Any one had good things to say about the cheap windmeters

Shoot the breeze and stay in the loop with the unhinged and unhooked word on the street.
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:53 pm

I thought I has a skywatch bought till the seller didn't take it off ebay I was just trying to save them fees as there local

Anyway I thought I still could do with one any one had good results from the £15 ebay ones from China

As in do they read right conditions ?

Might get one unless some one has a skywatch one
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:26 pm

Nope other than they are all a waste of money.

TMW
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:57 pm

I think the cheapo ones are a waste of time, think you would have to pay more serious money for really accurate one. You would be better off with one of the old style Anemometers (with the whirly gig/cup rotor on the top)

Other than that I just gauge it by any white caps on the waves, if the tops are being blown off then I unpack my little 8mtr Kite :)
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:57 pm

Bought one about 5 years ago when I was just starting out. Complete waste of money, read anything from +/- 10 knots wrong.

Bought a Windtronic which is perfect as you don't have to angle directly into the wind to get a true reading.
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:55 pm

Got a skywarch years and years ago, the cheapest one. Still going strong on same battery and being full of sand. calibrated it by holding it out if the window of the car and it's spot on upto 70 miles an hour. Daughter's used it to proudly measure the wind on the beach, when she was less than 12. Settled the odd argument about wind speed after a session.

I can honestly say I've never used it to help
Me choose kite size....

Get two different sized kites, if the sand's not blowing across the beach and making little dunes against bags and kit, use the bigger kite....simples :)
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Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:41 pm

warbs wrote:Got a skywarch years and years ago, the cheapest one. Still going strong on same battery and being full of sand. calibrated it by holding it out if the window of the car and it's spot on upto 70 miles an hour. Daughter's used it to proudly measure the wind on the beach, when she was less than 12. Settled the odd argument about wind speed after a session.

I can honestly say I've never used it to help
Me choose kite size....

Get two different sized kites, if the sand's not blowing across the beach and making little dunes against bags and kit, use the bigger kite....simples :)
Skywatch it is then.. TMW another pointless reply

It's not 100% for kitesurfing but a duel use. Yep I was thinking the china crap ones might be not as accurate as I would have liked. I best just keep waiting for a basic one to pop up for sale. more gutted I had one local I should have just pressed the buy it now and he would have had to pay the fees never mind. Lesson learned stop looking out for others all the time. :?
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Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:43 am

A question you might want to ask yourself is:

WHY would I want an anemometer?

Another question you might want to think about is:

HOW would an anemometer help me better with my current judgement of wind and my decision making?

I have used Skywatch quite recently and if you are curious, then I think you should give it a go.

I think there's a place for anemometer but I have my doubts, too.
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Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:51 am

I find for my spots there are enough weather stations/buoys within a 10 - 20 mile radius to give me enough info for kite selection.

That, and white caps.
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Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:39 am

Not sure if you've seen these yet, interesting idea of using your smartphone as the wind meter and uploads to social media / gmaps, making you a realtime weather station.
http://www.atbshop.co.uk/kitesurfing-ac ... wind-meter
Similar price to the Skywatches and I have one and tested agains my old Silva wind meter and pretty accurate.

To be fair, as mentioned above, I don;t use it all that often as you get to "read" the conditions but is pretty funky to update our FB group with realtime conditions.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:01 pm

I've got a good one lurking around somewhere will find it and see what it is!
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Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:09 pm

All you need is a ruler to measure the diameter your sphincter has adjusted to to gauge the size of kite you need. Less than 3mm,7m weather. Anything else Waste of money
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:22 pm

Just look at what everyone else is flying and check xc and wind guru before you go out. I've bee kiting for 12 years and never botherd with one.
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Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:41 am

I've used an old version of one of these with temp sensor. Had for the last 10 years+. I use it every session and find it helps when it's blowing between kite sizes and you don't have time to blow two kites.. Or kite will get damaged if left on beach!
These are very accurate and simple to use.
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Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:23 pm

Si-Fly wrote:I've used an old version of one of these with temp sensor. Had for the last 10 years+. I use it every session and find it helps when it's blowing between kite sizes and you don't have time to blow two kites.. Or kite will get damaged if left on beach!
These are very accurate and simple to use.
Si.
Sorry forgot to add link and now can't edit!

http://kestrelmeters.com/products/kestr ... wind-meter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

These aren't cheap though!
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