Velocomp PowerPod v4 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 v4 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 $289 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.
What’s New with V4
The PowerPod v4 Power Meter makes some important improvements over the PowerPod V3:
- Improved performance: The v4 now uses the same pitot tube used in the top-of-the line AeroPod. The pitot tube improves wind measurement accuracy in cross-winds and also improves performance in rainy conditions.
- GPS Tracking: You now get the popular GPS Tracker feature. This works with your Android or iOS smartphone.
- Updated firmware: The V4 includes version 8.0 firmware which incorporates all the latest performance and setup tweaks.