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PowerPod Power Meter

admin December 10, 2017
4.85 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

$249.00$398.94

The PowerPod: Affordable, accurate, easy to use & compatible with any bike

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Description

About the Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter

The PowerPod, made by Velocomp, isn’t your ordinary power meter. Unlike more traditional power meters that attach to your drivetrain (crank, crank arm or hubs) or pedals and measure your power using strain gauges, the Velocomp PowerPod 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 power meters. In addition, the benefits to this type of power meter are numerous. Compared to a more traditional power meter, the PowerPod power meter is much easier to move between bikes, there are no compatibility issues, it’s simple to set up, 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 road bikes and mountain bikes and transmits power data via the ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART wireless protocols.

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

Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter Highlights

Affordable

With an MSRP of $299, it is one of the most affordable power meters on the market.

Light Weight

The PowerPod weighs just 32 grams. To put it in perspective, this is about the weight of 32, average size paperclips. The PowerPod plus the mount weighs 65 grams.

Easy to Set Up

Installation takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge.

Easily Transferable

Since the PowerPod simply attaches to your handlebars, the power meter can be quickly and easily transferred from bike to bike.

Data Analysis

The PowerPod comes with software – through which you can do some pretty cool ride analysis. Available for both Mac and PC, the software lets you model things like aerodynamic drag (CdA), rolling resistance and more.

Compatible

Since the power meter attaches to the handlebars, compatibility is a non-factor. You don’t have to worry about changing out any of your favorite components. In addition, it will work on road bikes, cross bikes and mountain bikes.

Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter Options

  • Handlebar mounts: Garmin/PowerPod Mount | Garmin/PowerPod TT Mount | Standard Mount
  • Wireless protocols: ANT+ | ANT+/Bluetooth SMART
  • 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.

 

Compatibility

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

In the Box

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

Specs

NamePowerPod
Road/MTBRoad/MTB
Power Meter TypeOpposing Force Technology
Weight65 grams (including mount)
Battery TypeUSB-rechargable
Battery Life20 hours
Communication ProtocolBluetooth and ANT+
Accuracy+/- 3%

13 reviews for PowerPod Power Meter

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    woaksie (verified owner)

    I am enjoying my PowerPod meter a lot. It is really opening my eyes about power. The first unit I got had a faulty USB connector but it was replaced and the new one works great. Very light, unobtrusive and easy to set up. At the price it is a great value.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Woaksie, glad you are enjoying your Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter…it’s a popular power meter for a reason. And nice avatar 🙂

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    What a great experience with Power Meter City. Very knowledgeable staff. You can ask them anything and they will get you an accurate answer. What great customer service, that is hard to find these days. I am very happy with my PowerPod. It has been easy to use, and switch between multiple bikes with a unbelievable price. I barely even notice that its on my bike, while enjoying many benefits to my training. Thanks Power Meter City. I will be back for future purchases.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      John, thank you for the kind words. We appreciate your business and are here if you need anything else.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Spencer (verified owner)

    What’s not to like? This is a fantastic product and very affordable. It is quick, easy to set up and connects instantly with my Garmin. Once set up, the device registers quickly (before you start your ride) and gives instant and accurate readings of your power. It has certainly opened my eyes as to what I am doing. I would certainly recommend it to any cyclist and it has created considerable interest amongst my friends who can view and verify the data through Garmin connect. I just wish I’d found it sooner!

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Steve, glad you like your Velocomp PowerPod. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Been using for all my rides since I got it and it gives accurate power readings. Really like how it can be used on different bikes so easily. Very good service from their staff as well who helped me with my change in order. Looking forward to ride more often now!

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Sean, Glad you’re enjoying your Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter and glad we could help. We’re here if you need anything or have any questions.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Very important for a triathlete to know the power they can continuously put out for a 56 or 113 mile solo ride and then have something left for the run. Maintaining your wattage goal is more important than knowing your actual speed. Had issues with my 1st PowerPod but they quickly and easily replaced it with a new one that works like a champ.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Jim, You hit the nail on the head. Speed depends on wind, gradients, etc., so it can really be misleading. Power is the key! Enjoy your PowerPod!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian C.

    I am new to the world of power meters. I purchased the PowerPod as the least cost option hoping it would help improve the quality of my training and eventually help me improve my riding performance. So far, so good! It is a very impressive piece of technology when you consider what this little device is doing. I had no problem pairing it with my Garmin Edge 500, Garmin speed and cadence sensors or my Mio Fuse heart rate monitor. Battery life is quite good, similar to my Garmin. Charging once a week has been working well so far, and I ride over 100 miles a week typically. As far as accuracy, I have no frame of reference as this is my first power meter, but it does appear to be quite consistent.

