November 10th, 2015

K5s — New 5000 Series Kestrels with Optional Bluetooth

Kestrel 5000 bluetooth

Nielsen-Kellerman has just announced its new K5 series of Kestrel weather meters. With optional blue-tooth capability, these “smart-phone savvy” Kestrels can export data wirelessly to smartphones and other wireless devices for use with Kestrel and Third Party Apps. Bryan Litz of Applied Ballistics reports: “There have been some major changes. The physical design has been updated. You can also use it with Android or iPhone. It has an updated, higher-contrast screen. Don’t forget about the buy-back program!” You can trade in older Kestrel model to get a partial credit for a 5000-series unit under the NK’s Customer Loyalty Program. A very detailed review of the new Kestrel 5700 with Applied Ballistics is found in our Shooters’ Forum. This covers all the new features, including data transfer capabilities. The review also explains how to use Kestrel data in smartphone Apps. Click this link:

Read Full Tech Review of New Kestrel 5700 Elite/Sportsman

Kestrel 5700

You can pre-order the new Kestrel 5700 with Applied Ballistics for delivery in two weeks. NOTE: To get the Bluetooth option you must select “Yes” under the “Add LiNK Wireless Connectivity” drop down menu. This is an added cost option ($100 for Elite, $140 for Sportsman).

Here is the official product release notice from Nielsen-Kellerman:

Nielsen-Kellerman is releasing its all-new K5 line of Kestrels, which replaces the Kestrel 4000 series. Loaded with features such as Android and iOS connectivity, a dual-color backlight screen, a weather vane and measurements of over 10 environmental variables, the K5 family is NK’s most user-friendly, innovative line yet.

This series includes the 5000 Environmental Meter, 5500 Weather Meter, 5100 Racing Weather Meter, 5200 Professional Environmental Meter, 5400 Heat Stress Tracker, Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, and Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. All are drop-tested, waterproof and dust-proof and just as rugged, reliable and dependable as previous Kestrels. All K5s use AA batteries, and they are backed by NK’s industry-leading 5-year warranty.

When customers spoke about past products, NK listened. “We painstakingly addressed every complaint or problem users had with the 4000 series,” says Alix James, NK’s CEO. She believes that optional connection with Kestrel LiNK, powered by Bluetooth Smart, is one of the line’s best features. “Data communication opens the door to creating solutions for users, especially where environmental measurements, decision-making tools and guidelines intersect,” she points out, adding, “being able to pull these measurements straight into an app is so powerful.” Michael Naughton, NK’s VP of Business Development, adds “K5 Kestrels can communicate to iOS and Android devices using Kestrel and third-party apps, and they’re compatible with software on Windows and Mac computers.”

Another standout feature is the lightweight, transportable weather vane mount, which “can be put up instantly for research, safety monitoring, hazmat response and more” says James. Other improvements include a high-contrast, high-resolution display screen that is easy to read in all lighting conditions, a dual-color LED backlight, and a corrosion-resistant battery compartment.

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