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Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter

Josh Matthew September 15, 2022
4.50 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
(26 customer reviews)

$299.00$358.95

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 $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

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.

 

PowerPod Mount Options

You have four different handlebar mount options to choose from:

Included:

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.

Upgrades:

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.

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.

PowerPod Lite: While the version you are viewing here is our most popular model, we also sell the more affordable PowerPod Lite Power Meter.

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
26 reviews for Velocomp PowerPod V5 Power Meter
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  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

      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.

  6. [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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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