Cardano

Stake Cardano with Kiln, enterprise-grade staking

What is Cardano?

Cardano is a Proof-of-Stake blockchain platform: the first to be founded on peer-reviewed research and developed through evidence-based methods. This blockchain wants to solve security and sustainability issues. The native token of Cardano blockchain is ADA.

Is Cardano a Proof-of-Stake blockchain?

Cardano works on a specially designed Proof-of-Stake (dPoS) blockchain protocol for consensus called Ouroboros. This consensus mechanism allows for ADA to be sent and received easily and securely at all times, while also ensuring the safety of smart contracts on the Cardano blockchain.

What is staking?

Staking is the process by which blocks are created on a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) protocol. This involves locking an amount of the native token (ie ADA) into a smart contract to become a validator. For each block your validator produces you earn rewards. PoS is overtaking the original Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm as it is more efficient and eco-friendly.

By becoming an ADA validator you are contributing to the network’s block production and securing it while making rewards.

Why should you stake your assets?

Staking is considered  as one of the safest and most predictable ways to get rewarded in the crypto space. It is a natural and advantageous aspect of many protocols as all assets are created through the blockchain’s in-built inflation. By staking ADA tokens, you help secure the network and earn rewards at the same time.

By not staking your unused ADA you cannot earn rewards off of them and are not contributing to the security of the network.

Plus if you do not stake, your assets' value will be eroded from protocol inflation.

You can stake your ADA as well as other (d)PoS cryptocurrencies to:
  • Put your treasury to work
  • Diversify and earn, while contributing to blockchains decentralization
  • Bring new opportunities by enabling your users to earn staking rewards

Protocol Card

Token
ADA
GRR
3-5%
Number of live validators
2,076
Consensus
dPoS

How to stake Cardano with Kiln?

There is no minimum token requirement to delegate. You will need to pay a delegation fee to your pool before allocating your stake to it. To stake ADA, you’ll only need to access Kiln's dashboard and you can stake it in just a few clicks. Select the account you want to stake on, the amount of ADA and connect your wallet:

  1. Login your Daedalus desktop wallet
  2. Head to the staking tab on the left bar menu
  3. Go to the Stake Pools tab
  4. In the search bar, look for any "Kiln" staking pool and select one of them (Kiln ADA staking pools)
  5. Select the wallet you want to stake from and confirm staking pools
  6. Confirm the transaction

Unstaking ADA is one of the simplest unbonding processes in the crypto space. Unbonding is immediate, and you can use your ADA as soon as you remove your stake from the validator pool.

Detailed information about Kiln validators can be found here.

What are the rewards associated with staking ADA?

Using a staking pool to delegate your assets to an ADA validator, you can generate rewards based on collected transaction fees from each block processed. Beyond this there are staking incentives put in place from when staking on Cardano was launched in 2020. This amounted to 13.8 billion ADA set aside as a reserve to push for more stakers. The amount of ADA you have staked in the pool will dictate how much you earn in rewards as they are directly proportional to your stake.

Why should you stake your ADA with Kiln?

Kiln is the leading enterprise-grade staking platform, enabling institutional customers to stake ADA, and to whitelabel Solana staking functionality into their offering. Our platform is API-first and enables fully automated validators, rewards, data and commission management.

We are serving thousands of businesses worldwide. Our clients can seamlessly stake their coins from our dashboard, a hardware wallet, a browser wallet, a B2B custodian, a crypto exchange or just their favorite investment app. Kiln makes staking Solana easy, secure, and accessible to everyone.

  • Stake ADA in 1 click
  • 99% uptime guarantee
  • Manage all your ADA stakes and rewards from a single dashboard 
  • Non-custodial, work with your existing custodians ADAutions e.g.Fireblocks
  • SOC 2 Type II certified and Industry leading SLAs (0 penalties recorded and 99.95% effective uptime)
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Stake Cardano FAQ

What does Proof-of Stake mean?

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Proof-of-Stake (PoS) is a type of consensus mechanism used to validate cryptocurrency transactions. Through PoS, validators can contribute to the block production of a chain while keeping environmental concerns to a minimum, which is becoming an increasingly large issue in Proof-of-Work.

By staking capital rather than energy, validators risk losing a portion of their value and future potential for staking by misbehaving while creating blocks. This incentivizes collaboration and minimizes malicious activity in the consensus process.

What is the difference between PoS and dPoS?

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Both are consensus algorithms, helping to democratize one participation to securing a blockchain. DPoS is an iteration of PoS combining real-time voting with a system based on reputation to reach consensus across the blockchain. Voting power is still determined by how many tokens they have.

When will I receive ADA rewards?

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Rewards for staking ADA and delegation are awarded at the end of every epoch. On the Cardano chain, an epoch is equivalent to five days. Rewards are calculated according to transactions processed on validated blocks over the period and come with an in-built monetary incentive along with the collected fees. A current estimated reward rate is around 3.19% per epoch.

Does the interest compound when staking ADA?

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Yes, rewards accrued through staking Cardano are re-delegated back into your original amount. In this way you are consistently compounding your stake and increasing your future rewards.

What are the risks associated with staking ADA?

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The Cardano network does not implement slashing into its staking process so the risks associated with staking ADA are minimal for both validators and delegators.

Is there a minimum and maximum amount to stake for Cardano?

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There are no minimum or maximum amounts associated with staking Cardano however, fixed fees are included in the delegation process which will need to be considered. Check that you have enough ADA to stake on top of these fees to effectively stake your assets.

Do I maintain custody of my ADA tokens? Is ADA staking non-custodial?

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While you may self-custody your staked ADA (ideally using a Ledger hardware wallet), you may choose a third-party custodian to control the withdrawal of your staked ADA (ie Fireblocks).

What is the lockup period to stake Cardano? When can I unstake and withdraw my ADA?

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There is no minimum lock up period associated with Cardano, you can release and use any ADA you are staking as soon as you unstake.

How rewards and penalties work?

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Every slot the validator is expected to sign attestations. If submitted attestations are good the validator receives rewards, otherwise it receives penalties. In case the Cardano validator is offline it will also receive penalties.

What is the average block time on Cardano?

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The average block time on Cardano is ~20 seconds, though this is fluid and can change with time depending on various factors.

What are the specificities of a Cardano validator?

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To run a full node on Cardano requires a certain degree of technical understanding. However, delegating your ADA is a lot simpler and can be done with even a small amount of capital. You will need a funded wallet with which to delegate your ADA, including some funds set aside for delegation fees.

Unbonding is simple and instantaneous, you can use your coins as soon as you decide to unstake.

Rewards are received after every epoch, five days.

What is a Gross Reward Rate (GRR) and how is it different from a Net Reward Rate (NRR)?

In the context of Proof-of-Stake blockchains, the gross reward rate (GRR) refers to the total or gross amount of rewards earned from staking before deducting any fees or expenses. This is a reward rate that fluctuates with the operations of the protocol and the performance of validators, it is not set by Kiln. The net reward rate (NRR), on the other hand, takes into account the deductions or expenses, providing a measure of the actual rewards received after subtracting fees or costs.

Where can I learn more about Cardano?

There are many existing resources but we invite you to visit the Cardano website and to check our latest articles on our blog.

Ernest Oppetit, CPO
February 28, 2024
Gross Reward Rate (GRR) may change over time and vary depending on the open source blockchain protocol code. In addition, fees might be deducted from the gross effective rewards earned.