Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker
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Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker

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The Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker has been developed in conjunction with construction industry experts to provide a specialised Kestrel instrument for construction professionals who lay concrete.

The new Kestrel 4300 measures and displays evaporation rate in addition to other environmental conditions. The user simply enters the concrete temperature (obtained via an IR or probe thermometer *) and the evaporation rate is instantly calculated and displayed.

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The Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker measures and displays evaporation rate - a function of relative humidity, temperature and wind speed. Evaporation rate is a critical environmental indicator that concrete contractors use to ensure they avoid plastic shrinkage cracks in concrete installations especially concrete flatwork. Plastic shrinkage cracks occur when the surface of the concrete dries too quickly and shrinks before the bed has cured enough to resist cracking. This is especially relevant in specialty applications like decorative concrete, Ready Mix Concrete (RCM) and Tilt-up concrete.

Ideal for construction workers and engineers, the Kestrel 4300 also offers a multitude of features to help you monitor your environment in one single instrument. At the touch of a button important weather information is clearly shown in digital or graphical form.

Individual functions can be displayed in 3 different formats: current, minimum/maximum/average and chart. There are also 3 user screens, which can be customised to simultaneously display the 3 most appropriate functions for the application.

The Kestrel 4300 can be set up to log data automatically (as well as manually) at programmable intervals, in order to display a history of weather information. Graphs display up to 3200 data points and the value, time and date of capture point can be shown.

The stored data can also be uploaded to a PC, for analysis/storage with the optional Kestrel Interface and Communicator software. With the Bluetooth model, data may be streamed live via Bluetooth wireless technology.

High precision Zytel bearings and a lightweight impeller provide accurate air flow measurements (+/-3% of reading) and the ability to operate at speeds as low as 0.6 m/s. The impeller is user-replaceable in case of damage, also ensuring high accuracy levels are maintained for life. An integral hard cover protects the impeller when not in use.

A precision external thermistor sensor provides fast response temperature readings and accuracy of +/- 1°C. The 0.1 degree resolution of the display aids in determining when a consistent reading has been reached. A special housing protects the relative humidity sensor from contamination providing an accuracy of +/-3%. A monolithic silicon based pressure sensor enables barometric pressure and altitude to be calculated, with a resolution of 0.1mb and 1m respectively.

The combination of the Kestrel 4300 Construction Weather Tracker's multiple sensors result in the following derived functions: wind chill, heat index, dew point, wet bulb temperature, evaporation rate and density altitude.

The Kestrel 4300 is powered by two easily replaceable, AAA batteries and has two power saving modes to prolong battery life. All text can be displayed in one of several languages including: English, French, Italian, Spanish or German.

* IR or probe thermometer not included. For maximum accuracy when measuring the evaporation rate, measure the concrete temperature via an infrared or probe thermometer, enter the concrete temperature into the Kestrel, and position the unit facing into the wind, 50cm above the concrete. Shade the Kestrel's thermistor (temperature sensor) so it is not in direct sunlight. For the best accuracy, use the Kestrel's convenient averaging mode to average the evaporation rate over the recommended 6-10 seconds.

