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PowerPod Lite Power Meter

Josh Matthew September 23, 2020
4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

$199.00$248.95

The most affordable power meter available

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Description

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, at only $199, 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.

 

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. You can view all of the differences in the table below. Note that at any time, you can upgrade your PowerPod Lite to a PowerPod for $99 in order to get these additional features.

PowerPod Comparison Chart

 

Options

You have three different handlebar mount options to choose from:

Standard Mount (included). This mount is included with your unit and mounts the power meter directly to the bars.

Garmin/PowerPod Road Mount (upgrade). This mount places your power meter and Garmin on the same mount for a cleaner set-up. For road bikes.

Garmin/PowerPod TT Mount (upgrade). This mount places your power meter and Garmin on the same mount for a cleaner set-up. For TT bars.

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

 

Compatibility

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.

 

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

 

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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6 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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    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

      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!

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    Michael Dieter (verified owner)

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

    • Power Meter City

      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!

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    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

      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!

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