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Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics

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Price: From $599.00 to $699.00
Manufacturer: KESTREL

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Available in:
  • Black, Tan, Olive, Flat Dark Earth, and Blaze Orange, Flat Dark Earth: $599
  • With LiNK in Black, Tan, Olive, Flat Dark Earth, or Blaze Orange: $699 (Vane Mount NOT included)

The Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics which has been referred to as the Kestrel 5700 Elite, is an updated version from the Discontinued Kestrel 4500 Applied Ballistics Meter in November of 2015.  That being said... functionally, you're not getting more environmental or ballistic features.  So don't feel the need to upgrade unless you find the other exciting changes necessary.  

What's new with the Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics over the previous Kestrel 4500 Applied Ballistics series:

  • Bluetooth LINK to Smartphones / Mobiel / Android / IOS
  • Takes 1 AA battery (instead of 2 AAA)
  • Battery door is in the back, sealed away from the motherboard, should your battery leak as was common with all the 4000 series
  • Improved high resolution screen for any lighting (even sunlight) and easy on your eyes.
  • Intuitive user-interface screen navigation
  • Multiple Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Scratch and breakage-resistant window
  • All meters include both options of Red (NV - Night Vision) & White backlights.
  • Slightly bigger, not really noticeable difference.  Fits same cases.

If you select the Bluetooth Kestrel LINK model (98% of what we sell), you'll want to download the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app to your smart phone to load your guns / ammo to the meter. The new Kestrel Meters with Bluetooth include the software necessary to communicate wirelessly at a range of up to 100 feet with a clear line of site (walls or obstacles will effect this range).

Do I need a Dongle or Cable?

There is a free app for both Android and iPhone for the Ballistic Profile Loader.  This is what you use to load your Gun/Ammo combinations to the Kestrel.  You can NOT load your gun profiles from the Dongle.

The Kestrel USB Data Transfer Cable is an option.  This is most common to use with multiple meters.  Example being, you need 20 AB meters, and you want to save money by not purchasing the LINK meters.  You could get 20 non LINK meters, with just 1 cable and load up all your meters with the Mac/PC version of the Profile Loader.  Otherwise, 98% of the Elite meters we sell have LiNK (Bluetooth).

All 5000 series meters will have both a bright green backlight, which is great for even high sunlight conditions, and a night-vision preserving backlight. The red night vision (NV) backlight incorporates optical filter to reduce overall brightness and minimize blue and green spectrum light to preserve night vision.  (Note: This 'night vision' is not compatible with night-vision equipment.)  Basically, with the red backlight, your eyes don't need to adjust when looking from your meter to the horizon in night time use.

This Kestrel 5500 with Kestrel LINK will work in conjunction with compatible range finders like the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX range finder you've been reading about.  It will also work with many other apps on the market for ballistics and weather functions.  It's the most popular for ballistic applications due to the compass with crosswind functions.

The Kestrel applied ballistics meter combines sophisticated environmental sensing features with long-range shooting ballistics information in one hand-held device.  The built in Applied Ballistics software provides all of the following:

  •  The accurate and trusted ‘Litz’ library of G1 and G7 referenced Ballistic Coefficients (See below PDFS to view) (BC’s).
  •  Custom drag curve modeling; helpful in engaging targets beyond the supersonic range of the bullet.
  •  Ballistic Calibration (truing) feature allows you to ‘train’ the solver based on actual bullet impact.
  • PC Loader software; build firearm profiles on your computer and transfer them via wire or Bluetooth


The Kestrel Shooter's Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics Technology measures up to 15 environmental parameters and allows users to select from either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficients (BC) when calculating a trajectory at the range.  The handy, portable meter also offers the “Litz” measured BC library of well over 200 bullets and growing, which is considered to be the most extensive source of measured data for modern small arms bullets.  Users can also train the Kestrel Shooters Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics software to match a specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range with the ballistics calibration feature, which offers even more accurate data points for users to rely on.  With easy access to more accurate BC data, shooters have everything they need to make a much more precise trajectory calculation in a compact and durable Kestrel meter design.

The Kestrel Shooter’s Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics allows users to select either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficients, or to be even more specific and select from an entire library of Applied Ballistics Custom Curves for more than 200 common long-range bullets. 

Please note that access to the full Applied Ballistics Custom Curve library REQUIRES the Applied Ballistics Profile Loader via the Cable, or loaded from you smartphone with LiNK, free from the App Store or Google Play.   For full gun and bullet profile customization and backup, we recommend our customers purchase the unit with Bluetooth wireless data transfer for ease of use and functionality.

Kestrel With Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Bluetooth) 

Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with integrated Bluetooth® technology offer the ultimate in portable and accurate environmental data. Now, both real-time and logged data can be transferred wirelessly and automatically to a MAC/PC, or Smartphone.  Yes, even iPhone.  It also connects via LiNK to the Bushnell CONX Range Finder where you can view results from the AB Kestrel right on your Range Finder.  There will be more rangefinders and scopes down the line that will connect directly with the Kestrel meters.  

All updates to the meter will be done through the LiNK by just connecting it to your phone and you will be asked to update your device.  