Kestrel 4300 measures
  • Current wind speed
  • Average wind speed
  • Maximum wind speed
  • Temperature
  • Wind Chill
  • Relative Humidity
  • Heat index
  • Dew Point
  • Wet bulb temperature
  • Evaporation rate
  • Barometric pressure
  • Altitude
  • Density altitude
  • Time & Date
Choice of measurement units
  • kt, m/s, km/h, mph, ft/min, Beaufort
  • °C, °F
  • %
  • mbar, inHg, hPa, psi
  • m, ft
  • Speed ±3% of reading or ±0.1m/s
  • Temperature ±1°C
  • Relative humidity ±3%
  • Dew point ±3°C
  • Barometric pressure ±3mbar
Operational Range
  • Speed 0.6 to 60 m/s
  • Temperature -45 to 125°C
  • Relative humidity 0 to 100%
  • Barometric pressure 300 to 1100mbar
Specification Range
  • Speed 0.6 to 40 m/s
  • Temperature -29 to 70°C
  • Relative humidity 5 to 95%
  • Barometric pressure 750 to 1100mbar
Available options
Kestrel 4300 features
  • Multifunction instrument
  • Graphical displays
  • Data capture up to 3200 readings
  • Minimum/maximum values
  • User defined screens
  • Language selection
  • Small robust design
  • High accuracy
  • High precision axle and low-friction Zytel bearings
  • Fast response temperature sensor
  • Replaceable impeller
  • Easy to read back-lit display
  • Hard cover protects impeller
  • Runs from 2 AAA batteries
  • Data upload (with optional PC interface or integrated Bluetooth wireless technology)
  • Available in lime green
  • 5 year warranty
Typical applications
Primary Measurement Units Resolution Accuracy
(if less)
Wind Speed
or Air Velocity
m/s 0.1 Larger of 3% of reading, least significant digit or 20 ft/min 0.6 to 60.0 m/s
0.6 to 40.0 m/s
1 inch diameter impeller with precision axle and low-friction Zytel® bearings.
Start-up speed stated as lower limit, readings may be taken down to 0.4 m/s | 79 ft/min | 1.5 km/h | .9 mph | .8 kt after impeller start-up.
Off-axis accuracy -1% @ 5° off-axis; -2% @ 10°; -3% @ 15°.
Calibration drift < 1% after 100 hours use at 16 MPH | 7 m/s.
Replacement impeller (NK PN-0801) field installs without tools (US Patent 5,783,753).
ft/min 1 18 to 11,811 ft/min
118 to 7,874 ft/min
km/h 0.1 2.2 to 216.0 km/h
2.2 to 144.0 km/h
mph 0.1 1.3 to 134.2 mph
1.3 to 89.5 mph
knots 0.1 1.2 to 116.6 knots
1.2 to 77.8 knots
Beaufort 1 0 to 12 B
Temperature °F 0.1 1.8 °F -49.0 to 257.0
-20.0 to 158.0
Air, water or snow temperature. Hermetically-sealed, precision thermistor mounted externally and thermally isolated (US Patent 5,939,645) for rapid response. Airflow of 2.2 mph | 1 m/s or greater provides fastest response and reduction of insulation effect. Calibration drift negligible.
°C 0.1 1.0 °C -45.0 to 125.0
-29.0 to 70.0
Relative Humidity %RH 0.1 3.0 %RH 0.0 to 100.0%
5.0 to 95.0% non-condensing
Polymer capacitive humidity sensor mounted in thin-walled chamber external to case for rapid, accurate response (US Patent 6,257,074). To achieve stated accuracy, unit must be permitted to equilibrate to external temperature when exposed to large, rapid temperature changes and be kept out of direct sunlight. Calibration drift +/- 2% over 24 months. RH may be recalibrated at factory or in field using Kestrel Humidity Calibration Kit (NK PN-0802).
Pressure inHg 0.01 typical 0.04 inHg
max 0.07 inHg
0.30 to 32.48 inHg Air pressure at the location. Adjustable reference altitude allows display of station pressure or barometric pressure corrected to MSL. Monolithic silicon piezoresistive pressure sensor with second-order temperature correction. Pressure sensor may be recalibrated at factory or in field. Kestrel 2500 and 3500 display continuously updating three-hour barometric pressure trend indicator: rising rapidly, rising, steady, falling, falling rapidly. Kestrel 4000 series displays pressure trend through graphing function.
hPa (mb) 0.1 typical 1.5 hPa
max 2.5 hPa
300.0 to 1100.0 hPa 10.0 to 1100.0 hPa
PSI 0.01 typical 0.02 PSI
max 0.04 PSI
0.14 to 15.95 PSI
Wind Chill °F 0.1 1.8 °F Refer to stated ranges for wind speed and temp. Perceived temperature resulting from combined effect of wind speed and temperature. Calculated based on the NWS Wind Chill Temperature (WCT) Index, revised 2001, with wind speed adjusted by a factor of 1.5 to yield equivalent results to wind speed measured at 10 m above ground. Specification temperature limits established by WCT Tables.
°C 0.1 1.0 °C
Heat Index °F 0.1 3.6 °F Refer to stated ranges for temp. and relative humidity. Perceived temperature resulting from the combined effect of temperature and relative humidity. Calculated based on NWS Heat Index (HI) tables. (Specification temperature limits established by HI tables.)
