Kestrel 3000

Written by Sierra Rein
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The Kestrel 3000 pocket instrument is a versatile and completely independent measurement tool used by sportsmen, hunters, campers, sailors and anyone who works within extreme weather conditions. It has several operating modes, including settings to measure wind speed, outside temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature, wind chill and heat indexes. These measurements can be displayed in a number of units, from meters per second to feet per minute, and degrees Fahrenheit and Centigrade.

For temperature and wind chill displays, the Kestrel 3000 has an accuracy of between plus or minus one degree Centigrade and can be updated within a second of pushing a button. Both relative humidity and heat index readings can come between plus or minus three percent of reality, while the dew point temperature display has an accuracy range of between plus or minus two degrees Centigrade. The unit can easily read speeds between a minimum of 0.3 meters per second (0.7 miles per hour) and a maximum of 40 meters per second (89 miles per hour).

Size Matters with the Kestrel 3000

The Kestrel 3000 is a very compact instrument despite the fact that it offers so many different features. The unit itself weighs 44 grams (1.6 ounces), while its slip-on case weighs only 23 grams (0.8 ounces). And, at a small size of 122 by 42 by 14 millimeters (4.8 by 1.7 by 0.6 inches), it can be held in the hand, kept in the pocket, or packed snugly in a daypack.

In case the unit's impeller or outside housing are damaged in any way, they can be removed by just a bit of pressure and replaced quickly without requiring any tools. If kept warm and protected, the Kestrel 3000 can withstand colds as low as -30° Centigrade. However, the unit's delicate sensors and electronics can become damaged if it is left out in temperatures below -15° Centigrade.

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