PowerPod Product Information
The PowerPod isn’t your ordinary power meter. Unlike more traditional power meters that attach to your drivetrain or pedals and measure your power using strain gauges, the Velocomp PowerPod attaches to your handlebars and measures your power through wind measurement – the forces that oppose the rider. This is called opposing force technology. The PowerPod uses an accelerometer, a wind pressure sensor, an elevation sensor and a speed sensor – all to measure power. The benefits to this type of power meter are numerous. Compared to a more traditional power meter, the PowerPod power meter is easier to move between bikes, there are no compatibility issues, it’s simple to set up, you don’t have to change out any of your prized components, and perhaps best of all, at $299 it’s the most affordable power meter on the market.
Installation for the PowerPod is as simple as installation gets for a power meter. In fact, installation isn’t really the right word…it’s more like mounting. The PowerPod comes with a handlebar mount which you simply attach to your bars using a small hex wrench, and then the power meter attaches to the mount (see picture above).
The PowerPod weighs just 32 grams. To put it in perspective, this is about the weight of 32, average size paperclips. When the mount is included, the total weight of the system is 65 grams.
The PowerPod uses a USB-rechargeable battery.
The battery lasts for approximately 20 hours before needing to be recharged. While other power meters can often go for several hundred hours on a set of batteries, the fact that the power meter is USB-rechargeable is a big plus.
Difficulty to Change
This is not applicable as the battery is good for the life of the product.
The power meter transmits power data via the ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART wireless protocols, giving you the option of using virtually any device as your head unit or bicycling computer.
Velcocomp says accuracy is on par with the more expensive, traditional type power meters. In some testing done against an SRM power meter, the PowerPod was shown to be within +/-3% of the SRM. While other power meter manufactures often claim +/- 1.5 or 2% accuracy, for the vast majority of cyclists, it is indeed plenty accurate.
The PowerPod does not transmit cadence. While a cadence sensor is not required for basic operation, you can always choose to add one if you wish.
The PowerPod doesn’t calibrate through a head unit as most power meters do. Instead, the power meter ‘self calibrates’ during the first few minutes of each ride. Note that if you haven’t removed it between rides then it will be accurate right from the start.
The PowerPod comes with a one year warranty which promises that the power meter will be free from defects in both material and workmanship.
You can add up to four different bikes, using the “Profiles” feature accessible through the company’s free Isaac software. Before each ride, the PowerPod will scan the wireless IDs it has stored and select the profile that matches the speed sensor ID it finds.