°C 0.1 2.0 °C
Wet Bulb Temperature (Psychrometric) °F 0.1 3.6 °F Refer to stated ranges for temp., relative humidity and pressure. Temperature indicated by a wet bulb psychrometer under forced aspiration. Calculated from temperature, relative humidity and pressure.
°C 0.1 2.0 °C
Dewpoint °F 0.1 3.6 °F Refer to stated ranges for temp. and relative humidity. Temperature to which the air must be cooled at a constant pressure for water vapour to condense into water. Calculated from temperature and relative humidity.
°C 0.1 2.0 °C
Evaporation Rate lb/ft2/hr 0.01 typical 0.02 lb/ft2/hr
typical 0.06 lb/ft2/hr
0.00 to 1.00 lb/ft2/hr The rate at which moisture is lost from the surface of curing concrete. Calculated from wind speed, temperature, relative humidity and concrete temperature. Requires user measurement and entry of concrete temperature obtained with an accurate IR or probe thermometer (°F or °C, not included). Readings should be taken 20 inches above pour surface with the thermistor shaded, and averaged for 6-10 seconds using built-in averaging function.
kg/m2/hr 0.01 typical 0.1 kg/m2/hr
max 0.1 kg/m2/hr
0.00 to 5.00 kg/m2/hr
Altitude ft1 typical 50 ft
max 98 ft
-2,300 to 85,000 ft Height above Mean Sea Level ("MSL"). Temperature compensated pressure (barometric) altimeter requires accurate reference barometric pressure to produce maximum absolute accuracy.
m 1 typical 15 m
max 30 m
-700 to 25,900 m
Density Altitude ft 1 246 Refer to stated ranges for temp., relative humidity and pressure. Air density converted to equivalent sea level elevation at the International Standard Atmosphere. Calculated from temperature, pressure and relative humidity.
m 1 75
Max/Avg Wind Max and average wind calculation may be started and stopped independently of data logging of other values, along with all other wind-related functions: air velocity, crosswind, headwind/tailwind, wind chill, WBGT, TWL, evaporation rate.
Data Storage & Graphical Display, Min/Max/Avg History Minimum, maximum, average and logged history stored and displayed for every measured value. Large capacity data logger with graphical display. Manual and auto data storage. Min/Max/Avg history may be reset independently. Auto-store interval settable from 2 seconds to 12 hours, overwrite on or off. Logs even when display off except for 2 and 5 second intervals (code version 4.18 and later). Data set capacity = 3200.
Data Upload Requires optional PC interface (USB or RS-232) or Bluetooth enabled model and provided software.
Available Bluetooth®
Data Connect
Adjustable power consumption and radio range from up to 30 ft | 9 meters. Individual unit ID and 4-digit PIN code pre-programmed for easy identification and data security when pairing and transmitting. Employs Bluetooth Serial Port Protocol for data transmission.
Display & Backlight Multifunction, multi-digit monochrome dot-matrix display. Choice of aviation green or visible red (NV models only) electroluminescent backlight. Automatic or manual activation.
Response Time & Display Update All measurements except those based on relative humidity respond accurately within 1 second. Relative humidity and all measurements which include RH in their calculation may require as long as 1 minute to fully equilibrate to a large change in the measurement environment. Display updates every 1 second.
Clock / Calendar Real-time hours:minutes:seconds clock, calendar, automatic leap-year adjustment.
Operational & Storage Temperature Range The operational temperature range of the liquid crystal display and batteries is 14° F to 131° F / -10 °C to 55 °C. Measurements beyond the operational range can be taken by briefly exposing unit to extreme conditions such that the display and batteries remain within the operational range. Storage range -22 °F to 140 °F / -30 °C to 60 °C.
Auto Shutdown User-selectable -- 15 or 60 minutes with no key presses or disabled.
Languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Certifications CE certified, RoHS and WEEE compliant. Individually tested to NIST-traceable standards (written certificate of tests available at additional charge).
Battery AAA Alkaline, two, included. Average life, 400 hours of use, reduced by backlight or Bluetooth radio transmission use.
Environmental Waterproof (IP67 and NEMA-6). MIL-STD-810F, Transit Shock, Method 516.5 Procedure IV; unit only; impact may damage replaceable impeller.
Size & Weight 5.0 x 1.8 x 1.1 in / 12.7 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm, 3.6 oz / 102 g.
Colour Options Lime Green

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