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Inside the Kestrel portable weather station

If you're looking for an easy and accurate way to measure wind speed, look no further than Kestrel Wind Meters. These handheld devices are the most reliable way to get an accurate reading of the wind speed, without having to go outside and risk getting blown away! Kestrel wind meters are perfect for a variety of applications, including weather forecasting, outdoor recreation, and aviation.

In this blog post, we will discuss the features of Kestrel Wind Meters which makes our list of top four Wind meters ... and explain why they are the best way to measure wind speed!


Where are Kestrel Meters made?

Every Kestrel is designed, constructed and tested in the USA. High performance Kestrel weather meters are hand crafted in Portland, OR by the original creators of the wind meter. Each Kestrel Meter is designed in the USA by scientists, engineered in the USA by world-class, multi-generational craftsmen, and built to exacting quality controls in the USA.

Kestrel wind meters and weather tools are crafted with exceptional precision and attention to detail. Each instrument comes backed by a 5-year manufacturer warranty. Browse our large selection of Kestrel weather tools for in-depth product specifications and descriptions. Shop Kestrel wind meters with confidence: each meter and wind tool is made in the USA, backed by a 5-year manufacturer warranty.

Kestrel engineering goes back decades, with continuous product improvement through rigorous 26-point inspection. Each Kestrel anemometer is designed to withstand the harshest of field conditions. Featuring lightweight durable weatherproof construction, Kestrel wind meters are easy to take anywhere… the mountain, the sea or your backyard.


What unit does an anemometer use?

A vane anemometer is a common type of anemometer used to measure wind speed. Vane anemometers are designed to be very accurate, sensitive, lightweight and portable instrument for measuring wind speed. Many have user selectable units of measure: ft/min, m/s, MPH, km/h and knots to accommodate a wide variety of applications.

Vane anemometers use a rotating impeller to sense air velocity. Vane anemometers are the best choice for measuring wind speed. This versatile line of vane anemometers from Onset is right for you, from your shop to the field and everywhere in between. Switch between units of measure with a flick of a switch.

Vane anemometers are the best choice for measuring wind speed. Accuracy of 0.5%, full scale, of the measured velocity is typical for many of these units. A single vane or dual vane design is available with some models capable of measuring wind speeds from 3 to over 1000 mph. Wind measuring tips on page 10 of this catalogue illustrate proper installation details.


What is the best handheld anemometer?

The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter is the top-of-the-line model. It offers the most features of any handheld anemometer on the market. It boasts a wind speed range of 0–200 MPH with 1/10th MPH resolution, stores over 1000 data points, calculates average wind speed, uses GPS to calculate altitude, comes with its own case, and much more.

Let’s take a look at why this Kestrel 5500 weather meter is one of the best out there.

The Kestrel 5500 is one of the few handheld anemometers that combines wind-gauging functionality with other weather-related information like outside temperature, barometric pressure, and direction; the results are displayed on an angled LED display.

For those of us out there that identify as gearheads and love to tinker and experiment, it’s hard to beat the Kestrel 5500 weather meter. It has just about every capability that we could ask for: internal compass, data logging capabilities, its own bundled software, and the ability to connect to a PC or Mac with optional software. Not only that, but it’s built like a tank. It can take a beating and still keep on ticking.

Most Anemometers out there are ugly, clunky, and hard to use. The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter, however, is aesthetic- it’s practically jewelry; intuitive; simple; and incredibly easy to use.

The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, altitude, and wind speed/direction all in one unit. In addition to these 5 options for measuring weather variables, you can also use it as a sun compass, a GPS-based map reader, and a clock. With an incredible 3 year warranty period – including a year of no questions asked – Kestrel is confident that the 5500 won’t need repair for a good long time.

The Kestrel 5000 is a top-quality handheld weather meter – and an outstanding value – with winds-averaging and peak gust speeds versus the competition, and real time humidity percentages, barometric pressure and dew point (if that’s your thing). Kestrel also has a 4000 model for those who absolutely can’t afford $100 for a quality meter.

The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter was designed with the sailor in mind. As one of the most popular products among professional sailors, the 5500 offers plenty of features not found on lower-priced models. Its sleek design is appreciated by sailors and landlubbers alike, as it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Plus, it comes with a custom carrying case designed to make sure you never lose your anemometer again!

  • Digital Compass
  • Wind Direction
  • Crosswind
  • Headwind/Tailwind

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Is a Kestrel waterproof?

Kestrels are the most accurate handheld weather meters on the market. Used by more fishermen, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and professional meteorologists than any other rangefinder thermometer on the market. And because it’s completely waterproof, you can poke holes in ice and snow to take water temperature readings.


Kestrel 4500 Portable Weather Station

The Kestrel 4500 is a high quality cross four-in-one weather station from Garmin. Its practical and lightweight design makes it easy to carry. It is your perfect home companion as well as a portable option for outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the best ways to keep up to date with the weather is to have a portable weather station. With this easy to use Kestrel 4500 Weather Radio, you can connect wirelessly and personalize your experience.

Kestrel 4500 Weather is a pocket weather station. It comes handy in size and weight. This unit is available in two designs, one is standard and another with Bluetooth feature that allows you to communicate wirelessly and transmit, and automatically log your data. It’s one of the most advanced weather units in the Kestrel list. And a good complement for home and a portable weather radio.

The Kestrel 4500 review gives you all the information about an easy to use weather meter that features wireless capabilities. It’s perfect to carry around with you. Very popular mid-level unit with powerful sensors. The Kestrel 4500 Weather Tracker is extremely useful for utility workers, air travellers, students, outdoor enthusiasts and more.


