Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics
Product code: K5700A-0857A
Get the world's most complete ballistics calculator -
a rugged Kestrel Weather Meter with the "science of accuracy" built in!
The Kestrel Elite Weather Meter provides the full capabilities of the Applied Ballistics Elite
ballistics solver along with accurate measurement of wind and air density to deliver
elevation and windage solutions for unprecedented accuracy on extended long range shots.
• Employs the Applied Ballistics bullet library of custom drag models, an exact measurement of your bullet's drag profile plus corrections for Aerodynamic Jump, Spin Drift, Coriolis, and Drop Scale Factoring to achieve accurate extended long-range shots.
• Expanded features include a customizable Range Card, and an expanded Ballistics Data Table as well as storage for up to 16 gun and bullet profiles and 5 saved targets.
• Weather mode offers the full environmental measurements, storage and charting capabilities of the Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter, including wind speed, direction, crosswind, temperature, humidity, pressure and altitude.
• Optional LiNK connectivity powered by Bluetooth Smart® provides wireless communication to mobile devices and computers and integration with LiNK compatible laser range finders for improved speed and accuracy.
• Kestrel LiNK for Ballistics app on iOS and Android provides full gun management as well as access to the Applied Ballistics library of custom drag models for transfer to the Kestrel.
• Large, hi-res, hi-contrast, graphic display is perfectly readable in the brightest sunlight. Includes both bright white and night-vision-preserving red backlight.
• Choice of solution units (Mils, true MOA, Shooter's MOA, or clicks) - works with any gun or targeting scope.
• Rugged (drop tested to MIL-STD-810G standards), waterproof (sealed to IP67 standards) and floats.
• Protective pouch, neck lanyard and Lithium AA battery included.
• 5-year warranty.
The Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics takes the guesswork out of long-range
shooting, even out to the transonic and subsonic flight range of your bullet.
This next-generation integrated weather meter and ballistics solver provides the same trusted
accuracy, reliability, and usability as the original Kestrel 4500 with Applied Ballistics
but adds many new features and options. If you're familiar with the Kestrel 4500, the first
thing you'll notice is the larger, higher-resolution and contrast display and improved
font readability. The Kestrel 5 series also includes a built-in dual color backlight,
extra-strong polycarbonate lens and AA battery operation and offers optional LiNK iOS and
Android wireless connectivity and app support.
Like all Kestrel meters, the Kestrel Elite is drop-proof, dust-proof, waterproof and able to withstand harsh environments without
damage – so it can accompany you to the range, hunt, match, deployment or engagement for
years to come. A range of carry pouch options makes it even easier to take your Kestrel meter with you.
Buy the Kestrel Elite with LiNK and get the power of the free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app.
Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Elite before you set out.
Choose from the extensive Litz library of custom bullet drag models for the most precise trans-sonic
and sub-sonic range solutions available anywhere. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Elite
to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the app to quickly adjust the target
range and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position.
The LiNK Ballistics app even lets you set up multiple targets for single-screen viewing – just about
an unfair advantage! It's like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.
LiNK enabled units can also be wirelessly paired with LiNK compatible laser range finders, such
as the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX, to seamlessly integrate target data into the ballistic
solution for unparalleled speed and accuracy.
In addition to the ballistics solver capabilities, the Kestrel Elite is a comprehensive weather
meter for measurement and logging of primary environmental conditions: wind speed and
direction, temperature, humidity, heat index, pressure and altitude. Paired with the Vane
Mount, the Kestrel Elite becomes a compact, easily-deployable weather station. Your data
log can be transferred to a mobile device wirelessly with the LiNK wireless communication
option and Kestrel LiNK app, or to a PC with either the wireless USB Kestrel LiNK Dongle
or waterproof USB Data Transfer Cable (available separately).
Kestrels have been put to the test in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. U.S.
Special Forces, combat weather teams, wildland fire-fighters, smoke jumpers, Mt. Everest
expeditions and auto pit crews are just a few who rely on a Kestrel to provide them with
the crucial environmental data they need. Watch any on-screen meteorologist during a
hurricane, and you're sure to spot a Kestrel in action. With a Kestrel Elite, you can
put accurate shooting solutions and environmental measurements in the palm of your
hand, anywhere your adventure takes you.
