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Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter

Josh Matthew June 6, 2024
4.52 out of 5 based on 27 customer ratings
(27 customer reviews)

$349.00

Affordable, accurate, easy to use and compatible with all bikes!

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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 $349 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

Compatibility:

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

Power Measurement:

The PowerPod measures opposing forces, so it’s able to measure the power that is generated from both legs (rider’s total power).

Key Features:

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.

 

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

NamePowerPod V5 Power Meter
Bike TypeAll
Power Meter TypeOpposing Force Technology
Weight65 grams (including mount)
Battery TypeUSB-rechargable
Battery Life15 hours
Communication ProtocolANT+ and Bluetooth SMART
Accuracy+/- 3%
Warranty1 year

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
27 reviews for Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter
  1. Art Z. (verified owner)

    I love all of the data. I’m a computer engineer so data rule! Install the Isaac software and you’ll be in heaven. Oh yeah… it’s nice to know how much power I’m generating while cycling. Seriously, though, Isaac can do stuff like break down total power into how much is spent overcoming wind, how much overcoming gravity (climbing hills), and how much overcoming friction in the drivetrain. The PowerPod also reports on gear ratio since it pairs with the cadence sensor.

    Set-up (pairing with the speed + cadence sensors and the calibration ride) is finicky. Take your time and follow the instructions carefully. Once done, though, the PowerPod is great.

    • Power Meter City

      Awesome! Thank you so much, Art! I agree with you, PowerPod is really great. We hope you will continue to enjoy them! Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!

  2. John (verified owner)

    it was a pleasure to purchase from Power Meter City. The company deserves five stars. My order shipped promptly and I received exceptional support from their staff when i had questions about another possible purchase. Perhaps I should have availed myself of their aid surrounding issues with implementing Isaac on an M1 Mac (which is only grudgingly supported by Velocomp).

    As noted above, the setup instructions are provided on what are essentially two sides of a post-card. As such, they are decidedly limited. Videos online proved helpful, if not essential.
    Interpreting the single flashing LED during setup was a trial for me, but in the long run things progressed without my full understanding….
    It can be difficult to mount the Powerpod tightly enough to prevent its movement, which is imperative if one wishes to avoid frequent recalibration rides. Even recharging and syncing with a micro USB cable risks displacing the device enough to require recalibration. The connecting port itself seems a bit flimsy. Be careful.
    The Isaac software is not compatible with an M1 Macbook, and the Velocomp website workaround PDF instructions (for installing a Windows 7 emulator) harbor at least one error. Be prepared for a tedious afternoon. If you are lucky.

    However, once the setup was completed and I became familiar with the Powerpod it has proven straightforward to use.
    It’s a great product if your finances, anatomy, or knees won’t support the purchase of strain-gauge based platforms.

    I’d give five stars to the Powerpod V5 if it came with better software and documentation; a bayonet mount, and a better connecting cable.

    • Power Meter City

      Wow! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the V5 power meter, John! It was a pleasure doing business with you too! If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know! Ride safe!

  3. Cole C (verified owner)

    So far so good. The key to success with this product is to take time and learn about the software. You can get good insight into your performance with it and help tune your profile. I especially like the Newton Tracker phone companion, which helps add GPS data to my overall PowerPod ride data. You can compare two metrics (I prefer speed and power) on a Google Earth overlay and have a nice visual as you recall the route.

    I don’t have another power meter, so I can’t speak to accuracy in relation to those, but really, as long as this remains consistent, I’ll know how I’m performing and improving.

    • Power Meter City

      Thanks for this great, detailed review on your new Velocomp PowerPod v4 Power Meter, Cole! We hope you will continue to enjoy them! Let us know if there is anything else we can do! Ride safe!

  4. Eric

    Do you have to calbrate the powerpod v3. everytime? Is there a way to skip calibration and ride and still get the watts?

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Eric. The first time you ride outdoors only. If you set up additional bike profiles, a one-time calibration ride will be needed for each additional bike as well. Thanks!

  5. Rick (verified owner)

    Great When it Works, which is not enough
    I’ve had the PowerPod V3 since May. Erratic readings, mounted securely, on smooth roads. For no apparent reason during long steep climbs, 0 watts. Regularly. Maybe user error but I’ve a LOT of time on it. Have come to the reluctant conclusion in six months I’ve spent far more time trying to make it work than I have getting useful data from it. If only it worked consistently.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Rick. Thanks for the review. Sorry to hear it’s not been consistent. If power is dropping to 0, there is an issue with set-up. Please feel free to send us a ride file or two so we can help you troubleshoot it. It’s true these take some time to get set-up correctly but once dialed in, you should get consistent power data. Thanks

  6. Joe (verified owner)

    It’s a huge pain to set up. Its only indicator of any status is flashing lights that all are in the same spot. So it’ll flash red and green, or yellow, or just green, or just red. And there are things that the manual in the box doesn’t tell you. Like it says to go into pairing with your cadence and speed sensors and what it doesn’t say is that if you’ve got two separate ones it’ll flash red and green instead of just green while it’s connecting to the first sensor and then only green when it’s done. When you do the calibration ride it really just feels like you’re pressing the buttons and hoping it’s going to work right but not knowing for sure.

