need a PC only to set it up, configure it and monitor the work progress.

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Back Up

Baikal comes with a GPLv3 licensed OS, which can be downloaded from the official Baikal site. This allows you to reinstall your miner OS quickly and easily. Before you do that, you can also save your mining settings. The backup is done from the miner interface, which means that you don’t have to download any additional tools. The interface is browser-based.

Here are some quick stats:

Hashrate: 150MH/s
Power Usage: 40W at the wall
Supply Requirements: 12V, 96W 5A (Recommended: 8A)
Dimensions: 140mm x 100mm x 95mm
Weight: 475 g
Price: $300 dollars per miner; no quantity discount

3. Hashrate/Wattage Ratio

First of all, it is worth mentioning that the miner comes with no power supply. It does however works with any generic 12V DC power supply with a barrel 5.5×2.5mm connector. Since the Miner power consumption is only 40W, there is no big issue in finding a power supply that would be compatible with it.
Some users recommend using a 96W 8A power supply to ensure stable work of the unit, while others state that a 5A power supply is enough.

Now, in the case you want to assembly a rig of Baikal miners, you probably would like to purchase the four unit pack from their official shop since it comes with a PCI-E connector. This allows you to connect it to a regular 150W PSU, though a 300W one would be more advisable.

You can say that when it comes to hashrate/power usage ratio, the Baikal Mini Miner excels compared to other ASIC miners. This is why the miner is mostly popular in Holland and other countries that have high electricity costs. People who live in USA States like New York, Connecticut and Alaska could greatly benefit from the low power consumption as well.

Hashrate

The miner provides a stable 150 Mh/s +/- 1 hashrate on all algos and pools. It is, however, advisable to test all available mining pools, because some might perform better than others. There are many factors involved, and the miner configurable priority system is your best ally.

Also, please notice that the miner takes some time to stabilize the hashrate. It averages at 150 Mh/s, but don’t get too excited if it reaches the 160Mh/s mark for a dozen of minutes.

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Cooling

The Baikal Mini Miner plays it cool. Low power usage means that the miner does not need intense cooling. It comes with a cooler, but it is not a heavy one, and several users report that the miner works really quiet. There is no consensus on the exact amount of DB, but it is clear that the noise level is far below the 50DB mark (quieter than a laptop fan). This makes it a great choice for home crypto mining.

4. Conclusion

Mining DASH was profitable back in mid 2016 and it’s still profitable now in 2017. In fact, you can say that it became even more profitable today than it was a year ago. There are mere speculations on how things will go from now on, but as for today, a Baikal Mini Miner ASIC can be a great investment with a decent ROI.

Where to buy

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Baikal 150M mini miner

This is a video presented by baikal team to teach you how to install baikal 150M mini miner.



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  • claudio

    hi amazing post!
    I am from Holland and i wanted to mine cryptocurrency but it would not be proffitable, or it would be profitable but the ROI would be more than a year.
    I have almost no experience in mining so should u advise me to buy this miner and start mining?
    ps by far the best post ever to read for a dutch person 😀

    • claudio

      and where can i buy this miner?

    • Hey Claudio, If you plan to mine DASH, then this type of ASIC is one of the best or you can search on google to find different ASIC miners like “X11 ASIC Miner”, i also found another one called “ASIC X11 Miner DR3” which i will review soon. This are great because they use very low energy for a good hashrate.

      I had a chat with Baikal and will take at least 3 weeks till they have new miners in stock. If you really want to buy, you should call them and book some..

      http://www.baikalminer.com/ShowProducts.asp?id=466

      • claudio

        do you know what the price will be in 3 weeks?
        also do you think DASH will be good to mine in a year or so? because i am doubting to buy just 1 150M or to buy 600M.
        I live in the Netherlands and i dont want to spend more than 1000 euro. Will this be the best investment or are there other miners/cryptocurencies out there that can be mined with a 0.20 cost per KW?

        sorry for me shitty english….

        • Don’t apologize, your english is just fine, also english is not my native language too.. so no worries. I also want to buy the Quadruple version, which i am reviewing right now. I hope they will keep the same prices 😀 wow NL has high electricity costs.. i have 0.1262. For X11 this is a good investment, accorind to current price and profitability. Or you can make a 3x GPU rig.. and buy more when you are o profits.. this is what you get with 3x RX 470 4GB https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/calculator/eth?HashingPower=89&HashingUnit=MH%2Fs&PowerConsumption=400&CostPerkWh=0.20

          • Claudio Pauwels

            I really wanna buy the quadruple to. Can u let me know if they are up for sale?

