Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power MeterNovember 29, 2023
$299.00 – $358.95
Affordable, accurate, easy to use and compatible with all bikes!
Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter
The PowerPod, made by Velocomp, isn’t your ordinary power meter. Unlike traditional direct force power meters that attach to your drivetrain (crank, crank arm, pedals, etc.) and measure your power directly, the Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter 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.
PowerPod’s accuracy is on par with the more expensive, traditional type units. In addition, the benefits to this type of power meter are numerous. The PowerPod power meter is much easier to move between bikes, there are no compatibility issues, it’s simple to set up and you don’t have to change out any of your prized components, and perhaps best of all, at $299 it’s one of the most affordable power meters on the market.
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: Requires 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.
What’s New with PowerPod V5!
The new V5 has the following improvements:
- A new 24-bit wind sensor which provides better and higher resolution wind measurements
- A new 24-bit barometric pressure sensor which provides more accurate elevation measurement
- New Firmware 9 which uses 24-bit data to deliver better power measurement accuracy
- New Velocomp app for iOS/Android lets you set up as many as four bikes directly from your smartphone
- The new app also includes a bike computer screen which displays current power, average power, speed, calories, distance, cadence, and also provides a graphical display of your power zone as a percentage of your FTP
The PowerPod measures opposing forces, so it’s able to measure the power that is generated from both legs (rider’s total power).
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.
PowerPod Mount Options
You have four different handlebar mount options to choose from:
The PowerPod 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.
- For road bikes: Combo Garmin & Wahoo Road Mount
- For TT bikes with round 22 mm TT bars: Combo Garmin & Wahoo TT Mount
- For road bikes with flat aero bars: Combo Garmin & Wahoo Aero Bar Mount
Note that you save $10 if you bundle the PowerPod with an upgraded mount
Other Versions to Consider
PowerPod with PowerStroke: We also sell the PowerPod V5 Power Meter with PowerStroke Upgrade. It costs a bit more, but comes with an upgraded software package that allows you to analyzing left/right power data, your pedal stroke, and more.
Velocomp PowerPod V5 Compatibility
The PowerPod 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 V5 Power Meter Specs
|Name||PowerPod V5 Power Meter|
|Power Meter Type||Opposing Force Technology|
|Weight||65 grams (including mount)|
|Battery Life||15 hours|
|Communication Protocol||ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART|
PowerPod Power Meter Set-up Video
In the Box
- Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter
- Standard Mount or upgraded mount if purchased
- USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
- Pitot tube for improved wind measurement
- Quick Start Guide
Tools Needed for Installation
- All tools required for installation provided in the box