Knowledge Base

Kestrel 5 Series

Kestrel 5 Series
Learn more about the how to use your Kestrel 5 series product.

Kestrel 5 Series Instruction Manuals

Instructions for the use of the Kestrel LiNK App

User Guide for the Kestrel 5000, 5100 and 5200

Kestrel 5000AG Livestock Environmental Meter & Kestrel 5400AG Cattle Leat Stress Tracker User Guide

Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker User Guide

Kestrel 5500 Fires Weather Pro & Kestrel 5400 Fire Weather Pro with WBGT User Guide

User Guide for the Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter


Kestrel 5 Series Instruction Manuals (Ballistics)

A 10 step guide to setup your Kestrel to work with your gun.

Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter and Kestrel Elite Weather Meters with Applied Ballistics User Guide


Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

American College of Sports Medicine - Acclimatized WBGT Guidelines on Heat illness and what to do

This program is used to transfer gun profiles to and from a Kestrel ballistics unit and Windows computer. 4500 models can use either Bluetooth or the PC Interface cradle but must have fw version 4.93. 5700 models must use the USB Transfer cable to connect. Instructions included in zip file.

How to Figure out Average Wind Direction with a Kestrel 5000 Series Unit.

The attached links will help with determining average wind direction and the use of a wind rose. The documents would be pertinent to any of the 5500 models, especially important for spray drift and measurements in the protected zones.

Version 1.24

Information about the Kestrel Agricultural Line of weather meters

PDF Downloadable Tips & Quick Start for the 5200 Kestrel Concrete Pro Jobsite Weather Kit.

This document goes through what formulas are used to calculate the various measurements on the Kestrel series meters.

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for OSX

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for Windows

Recommended Modifications to Athletic Participation Based on the Heat Index

Recommended Modifications to Athletic Participation Based on the Heat Index Celsius

Korey Stringer Small Price of Survival Article 2016-09 Regarding Heat Stress

North Jersey State High School Guidelines - American College of Sports Medicine - Acclimatized WBGT Guidelines on Heat illness and what to do

Product Safety and Warranty Kestrel 5000 Series

Tips for taking accurate measurements Support tab at www.kestrelinstruments.com

sources of inaccuracy in long-range shooting

wind measurement and long-range shooting, SME NVDOC1403-Wind


Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Picture showing the places to take measurements for square and rectangular air ducts

Document shows all the current Ruger guns and ammunition for the Ruger Kestrel 5700 Ballistics along with a tutorial on how to use the Ruger Gun Wizard.

This document shows how to calibrate using CAL DSF a 22 Long Rifle or other guns which do not shoot supersonic region.

How to transfer gun profiles from 4500 series to 5700 series

Tutorial on how to update your Kestrel 5000 series firmware using LiNK for Windows.

A quick guide to update your Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for Android firmware.

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Tutorial on how to update your Kestrel 5000 series firmware using LiNK for MAC/OSX

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Windows

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Dongle Issues with the Kestrel 5000 Series Models and LiNK for Windows.

Find answers to common Bluetooth connection issues

Get help connecting my Kestrel 5 series unit to my computer using a bluetooth dongle.

Attached is a workaround to have Kestrel LiNK for Windows scale properly on High Definition monitors


Support Documents for all Kestrels

Replacing the Kestrel Impeller

Explanation of flow lines on the back of a Kestrel 5000 Series unit.

Fine Dead Fuel Moisture and Probability of Ignition Tables

Kestrel 5 Series Certificates of Comformity

Kestrel 5 Series specification chart

Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker specification chart

Example of the paperwork after performing a Kestrel Temperature Factory Calibration (not NIST)

Example of the paperwork received when doing a Kestrel Tune-Up

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Wind calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Globe Temperature calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Pressure calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Humidity calibration on a Kestrel

Shows a sample of the paperwork when doing a NIST Temperature calibration on Kestrel

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Kestrel 5 Series Instruction Manuals

Instructions for the use of the Kestrel LiNK App

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You can find all the information regarding the warranty on your Kestrel by Clicking here

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Please check out our tutorial:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Find answers to common Bluetooth connection issues

