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PowerPod Powermeter

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PowerPod Powermeter

PowerPod Powermeter Customer Reviews

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4.18

11 Reviews

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4.18

11 Reviews

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PowerPod

4

I've had this 2 weeks, but only been able to use it 6 times - with mixed success. I have been swapping it between bikes, with separate clamps to avoid messing about. usually needs a calibration ride after being swapped from one to the other, but appears to be consistent once set up. Hopefully time and familiarity will hlp overcome this.

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It works!

5

Like another reviewer here I have been using PowerCal to get a rough idea of power and also to get VO2max estimates from my watch. I wanted a unit that was accurate but also relatively easy to move between bikes and that didn't mean changing chainsets or wheels. I read the instructions, charged the unit, paired the sensors, and then did the calibration ride. I didn't pair the HR sensor when doing the pairing but it picked it up anyway on the calibration ride. All worked as expected. I then went on some more rides. When the wind gusts the power seems to drop a lot but maybe I am just not working hard enough! Reviewing the data overall it looks very good. Whilst riding I can train now much more easily to a specific power value/average that wasn't possible with the PowerCal even if overall the PowerCal is broadly right. The Isaac software takes some time to install because it needs 2 reboots. It is also not very intuitive. However, it is very powerful, and it gives very detailed information that isn't easily available on other platforms. It is also possible to merge a .GPX file from another device e.g. Edge with the stored data and then export the ride to Google Earth as a heatmap which can be informative (and it looks great in 3D!). The reason for the s/w being a bit clunky and time-consuming to install is because they use two pieces middleware so that they only need one set of code across all platforms presumably means fewer bugs (are you listening Garmin!) which is a good thing as it is cheaper to support in the long term even if the initial user experience is less good. Although it wasn't clear in the manual, the device also records HR and then stores a lot of information on the device as it has a built in barometer and other sensors. The memory will fill up eventually (after 746 hours or something), but the s/w can be configured to delete on upload, or when the memory gets to x % used. Overall I'm very pleased. The unit meets my needs 100%. I'll likely still use the PowerCal for commuting but for any outdoor training I will be using the PowerPod and I am looking forward to some gainz :)

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Powerpod

1

I did the initial calibration incorrectly and cannot establish how to re calibrate. The manual does not cover this. The Power Tap support has not been too helpful. My PC cannot see the Power Pod. It doesn't have any problems with my Garmin devices so it must be the Powerpod. The instructions tell one to update the firmware. If the PC can't see it, that is not possible.

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great solution

4

Easy install and no problem with the connection with Garmin ANT+ sensors. No issues even under strong summer shower. Until now used only for short rides under 2 hours so not sure about battery life.

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Power pod Review

5

Easy to install. Calibrated first time. Isaac software download simple and easy Power reading came up on my Garmin 520 and all working fine. Happy with purchase and can move it from bike to bike if needed. Would recommend. Charge port should have a rubber cap cover but cycling friend have been using these in all weathers for a while now and no reported problems.

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Impressive Little Device

5

Being a firm adherent to the rule of n+1, the cost of fitting power meters to each bike is prohibitive. My previous solution was to use a PowerTap PowerCal, but readings were frequently erratic, with large spikes in both HR and Power, meaning that while average data approximated to reality over longer rides, is was too variable to be meaningful over shorter periods. Step forward the PowerPod. It's small and unobtrusive, especially if mounted directly under a Garmin head unit on a combination mount, and once calibrated (a doddle) provides consistent readings without the spikes. In addition, unlike the PowerCal, when one stops pedalling power drops to zero, as it should. (The PowerCal relies of rate of change of heart rate, so while stopping pedalling mean that heart rate does fall, the power reading falls to zero over a quite a long time, if at all.) Like other reviewers, I am unable to do a direct comparison with a direct force power meter, but the DC Rainmaker review suggests that it tracks pretty closely. Good enough for me, and my n+1 bikes :-)

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Powerpod

4

I bought this as an introduction to power meters after reading positive reviews from DC Rainmaker and other buyers online. Once set up it calibrated first time and now gives just the right level of info I need to track my efforts. The Isaac software is a bit bewildering so I stick with Garmin connect and strava to give me an idea of my performance. Best point us the interchanging between bikes which is a doddle. Definitely recommended.

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Powerpod

5

Easy to set up and works a treat .can't complain for the price i paid from probikekit

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10 stars for value!

5

I seriously cant see why anyone would pay 3-4 times the price of this.

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Busy in charge of the body

3

I need to be charged before this power meter is used there was every time. Even if the various settings in Garmin, detailed the numbers do not appear in the Garmin. Only rough watt of numerical value is displayed. Busy in charge of the body

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