The PowerPod, made by Velocomp, isn’t your ordinary power meter. Unlike more traditional power meters that attach to your drivetrain (crank, crank arm or hubs) or pedals and measure your power using strain gauges, the Velocomp PowerPod v3 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 power meters. In addition, the benefits to this type of power meter are numerous. Compared to a more traditional power meter, the PowerPod power meter is much easier to move between bikes, there are no compatibility issues, it’s simple to set up, you don’t have to change out any of your prized components, and it’s one of the most affordable power meters on the market.
The PowerPod works on road bikes and mountain bikes and transmits power data via the ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART wireless protocols.
Since the PowerPod simply attaches to your handlebars, the power meter can be quickly and easily transferred from bike to bike.
The PowerPod weighs just 32 grams. To put it in perspective, this is about the weight of 32, average size paperclips.
In the Box
- PowerPod v3 Power Meter
- PowerPod handlebar mount
- USB charging cable (attach to computer or USB charger)
- Quick Start guide