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"All measurements not available in all units"

Temperature Functions

For best accuracy when taking temperature measurements you must keep the air moving around the temperature sensor and keep the Kestrel out of prolonged, direct sunlight. If there is a strong breeze, just point the Kestrel into the wind. If there is no wind, swing the Kestrel around in a circle on its lanyard or rapidly wave it back and forth in hand. This ensures that the sensor measures the temperature of the air rather than the temperature of the case. Alternatively, if you have time, allow the Kestrel to rest where you want to measure the air temperature (NOT in your hand or in direct sunlight if there is no wind) until the case temperature equalizes with the air temperature. When equalized, the display will read a constant value. Be aware that this could take a few minutes, particularly if there is no wind.

Humidity Functions

One reason your Kestrel may not be reading accurate ambient humidity is because of proximity to humidity sources such as your hand, your body or the ground. Avoid covering the large humidity chamber opening on the case rear with your fingers. Keep all fingers below the finger groove and away from the chamber opening. Do not take reading that rely upon humidity with the Kestrel meter lying flat – raise it into the air vertically or stand it on its base and orient it into the wind or air flow. If a high level of accuracy is required for measurements involving humidity, do not hold the unit while taking measurements. Taking readings with the Kestrel in your hand or over your body can raise relative humidity by 5% or more. A Kestrel vane mount will isolate the Kestrel Meter from erroneous humidity influences and keep it oriented into the wind or air flow while taking measurements. Whenever you move your Kestrel Meter into a new environment wait until the primary sensor values have stabilized (Temperature, Humidity, etc.) before taking measurements that rely upon these values. After a large change in environmental condition, this may take 15 minutes or more, with humidity potentially taking the longest. If the humidity sensor housing (located above the rear label) is wet, the Kestrel cannot take an accurate humidity reading. If the sensor does become wet, shake the unit vigorously to remove the water, and then let it dry completely before use. If the sensor comes in contact with salt water, rinse it thoroughly with clean water, then shake it and allow it to dry. As is typical with humidity sensors, it is possible for the humidity sensor in the Kestrel to drift over time as described in the spec sheet. If your unit has a Humidity recalibration function, it can be returned to the factory or used with the Kestrel RH Calibration Kit to recalibrate its humidity readings.

Wind Meter Functions

Wind speed is highly dependent on surrounding obstructions such as buildings, yourself and the ground, with wind speeding up as it flows around and over obstacles and slowing down as it passes behind them. Even in an open area, Wind speed will be slower near the ground so ensure you are taking measurements at an appropriate height for your application. Hold the back of the unit directly into the wind. Holding the unit off-axis by 5° will reduce accuracy by 1%, 10° will reduce accuracy by 2% and 15° will reduce accuracy by 3%. Using a Kestrel Vane Mount will ensure the unit is correctly oriented into the wind and measuring accurate wind speeds. The Kestrel impeller housing can rotate in the unit. For best accuracy, ensure one of the three “arms” of the impeller housing is pointing straight up. The wind speed displayed by the Kestrel Meter is a 3 second rolling average. This allows the unit to provide a value that is more representative of the typical, ambient conditions but not capture peak speeds for instantaneous blasts of air.

Compass Functions

The compass in the Kestrel Meter is used for direction, crosswind, headwind/tailwind as well as for capturing various user inputs based on direction. When calibrating and when using the compass, it is important to hold the unit as vertically as possible. Any tilt in angle present when the unit is calibrated or when measurements are taken will negatively impact the accuracy of the compass reading. Many users will inadvertently tilt the Kestrel Meter away from themselves slightly when holding the unit. If a high level of accuracy is required, using a Kestrel vane mount on a leveled tripod for calibration and measurement can eliminate error.