Do I really need the Bluetooth (or USB Cable)?

You can enter all your data manually except for custom curves.  There are several custom curves preloaded, but if you want a different one, you have to download it from your phone.

You can load up to 30 guns, one bullet each.  In the case where you have multiple ammo types for a given rifle, you have to enter a whole new gun for each ammo type.

What's the difference between the Applied Ballistics and the Horus version?

The main differences between the two models is The Applied Ballistics model has a different truing application with drop scale factor, it has bullet length as a standard gun input (used to calculate spin drift) offers +\- angle input and has the ability to use G1, G7 and custom drag profiles. The unit comes Pre loaded with 7 custom curves, and the Gun loader will have over 100 custom drag profiles to use.

How do I use the Kestrel 5700 Elite Applied Ballistic meter?

Please see this simple manual below, explaining how it works.

Applied Ballistics:
  • Custom Drag Curves
  • G1 and G7 support
  • Better PC application for ease of building library
  • Crosswind Jump: truing in winds without it can give you an errant MV
  • If you calibrate in one environment and move to a drastically different environment, the device will adjust automatically
  • Able to export the windage, elevation, wind speed via BT to an external device
  • Can build custom drag curves, but user needs to do it on their own
  • G1 support only
  • Widely used in militaries world wide
  • Many people are trained on it and used to the way the system operates
Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics Features
  • 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.
  • Calculate accurate fire control solutions for long range rifle shooting.
  • Select either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficient when calculating a trajectory.
  • Get ballistic coefficient data for more than 225 long range bullets.
  • The AB Kestrel comes with numerous pre-loaded drag models, but not entire gun/ammo profiles.  In other words you have to build your gun profile, but you can choose from the list of bullets when modeling your ammo.
  • Measure up to 15 environmental parameters at your fingertips.
  • "Train" the software to match your specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range
  • Calculates and adjusts for gyroscopic spin drift and Coriolis effect
  • Adjust for angle
  • Wind speed/air velocity
  • Temperature
  • Wind chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Heat stress index
  • Dewpoint temp
  • Wet bulb temp
  • Barometric pressure
  • Altitude
  • Density altitude
  • Wind direction
  • Crosswind
  • Headwind/Tailwind
  • Pressure trend

Models & SKUs:

  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Black): 0857ABLK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Olive): 0857AOLV
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Tan): 0857ATAN
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Blaze Orange): 0857ABLZ
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Flat Dark Earth): 0857AFDE
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Black): 0857ALBLK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Olive): 0857ALOLV
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Tan): 0857ALTAN
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Blaze Orange): 0857ALBLZ
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Flat Dark Earth): 0857ALFDE

*We ship every Kestrel 5000 Series Meter exclusively with Made in the USA Energizer® Brand Ultimate Lithium AA batteries for improved reliability, capacity, cold-weather performance and weight. We strongly recommend that you use only Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in your Kestrel Meter. If you choose to install alkaline batteries, we recommend that you do NOT store your Kestrel with these batteries installed, and that you check your batteries for leakage and corrosion a minimum of every 30 days. Damage due to leaking alkaline batteries is not covered under warranty.

Optional Accessories:



Prater Precision Sniper Data Board

Write Kestrel data on this gun mounted ballistics data board for easy viewing. Quickly move from target to target without coming off the gun to look at the hold for your next shot. A MultiCam data card holder is included, which attaches using hook and loop fastener to the data board.

Designed by a US Special Operations Veteran, the Sniper Data Board allows the shooter access to ballistic reference sheets without disrupting the shooting position or allowing the target to leave field of view. Precision machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and protected by Mil-Spec Type III anodizing, the Sniper Data Board is a collapsible lightweight solution for your mounting requirements. Manufactured and assembled in the United States with all Berry Compliant materials. Sniper Data Board Data Card Holder is available in Multicam.



ATI Wind Wrap

One of the more popular accessories for long range shooters.  It allows you to view the Kestrel and your firing solution without coming off the gun. Ensure your Kestrel moves with you between positions and is ready to use. Easy to mount on your rifle sling, MALICE Clip, or tripod/bipod leg easily and securely with the military-proven ATI Wind Wrap.


American Made, Berry Compliant

  • Mounts to any rifle sling 1”- 1.5” wide, or MALICE Clip
  • Mounts to tripod/bipod leg or tubular surface up to 3” diameter
  • Prevents the loss of untethered Kestrel meter while in the field
  • Protects sensor holes from being obstructed by mud & debris
  • Utilizes soft contact points to prevent internal electronic damage due to rifle recoil 
  • Made in USA, Berry compliant, Kestrel approved product

Made by Hogsaddle


  • ATI Wind Wrap
  • alcohol wipe
  • adhesive rubber
  • hook-and-loop pads


The Pelican Elite Case with Foam is a perfect sized watertight case for protecting Kestrel Meters and Kestrel Meter ballistic related accessories. Like all Pelican cases, it is completely crushproof, dustproof, and will float even when filled, making it a great choice for water-related activities.

