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Power Meter Smartphone Apps

The overwhelming majority of power meters today support Bluetooth SMART technology. This is a good thing – for several reasons. For one, Bluetooth allows you to connect your power meter to a smart phone. This means you can use your smart phone as your head unit (cycling computer). There are a number of free third-party apps for both iOS and Android that can be used to track things like speed, power, cadence and more. In addition, power meters that support Bluetooth can be easily paired to popular training apps such as Zwift. Last but not least, and the real subject of this article, almost all manufacturers that make a Bluetooth equipped power meter, also offer an app to go with it. These power meter smartphone apps not only make using your power meter easier, but they can really help you get the most out of it as well.

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We often get asked about these apps (the name, their functions, etc.), so below we will run down the list of manufacturers and highlight their respective power meter apps. We will also summarize them briefly as well as state how they are all best used.

 

Quick Note Before We Get Started…

There are currently only three power meters we sell that don’t have a corresponding app: Easton/Race Face, SRM and Verve Cycling. SRM and Verve power meters are ANT+ only which is why they don’t have an app. The Easton/Race Face CINCH power meter spindle does support Bluetooth SMART, but we are not aware of a corresponding app at this moment.

 

4iiii Innovations App

Name of the app: 4iiii Innovations

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – Yes
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – No

4iiii’s app, available for both iOS and Android, is pretty much your standard power meter app. It allows you to update the firmware of your power meter, calibrate your power meter and can record ride data for later analysis or transfer (to your favorite website or training program). It doesn’t however show any advanced power metrics or things like power meter battery level. The app can also be used for running and other fitness goals.

4iiii smartphone app screen images

Power2Max App (FSA)

Name of the app: Power2Max

Platform: Andriod (iOS expected early 2018)

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – No
  • Record ride data – No
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – Yes

The FSA app actually goes by the name Power2Max. This is because the FSA PowerBox power meter uses Power2Max’s spider-based electronics and sensors. While this app allows you to do things like update your power meter’s firmware and check battery levels, it’s primary purpose is to upgrade your FSA power meter. The FSA PowerBox can be upgraded at any time to show L/R power balance, pedal smoothness, torque or to be compatible with Bluetooth SMART devices. The Power2Max app allows you to register your PowerBox and purchase these upgrades.

P2M smartphone app screen images

Assioma App (Favero)

Name of the app: Assioma

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – No
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – Yes
  • Set crank arm length – Yes

The Assioma app doesn’t allow you to record ride data like some of the other full-blown power meter smartphone apps do, but it does perform several key functions. It allows you to update your Assioma firmware, displays your battery levels, lets your convert you UNO into a DUO as well as lets you set the crank arm length (which must be done anytime you are using a pedal-based power meter). In addition and perhaps most importantly, the app allows you to register your Assioma power meter. The Assioma must be registered via the app before it will start sending power and cadence data to your head unit.

Assioma smartphone app screen images

Garmin Connect App

Name of the app: Garmin Connect

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – Yes
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – No
  • Set crank arm length – Yes

Since Garmin is a manufacturer of a range of fitness products, their Garmin Connect app is therefore not cycling specific, but tailored toward the general health and fitness crowd. There are pages for walking, running, hiking and cycling. The cycling functionality allows you to do things like upgrade firmware, calibrate your Garmin Vectors and set your crank arm length. Garmin Connect also has the ability to record ride data for later transfer to Garmin’s cloud-based Garmin Connect software.

Garmin smartphone app screen images

Cyclo-Sphere Mobile App (Pioneer)

Name of the app: Cyclo-Sphere Mobile

Platform: iOS

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – No
  • Calibrate power meter – No
  • Record ride data – No
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – No

Pioneer’s Cyclo-Sphere Mobile app, for iOS only, is a bit unique in that it is primarily intended for post ride analysis. In fact, it really doesn’t do any of the bulleted items above, common among other power meter apps. Rather, Cyclo-Sphere Mobile takes ride data collected in Cyclo-Sphere’s PC version and re-formats it for mobile use. So if you want to analyze your ride data and are away from your computer or only have a phone available, Cyclo-Sphere Mobile is your ticket.

Pioneer smartphone app screen images

PowerTap Mobile App

Name of the app: PowerTap Mobile

Platform: iOS

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – Yes
  • Displays advanced metrics – Yes (for P1)
  • Displays battery level – No
  • Set crank arm length – Yes

PowerTap’s power meter app, PowerTap Mobile, is pretty much a full-blown app with a good deal of features and functionality. In addition to updating firmware, setting your crank arm length and calibrating your power meter, PowerTap Mobile can display PowerTap’s advanced pedal metrics for its P1 pedal. In addition, the app can record ride data for later use and analysis.

PowerTap smartphone app screen images

ROTOR Power App

Name of the app: ROTOR Power

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – No
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – Yes
  • Displays advanced metrics – Yes
  • Displays battery level – No

ROTOR’s ROTOR Power app is pretty slick and helps you get the most out of your power meter. The key feature is the app’s ability to record your ride data while simultaneously showing you some advanced pedal metrics such as torque efficiency and pedal smoothness. In addition, if you are using Q-Rings, ROTOR Power can recommend your Optimum Chainring Position (OCP) after your ride, allowing you to fine tune your Q-Ring position.

ROTOR smartphone app screen images

StagesPower App (Stages Cycling)

Name of the app: StagesPower

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – No
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – Yes

While the StagesPower app doesn’t allow you to record your ride data (it does however display power and cadence in real time) or provide any advanced metrics, it does make using your Stages power meter a bit easier. Within the app, you can check and update firmware, calibrate your power meter as well as check battery levels, among other things.

Stages smartphone app screen images

PowerHouse Bike App (Velocomp)

Name of the app: PowerHouse Bike

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free to download. $9.99 per plan

  • Update firmware – No
  • Calibrate power meter – No
  • Record ride data – Yes
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – No

Velocomp’s PowerHouse Bike app is a bit different than the other power meter smartphone apps here. It doesn’t perform the functions typically associated with bike apps – rather it offers paid training plans and workouts and gives real-time feedback and performance assessment. There are six workout plans to choose from. Each plan has up to 70 individual workouts. The PowerHouse app prescribes the appropriate workouts, intensities, durations, cadence and rest intervals and takes you through each workout. There is a PowerScale bar, brackets and PowerPointer, all which show if you are under or over performing your target intensities. The PowerPod PowerHouse Bike app is free to download, as are three workouts for each training plan. If you decide to access all of the workouts within a plan, the cost is $9.99.

PowerPod smartphone app screen images

Watteam Powerbeat G3 App

Name of the app: Watteam Powerbeat G3

Platform: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

  • Update firmware – Yes
  • Calibrate power meter – Yes
  • Record ride data – No
  • Displays advanced metrics – No
  • Displays battery level – Yes
  • Set crank arm length – Yes

WATTEAM’s app is called the Watteam Powerbeat G2 and is available for both iOS and Android. While it serves some basic purposes such as allowing the rider to update firmware and calibrate, it’s main purpose is to assist you in the installation of your POWERBEAT. The POWERBEAT power meter is a user installed power meter. The app walks you through the 30-45 minute installation process with clear instructions, images and videos.

WATTEAM smartphone app screen images

Josh Matthew

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