    That being said, I use my bike for commuting sometimes and need the flat platforms so I can use regular shoes, so clipless power meter pedals aren’t an option. And there aren’t crank options for my folding bike. Besides that, the crank type power meters aren’t something that I could switch between bikes like with this.

    Once you get it calibrated though, it works pretty well. I have no real reference, but it feels accurate. The best I can say for sure is that my average power over a ride is in the ballpark of my Strava estimated power. But there’s no denying there’s a ton of room to potentially improve ease of use.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Joe – agreed! Thanks for this brief and on point review on your Velocomp PowerPod v3 Power Meter – Power is the key! Good luck on your future rides and we are here if there is anything else we can help you with!

  7. Bob C (verified owner)

    I have only had this for a short time and have had some issues. The battery was low after only 9 hours when velocomp says it should go for 20. When I first pair it to my Garmen Edge 500 the readings made no sense (up to 20,000 W)for about four miles then it settled down and the readings seemed reasonable. After 9 hour I had to charged it and when I started it again the readings were wild again for about four miles then it settled down. I’ll use it some more and see how it goes. Power City delivery was great by the way.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Bob. We saw it, if ithe result is still the same we suggest you contact Velocomp for more information and of course we are here if there is anything else we can help you with!

  8. David E (verified owner)

    First a note about power meter city: this is my first purchase with them and they did everything right. shipping was fast and my entire experience with them was excellent.

    About the power meter: Now that I’ve got this unit up and running, I really enjoy it. The instructions that come with the unit are limited to a two sided postcard. There is no troubleshooting guide or anything like that. This is a pretty serious limitation. I went to the velocomp website and got a bit more information, but it still wasn’t great. I recommend you go to YouTube and watch the videos. Once I did that, it was easy to finish the setup and start riding.
    This unit has a bit more lag in data reporting that I am used to having, but other than that, it is consistent and seems to be very accurate. I certainly agree with a couple of other critiques that show up in the reviews. First, the micro USB port is pretty frustrating. Plan on multiple tries before getting it to plug in and connect. Second, don’t count on pulling this unit on and off the bike quickly and easily to connect to your computer. The mount is good and sturdy, but a bayonet style mount like Garmin uses would be a huge improvement.
    Overall, I’m happy with it and would buy it again.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi David. Thanks for leaving a review on your Velocomp PowerPod v3 Power Meter. Yes, We agree! Youtube videos are great help too! We are happy it turned out fine and you liked it! We hope you continue to enjoy them and we are here if there is anything else we can do!

  9. Jason Krummel (verified owner)

    Great power meter for the money. Was a little difficult to set up. With everything being so plug and play just not what anyone is used to, having to do work. The company has great support and responsive feedback so you will get it up and running quickly. The free software is very nifty to look at as well. Once it is set up on the bike it is much easier to take a lab top to the bike and hook up to get info and charge than to take the device off of the bike.

    Enjoy and ride safe

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Jason. Thanks for the great review and I think you summed it up pretty nicely. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do!

  10. sis (verified owner)

    All what I want to say has been entered by rtj above. Once set up after a few tries and after I understood the use of 0s, 4s, and 12s button pushes, it has been providing what seems like accurate data. Isaac SW also takes a while to understand and use. Better, consistent manuals will significantly help improve the product adoption.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi sis. Thank you for the review. We’re happy to hear you are getting valuable data from your PowerPod and we hope you continue to enjoy it. We also understand and agree with you that the manuals could be a bit simpler to understand and have mentioned that to them before. Thanks again!

  11. Jaco Roos (verified owner)

    Hi I am disappointed by the fact that I have to purchase further software.
    I ride gravel and mtb and need the ability to download the rides to adjust values.
    The unit is useless for me without the software and I cannot afford it right now.

    • Power Meter City

      Hi Jaco. Thanks for the review. Please note, there is no additional software to purchase. The PowerPod v3 comes with Isaac software which is all you need. There is upgraded software available (PowerStroke), but it’s not needed for your purposes. Isaac will allow you to download rides, adjust values and more. We are here if we can help you with anything else!

  12. 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

      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!

  13. 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

      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!

  14. 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

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

  15. 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

      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.

  16. 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

      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.

  17. [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

      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!

  18. 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

      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

  19. 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

      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!

  20. 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

      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!

  21. 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

      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

  22. 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

      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.

  23. 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

      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!

  24. 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

      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.

  25. 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

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

  26. 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

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

  27. 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

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

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