    The PowerPod appears to work flawlessly out of the box but there is a bit of learning curve in learning how to calibrate it and analyze the data it produces, so I am glad that Power Meter City staff are as available and eager to answer questions and address concerns after the sale as before. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Brian. Thanks for the review. The PowerPod is almost magic in how it works. It’s pretty cool to see it in action. We’re here if you have any questions.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    nickc64 (verified owner)

    Had my PowerPod a little while now and although I’m not a racing snake it is helping me understand where I can make my cycling more efficient… needing to upgrade firmware now to get more information…
    I’d been considering other makes of powermeter but most required changing something on my bike, this little bad boy is easy to get going with.
    Dispatch was excellent from Powermeter City to my cousin in the US who got it over to the UK for me…

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Nick, thanks for leaving a review. Sounds like you’re putting your PowerPod to good use. Let us know if you have any questions or need anything else. Cheers

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    tarmovannas

    It’s quite impressive. I’ve been using a direct force power meter with a good amount of experience already. I got the PowerPod to get some additional data and use it as an alternative during my other power meter is being serviced. I’ve been impressed by the numbers, they were pretty solid right out of the box after the first 5 minute calibration ride and I’ve tweaked things much further with the Isaac software, so now I’m getting quite realistic numbers, at least the averages sync up nicely, there are still obviously limitations which cannot be avoided, but overall it is very impressive. Will be recommending it to anyone who needs to add a new dimension into their training data easily and without having to go for a direct force power meter, it’s a viable option if you are aware of how to use it correctly and properly calibrated as well as taking incount the obvious limitations.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Tarmo, Sounds like you are becoming a PowerPod pro! You make some excellent points and it’s nice to see that you’re using Isaac to get the most out of your PowerPod. Good stuff!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    jsassone (verified owner)

    This is my first venture into the whole power meter thing. Cost was a motivating factor as I did not want to spend thousands and have to change out parts. Learning how to setup and dial in the PowerPod was pretty simple. I did need a little guidance at first so I contacted PowerMeter City. They were on it when it! When it comes to customer service and support PMC is awesome to deal with. They are very responsive and cool kats.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Joseph. Thank you for the review. Glad you are enjoying your Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter and glad we were able to help. We’re here if you need anything else. Thank you!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    zhiyang (verified owner)

    Had this unit for almost a year, works really great, great accuracy and easy installation. Only downside is that it takes up the gopro slot on the mount. The powerpod forum is also full of helpful people in case you need any support. I would even go on to say that by far this product has the best customer service.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Zhiyang. Thanks for the review. Glad you are enjoying your PowerPod Power Meter. You can run a PowerPod and GoPro at the same time, but would need two mounts to do it. We’re here if you need anything else. Thanks

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    arthur.e.deegan@gmail.com (verified owner)

    I bought the Powerpod in December as my first exposure to power. I never compared it if it was accurate, and I definitely noticed lag on short intervals. That is OK! It’s inexpensive–what do you expect? It is not cheap however. I was able to perform a couple of FTP tests and it got me through a training camp long weekend in the Shenandoah mountains and kept me from going into the red.
    This was extremely consistent, despite elevation changes and wind variance. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for an inexpensive power meter or anyone of any level that focuses more on long endurance racing/riding like TTs where you may not need to train heavily with intervals but focus on threshold work. (To Powermeter City: You finally figured out the incentive to leave a review! That $20 discount did it!)

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Arthur. Thanks for the great review. Glad you’re putting your Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter to work and it sounds like it’s getting the job done nicely for you. Please let us know if we can do anything else to help!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dale36 (verified owner)

    It takes a little bit to get the calibration accurate, but after that it works well. Isaac knowledge is a must to get things dialed in. I bought a long micro-USB cord so I can leave it attached to my bike. Currently, I am using it with my Garmin 910xt and all is going well.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Dale. Thanks for the review and we completely agree – the more time you put into getting the PowerPod calibrated correctly, the more accurate the results. Glad it’s working out for you and please let us know if there is anything we can help with.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    MattN70 (verified owner)

    I bought it for my second bike, to also switch with my fixie. Very happy with PM City services.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Matt. Thanks for the review. The PowerPod is great for bike swaps! Glad we could help you out and let us know if you need anything else.

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