PowerPod V3 Power Meter

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PowerPod V3 Power Meter

PowerPod V3 Power Meter Customer Reviews

USD 273.49

RRP $440.49

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Overall Rating : 4.73 / 5 (11 Reviews)

11 Reviews

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Overall Rating : 4.73 / 5 (11 Reviews)

11 Reviews

  • 8 5 star reviews
  • 3 4 star reviews
  • 0 3 star reviews
  • 0 2 star reviews
  • 0 1 star reviews

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cost effective power meter alternative

4

I want a tool to measure my effort & to utilize my "resources" effectively while on the road. I chose powerpod for several reasons: 1. I have knee problem that have been resolved using speedplay pedals thus eliminating the pedal based power meter. 2. I don't want to replace my campy record crank arm with one sided PM that cost almost as much the whole crankset. 3. My frame clearance cannot accommodate any crank arm based PM. 4. SRM is out of my reach (I don't want full blown domestic war) I ended up with Powerpod - the most practicable option. Here is some of my insight about this tool. Initial Setup - Tricky since there is no GUI, mainly based on light color only. Thanks to youtube veloharmony he has good guide in setting up. Calibration - Get too excited and did not do the initial calibration properly, ended up as distraction rather that a tool in my first few rides. I did a reset using Isaac software & after re-calibration & giving normal reasonable indication afterwards. Accuracy - I cannot comment on this as this has been my first PM, there are lot of scientific analysis available on the net regarding this subject (dcrainmaker has good review) Consistency - It is consistent, as if someone is looking at me when I am coasting downhill & immediately give zero & higher reading when I am pushing harder. I noticed that it is sluggish to pick up the effort after the long downhill. Overall this is a good tool for me - an enthusiast who ride for fun & to improve fitness. What I wish it has? 1. Better interface - similar to wahoo that can be done on the phone not just guessing based on the color of the light, visible battery charge indication will be helpful too. 2. Isaac compatibility to Mac updated operating system with bluetooth interface to download data. Is it a good buy? for me yes it serve my intended purpose. Shal I recommend it? If your conditions permits pedal or crank based PM is a better option, especially if you love data crunching on a micro level. But if you just want to quantify your effort & have basis for training this can be a useful, practical & cost effective tool.

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Power pod

4

Setup ok, in use last 12hrs battery life. No way to tell battery level

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What’s with the ‘on’ button??

4

It works, it’s a bit of a faff to set up as the other reviews suggest, but it does work. I do hate, hate, hate the fiddly on/off button though - there’s really no need to make it so tricky, even with fairly nimble, female fingers, it’s difficult to switch on and off.

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Feature rich and budget friendly alternative to the big names

5

Extremely happy with my purchase having read online reviews (notably DC Rainmaker) and Velocomp's forums. I have my PowerPod paired with a Garmin Fenix 5 and Garmin ANT+ magnetless speed and cadence sensors. While fiddly, all should be well if you read the manual and consult the forums. Be sure to calibrate and do a 15 min ride before any serious training and club ride as the unit may need to bed-in using the self-calibration feature. In essence, the PowerPod has an accelerometer and a bunch of other sensors that allows it to calculate your force as an alternative method to strain gauges found in PowerTap or Garmin pedals. Power is then determined with help of your paired cadence and speed sensors. The power data are displayed in realtime on the watch and can be analysed to your heart's content on Garmin Connect and Strava. Isaac adds an extra layer of insight to your rides, especially with the Powerstroke upgrade (e.g. tidying up the pedal stoke) and export to Google Earth for your Eurosport/Ch4 style post-ride route analysis. Very neat.

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Power meter

5

So glad I bought this. So many reviews saying how good it is and so many also scaring you into possible incompatibilities with garmin sensors and difficult calibration etc. Was it simple to get it working - yes. Was it simple to fine tune the calibration - I'm quite techie so for me yes via the Isaac software on my laptop. I have a Tacx Neo so used to the beauty of Power training. Now outdoors too, very happy.

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Cool unit

5

Most people are sceptical due to different approach to calculating power, though it works and works well! PROS: -light, small - out of the way (no damage in a fall to cranks/pedal) - no need to buy separate components (odd cranks, change preferred pedals etc.) - lower $ - Multiple bike compatible (major attraction for me) - because uses wind, gives a great profile of when you have head/tail wind CONS: - A bit fiddly to set up and calibrate initially. - Difficult to find a sample setting that is ideal ("3sec" intervals on reading seems to gives cumulative not average, ie. reading will be 300W not 100W) - s/w not as slick as many other user interfaces; looks very much like developed by scientific/engineering types. ;-) CONCLUSION: For less than half price than alternatives, good data output, this just makes sense and is good choice. Just because it does not measure direct input does not mean that it doesn't give good results by "back calculating".

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Superb by by Sram

5

While many might Balk at this thinking. It’s not accurate let me tell you your dead wrong. I’ve ridden beside people with SRM’s same weight same pace and if they’re arm read 240w my P.pod read 243 I’ve tested it more then 8 times and it’s always bang on. I had a problem with my bike took it in for service and the tech rode it and was impressed with its performance. At the end of the day it’s a number you’re looking at even if it’s off by 10% it’s a training number for your power. The folks at SRM and the others need be shaking on their shoes. This puppy works.

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Powerpod V3

5

Powerpod, saw this while browsing, I had never heard of or seen it before, did some homework, looked at in-depth tests and reviews from the likes of DC Rainmaker and decided to go for it, more than happy with its performance, set up was a bit hit and miss initially but I believe that was down to me rather than the unit, yes I would buy this product again and tell my friends about it, clever piece of kit, reviews compare accuracy with a wide and varied range of direct force power meters and it’s proved very accurate, you will need an ANT+ speed sensor for it to work, I use it linked to a Garmin 520+, it’s so neat, very lightweight and takes up next to no room on the bike, early days but pleased with what I’ve got

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Great Power Meter

5

Easy to set up, connects easily with wahoo speed and cadence sensors, 4iiii heart rate monitor, and element bolt. Gives you exactly what you need from a power meter...accurate power readings, but for a decent price.

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Very pleased!

5

I have been following the Powerpod development for quite a while, as I have been constantly on the lookout for a device that can easily be switched from one bike to the next. While I was initially apprehensive, a series of excellent reviews convinced me to take the plunge. And I have had absolutely no regrets since I started using my Powerpod - it is an absolutely magnificent training tool, and very good value for money!

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