The power of Wireless Connectivity

The Kestrel 4500 Weather is a one piece device, so a group consists of the first sensors as well as an easy-to read backlit display with NV feature. This unit does not require any transmissions distance or connection except an optional USB for PC connectivity. The Kestrel 4500 is a wireless weather unit, providing the weather conditions where you need them most - right at your fingertips. Incorporated into a one-piece design, the Kestrel 4500 includes all the first sensors as well as an easy-to-read backlit display with NV function. No need to worry about connecting it via cable as well as getting signal from afar as this device can be placed up to 30 ft. away from your computer or router for wireless connectivity.

Wireless weather display readouts on Kestrel 4500 Weather is integrated with a CR 10X button compass and thermometer, three function barometer and a pressure trend graph. You can change the sensors by simply pushing the touch key and slide off the backplate. Kestrel 4500 Weather is ideal for sailors, fishermen and backpackers.

A deep look at the Kestrel Weather Station's Data Meter

The Kestrel 4500 with its sleek design and color displays the weather conditions in a way that is easy to read. The display is backlit with a large LCD screen. It consists of:

  • a wind speed meter,
  • barometer,
  • anemometer,
  • hygrometer,
  • thermometer
  • and humidity sensor.


This device also has a built-in compass and altimeter. The ability track altitude along with barometric pressure, water temperature and wind is what makes this device so simple to use.

The Kestrel 4500 Data meter features a compact design that provides precise results. With the Kestrel 4500 Data meter by your side, you can collect and analyze data all over the globe and know how it affects the weather and the environment.

The Kestrel 4500 Weather Meter is a high precision instrument that gives readings on wind speed, temperature, humidity and direction of the wind. With the Kestrel's patented Wind Vector Technology, this rugged and lightweight meter provides readings to within 3%. Another great feature of this weather meter is its ability to connect to your PC via USB or Bluetooth so you can collect and log your data.


The Kestrel Weather Meter with App – 4500 is a portable gadget which you can take it anywhere. You don’t need to set up anything. It gives you the weather forecast without any hassle. In case of any problem, Kestrel offers a 3 year warranty. If you are planning to buy the weather meter then I would suggest that there is no better option than Kestrel Weather Meter.

The Kestrel 4500 is also easy to use. It provides accurate stats within seconds. Although it’s one of the most expensive products in this product range, but it twice as good as the other ones. I would suggest future users to read the documentation before using the unit.

The KESTREL 4500 Weather Meter is the best compact anemometer for mobile activities such as hiking. The product is relatively small and fits in your hand thus is very convenient to carry around. This is made possible by its light-weight design. In addition, the product is very easy to use. Owing to this, it does not require any special training or manual reading. This boosts its user-friendliness features.

The Kestrel 4500 Weather Meter is an ideal solution for those who want accurate and precise temperature readings with its 4-5-second instant Display and recording capabilities, and conditions such as dewpoint, precipitation and wind speed. It displays the data on a bright and clear LCD screen, which is easily read. Weather stations can be categorized as personal portable ones, free standing units and table top. So the user has to make a choice depending on his needs.

 The Kestrel is an easy-to-use hand-held weather meter that quickly can deliver information for today's outdoor enthusiasts. It is the only device available with all of these features in one compact package.

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Kestrel 3500

While other weather meters are great at what they do, the Kestrel 3500 is packed with features for the outdoor enthusiast. This full featured, portable weather meter can measure a whopping 12 different environmental factors! Among these measurements are Temperature (Fahrenheit or Celsius), Pressure (inHg or mmHg) Wind Speed (miles-per-hour or kilometres-per-hour), Wind Direction, Dew Point, Visibility, Altitude, Precipitation, Density Altitude, Wind Chill, Heat Index, and Heat Stress.

The Kestrel 3500 Pocket Weather Meter has all the features you've come to expect from a Kestrel meter, and more. The Altimeter pressure sensor uses our standard 316L SS enclosure and is sealed at the factory with an internal heated seal to ensure accurate readings at high altitudes. The Barometer sensors use machined aluminium enclosures with sapphire windows for low temp operation. One button calibration sets the scale factor, so there's no need for manual configuration.

The Kestrel 3500 is the first Kestrel meter available to fit in your pocket. It's ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, campers, hikers, aviation enthusiasts and anyone who wants to keep their eye on the weather. The Kestrel 3500 comes equipped with a protective cover, neck lanyard and CR2032 battery (average life 300 hours), all ready to go right out of the box.

Features of the Kestrel 3500:

  • Current & Average Wind Speed
  • Maximum wind gust
  • Air, water, and snow temperature
  • Wind Chill
  • Dew Point
  • Wet Bulb Temperature
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Altitude
  • Clock
  • Relative Humidity
  • Heat Stress Index
  • Data hold function
  • Large, backlit (night vision preserving back light on olive drab model)



The Kestrel 3500 DT for Agriculture

The Kestrel 3500 is an ideal solution for agriculture professionals who want to be more precise in their field spraying. The Kestrel 3500DT utilizes the Delta-T method to determine the optimum spray conditions that result in the best deposition of pesticide on the intended target. Perfect for the busy farmer looking to maximize crop yields and profitability, this accurate weather meter will transform your entire agriculture operation.

The Kestrel 3500 Fire Weather Meter

The Kestrel 3500 Fire Weather Meter is a hand-held tool for quick, accurate fire weather decision-making. It’s a rugged yet featherweight instrument that can fit in a shirt pocket or a rucksack. The Fire version also comes with two new cards—PIG and FDFM—that predict the probability of ignition and fine dead fuel moisture, important predictors of fire behaviour.

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