For those that don’t already know, Anemometers are instruments that measure the wind speed. They also come in many different shapes and some are stationary, mounted to buildings or towers while others are small, and portable. The latter, being known as a ‘Handheld’ Anemometer, they are super helpful in instances where you don’t have a reliable way to determine true wind speed. Knowing true wind speed can help you determine which kite size you fly, which board you wanna ride and can help you track of changes in wind velocity.
Hand Held Anemometers frequently offer other features such as wind chill, ambient air temperature and (on the more expensive options) water temperature.
They are a very budget friendly tool and a must have for any wind sport enthusiast.
Here is our list,
This is a very reasonably priced (less that $20) basic handheld anemometer that features:
- Wind speed,
- Ambient Air Temperature,
- Wind chill,
- Low battery indicator,
- Bright backlit LCD screen,
- Rigid rubber body
This handheld comes with 2 separate wind meters. These digital anemometers are smaller and more compact but keep most of the same features. Consequently, buying a 2 pack is more expensive, however consider having a back up just in case
- Wind speed
- Wind chill
- Backlit LCD screen
Another 2 pack, These are small, simple, precise and have all the features you need to get an accurate weather reading. This comes in a few options at around $30.00.
- Wind speed
- Wind chill
- Back-lit LCD
- Flat/ compact size
This is a multi-function Handheld or fixed measurement anemometer.
- Flow area setting
- MAX/MIN function
- Display Back light
- Auto power off
- Low battery indication
- Power supply: 9V6F22 battery(Included)
- Package size: 19 * 11 * 6cm / 7.6 * 4.4 * 2.4in
- Package weight: 300g / 10.5 oz
Our top pick for digital, handheld anemometers has got to be the Kestrel 2000. This is the last wind meter you will ever need to buy. Here is what Kestrel has to say about their product.
“Winter sports enthusiasts around the world love Kestrel Meters. Thanks to the patented external temperature sensor, the Kestrel 2000 can take accurate water and snow temperature readings, and since it is isolated from the case, you can be sure that the temperature the Kestrel Meter is reading is accurate and not influenced by your hand warming the unit. Forget speculating, know exactly what the conditions are with the Kestrel 2000.“
This is however the most pricey (for obvious reasons) coming in around the $100.00
The following are some of the features in this device:
- Wind speed/ wind chill
- Air temperature/ water temperature
- Waterproof, rugged design
- Used in research, snow sports, kite boarding, and many more
- Designed to be used in extreme weather conditions and is extremely accurate
That concludes our list of “Top 5 Anemometers”. What do you think? Are anemometers really that useful or just a frivolous expenditure? Tell us in the comments below!