Pressure Functions

All pressure and altitude measurements are made using the pressure sensor. Some units have a dedicated “Pressure” screen which shows Station Pressure, the raw pressure reading straight from the sensor. The Barometric Pressure measurement (Baro) displays the local Barometric Pressure using the Station Pressure measurement adjusted to the local altitude using the Reference Altitude value input by the user. The Altitude measurement displays the local altitude using the Station Pressure measurement combined with the Reference Baro value input by the user. To obtain an accurate barometric pressure or altitude readings, you must first know EITHER your location’s current barometric pressure OR your current altitude. If the Reference Altitude value is incorrect, the Barometric Pressure reading will also be incorrect. If the Reference Barometric pressure value is incorrect, the Altitude reading will also be incorrect. Because Barometric Pressure and Altitude are each dependent on the alternate reference value remaining constant, Barometric Pressure and Altitude cannot be accurately measured simultaneously. If your unit has a pressure recalibration function, a new Barometric Pressure calibration value may be input. If this value was not taken from a verified source (a local airport or weather station) with the Kestrel being calibrated at the same location as the reference device, pressure related measurements may be incorrect.

WBGT

When changing environments (such as moving form an air conditioned room to outdoors or removing the unit from your pocket) the unit requires between 8-15 minutes to equilibrate to its surroundings before taking readings. Take measurements at least 3 feet off the ground and in the same wind or air flow conditions as the people you are monitoring. Ensure the Kestrel is oriented into the wind and able to measure the full wind value. A tripod or pole mount and the Kestrel Rotating Vane Mount are ideal for ensuring accurate measurements. Differences in the reflectivity of ground surfaces such as grass or asphalt will impact measurements. Be sure to take measurements in the same solar/radiant heat environment as the people you are monitoring. Unlike best practices for other measurements, WBGT is intended to be taken in direct sunlight. As long as there is occasional wind the Kestrel has software that allows it to maintain an accurate WBGT reading despite being placed in direct sunlight.

Air Flow

Kestrel Professional Meters can calculate air flow through a duct by combining user input information about the size and shape of the duct with the measured air velocity. In addition to reading the instantaneous Air Flow off the main measurement screen, a more accurate result may be obtained by capturing an average air flow on the Min/Ave/Max screen while traversing the duct. Traversing consists of dividing the area of the duct into evenly sized sections and averaging the air flows at the center of all sections. By spending an equal amount of time at each measurement location and quickly moving between measurement locations, the average air flow measurement can provide a more accurate measure of the air flow in the duct. Capturing an average can be particularly helpful when measuring ducts with registers or dimensionally uneven air flow.

Air Flow Diagram

Evaporation Rate

(Kestrel 5200 Professional Environmental Meter) Kestrel Professional Meters can calculate a concrete evaporation rate (ACI 308) by combining a user input concrete temperature with measured air temperature, wind speed and relative humidity. Concrete mix temperature is generally measured with a probe or infrared thermometer and should be read at the time of making the evaporation rate measurement After inputting the mix temperature, hold the unit vertically, approximately 20 inches above the surface of the concrete while facing the rear of the unit directly into the wind. To avoid inaccurate Evaporation Rate readings due to thermal loading it is best to shade the Kestrel. (Be sure the source of shade is not obstructing the wind speed measurement.) The ACI recommends taking a 6-10 second average of the evaporation rate to account for fluctuating wind speeds. To measure an average Evaporation Rate, scroll right from the Evaporation Current Measurement Screen to the Min/Ave/Max Screen and press select to manually start and stop a capture.

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The attached links will help with determining average wind direction and the use of a wind rose. The documents would be pertinent to any of the 5500 models, especially important for spray drift and measurements in the protected zones.

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

The attached links will help with determining average wind direction and the use of a wind rose. The documents would be pertinent to any of the 5500 models, especially important for spray drift and measurements in the protected zones.

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

How to Figure out Average Wind Direction with a Kestrel 5000 Series Unit.

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You will first need to create an account if you do not already have one. After you create an account, sign in. Click on your account name at the top of the page and select My Account. On the left of the screen, you will see Product Registration, select this option. Enter your purchase date, serial number and product name into the fields and then select Save.

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Please see our document found here:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

This document goes through what formulas are used to calculate the various measurements on the Kestrel series meters.