          • i will let you know once they have them in stock!

          • claudio

            when will that be? because i acually want it as fast as possible?

          • 3 weeks maybe..

          • John State
      • Peter Leis

        how do you mean book some ? they told me they are not taking preorders.
        Do u know when they will go back on sale its ” almost” been 3 weeks 😉

        • I saw a few available on Amazon, go check it out!

          Later edit, bleah.. looks like they raised the prices: http://amzn.to/2oFA39B

          • Peter Leis

            are u joking 7000 bucks no freaking way anyone is that daft to pay that.
            the Baikal prices are nice but for 400+ a piece I’m just going to pass. tnx for the link though but I can do math 😉

          • This is why i said “bleah” they are ridiculous.. who the hell is going to pay that money on that.. its just absurd..

          • Peter Leis

            Any idea if their close to getting new stock ? I’m checking their site everyday but I fear the second they go on sale they will be all gone.

          • no idea 🙁

          • Peter Leis

            Their whole website just changed “New” model 300 mh but they charge 200 more for 300 mh then they did before .. and only 2 per customer + sold out already (at least it sais No stock when I try to order) @ 799 for a 300mh it gets tricky again if its going to be worth it and only 2 units per customer just sucks ballz .. who has time for that 🙁

          • yeah.. that’s just unbelievable.. like they had two workers working on units all day and night 🙁

  • Arick

    What websites other than their main website would you recommend checking as soon as they come out to place a order.

  • John State

    Baikal miner 600MH/s and Giant a900 it’s in the stock heare https://all4mining.com

  • NameHiddenToProtectPoster

    Hi, I think it’s just the controller that’s an OrangPi, right? The actual hashing is done by a custom ASIC, I think.

  • quarks proton

    baikalminer.com is a CROOK and a SCAM (s or no s, they are all BULLSHIT)

    I have been ripped off from baikalminer.com for $4676 and want you share my HORROR story so hopefully you don’t end up getting ripped off. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM BAIKALMINER.COM !!! After weeks of research on Google and Youtube, I thought the Baikal Miner would be a good investment mining Dash coins at 300 MH/s using only 75 Watt of power. Boy was I in for the biggest SCAM and RIPOFF and RIDE of my life!!! After one month of Baikal Miner hustling and scamming me, he stole $4676 and I am now stuck with a defective Baikal Miner Cube. I am now still SHOCK and SO DISGUSTED of these people! This is why they don’t accept credit card or paypal. Just bitcoin, dash or ethereum. I don’t think there is any recourse or any way you can get the coins back from these people!

    On April 11, 2017, I pulled the trigger and sent baikalminer 0.7216068 BTC which equals to $876.02 USD. These people are very difficult to deal with and very slow to respond on email. Worst, they only take bitcoin and they are located halfway around the world in China. So this made me very concern. 8 days later on April 19, the unit arrived at my home. I emailed Baikal on what power supply to use and they won’t recommend which power supply to buy or send me an ebay or Amazon link, they just said 12V 10A. I searched on Google, Amazon and ebay and end up buying 3 power supply from Amazon and ebay. The first P/S came home the end plug was too big and did not fit. Then a couple days later the two P/S I ordered on ebay arrived and this one fit. You would think spending $876 on a little box with a fan, heatsink and circuit board they would include a P/S. The box did not come with any manuals so I had to google to find the CUBE.pdf manual and figured everything out myself. When first powered up and log in with the default password baikal, the miner show down. It looks like they still have their dash wallet address on there. I setup an account on coinmine.pl and dash.suprnova.cc and added my account and dash wallet address to the Baikal Pool page. Doesn’t matter what I do, the miner still show down.

    On April 24, 2017, I emailed baikal@baikalminer.com. The following day, they email back ask me to skype them.

    Hi,
    Thank you for your email.
    Please contact us via skype in order to deal your business more effectively.
    Our skype account: “baikalminer” (no more other letters or characters)
    You can check the following link for your information: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1804508.0
    We will take care of your request as soon as we get the message from skype.
    Best regards,
    Baikal

    On Skype, they did not offer any technical support or troubleshooting at all. They kept on insisting I download and read the CUBE.pdf file.
    http://www.baikalminer.com/cn/down/CUBE.pdf Their support is shitty! Then they wanted me to ship the unit back at my expense to repair it. I wasn’t happy at all!!! To make me happy, they offered a Quad unit at a discounted price. The miner cube is $800 + $76 Shipping. Total is $876. Quad is 4 miner cube so $800 x 4 = $3200. I already paid for the first miner cube so I just need to pay for the difference of $2326 and I have to ship the defective unit back. I wasn’t happy paying more at a full price when I already received a defective unit. So they offer 5% discount + free shipping + power cable at $2166 more + $876 I originally paid.

