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PowerPod Lite Power Meter

Josh Matthew January 30, 2023
4.86 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


The most affordable power meter available!

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PowerPod Lite Power Meter

The PowerPod Lite Power Meter makes training with power easy and affordable. Using opposing force technology, the PowerPod attaches to your handlebars and measures your power by calculating the forces that oppose the rider. Specifically, the PowerPod uses an accelerometer, a wind pressure sensor, elevation sensor and a speed sensor – all to measure power.

The benefits to this type of power meter are several. Compared to a more traditional direct force power meter, the PowerPod is easy to move between bikes, doesn’t have any compatibility issues and is simple to set up. In addition, you don’t have to change out any of your favorite components. However best yet, the PowerPod Lite is the most affordable power meter available!

The PowerPod works on virtually all bikes and transmits power data via the ANT+ and BLE, and can therefore be used with any bicycle computer or watch.

Please note: The PowerPod requires an ANT+ speed or speed/cadence sensor.


Key Product Details


This power meter mounts to 31.8 mm handlebars (or 22 mm if used with the TT mount), and therefore works with just about any bike. This includes road, track, CX and MTB. See Compatibility tab for more information.

PowerPod Lite vs. the PowerPod:

The PowerPod Lite works just like the original PowerPod. Accuracy, consistency and compatibility remain the same. However the Lite lacks some features found in the PowerPod. The most notable difference is 1 rider profile for the Lite vs. 4 for the PowerPod. Also, the Lite does not come with Isaac software.

PowerPod Power Meter Comparison Table

Power Measurement:

The PowerPod measures opposing forces, so it’s able to measure the power that is generated from both legs (rider’s total power).

Key Features:

Affordable, works with any bike, can be moved between bikes, measures a rider’s total power, 15 hours of battery life, rechargeable battery, ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility. See Specs tab for more information.

Advice From Our Staff:

The PowerPod is a unique power meter. Unlike other power meters that mount to the drivetrain and measure your direct power, the PowerPod measures your power by wind resistance. This has some pros and cons. It’s affordable, it will mount to any bike and you can move it between bikes. However, in some cases, it won’t be as accurate. In addition, it can take more work to get it set-up and configured properly. So, if you’re looking for an affordable power meter that will give you a nice approximation of your power (and is sometimes very accurate actually) and are willing to spend some time getting it set-up, then it might be a great option for you. You can read the many positive reviews on the Reviews tab. However, if accuracy is very important to you and/or you want a power meter that is easier to use, we might suggest a different option.


Bar Mount Options

You have four different handlebar mount options to choose from:


The PowerPod Lite comes with the Velocomp Standard Handlebar Mount. The Standard Mount works on 31.8 mm road and MTB bars. It mounts the power meter only and you must mount your bicycle computer on its own mount, next to the PowerPod.


If you would like your power meter and Garmin or Wahoo bike computer to be on the same mount for a cleaner look, or have a TT bike, you can choose to purchase an upgraded mount.

Note that you save $10 if you bundle the PowerPod with an upgraded mount.


Other Versions to Consider

PowerPod: We also sell the Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter. It costs a bit more, but offers some additional features (please see the table above).


The PowerPod Lite Power Meter mounts to 31.8 mm handlebars (or 22 mm if used with the TT mount), and therefore works with just about any bike. This includes road, track, CX and MTB.

PowerPod Lite Power Meter Specs

NamePowerPod Lite Power Meter
Bike TypeAll
Power Meter TypeOpposing Force Technology
Weight65 grams (including mount)
Battery TypeUSB-rechargable
Battery Life15 hours
Communication ProtocolANT+ and Bluetooth SMART
Accuracy+/- 3%
Warranty1 year


In the Box

  • PowerPod Power Meter
  • PowerPod Handlebar Mount or Garmin Combo Mount
  • USB Charging Cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

Tools Needed for Installation

  • All tools required for installation provided in the box
7 reviews for PowerPod Lite Power Meter
  1. Peter W (verified owner)

    Absolutely love my PowerPod Lite. I was skeptical that it would work on a mt bike but it does and it was a snap to set up with both my Garmin edge and my fenix watch. Calibration was simple and quick. It’s as accurate as my Garmin rally pedals are and I can ride flats now.
    All in all an outstanding addition to my mt bike and to my fitness training in general.
    Highly recommended!

