Wednesday, November 1, 2017
PowerCal HR monitor/power meter
So, what is the PowerCal HR monitor/power meter? I'll let you watch a short video by Dr. Allen Lim which best describes it:
The important thing to note from Dr. Allen Lim's video is that the PowerCal is NOT a power meter nor does it claim to be as accurate as one. I'd call it a HR monitor on steroids. The PowerCal's got a built in algorithm that converts HR signals into estimated power output. It gives you a ballpark power reading of a steady state effort on the bike. It is not useful for measuring power output of short or intense intervals due to the heart rate lag.
Also, here's an excellent review by DC Rainmaker:
For me, it's better than nothing and definitely in the ballpark as far as money is concerned- just north of $100. That works for me. The PowerCal is ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible so you can download your ride (with power) from your Garmin Edge (which talks to the PowerCal via ANT+ technology) into either Garmin Connect or Strava. Or I'm sure there's an App for the iPhone or Android where you can read the input/output live via Bluetooth technology on the phone.
My PowerCal arrives in 2 days. When it does, I'll give a more in-depth review and include the Pros and Cons. I'm not expecting much from the PowerCal. Like I said, it seems to me to be nothing more than a glorified/beefed-up HR monitor that converts HR to estimated Power. And, that's all I want at this point because I don't feel like shelling out $500 for another Power Meter for use on my Mountain Bike or when I'm in the gym on a spinning bike.
Until then, Power ON! Coach Rob
Posted by Rob Muller at 8:38 AM