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PowerPod Lite Power Meter

Josh Matthew December 9, 2018
5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


The PowerPod Lite: The most affordable power meter available

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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 Original PowerPod

The PowerPod Lite works just like its big brother. Accuracy, consistency and compatibility remains the same. However it differs from the original PowerPod (priced at $299 for the ANT+ version and $325 for the dual ANT+/BLE version) in the following ways:

  • 1 rider profile (vs. 4 for the original)
  • No Isaac software available (you can of course still upload your data to Garmin Connect, Strava, TrainingPeaks or any other 3rd party software platform)
  • No PowerStroke software upgrade available
  • ANT+ only (the original has a Bluetooth SMART option)

In addition, you can always upgrade your PowerPod Lite at any time to a full blown PowerPod for an additional $125.



  • Handlebar mounts: Garmin/PowerPod Mount | Garmin/PowerPod TT Mount | Standard Mount
  • Speed/cadence sensor: Velocomp ANT+ Speed Sensor | Garmin ANT+ Speed/Cadence Sensor | No sensor

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



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

In the Box

  • PowerPod Lite Power Meter
  • PowerPod handlebar mount
  • Speed or speed/cadence sensor if selected
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

In the Box – Bundle with Garmin Mount

  • PowerPod Lite Power Meter
  • Combo Garmin/PowerPod mount
  • Speed or speed/cadence sensor if selected
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide


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%

2 reviews for PowerPod Lite Power Meter

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    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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    Rated 5 out of 5

    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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