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Kestrel 5500 Series

Kestrel 5500 Series

Weather Meter
Model: 0855LVYEL
List Price: $470.00
Our Price: $399.95
In Stock - Expected To Ship On or before Monday, 06/21/2021
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The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter is a uniquely powerful measuring and data logging compact instrument. The Kestrel 5500 provides trusted accuracy, reliability for measuring weather data such as; temperature, humidity, altitude, barometric pressure, density altitude, heat index wind chill, wind speed, wind direction, crosswind and headwind/tailwind.

When paired with the rotating vane mount and a tripod (both sold separately) the meter becomes an independent monitoring station. Note: The rotating vane mount and case which accommodates both the vane and meter is included with the 5500 (LiNK-enabled) model options. The rotating vane securely mounts the Kestrel 5500 to any tripod or other -20 fitted bracket. The large wind vane and precision pivot keeps the meter oriented into the wind for continuous measurement and logging of wind speed/direction and all other key weather variables. Use it for research, safety, expeditions, agriculture and many other profession or activities that require accurate monitoring. The meter features a large, high-resolution and contrast display along with a dual color backlight. It is drop-proof, dust-proof, waterproof and able to withstand harsh environments without damage. The Kestrel 5500 monitors and logs over 10,000 weather data sets that are time-stamped.

All Kestrel 5 Series meters allow a wired communication between the meter and a PC or Mac. Use the USB Data Transfer Cable (sold separately) and Kestrel LiNK free software to install firmware updates and upload data logged from your Kestrel meter in a comma delimited text file format. Save/View in a spreadsheet, database or text-editor software program. Communication between the USB cable and Kestrel meter is optical. Therefore does not jeopardize the Kestrel's watertight seal.

With the Kestrel LiNK free App, you can wirelessly connect any LiNK-enabled meter via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device. 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. The App also enables firmware update of Kestrel 5 series meters. The LiNK USB Bluetooth Low Energy Dongle (sold separately) is required to connect the meter to a PC or Mac.

Note: The meter and mobile device or computer must be within a range up to 100' line of sight for adequate Bluetooth connection. If planning to wirelessly connect the meter to a PC or Mac, a non-OEM USB dongle will not work with this meter.

Kestrels have been put to the test in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. U.S. Special Forces, combat weather teams, wildland firefighters, 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. Be your own meteorologist, anywhere in the world, with a Kestrel 5500.


Kestrel Weather Meters are proudly made in the USA and come with a 5-year manufacturer warranty.

  • Time and date
  • Temperature (Air, water or snow)
  • Relative humidity
  • Altitude
  • Barometric pressure
  • Density altitude
  • Dew point temperature
  • Heat index
  • Station pressure (Absolute Pressure)
  • Wet bulb temperature (Psychrometric)
  • Wind chill
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • Crosswind
  • Headwind/Tailwind
  • Digital Compass
  • MIN/AVG/MAX records
  • Graph with history trends
  • Automatic data logging
  • Customizable data logging
  • Export data logged to PC/Mac or mobile device
  • View data on mobile device
  • Backlight
  • Waterproof and floats
  • Wrist/neck lanyard
  • Four languages: English, French, Spanish and German
  • User-replaceable Impeller
  • Flip-top Impeller Cover
  • Soft Carry Pouch
  • Made in the USA



  • Wind Speed
    • Range: 0.6 to 40 m/s | Resolution: 0.1 | Accuracy: 3%
    • Range: 118 to 7,874 ft/min | Resolution: 1 ft/min | Accuracy: 3%
    • Range: 2.2 to 144.0 km/h | Resolution: 0.1 km/h | Accuracy: 3%
    • Range: 1.3 to 89.5 mph | Resolution: 0.1 mph | Accuracy: 3%
    • Range: 1.2 to 77.8 knots | Resolution: 0.1 knots | Accuracy: 3%
    • Range: 0 to 12 Beaufort | Resolution: 1 B Beaufort | Accuracy: 3%
  • Compass (For Wind Direction)
    • Range: 0 to 360 | Resolution: 1 (1/16th Cardinal Scale) | Accuracy: 5
  • Temperature
    • Range: -20.0 to 158.0 F | Resolution: 0.1 F | Accuracy: 0.9 F
  • Relative Humidity
    • Range: 10-90 %RH | Resolution: 0.1 %RH | Accuracy: 2 %RH
  • Barometric Pressure
    • Range: 700-1100 hPa|mbar | Resolution: 0.1 hPa|mbar | Accuracy: 1.5 hPa|mbar
    • Range: 20.67-32.48 inHg | Resolution: 0.01 inHg | Accuracy: 0.044 inHg
    • Range: 10.15-15.95 PSI | Resolution: 0.01 PSI | Accuracy: 0.022 PSI
  • Crosswind & Headwind/Tailwind
    • Resolution: 1 mph | Accuracy: 7.1%
    • Resolution: 1 ft/min | Accuracy: 7.1%
    • Resolution: 0.1 km/h | Accuracy: 7.1%
    • Resolution: 0.1 m/s | Accuracy: 7.1%
    • Resolution: 0.1 knots | Accuracy: 7.1%
  • Wind Chill
    • Resolution: 0.1 F | Accuracy: 1.6 F
  • Heat Index
    • Resolution: 0.1 F | Accuracy: 7.1 F
  • Dew Point
    • Resolution: 0.1 F | Accuracy: 3.4 F
  • Wet Bulb
    • Resolution: 0.1 F | Accuracy: 3.2 F
  • Density Altitude
    • Resolution: 1.0' | Accuracy: 226.0'
  • Power requirements: 1 AA lithium battery (included)
  • Battery life: ±400 hours, depending on backlight use


Apps for LiNK-enabled Meters:

Apple Store DownloadGoogle Play Download

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

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

  • Meter: 5.1" x 1.9" x 1"
  • Meter Weight: 4.3 oz.
  • Wind Vane: 8.5" x 3" x 2.5"
  • Wind Vane Weight: 4.5 oz.


Kestrel 5 Series Meter Comparison Chart
  Kestrel 5000 Series Kestrel 5200 Series Kestrel 5400 Series Kestrel 5500 Series
  5000 Series 5200 Series 5400 Series 5500 Series
 Wind Speed / Air Speed YES YES YES YES
 Temperature YES YES YES YES
 Relative Humidity YES YES YES YES
 Heat Stress Index YES YES YES YES
 Dewpoint Temperature YES YES YES YES
 Wet Bulb Temperature YES YES YES YES
 Station Pressure YES YES YES YES
 Barometric Pressure YES YES YES YES
 Density Altitude YES YES YES YES
 Wind Direction NO NO YES YES
 Crosswind NO NO YES YES
 Moisture Content / Humidity Ratio (Grains) NO YES NO NO
 Air Density NO YES NO NO
 Relative Air Density NO YES NO NO
 Evaporation Rate NO YES NO NO
 Volume Air Flow NO YES NO NO
 Wet Blub Globe Temperature NO NO YES NO
 Thermal Work Limit NO NO YES NO
 Globe Temperature NO NO YES NO
 Naturally Aspirated Wet Bulb Temperature NO NO YES NO
 Rotating Wind Vane Optional Optional YES Optional
 LiNK Connectivity & Kestrel LiNK Mobile App Optional YES YES Optional
 Backlit Display Switchable White or Night-Vision Preserving Red YES YES YES YES
 Color Options Black High Viz Green Safety Orange Olive Drab/Desert Tan/Yellow


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