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Yes! The Kestrel 5 Series now has both Android and iPhone integration through our Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android Apps. Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android apps allow LiNK enabled Kestrel 5 Series Meters and DROPs to connect wirelessly with mobile devices to view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts, download data and perform firmware updates. The Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app, designed specifically for the Kestrel 5700, Kestrel 5 series Sportsman, and Kestrel 5700 Elite meters, provides full gun management and access to the Applied Ballistics library of G1/G7 curves (5700) and custom drag models (Elite). For a quick look at all of the Kestrel LiNK Application Features - Click Here.

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Please check out our Kestrel 5000 Firmware change log to view the differences in the various firmware versions: Firmware Change Log

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Var is going to be the magnetic declination of your current location, further information can be found here: Magnetic Declination
Var is not used when selecting Magnetic North. If you choose True North, then it is advisable to add the Var number.
To find your magnetic declination, here is a good place to start Find my Var

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Please see a workaround found here:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Attached is a workaround to have Kestrel LiNK for Windows scale properly on High Definition monitors

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Make sure Bluetooth® is turned ON on your phone. On the Kestrel, go to the Main Menu->Bluetooth and turn it ON. Press the center button while Bluetooth is highlighted and check to ensure that Conct is set to PC/Mobile and it shows Available.  Next go to the application that you are connecting with on your phone and select the Kestrel as the device you would like to connect with.  Please note: if you do not find the Kestrel on your phone’s “standard” Bluetooth connection screen, that does not mean that the Kestrel is not working properly. Please first go to the application and try to connect through the application. The Kestrel should connect.

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All models of the Kestrel 5000 Series have optical data ports that can be seen through the openings of the battery door. A USB Data Transfer Cable can be purchased separately, which plugs directly into the back of the Kestrel and extends to a USB port in your computer.  You will NOT be able to connect a non-LiNK model unit to a mobile device (e.g., any device without a USB port).

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These programs handle uploading the weather data from the Kestrel to a specific device. This weather data can then be exported into MS Excel. You can also update your firmware any of these programs. Visit the Kestrel LiNK Software and Apps page to learn more.

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To UPDATE your firmware on any Kestrel you can use the appropriate link below:

As can be seen in the pictures below, place your thumb on the bottom of the unit and slide the latch from the “Locked” to the “Unlocked” position. The battery door should pop up enough that you can remove it. If you have trouble opening the battery door, some slight pressure DOWN on the battery door itself with your other thumb may help release the latch.


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First slide in the tab at towards the top of the unit, then gently press the bottom part of the battery door down until it snaps into place.  Ensure that the O-ring remains in place on the battery door when closing.

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No. Since the Kestrel 5 Series meters utilize only one AA battery, there is no need to use the battery shim to separate two AAA batteries as in the previous version.

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NK strongly recommends continual use of Lithium AA batteries in your Kestrel.  Lithium batteries respond best in extreme temperatures and help prevent against any corrosion.  Customers can also use Alkaline or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh) if they prefer, but we recommend turning “Auto Store” to “OFF” when placing these units in storage to minimize the drain on the battery.  Also, please make sure you set the System->Battery setting to match the type of batteries that you are using.

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No. Currently ONLY the Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics or the Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter can be upgraded to the Kestrel 5700 Elite model.

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All of the Kestrel 5000 series units have the Night Vision option in addition to the standard white backlight.  There is a menu selection that allows the customer to toggle between both options.

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Yes. You can always trade-in an older Kestrel, regardless of its condition, by using our Customer Trade-In Program.

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The Kestrel 5 Series models can store over 10,000 data sets.

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Wind Speed – NK sells factory calibrated replacement impellers that can easily be installed by the customer. NK recommends replacing the impeller every 2-3 years depending on usage.

Humidity – The Kestrel 5 Series and DROP data loggers employ a highly accurate, calibrated, digital humidity sensor. Based on the sensor manufacturer's specifications and NK testing, drift on this sensor over time is minimal and field recalibration is likely to degrade accuracy rather than improve it. Factory calibration to validate and certify accuracy at a minimum of two RH points is available from NK. In the event NK observes a significant number of tested sensors exhibiting drift greater than +/-1%RH/year, NK will develop a recalibration routine which can be installed via firmware update. During the five-year warranty period, NK will repair, recalibrate or replace any Kestrel 5 Series or DROP which drifts more than +/-1% RH/year since the date of manufacture.

