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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

    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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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