    >4/25 Ok I will deduct the same so that you can pay the shipping price from your end for that cube.
    >4/25 3196-870 = 2326$
    >4/25 But you have to ship the product to us.
    >4/25 Does it make you happy..
    >4/25 Ok as this is our fault we give the 5% + free shipping and power cable = 3036- 870 = 2166

    On April 27 and 30, 2017, I sent them $2150 to upgrade to a Quad Cube ($900 in ETH and $1250 in BTC). As of this date, I have sent them
    $3026.02.

    On May 1, 2017, they offer me two baikal quads for $2400 instead of instead of $3400 .

    >5/1 Ok after lot of considerations in your case we feel like the fault is from our end only.
    And to do the compensation for that if you are interested we ship out two baikal quads in which you have already paid for one and for the second one we give you 25% off + free power cables and shipping. So you have to pay 2400$ instead of 3400$ I this this makes you a happy customer.
    What do you say.?
    >5/1 This is only one time offer please don’t consider this discount in future just to make sure you should be happy we are offering this and please post this any where in social media.
    As people will start bargaining..
    This offer for you also only once from next time please don’t ask us as definitely we don’t give any offers anymore.
    Definitely you don’t need to worry this time as I personally test the products which we are going to send you.

    >5/2 Hello my friend we have received your payment
    But we had an issue with our financial tem.
    In the morning our jr accountant accepted that you can pay 1600$ later but from afternoon we had so many discussions and our Sr accountant is not agreeing for more than 1000$ credit to a customer and blaming me for giving such credit after 25% discount.
    Some how I managed by telling that customer lost a lot because of the machine problem and managed to give you 1200$ or with huge extra offer.
    Because we consider the money which we get before the shipping and after shipping we always will be having 50:50.

    Case1) pay 1000$ and pay nothing except shipping the old product.
    So here for second quad you will be getting 3400-1600 = 1800$ total to pay(800 already paid and balance 1000$). Close to 47% off on total for the second machine.

    Case 2) pay 400$ now and remaining 1200$ after shipping.

    This is just to make sure that it is fine at least we don’t make profit but we should not lose money by selling.
    We sell our products through out the world and you are an individual customer for us.
    I hope you understand our Sr accountant concern.
    Please think for a while and let me know which case suits well so that I will proceed and also please be hurry so that tomorrow morning hours I would like to ship them. Thanks.

    On May 2, 5 and 6, 2017, I sent them a total of $1650 in BT and ETH. After sending them the last payment, they said to me on skype “Hi my friend please contact us via email for the confirmation. thanks.” And this is when the HORROR begins. I email them at baikal@baikalminer.com and they just pay dumb and said they never received my $$$ BTC and ETH.

    05/02/17 Paid $800 BTC
    05/05/17 Paid $550 ETH
    05/06/17 FINAL payment $300 BTC

    baikalminer.com and all other baikalminer web site and all of the baikalminer on skype are the SAME people. They will hustle you in sending bitcoin, dash coins or Ethereum coins. They will steal your coins and you cannot do anything about it like me! I am very unlucky and very stupid to trust them! DON’T buy anything from Baikal Miner or any other web site or anyone on Skype. They are all the same people. I will attached screen capture of my skype conversion with Baikal Mining and emails so you can read for yourself and share with families, friends, co-worker and the mining community. I FEEL SO SICK INSIDE. These people have stole $4676 of my hard earn money. VERY VERY SAD! Don’t know what else to do.

    Danny

  • peter

    i found x11 dashcoin miner in penguinminer.com , who know that website is reliable?

  • Jens Meding

    I want to know how long their lifetime is. I was offered a used one for 750$ and only 2 month guarantee.

  • Dan Jensen

    Are these still in production?

    • no idea :/

      • Dan Jensen

        🙁 I looked around and cannot find them anywhere in stock unfortunately and people on ebay tend to think that these are a gold mine and selling them for thousands, which is just silly.

  • Bruce Stemmet

    where can i get my hands on one ?

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