Temperature – The thermistor in the Kestrel 5 series should not need to be recalibrated. If you think your sensor is incorrect, please contact techsupport@nkhome.com

Pressure – The pressure in the Kestrel 5 series should not need to be recalibrated. If you think your sensor is incorrect, please contact techsupport@nkhome.com

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Kestrel 5 series units with LiNK will need to use the Kestrel LiNK Wireless Dongle to connect with a computer. The Kestrel 5 series will not work with any internal Bluetooth modules. To connect, insert the Kestrel LiNK Dongle into an open USB port. On the Kestrel, go to the Main Menu->Bluetooth and turn it ON. Set Conct to "PC / Mobile." Open the application on the computer and select the Kestrel as the device to connect to. There is no more “pairing," "COM port numbers," or "PIN Codes" to worry about for those familiar with the 4000 series.

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Please see our guide for this Bluetooth issue:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Get help connecting my Kestrel 5 series unit to my computer using a bluetooth dongle.

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Please see our graphing guide:

LiNK (Kestrel)

This tutorial will show you how to create a graph of the data that you exported from your Kestrel 5000 series or Kestrel DROP using one of the Kestrel LiNK applications.

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Berry compliant means that any of the textiles used in the product are sourced and made in the U.S.A.

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For Applied Ballistics and HORUS, the ballistics calculator will ALWAYS use station pressure despite the altitude number that is entered.

  • If you want station pressure, set your reference altitude to ZERO.
  • If you want your altitude to display correctly and have station pressure, you will need to enter your current barometric pressure as the reference barometric pressure. The reference altitude should remain ZERO, and Sync Alt should be OFF.
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Yes! The Kestrel 5 Series now has both Android and iPhone integration through our Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android Apps. Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android apps allow LiNK enabled Kestrel 5 Series Meters and DROPs to connect wirelessly with mobile devices to view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts, download data and perform firmware updates. The Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app, designed specifically for the the Sportsman , the Kestrel 5700, and the Kestrel 5700 Elite meters, provides full gun management and access to the Applied Ballistics library of G1/G7 curves (Sportsman and 5700) and custom drag models (5700 Elite).

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Barometric pressure is pressure adjusted to sea level. You need reference altitude to calculate this number. This is used to equate pressures independent of the altitude in order to view pressure changes/storm fronts. This calculation is typically used in meteorology.

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Station pressure is used in practical applications outside of weather. For example, ballistics, air flight, and drag racing. This is the unadjusted atmospheric pressure felt at your current location.

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Our article Understanding Pressure, Altitude and Density Altitude talks about Altitude and Barometric Pressure in great detail. The article also describes how to utilize your Kestrel to take these measurements.

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Understanding how to properly set up your pressure and altitude for ballistic solutions depends on the Kestrel model and ballistic software application being used.

To view a comprehensive overview on pressure and altitude, and density altitude, visit our " Understanding Pressure, Altitude and Density Altitude " web page.

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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, and Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and direction of fire and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for iOS:

LiNK (Kestrel)

An iOS application to view you Kestrel Ballistics data.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range and/or direction of fire on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Target Card view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 10 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).
  • (NEW) Export your customized target card to save or print out.
  • (NEW) Use your phone's compass to capture a new direction or fire, wind direction, or inclination angle and send to the Kestrel.

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range and/or Direction of Fire in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 10 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 9 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, and Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and direction of fire and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for Android:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Download the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app from the google play store.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range and/or direction of fire on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Target Card view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 10 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).
  • (NEW) Export your customized target card to save or print out.
  • (NEW) Use your phone's compass to capture a new direction of fire, wind direction, or inclination angle and send to the Kestrel.

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range and/or Direction of Fire in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 10 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 4.3 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android Devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The Kestrel LiNK App for iOS puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for iOS (Formerly Kestrel Connect):

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an iOS device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for iOS can connect to up to 8 devices at the same time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates.


