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Velocomp PowerPod v4 Power Meter

Josh Matthew September 24, 2021
4.52 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)

$269.00$318.95

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

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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:

1) 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.

2) GPS Tracking: You now get the popular GPS Tracker feature.  This works with your Android or iOS smartphone.

3) Updated firmware: The V4 includes version 8.0 firmware which incorporates all the latest performance and setup tweaks.

 

Highlights

Affordable

With a price of only $289, the Velocomp PowerPod 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. Moreover, it doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge.

Easily Transferable

Since the Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter simply attaches to your handlebars, it 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 virtually any bike.

PowerPod Mount Options

You have three different handlebar mount options to choose from:

Included:

The PodPod 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 your bicycle computer would need to be mounted on its own mount, next to the PowerPod.

Upgrades:

If you would like your power meter and 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.

For road bikes: Velocomp Combo Garmin & Wahoo Mount (upgrade). This mount places your power meter and Garmin or Wahoo on the same mount for a cleaner set-up.

For TT bars: Velocomp Combo TT Garmin Mount (upgrade). This mount places your power meter and Garmin on the same mount for a cleaner set-up.

Note that you save $10 if you bundle the PowerPod with an upgraded mount.

 

Velocomp PowerPod v4 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.

 

Tools Needed for Installation

  • All tools required for installation provided in the box

 

In the Box

  • Velocomp PowerPod v4 Power Meter
  • PowerPod Handlebar Mount or Garmin Combo Mount
  • USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
  • Quick Start guide

 

PowerPod v4 Power Meter Specs

NamePowerPod v4 Power Meter
Bike TypeAll
Power Meter TypeOpposing Force Technology
Weight65 grams (including mount)
Battery TypeUSB-rechargable
Battery Life20 hours
Communication ProtocolBLE and ANT+
Accuracy+/- 3%
Warranty1 year

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25 reviews for Velocomp PowerPod v4 Power Meter
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. [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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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