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PowerPod Powermeter

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PowerPod Powermeter

PowerPod Powermeter Customer Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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Power Estimate Device

2

I think is best just to buy a direct force power meter as the power numbers are consistantly wrong i did a 1.5 km climb that doesn't change gradient it is 13% gradient the whole way and it over estimated the power by 30 watts even with the Issac details entered correctly. The device also is not durable the USB connection failed and it can not charge or connect to the computer. i used the I used the device for 5 months and 7000 kilometres and this was my experience with the device.

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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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Great device with its limitations

4

I've had this device since January covering 1317 miles with it since distance taken from from Garmin which I bought in conjunction with this. So I feel the time I've spent with the product is good enough to leave a review. I stumbled across this after trying to find a cheap power meter and researched it quite thoroughly if you haven't read DC rainmaker in-depth review I strongly encourage you to read that. I Bought this off the back of that review. The benefit of this device for me other than the price was was the fact I didn't have to change a single aspect of my current set-up. No sending off my crank arm for a DF power meter to be attached, No swapping out a crank arm for a stages, No replacing my whole cranks set up and no huge cost. This is a great device but is not without its limitations. I'd place this device as more of a pacing tool rather than an all out power meter. By I have found from use that its not as quick to update as its fellow DFPM revivals my friend DFPM updates 13 times a second meaning having crested a hill you power readings will take a while to level off giving you the correct readings again. I've also found that while descending the and pedalling trying to hold a set wattage the device most of the times doesn't display any power reading. Making sure you have a good calibration ride as this is vital and also the information you have entered onto the device i.e you weight including the bike, riding position, tyre width ect is correct as this will lead to more accurate data Overall I have no regrets about buying this device it has been a great introduction into riding with power its taken my riding to new levels and allowed me to do something I've never been able to do before which its pace accurately without a huge outlay. Having said this I'd still say if you have the money and are serious about cycling buy a DFPM it has more versatility and I will be going that route when I upgrade my bike but until then I am happy with this Tip and tricks: If you do buy this device a few tips I have learnt from my use of it. As this device can be used as a stand alone device make sure you clear the ride data off it once in a while otherwise you can get some strange readings. A very long charging cable is very usefully and if you like a coffee stop on your ride make sure when you start riding again give the button a tap to wake it up but don't hold it down.

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Powerpod

4

It really works. Amazing. You just have to ignore the first 10 minutes or so of riding as it calibrates and then it gives surprisingly accurate data.

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Great value

5

Easy setup. Great value. As accurate as the more expensive power meters.

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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

Arrived quickly to NZ - easy to install (just read the instruction fully) - don't forget you need a speed magnet/sensor on your wheel - GPS speed wont do it - download the newton software for fine tuning - I am finding using power to train very interesting and all the data that you can use. Great price and I really like data so well recommend.

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awesome peice of kit

5

Im blown away by the accuracy and how fast this power meter responds to different situations. Its as accurate as my Power2max spider based power meter. I also use it on my mountain bike with no issues. Lest get one thing straight, even though the instructions say sync it up and ride (sync was super easy by the way, got it first time...you have to reset the default setting via your desktop first. The more accurate the information the better the results. For example fist ride I knew the number were way low after doing my 8 minute set up ride, but the default was for the road bike with 23mm tyres on a smooth surface ...I was riding my mountain bike...DOH. So with a couple of minutes...its easy actually..i reset the default for that bike to be 2.3inch tyres at 24 psi and corrected my weight and the bikes rate and position on the bike (hoods) and surface (rough asphalt was the closest setting) its works perfect and I cant believe how it can make instant adjustments for the changing of surfaces even. One more thing, when you swapping this from bike to bike it will sense that you have synced this up to different speed and cadence sensors and then automatically assume the different profile you have set up. So you will need different speed cadence sensors on each bike (i use garmin wireless with no issues). and you will have to reset the deflaut for each profile. while this may sound a hassel, its 5 minutes wrok per bike and you only ever do this once...add the cost of other power meters up and if you are like me with three other bikes...it makes the five minutes worth a lot of money per minute...

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