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PowerPod Lite Power Meter

Josh Matthew December 2, 2019
4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$199.00$248.95

The PowerPod Lite: The most affordable power meter available

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Description

PowerPod Lite Power Meter

Like the original PowerPod, the new 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 calculation the forces that oppose the rider. Specifically, 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 several. Compared to a more traditional power meter, the PowerPod is easy to move between bikes, doesn’t have any compatibility issues, is simple to set up and you don’t have to change out any of your favorite components. However best yet, at only $199, the PowerPod Lite is the most affordable power meter available.

NOTE: Requires ANT+ speed or speed/cadence sensor.

 

PowerPod Lite vs. the PowerPod

The PowerPod Lite works just like the PowerPod. Accuracy, consistency and compatibility remains the same. However the Lite lacks some features present in the PowerPod as can be seen in the chart below. In addition, the Lite supports 1 rider profile (vs. 4 for the PowerPod). Note that at any time, you can upgrade your PowerPod Lite to a PowerPod for an additional $99 in order to access these additional features.

PowerPod Comparison Chart

 

Options

Handlebar mounts: Garmin/PowerPod Mount | Garmin/PowerPod TT Mount | Standard Mount

Note that you save $10 if you bundle the PowerPod with a Garmin mount.

 

Compatibility

The PowerPod Lite Power Meter is compatible with any bike that has round, 31.8 mm handlebars.

In the Box

  • PowerPod Power Meter
  • PowerPod handlebar mount
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

In the Box – Bundle with Garmin Mount

  • PowerPod Power Meter
  • Combo Garmin/PowerPod mount
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

PowerPod Lite Power Meter Specs

NamePowerPod Lite Power Meter
Bike TypeAll
Power Meter TypeOpposing Force Technology
Weight65 grams (including mount)
Battery TypeUSB-rechargable
Battery Life20 hours
Communication ProtocolANT+
Accuracy+/- 3%

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3 reviews for PowerPod Lite Power Meter

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    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

      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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    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

      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!

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    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

      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!

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