Post DC Rainmaker about powerbox
"Last fall bike component maker FSA announced they were getting into the power meter game with a new unit branded as ‘PowerBox’. Unlike Easton/Race Face though, they were pretty open about the fact that this was powered by Power2Max’s technology. In that case, it was Power2Max’s Type-S technology under the covers (not their newer NG platform announced in 2017 as well).
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – the Type-S is an incredibly stable and great power meter. However, to say it’s 100% Type-S wouldn’t be entirely true. For example, the Type-S didn’t have Bluetooth Smart. Whereas the FSA PowerBox does. Well…sorta.
See, the PowerBox by default will only transmit on ANT+. However, the chipset within it is capable of dual ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart. So they are allowing Power2Max to ‘unlock’ the Bluetooth Smart transmission for a small fee. This fee hasn’t been announced yet, but the software update will also include additional pedal efficiency metrics. The unlocking will be solely handled by Power2Max, using an app from them. So you’ll basically pay Power2Max via the app and then boom – Bluetooth Smart power transmission!
So why purchase a PowerBox over others? Well aside from stuff like crankset inclusion/compatibility, the main reason is frankly price. Starting at $648 including the chainrings and crank arms – it’s very competitive.
As for shipping, the company says they’re getting close and hope to be shipping in the next few weeks, aiming for mid-May at the latest."