Velocomp PowerPod V4 Power Meter
Why We Like The PowerPod V4 Power Meter
Velocomp's PowerPod V4 Power Meter is new and improved with better performance, GPS tracking, and updated firmware. The V4 uses the same pitot tube as in the AeroPod, and that pitot tube improves wind measurement accuracy in cross-winds and performance when the showers come in. This powermeter is lightweight at just 32 grams, and it's easy to install and transfer from bike to bike. Best of all, it'll improve performance without breaking the bank.
- An affordable and efficient powermeter for improved performance
- Pitot tube improves wind measurement accuracy in cross-winds
- Easy to mount to any 31.8mm handlebar
- Data analysis lets us model things like rolling resistance and drag
- Lightweight at just 32 grams
- Item #VLE000C
- mounts to 31.8mm handlebars
- Operating Time
- Claimed Weight
- [including mount] 2.3oz (65g)
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
May 25, 2021
Has potential but frustrating
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
I waited 6 months, 1200+ miles or so before giving this review. Being an early adopter and generally preferring niche things I really wanted to like the PowerPod even going so far as to purchase PowerStroke Analysis upgrades, additional licensing. Initial setup can be frustrating. The instructions for pairing with a Garmin Edge 6 months ago were not that clear and you kind of had to fumble your way through it. (Hint: just forget about ever trying the Garmin 'calibrate' function.) Outside of the 'there and back' 50 there/50 back calibration ride visible on the Garmin everything has to be done from the PowerPod. Get used to re-calibrating or deleting and pairing - often. Have hydraulic or shift cables that might bump it? You'll want to fix it so that *NEVER* happens. Otherwise be prepared for 2000W or 6.0 W/kg ride output showing up on your computer. The fact that this can be used on multiple bikes was a slight determining factor in my purchase decision. In hindsight, it isn't that simple: You'll need to connect it to your desktop or laptop, change the bike profile via Isaac, then do the "out and back" calibration before the ride. Also, when mounting to the bike again if you get your angle wrong - be prepared for more inaccurate readings. The flat plastic part backing on the pod where it mounts that is used to stabilize the proper angle is also very soft and can easily get rounded if a brake cable forces the PowerPod backward. Battery life: I'm not sure if I've seen any actual published numbers but would say about 8 hours approximately. I generally go on 1-3 hour rides and by the 4th ride I'll get an alert on the computer that the battery is low. Removing to charge and mounting again proved frustrating due to inaccuracy and/or other problems. This means if I want to do any PowerStroke or Isaac software analysis I limit it to maybe once a month to download all of my rides. I began charging it with a portable USB battery pack in between. In short, you pretty much want to set it and touch it as little as possible. The problem with resetting all the time and re-pairing: the default rider profile is that of a dwarf and a weight weenie bike. Something ridiculous like 150lbs + 16lbs bicycle. So if you weigh more than both of those combined you're woefully under reporting on wattage. This means each time you restore to factory default and re-pair to your sensors/computer it behooves you to go connect it to Isaac software and recreate the first bike profile [again]. Pros: * Price * Very feature rich * Decent support on the forums/email * License upgrades were easy * Isaac is useful, tons of data points to look at * Accurate once calibrated Cons: * Setup * Have to re-calibrate or delete/re-pair at least every other week * Beware of cables or bumping it * Not as bike portable as you would think * Once set, don't touch it! * Don't forget to keep it charged!
May 6, 2021
Don’t waste your money
I m very disappointed by this item. First I had to buy additional sensors so I could use it and it took me a couple of weeks to get those. It take time on each ride to get going. the power shows 0 or a number up to 50 for a long time. Eventually it gets to the right power. Each time you change from a hill to a descent or move into the wind, the pod is lost and goes to zero again for a few minutes. When you hit it with your knee or hand, the pod once shot to 40000 watt according to my upload. When it spikes to over 1000 it takes 5 to 10 minutes to get back to my 120-250 watt range. It seems to be in the probably correct range 25 to 35% of the time. May be my item is defective. It s very disappointing and too complicated.