Kestrel Firmware:

LiNK (Kestrel Ballistics)

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for iOS

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 6 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Mac computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for MAC:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.04 for OSX


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots


Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for OSX

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for Windows

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: This program is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The Kestrel LiNK App for Android puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Android

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an Android device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for Android can connect to one device at a time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

Select data ranges to see Min/Max/Avg or export data.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 4.3 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
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  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Windows computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Windows:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.04 for Windows


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots

Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.24

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for OSX

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.24 Update Installer for Windows

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: LiNK is currently compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK

Bluetooth Support:

Kestrel 5 Series Troubleshooting Documents

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Dongle Issues with the Kestrel 5000 Series Models and LiNK for Windows.

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Every single Kestrel Meter and Kestrel DROP logger is factory tested to validate performance within specifications before it leaves our factory. We don’t rely on spot checks because we know you rely on your Kestrel to give you the accurate readings you need to stay safe, make decisions, and enjoy your activities. Each of our calibration standards is traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ensuring the highest level of reliability. Our wind/airflow standard is actually calibrated in the NIST laser doppler wind tunnel as this is the only lab in the country that can provide the calibration accuracy we require.

NK offers three types of calibration services to meet your accuracy validation needs. Each of these calibration services can be conveniently ordered through our website, allowing you to cross “Get my Kestrel calibrated” off your to-do list whenever convenient. And, ordering your calibration online creates an order history you can refer to in future. But, if you prefer, you can always call or chat with us during business hours to order your calibration. For more in-depth information about each of the services described below, simply click through to the relevant ordering page.

NIST Calibration Services

NIST Calibration is our most in-depth calibration service. The Kestrel’s measurements are compared to our NIST-traceable standard at two points after an appropriate equilibration period. The NIST Calibration Report and Certificate will show as found and as left values, standard values, acceptable range, and deviation. It will also list the date, serial number and model of the unit, desired recalibration interval, and test technician’s name and signature. NIST Calibration services can be added on to any new Kestrel purchase for customers who require it, or you may return your Kestrel to us at any time after purchase to validate its performance in detail. Please visit our Kestrel Calibration product for more information.

Factory Calibration Services

For Factory Calibration we repeat the tests performed on your unit when it was manufactured and provide a renewed Sensor Calibration Certificate confirming performance within specification, the serial number of the unit, and the signature of the testing agent. Please note that if you need more than one Factory Calibration, Tune-Ups offer a better value! Please visit our Kestrel Calibration product for more information.

Tune-Up Services

Tune-Ups include Factory Calibrations of all sensors on your unit as well as a new impeller, new battery, functional checks, cleaning and leak testing. Tune-Ups are priced at a flat $75 per unit so offer a great value if you need more than one Factory Calibration or just want to ensure your Kestrel is fully tested.

Note on Sensor Correction: If needed and available for the sensor in question, we will also restore your unit’s performance to specification by either replacing the impeller or correcting the sensor. Although not correctable, in our experience, both the temperature sensor (ambient and globe) and newer humidity sensor in the DROP and Kestrel 5 Series have proven extremely stable in performance. Every Kestrel is guaranteed to perform within specification, including the specified drift of the sensor in question, for Five Years from the date of manufacture or documented date of first customer purchase. If your Kestrel is under warranty and does not meet this standard under test, it will be repaired or replaced as covered under the terms of our Limited Warranty. If your Kestrel has an unrepairable problem and is no longer under warranty, you have the option of trading it in for a new or upgraded model under our Kestrel Trade-in, Trade-up Program. Please visit our Kestrel Tune-up product for more information.

Shipping Your Unit: After ordering a calibration or tune-up service online or via phone, please note your order number so you can add it to the outside of the box. Please pack your Kestrel securely and ship to:

Nielsen-Kellerman
21 Creek Circle
Boothwyn, PA 19061
Attn: ORDER####

You will also receive an email confirming these instructions. It is most important that we have your Order Number so we can promptly match your unit with your service request. You can also print your order confirmation and add it to the box.

Questions or clarifications about our calibration services? Email techsupport@nkhome.com or call (610) 447-1555.

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