    • Power Meter City

      Thank you for this amazing review – Peter! We hope you will continue to enjoy them! Please let us know if there is anything else we can do!

  2. worms1414 (verified owner)

    Thank you very much for the PowerPod.
    I was afraid that I would not be able to use the power meter, but I came across this page by accident.
    I’ve been losing my purchase for 3 weeks.
    Very fast shipping, great help with the first steps.
    You have to be patient and get to know all the reviews well to get through the calibration.
    I am very happy with my purchase.
    Thanks boys.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi! We really appreciate it! Thank you for being a great customer – we are glad it came fast. We hope you will enjoy your new PowerPod Lite Power Meter! We are here if there is anything else we can do!

  3. Michael Dieter (verified owner)

    Great product easy to set up and works great awesome training tool love

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Michael. Thanks for this – we are glad you liked it. We are here if there is anything else we can do!

  4. Efthymios Moutselos (verified owner)

    So far so good with the powerpod.
    I still need to check the readings with another meter but the numbers so far seem to be right.
    Minimum problems setting it up. The Isaac needs a bit of getting used to but in any case with only the first 7 minutes of the ride available is not very useful.
    I will try after a while to sent a file to powermetercity or the powerpod guys to check that everything seems fine.
    All in all very happy up to now.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Efthymios, Thank you for leaving a review on your PowerPod Lite. We are glad that you are very happy with it – we hope you continue to enjoy them. We appreciate your business and please let us know if there is anything else we can do. Thank you!

  5. Michael H. (verified owner)

    Power Meter City shipped my unit to me right away and it made it here to Canada in short order.

    After flashing the unit to the latest firmware and setting up my profile, I attached the unit to my bike and went out for the out and back calibration ride. Overall, the process took some time and there are a number of steps to follow in order, but once done it has provided quite reasonable numbers.

    In changing to a different HRM, I’ve had some hiccups trying to get my new HRM to pair. However, Velocomp’s support staff have been quick to help out. I’m not quite done the fine tuning, but the unit certainly seems to be responsive and consistent with no issues on less than ideal roads or nasty winds.

    For the price and performance, unless you are a racer and need distinct data from both legs and all the analytics of your pedalling dynamics, you likely don’t need to go much further than this.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Michael. Thank you for leaving a great review on your PowerPod Lite. It sounds like you it pretty well figured out, but please let us know if we can help you with anything else!

  6. Chris (verified owner)

    I’ve been thinking about a power meter for awhile now. I don’t need it, but I like breaking down the stats after a ride. Over the winter I picked up a Garmin 1030. These Garmins are really all about the power meter. The Powerpod Lite makes so much sense for what I do. It’s only going to be on the one bike and the ANT alone is sufficent for my needs. Also, if I find i need the upgrade, I can always purchase from Powerpod later.

    Deciding factors:
    1. I read DC Rainmaker’s in-depth review and comparisons of power meters and this is as accurate as of the others. It’s unique in how it measures power, but at the end of the day the #’s are the same as their much pricier competition.
    2. I love my Speedplay pedals so I’m not buying a new/different pedal system. Same goes for my Campy Bora One’s…..I’m not swapping out my hubs so I can have a power meter. Crank arms might have been my only option, but still the Powerpod was only 1/3 of the price compared to swapping a Campy Super Record crank arm.

    Overall. Very simple to install and calibrate. Syncs with all my Garmin sensors flawlessly. So much cheaper option without committing to wholesale changes to my bike. Fantastically happy.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Chris. Thanks for the great review. I’m glad the PowerPod Lite is working out for you. It’s an amazing device when set-up and calibrated. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

  7. edmaramu (verified owner)

    Undoubtedly it is an excellent option to start training with watts, it is simple to set up and to mount in the bike, the accuracy is compared to the most expensive equipment, I honestly do not have any complaints.

    • Power Meter City

      Thanks for the product review on your PowerPod Lite. We’re thrilled it’s getting the job done for you! We’re here if there is anything else we can do.

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