Kestrel 1000 Pocket Wind Meter

CAD $89.99

The one that started it all for the Kestrel brand. The Kestrel 1000 was developed in 1995 when NK co-owner, Richard Kellerman, needed a reliable wind meter for flying his glider. Almost 20 years later, it looks a little slicker, and it still gives you the reliable, accurate wind measurements that you need.

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Every Kestrel Meter features a large, 1” impeller mounted on a sapphire jewel bearing, which means it starts rotating with the slightest puff of air – 0.3 mph to be exact! And this unique impeller is user-replaceable, too, which means it can easily be replaced if it is damaged or worn.

If your application demands regular calibration, simply pop in a new impeller and the Kestrel Wind Meter is restored to like-new factory calibration standards. The Kestrel 1000 can easily be switched between mph, km/h, ft/min, m/s, knots and Beaufort.

Kestrel 1000 Measures

  • Current wind speed
  • Average wind speed
  • Maximum wind gust

Kestrel 1000 Features

  • Protective cover with sure-grip overmolding
  • Data hold function
  • Large easy-to-read display
  • Waterproof and floats
  • Patented user-replaceable impeller
  • Wide range of wind speeds and low startup speed
  • Reliable, portable, and easy to use
  • All instruments and accessories are completely assembled in the USA
  • 5-Year Warranty

Kestrel 1000 Includes

  • A slip-on protective cover
  • Neck lanyard
  • CR2032 coin cell battery (Average life 300 hours)
  • Kestrel certificate of conformity


Detailed Specifications…


Kestrel® 1000 Pocket Wind Meter


Response Time
Units Operational Range Resolution Accuracy (+/-) Specification Range
Wind Speed
1 second 
m/s 0.4 to 60.0 m/s 0.1 Larger of 3% of reading or least significant digit 0.4 to 40.0 m/s
ft/min 59 to 11,948 ft/min 1 59 to 7877 ft/min
km/h 1.0 to 218.0 km/h 0.1 1.0 to 144.0 km/h
mph 0.8 to 135.0 mph 1 0.8 to 89.0 mph
knots 0.6 to 118.3 kt 0.1 0.6 to 78.0 kt
Beaufort 0 to 12 B 0.1 0 to 12 B
1 inch diameter impeller with precision axle and sapphire bearings.  Off-axis accuracy -1% @ 5º off-axis; -2% @ 10º; -3% @ 15º.  Calibration drift < 1% after 100 hours use at 16 MPH / 7 m/s.  Sustained operation above 60 MPH / 27 m/s will wear impeller rapidly and may cause destruction of impeller.  Replacement impeller (NK PN-0801) may be field-installed without tools (US Patent 5,783,753).
Max/Avg Wind Speed One-button clear and restart of Max Wind Gust and Average Wind measurement.
Display Reflective 3 1/2 digit LCD.  Digit height 0.36 in / 9 mm.
Display Update 1 second.
Display Backlight Aviation green electroluminescent backlight.
Operational Temperature Range
(LCD and Batteries)
The operational temperature range of the liquid crystal display and batteries is 14° F to 131° F / -10 °C to 55 °C. Beyond the limits of the operational temperature range, the unit must be maintained within range and exposed for minimum time necessary to take reading.
Storage Temperature -22 °F to 140 °F / -30 °C to 60 °C.
Auto Shutdown After 45 minutes of no key presses.
Certifications CE certified. Individually tested to NIST-traceable standards (written certificate of tests available at additional charge).  
Batteries CR2032, one, included. Average life, 300 hours of use, +/-depending on backlight use.
Environmental Waterproof (IP67 standard). Drop-tested (MIL.STD.810F; unit only. Substantial impact may damage replaceable impeller.).
Dimensions Unit 4.8 x 1.7 x 0.7 in / 122 x 42 x 18 mm.  Case 4.8 x 1.9 x 1.1 in / 122 x 48 x 28 mm.
Weight Unit 2.3 oz / 65 g.  Case 1.3 oz / 37 g.
Kestrel Meters are designed and manufactured at NK’s facility in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, and are individually calibrated at the time of manufacture. Every Kestrel Meter comes with a Certificate of Conformity to document the unit’s accuracy—all Kestrel measurements are traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ensuring the highest level of reliability.

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg


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