Feature Comparison Chart
G1/G7 Drag Models
Aerodynamic Jump Correction
Spin Drift Correction
Drop Scale Factor Calibration
Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models
Connect With LiNK Compatible Range Finders
Muzzle Velocity Calibration
Target Range Estimator
Ballistic Data Table
Kestrel LiNK Ballistics App Features
Gun/Bullet Profile Loader
Applied Ballistics G1/G7 Bullet Library
Applied Ballistics Litz Custom Drag Models
What's New in the Kestrel Elite
Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for mobile
Android and iOS apps for gun profile management and target engagement.
Use your mobile device to quickly adjust target distance and view shooting
solution without leaving your shooting position.
LiNK wireless connectivity powered by Bluetooth Smart
Robust, easy connectivity to both iOS and Android mobile devices as well as PCs.
(Computers require optional Kestrel USB Dongle.)
USB Data Transfer Cable
Low profile, lightweight, waterproof cable provides wired connectivity to
PCs for fast data uploads and firmware updates.
Compatible with every model in the Kestrel 5 Series.
Sleek, rugged tripod vane mount
Small, secure, robust vane mount turns any Kestrel 5 Series meter into a portable
weather station that remains oriented into the wind.
(Included in some models where noted, otherwise sold as optional accessory.)
Large, high contrast screen
Easily readable text in almost any setting, including bright sunlight, with more
visible information on the screen at all times. This high-resolution display is
easy on the eyes, allowing you to get more information from customizable user
screens, charting and graphing options without causing eye strain or fatigue.
Dual color backlight
Toggle backlight colour between standard white and night-vision-preserving red (NV).
The red NV backlight features an optical wavelength selected to help users sustain
natural night vision and reduced brightness to avoid detection during night maneuvers.
Secure battery door
Large, O-ring sealed door provides easy, tool-free battery access.
Scratch and breakage-resistant window
Rigid, polycarbonate lens with scratch-coating protects the display from damage.
Corrosion-resistant battery compartment
Battery is isolated from electronics, reducing damage in the event of a battery leak.
(Note – Lithium AA batteries strongly recommended to avoid battery leakage altogether.)
Icon-based navigation, intuitive keypad, and multiple languages make the Kestrel a breeze to use.
• Barometric Pressure
• Density Altitude
• Dew Point Temperature
• Direction (Wind Direction and Orientation)
• Heat Stress Index
• Relative Humidity
• Station Pressure (Absolute Pressure)
• Wet Bulb Temperature (Psychrometric)
• Wind Chill
• Wind Speed
Does the Kestrel 5 Series connect with mobile devices?
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 Sportsman and Elite Kestrel
meters, provides full gun management and access to the Applied Ballistics library of
G1/G7 curves (Sportsman) and custom drag models (Elite).
What application do I need to upload gun profiles to my Kestrel?
Any of the LiNK Ballistics applications will allow you to transfer gun profiles to your Kestrel.
LiNK Ballistics for iOS or LiNK Ballistics for Android will allow you to use a mobile device to
transfer gun profiles but you need to have the LiNK (i.e., Bluetooth) model. If you are using a
PC, you can use the Applied Ballistic Profile Loader (Version 42 or higher) to manage your gun
profiles. Note: Please be aware that currently the Applied
Ballistics Profile Loader cannot be used with Bluetooth. Therefore, you will need to purchase
the USB Transfer cable to transfer files with a Windows PC.
How can I transfer profiles with a Mac?
Unfortunately we do not have a ballistics application that runs on a Mac. You will need to find an
Android, iOS or PC to use. Kestrel LiNK for MAC will only allow you to upload the
weather data or update or upgrade your firmware.
What application do I need to view my ballistic solutions remotely?
Both LiNK Ballistics for Android and LiNK Ballistics for iOS will display your ballistic
solutions remotely. Both Kestrel Companion and Kestrel Companion Pro will show your ballistic
solutions remotely as well but are only compatible with the Kestrel 4500 Applied Ballistic
or 4500 Sportsman units.
How can I transfer data to my unit if I do not have the LiNK (i.e., Bluetooth) model?
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).
How can I transfer my gun profiles from my 4500 to my Kestrel 5 Series?
We have separate LiNK applications without "Ballistics" in the title. 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 or upgrade your unit by using
this program. Note: Please be aware that we are working on allowing you to update / upgrade
your firmware with the LiNK Ballistics program above. Until that is available, you will need
to use the basic LiNK program.
What application do I need to update or upgrade my Kestrel firmware?
