BOOTHWYN, Pa., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Nielsen-Kellerman is releasing its all-new K5 line of Kestrels, which replaces the Kestrel 4000 series. Loaded with features such as Android and iOS connectivity, a dual-color backlight screen, a weather vane and measurements of over 10 environmental variables, the K5 family is NK's most user-friendly, innovative line yet.
This series includes the 5000 Environmental Meter, 5500 Weather Meter, 5100 Racing Weather Meter, 5200 Professional Environmental Meter, 5400 Heat Stress Tracker, Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics and Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. All are drop-tested, waterproof and dust-proof and just as rugged, reliable and dependable as previous Kestrels. All K5s use AA batteries, and they are backed by NK's industry-leading 5-year warranty. And that's just the beginning.
When customers spoke about past products, NK listened. "We painstakingly addressed every complaint or problem users had with the 4000 series," says Alix James, NK's CEO. She believes that optional connection with Kestrel LiNK, powered by Bluetooth Smart, is one of the line's best features. "Data communication opens the door to creating solutions for users, especially where environmental measurements, decision-making tools and guidelines intersect," she points out, adding, "being able to pull these measurements straight into an app is so powerful." Michael Naughton, NK's VP of Business Development, adds "K5 Kestrels can communicate to iOS and Android devices using Kestrel and third-party apps, and they're compatible with software on Windows and Mac computers." Another standout feature is the lightweight, transportable weather vane mount, which "can be put up instantly for research, safety monitoring, hazmat response and more," says James. Other improvements include a high-contrast, high-resolution display screen that is easy to read in all lighting conditions, a dual-color LED backlight and a corrosion-resistant battery compartment.
In its never-ending quest to make customers' jobs and hobbies safer, easier and more efficient, NK's K5 line includes several industry-specific models. The 5100 gives auto racers real-time, trackside environmental data. The 5200 has a Delta T measurement, which facilitates crop dusting and spraying. Product conception for the 5400 Heat Stress Tracker was built around "many of the well-established heat stress guidelines for military, athletics and occupational safety," says Naughton. Special LED beacons and warning buzzers on the K5 Heat Stress Trackers will help athletes, military personnel and workers stay safe in hot, humid conditions. The Kestrel with Applied Ballistics models give shooters unparalleled accuracy by combining accurate measurement of critical environmental factors with an advanced ballistics solver. These new models, says James, "will appeal to experienced and competitive long-range shooters right away because of the new app and laser range finder connectivity, but we're looking forward to helping new recreational and beginning competitive shooters and hunters succeed in hitting long-range targets as well."
"I am very proud of the entire line," says James, adding that the Kestrel 5 series models all "feel great in your hand, are easy to use and navigate, and pack plenty of functionality into a small, portable package." Customers can support their new Kestrels with many accessories, including MOLLE/PALS carrying cases, spare impellers, tripods and more. Engineered with performance, precision and safety in mind, you can always count on Kestrel.