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« on: August 26, 2011, 10:53 PM »

I would like to purchase a windmeter and was wondering what works well for the money. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011, 11:14 PM »

Kaindl Windtronic 2
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011, 03:22 AM »

Kaindl Windtronic 2
+1  best meter out of the 15 or so I tried out with skywatch a close 2nd.  I put the windtronic on top ,even though the skywatch has more features, because of the omni-directional vane.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011, 03:43 AM »

I have a Skywatch 1 which has proved accurate enough and is reasonablely cheap.  I wouldn't spend a huge amount on a windmeter as most people find they soon get a feel for the windspeed and hardly use them.  Handy when you are starting out though.

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2011, 08:41 AM »

Kaindl Windtronic 2


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But be sure to read the other recent thread here on wind meters.

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=5691.0
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2011, 08:49 AM »

Kaindl Windtronic 2


+1 but I seldom use it anymore unless I feel its more than 20+ for power kiting
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2011, 10:03 AM »

The cheapest one of these would be my second choice.

You do not need a whole lot of features.

Small, light weight, not too much $.. but keep an eye out and you can usually find a Windtronic 2 on sale somewhere.

You won't use it much. Useful information at times though.


I have a Skywatch 1 which has proved accurate enough and is reasonablely cheap.  I wouldn't spend a huge amount on a windmeter as most people find they soon get a feel for the windspeed and hardly use them.  Handy when you are starting out though.


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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2011, 08:27 AM »

It really depends on what features that you want on the windmeter.  I have other hobbies that determined my choice.  But frankly, you will seldom use a windmeter.  You either know that you have the ability to fly a kite in a certain wind, or that you won't feel comfortable doing it. A wind meter will just put a number on your gut feeling.  (It is kind of like taking your temperature when you already know that you feel bad. You ask, "Do I have a Fever?" you get the thermometer and it shows you have a 100.4 temp, you now have a number to prove something you already knew.)  I have one and I like it but it again was chosen for considerations of a different hobby.  It is a very nice Kestral 3000 which measures wind very well, but it also has a thermometer and humidity bulb for THI, Wind Chill, Dew Point and other features. I also participate in Amateur Astronomy and Dew Point is a critical temperature to know. Most anything from the Kestral line will be a great choice but a little more pricey than most standard models.

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2011, 04:51 PM »

Just to let you all know, I purchased a Kaindle Windtronic 2 wind meter.
I have been experimenting with it and I have come to realize that my wind speed guessing was not very accurate. That is probably why I have broken rods and have had trouble flying certain kites in the past. I'm sure I will have more success and enjoyment out of flying my kites now that I will know which one to fly according to it's wind range recommendations.
If your like me and fly alone and have never had an experienced kite flier help you to know the wind speed, I recommend a wind meter. It will help you to learn the "Back of the neck" feeling more accurately. I'm sure with time I won't use it as much but atleast I'll be able to double check myself accurately.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2011, 05:46 PM »

I bought the Wind Meter app for my iPhone.   It works pretty good above 4 mph.  I use it for work also so I can tell when I need to put away the sprayer.  $5, or whatever it costs, is just fine for how little I actually use it.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2011, 08:27 PM »

found one for the android, 3.99 Undecided
Think I'll save my money and just look at a flag or feel it on my face
I remember seeing at one time a group of flags on one pole based on which ones were flying told you the wind speed, wonder how hard that would be to make?
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2011, 03:01 PM »

The cheapest and best:

http://www.scientificsonline.com/pocket-wind-meter.html

No batteries, no electronic time-outs, no moving parts to break, and it measures the gusts as well.
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2011, 06:24 PM »

The cheapest and best:

http://www.scientificsonline.com/pocket-wind-meter.html

No batteries, no electronic time-outs, no moving parts to break, and it measures the gusts as well.


That looks like the prism zepyhr windmeter, I have one of those and it does work great, too bad they stopped making them
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2011, 08:27 PM »

The cheapest and best:

http://www.scientificsonline.com/pocket-wind-meter.html

No batteries, no electronic time-outs, no moving parts to break, and it measures the gusts as well.


That looks like the prism zepyhr windmeter, I have one of those and it does work great, too bad they stopped making them
It's a close match but not the same one prism sold with the Zeph.  You can still get the same type of meter just not from prism.
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2011, 08:56 PM »

Thats a Dwyer meter. Theyve been makng those for decades. The Prism meter was similar, maybe a licensed copy?

They do have a moving part, the ball that moves up and down, an it can get stuck. The Dwyer meter isn't as useful as it was in the past as sport kite wind speeds have dropped. It's not so good in low wind.
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