The Pelican Elite case is large enough to accommodate the Bushnell CONX Elite Range Finder, the 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (or any Kestrel Meter), rotating vane mount, tactical carry case, mini tripod, smart phone, and a tablet.

  • Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof
  • Open cell core with solid wall design - strong, light weight
  • O-ring seal
  • Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Customizable Pick N Pluck™ foam
  • Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence 


  • Max Temp: 210°
  • Min  Temp: -10°


  • Body: Polypropylene
  • Latch: ABS
  • Lid O-Ring: Polymer
  • Pins: Stainless Steel
  • Foam: 1.3 lb Polyurethane

 Weight / Dimensions

  • External Dimensions: 13.37" L x 11.62" W x 6" D
  • Internal Dimensions: 11.81" L x 8.87" W x 5.18" D
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 lbs
  • Item Weight: 1.5 lbs

Kestrel Portable Mini Tripod 

Compatible with any Kestrel Meter, the Portable Mini Tripod makes for easy use when out in the field. It's lightweight at just 4oz and compact with fold out legs and non-slip vinyl feet. The D-ring Velcro cinch strap makes it easy to secure the tripod to posts, tree limbs, railings, or any other sturdy object, so you can use your meter even if you don't have flat, level surface. Best of all, this meter is made in the USA.

  • Tripod Clamp Included
  • Maximum Safe Load: 6 lbs
  • Measures 7.5" to the base when standing on flat surface
  • Pan Adjustment: 360 degrees
  • Tilt Adjustment: +/- 90 degrees
  • Angular Adjustment: +/- 20 degrees
  • Part #: 0799
  • Dimensions (folded): 7" x 2" x 2", 17.8cm x 5.1cm x 5.1cm
  • Weight: 4.2 oz., 119g
  • Made in the USA

Kestrel Meter Collapsible Tripod

Compatible with the Portable Vane Mount and any Kestrel Meter, the Kestrel Collapsible Tripod makes for easy, hands-free measuring out in the field. Extend the tripod to 51" and collapse it to 14". Easily carry the Collapsible Tripod thanks to its lightweight 1.7 lbs. Using the Collapsible Tripod, Vane Mount, and USB Interface together transforms your Kestrel Meter into a portable weather station.


  • Stands 48.25 inches high when fully extended 51.4")
  • Measures 13.6 inches when collapsed
  • Five section twist-and-pull legs
  • Weighs under 2 lbs
  • Compatible with the Kestrel Portable Vane Mount
  • Place of Origin: China


  • Clamp that mounts a Kestrel Meter 
  • Carry case for the Tripod

Rotating Vane Mount and Carry Case, Kestrel 5 Series


A lot of thought was put into making this vane mount for the 5000 Kestrel series.  It's simpler design than the last and much more durable.  The meter snaps right into it and will mount to any tripod or other ¼-20 fitted bracket, allowing use of an extension pole for taking wind or air flow readings..  This turns your Kestrel into a full-featured weather station with a large wind vane and precision pivot that keeps the Kestrel oriented into the wind for continuous measurement and logging of wind speed, wind direction, and all other key weather parameters 

Note: These are included with the 5400 LINK & 5500 LINK models.

Includes Vane Mount Pouch that will fit both your Kestrel 5000 series meter and the Vane Mount.   An internal battery loop (as well as little pocket) secures extra AA batteries and a snap-strap on the rear secures the kit to your belt or pack. The idea here is you have a portable weather station.


Vane Mount Kit in case:


Weight: 10.5 ounces / 295 grams
Size: 2.5 x 3 x 8.5 inches / 6.5 x 7.5 x 22 cm. 
Model Number: 0782

Compatible with: 
All Kestrel 5 Series meters.
   It will not fit any of the meters below the 5000 series. 

Kestrel USB Data Transfer Cable for 5000 Series

The Kestrel 5000 USB Data Transfer cable is new and improved from the USB cradle that came with the 4000 series.  There is no need for a cradle but rather just a cord. With the easy-to-use software, you are able to view the data in a text editor, spreadsheet or database.
Low profile, lightweight, waterproof cable provides wired connectivity to Windows and Mac computers for fast data uploads and firmware updates.  Compatible with every model in the Kestrel 5000, Kestrel 5100, Kestrel 5200, Kestrel 5400, Kestrel 5500, Kestrel 5700, and Applied Ballistic Kestrel Meters. 

Simply connect the interface cable to the USB port on your Mac** or PC, and connect the other end to your Kestrel.  It is not a USB connection on the Kestrel Meter, as this is a waterproof meter and requires the appropriate connection. The free downloadable software is easy to use and saves the data in a comma delimited text file for use in your choice of applications: text editor, spreadsheet or database. 

** Applied Ballistics software is only available for PC.

Download Stored Data

Download your data, chart it, and export it to save or use in other applications.

Included in Box:
  • Simply connect the interface cable
  • 54" USB cable

Computer Requirements:

  • Compatibility: PC / MAC
  • Connectivity: USB


Click to View Kestrel 5700 Applied Ballistic Manual

Click to View Ballistics Meter Compare Chart

Click to View G1 and G7 referenced Ballistic Coefficients 

Click to view 5700 Videos