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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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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