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PowerPod Power Meter

Josh Matthew May 13, 2019
4.88 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

$299.00$374.95

Affordable, accurate, easy to use & compatible with any bike!

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Description

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 a price of only $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.

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 its Isaac software. Available for both Mac and PC, the software lets you model things like aerodynamic drag (CdA), rolling resistance and more.

Compatible

The power meter attaches to the handlebars so compatibility is a not an issue. 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

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
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

In the Box – Bundle with Garmin Mount

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

Specs

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

16 reviews for PowerPod Power Meter

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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

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    [email protected] (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!

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    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.

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    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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    wmomran (verified owner)

    So far so good, very consistent output which reflects the actual pedaling feel. Strongly recommended for people looking for power training on a budget.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi and thanks for the review. We’re glad to hear you are enjoying your PowerPod. Keep up the nice work!

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    Jim (verified owner)

    Bought the unit very late in the cycling year but the price was too good to resist. I own 8 other power meters and had a Newton in the past. The PP is quite easy to mount and set up. The calibration process had me a bit confused at first but once I figured it out, all was good. Every time I have used it along with a DFPM the results were amazingly close.
    At the price I got this for, a great value.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Jim. Glad to hear the PowerPod is working well for you. With 8 other power meters, it sounds like you can do some good comparison testing! Keep up the nice work!

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    rtj (verified owner)

    I am an mechanical engineer by profession, so can see how this works and where the holes are, but I can see the problem with crank arm based ones too, and they all require assumptions and calibration and the interpretation of sensors. I have a high end trainer with a dynamometer which, other than a small correction for rolling resistance is the actual standard for power measurement. Over the years I have found that my heart rate corresponds to specific power outputs reliably. I can say that the PowerPod seems to match the trainer throughout the range, and appears to be fairly responsive and accurate, in most conditions. The most obvious exceptions come from riding posture at higher speeds. On the drops, my registered power increases. Standing and sprinting, it decreases. Both effects are due to changes in my aerodynamic drag coefficient which it does not detect. On the other hand, on slow climbs it does not really care about posture because aerodynamics is less important. In most other cases, it seems reliable and accurate.

    The device is unique and in some ways better than other power meters because of the data it requires to do its job. It has very accurate data on slopes, elevation(relative). It also has headwinds wind, even gear ratios and shows you when you were applying brakes. Slope and elevation are far higher resolution and much more accurate than I get from my Garmin Edge. All of the extra sensors can tell you a lot about conditions and the resultant speed. It also adds some interesting analysis with it’s PStoke module which can analyze your power as a function of crank position as well as surging and rocking in your stroke. This is a software addon, and I don’t think riding should be that complicated, but most of these things are plusses that you can’t get with other power meters. Plus, it is a fraction of the cost of other solutions and can be moved with relative ease bike to bike if you need to do that sort of thing.

    There are some issues.
    First, it is a bit complicated to setup. There are data to enter, and the company would do well to get a good technical writer to understand the device and write a good manual. The documentation is sparse, IMO to try and make it seem simple, but left me wondering what was going on because the device was doing things during setup that were left out of the descriptions.

    Second, it uses only a single button and some obscure LED flashes as the only form of control and feedback, and unless you hunt through online material, you will not know how to do things, why it is not working, and what just happened when you accidentally held the button for 4 seconds and now it is flashing and showing red LEDs. A manual would help, but I have had it fail to find an ANT sensor and tell me I was doing 0 watts for twenty minutes before it shut off and I could turn it on again, and have had it completely unresponsive on 2 occasions prompting me to search the internet for a way to reset it. An on off button would be welcome.

    Third, microUSB connectors are the most fragile and unreliable connectors ever perpetrated on the electronics market. The one on this is worse than most. The metal guide around the connector is not keyed and is sloppy, which means I spend a lot of time wiggling the cable to get it to connect and to stay. The housing slop seems to be larger than the ultrafine conductor on the connector. It is still new, and I expect it to get worse with age, not better.

    Bottom Line.
    This is a breakthrough in cost for the power meter market. It is small and light and out of the way. It will work with your existing bike. It also appears to be accurate under most conditions, and the unique approach gives data and insights that are not available on other systems. It is easy to install and remove, and you can send it back if you don’t like it. I tend to think that it’s foolish to spend the money on a high-end system without giving this a try first. Still I have got to knock the documentation and the unreliable connector.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi RTJ. Thank you for the pretty amazing customer review. I think you did a great job highlighting some of the PowerPod’s strengths as well as areas that might need attention. All in all, we agree with you that when set-up properly, it’s a great unit. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

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