As previously noted, until we update the LiNK Ballistics applications to include firmware
updates, you will need to install one of the non-ballistic LiNK programs, Kestrel LiNK for iOS
or Kestrel LiNK for Android
What application can I use to upgrade my Kestrel Firmware?
Currently the mobile devices cannot perform firmware upgrades. An upgrade is defined as
going from a 5000 Series Kestrel Sportsman to a Kestrel Elite with Applied Ballistics.
To upgrade your 5000 Series Kestrel Sportsman, you will need to connect to a Windows machine.
Which laser range finders work with my Kestrel 5 series?
Currently only the Bushnell CONX laser rangefinder is compatible with the Kestrel Elite and
Kestrel Sportsman units. However, we will be adding more Laser Range finder compatibility
moving forward. If you would like to request your laser range finder be integrated with
the Kestrel 5000 series, please contact the manufacturer of the laser range finder to let them know.
How do I open the battery door?
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.
How do I close the battery door?
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.
Do I need to use a battery shim with the Kestrel 5 Series units?
No. Since the Kestrel 5 Series utilize only one AA battery, there is no need to use
the battery shim to separate the two AAA batteries in the previous version.
What types of battery should I use with my Kestrel 5 Series unit?
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.
Can I upgrade to the Kestrel Elite if I bought the Kestrel Sportsman?
Yes. You can purchase an upgrade from the website and a file will be emailed to you that will allow
you to remotely upgrade your unit. The upgrade needs to be done on a Windows machine, however, so
customers can choose between a Bluetooth dongle and USB cable depending on preferred connection method.
Can I upgrade my non-Ballistics 5000 Series model to a Ballistics model?
No. Currently ONLY the Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics can be upgraded to our Elite model.
Can I trade in my Kestrel 4500 (or different model) to get a new Kestrel 5 Series unit?
Yes. You can always trade-in an older Kestrel, regardless of its condition, by using our Customer Trade-In Program.
Can I get the Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK without the Vane Mount?
We intentionally packaged the vane mount with the Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with
Applied Ballistics with LiNK because we feel strongly that this is the best solution for long range shooters.
Why isn't there a Night Vision option for the Kestrel 5 Series?
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.
How many data points do these units store?
The Kestrel 5 Series Ballistic models can store over 12,000 data sets.
How often do I need to calibrate the Kestrel 5 Series?
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 – NK uses a different humidity sensor on the 5
series models. The Kestrel 5 Series 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.
Pressure – The pressure in the Kestrel 5 series should not need
to be recalibrated.
Why is my Bushnell Laser Range Finder ignoring commands from my Kestrel?
If you are holding down the laser button on the rangefinder, the rangefinder will ignore any
commands from the Kestrel. You will need to release the button on the rangefinder in order for
the two devices to communicate.
How do I pair my Kestrel with my computer?
Kestrel 5 series units with LiNK will need to use an NK-supplied Bluetooth® Dongle to
connect with a computer. The Kestrel 5 series will not work with any internal
Bluetooth® modules. To connect, insert the Bluetooth® 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.
How do I pair my Kestrel with a phone?
Make sure Bluetooth is turned ON on your phone. On the Kestrel, go to the Main Menu->Bluetooth
and turn it ON. Make sure Conct is set to PC/Mobile. 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.
Kestrel Link for Windows (v1.04.03)
Simple communication to Windows computers is provided through the
optional LiNK .USB Dongle or USB Data Transfer Cable.
Download your data to view, analyze and archive. Enables firmware update of
Kestrel 5 series meters.
Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
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.
Wireless connection. When in range, view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts
& download your data. Logged data can be viewed, analyzed, archived & shared via
e-mail, Facebook & Twitter.
Enables firmware update of Kestrel 5 series meters.
NOTE: Range up to 100' line of sight – reduced by walls and obstructions.
Wireless connection. When in range, view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts and download your data. Logged data can be viewed, analyzed, archived and shared via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
Enables firmware update of Kestrel 5 series meters.
NOTE: Range up to 100' line of sight – reduced by walls and obstructions.
The Applied Ballistics Profile Loader has been created by our partners at Applied
Ballistics to easily create, transfer, and store bullet/gun profiles. Profiles can
be created on a PC through the application or directly on the Kestrel and
transferred via the software.
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• Neck Lanyard
• AA Lithium Battery (Average Life 400 Hours)
• Protective Drawstring Pouch
• Certificate of Conformity (with complete specifications)
• Instruction Manual
• Five Year Warranty